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

This Week in the Classroom: Build Your Own CO2 Rocket Cars & Launching System

When I look at the popularity of CO2 rocket cars in STEM programs, its ubiquity and age hide a lot of potential for makers and project-based learning opportunities.  The biggest drawback, as I… Continue reading

Community Watch: TX/RX Labs’ New Woodshop Build

In a few short years, TX/RX has grown from a small collective to one of the largest hackerspaces in TX, if not the US.  It holds spring and fall semester classes in all… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: Aerial Photography via Balloon for Under $30

This quarter, my students have been building an incredible number of STEM-based projects in preparation for a show-and-tell science fair in March.  Every year, I often recycle two or three projects, assigning particular… Continue reading

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