WoodshopCowboy.com in the Media this Summer

In an incredible blitzkrieg of media attention, I’m found all over the web this summer. First, Edutopia, a educational non-profit,  published PBL Through a Maker’s Lens this July.  The piece is a shortened, generalized… Continue reading

Why I Do This: A Bowl, or a Metaphor

He said, “This bowl was made from Australian Ash that was blown down in Hurricane Ike.  Most of us would call it trash wood, but I cut a few pieces, waited a few… Continue reading

This Week in the Workshop: The Pot Rack

A quick plan and showcase of the latest project to come out of my personal workshop.  This is a pot rack for my wife’s very expensive set of cooking pans.  It keeps them… Continue reading

Community Watch: Woodworking in Houston

Every Intro to Woodworking class, I try to take a little time to share some local resources for woodworking and budding woodworkers.   Where to buy woodworking specific tools: Woodcraft & Rockler are… Continue reading

Tool Primer: How to Finish Your Project: Film Finishes

This is the third Tool Primer article on finishing your woodworking project.  You can find Part One:  Sanding here and Part Two: Penetrating Oils here. In this article I will discuss the film… Continue reading

This Week In the Shop: The Simple Cutting Board

They say when it rains, it pours.  For the past six months, I’ve inundated myself with cutting boards at every turn, in every one of my woodworking shops.  At home, I made cutting… Continue reading

This Week In the Shop: Dining Bench Made from Upcycled Bed Frame

The newest piece to walk out of my home workshop.  A dining bench up-cycled from a bed frame.  If you are interested in seeing plans, drop a line to me, my contact is… Continue reading

This Week in The Classroom: The Simple Coffee Table in Spalted Red Oak

Earlier in the year, the great folks at Canyon Mesquite donated a number of spalted red oak boards to make furniture out of.  It took a while, but we finally made some great… Continue reading

Making a Makerspace: Top Five Materials in an Educational Makerspace

This is part four in my “Making a Makerspace” series.  You can catch the other articles here. Makers use stuff.  Lots and lots of stuff.  Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager dedicated an… Continue reading

Tool Primer: How to Finish your Project: Penetrating Oils

This is the second Tool Primer article on finishing your woodworking project.  You can find Part One:  Sanding here. In this article I will discuss the finishes available for woodworking projects at most… Continue reading

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