I was reading a thread on Router Forums earlier today and stumbled across a post from Danny. In short, he said this: “I’m making a bunch of candy trays and chip trays for Christmas presents, and the wife decided I need to make them in the holiday shapes using templates from Eagle.” Want to see his handy work?
Well done Danny! We know there be lots of smiles on people’s faces when they open those presents on Christmas morning. Any way you can email us some pictures of those warm smiles!?! If you are motivated by Danny’s work, it is not too late to get started. You still have a good three weeks to make some bowls and trays of your own. Just click the image below to see our vast selection of router bowl & tray templates as well as the router bits and supplies that you will need to get the job done right.
It is holiday gift making time, can you feel the excitement in the air? Seriously, as a woodworker you have a talent that lends itself well to making all forms of Christmas gifts. Whether you are making Keepsake Boxes, Picture Frames, Wooden Signs or Holiday Bowls and Trays, you will be making some neat projects over the coming weeks. However, do you do anything to catalog your woodworks of art? Do you keep a portfolio of what you have made? If not, you should.
You put a lot of hours, sweat and sawdust into those projects. Once you give them away or sell them you don’t have any record of your accomplishments or any tangible means to track your growth as a craftsman. So even though you are very comfortable with a router, router bits, your table saw, band saw, scroll saw and hand tools you need to get very comfortable with your camera. Who would have thought that a camera could be a woodworking tool?!?!
The folks over at ThisIsCarpentry.com recently posted a very excellent read titled, “Photographing Your Work”. Please make the time to read it, it is very well done and includes a lengthy lesson including explanations on:
- How Cameras Work
- Camera Controls
- Using a Camera
- Critical Accessories
- Flash & Lighting
So as you get to work on your loved ones wish lists in the coming weeks, maybe you should consider adding a new camera to yours!
Just pick up a length of 1” X 10” select pine, a dozen large Shaker pegs and some decorative molding.
I chose barley twist trim, because I wanted to paint it up like a candy cane. How easy can it get? And to make it a little more memorable, do as Grandma and Poppy have done. Use it as your grandchildren’s growth chart to see and record just how quickly the little ones are sprouting up.
You just have to love Festool!!
He was particularily excited about the C-12 portable drill kit, I know the feeling! I have one myself ! The right angle and offset attachments in themselves put the unit light years beyond any other drill on the market.
When we got to the TS55 rail saw he was blown away.
He left with a Festool Catalog and is going to mark it up for His Christmas “Wish List”
Do you have your Festool list made?