Monthly Archives: April 2011

Unlike Hurricane Fran which dropped a 60 foot tree directly on the house, the Raleigh Tornado of 04/16/11 passed through our neck of the woods with transitory flooding and hail.

Details and links about Raleigh damage from the excellent Firefighting News Blog:

FireFighting News Front Page

More Links:

South Saunders Street

Goodnight Raleigh

King Charles Road Damage

Parking Lot Video

Storm Chaser Video


Shop Tip: How to cut circles from plywood or stock lumber with a table saw.

This technique can be used to cut large diameter circles for use as tabletops, stools or templates for a variety of projects.

2 x 12 yellow pine, for example, makes an excellent stool top or column base with a diameter of up to 11 inches possible.

Establish the radius of the circle from the center of the pivot pin to the edge of the blade.

Cut away everything that does not look like a circle!

Once cut, the edges of the circle can be easily dressed with a variety of round over router bit profiles.

Any bench or table top saw can be used to do this: miter saw, radial arm saw, or even a classic contractor table saw.

The saw in the video is a vintage Delta Frame and Trim Saw.

Thanks for watching!

Just when I thought I had seen it all something new pops up.

Rodney Marsh and the crew at Marsh Woodwinds called me to fix a small leak the other day and while I was at his shop I encountered a problem I had never given any thought: What does it take to pack and ship a tuba? Especially a Sousaphone? Those puppies are HUGE and DELICATE and need to be HANDLED WITH CARE!

Since Rodney does not blog about his adventures I will substitute these surrogate explanation(s) for the edification of the curious because I was fascinated by the whole process and I trust you will be as well.

For detailed explanation with many pictures:


What kind of box holds a $35,000 tuba? A: a really nice and (hopefully) well packed box. Pictured above is a YCB-826S the Yamaha Los Angeles Atelier received a week or so ago in the shipping box.  Nothing especially interesting about a box, but the tuba that's inside is pretty special.  We can only make a couple of these per year, and nearly each and every part is made by hand with 'old-world' craftsmanship.  On one of my last trips to Japan I visited the factory where these horns are … Read More

via Yamaha Bell & Barrel