A Tail of a Mongrel Woodworker

I have never liked the term hybrid woodworker for someone who uses a combination of power tools and his hand tools to do a job. I believe this is just what a woodworker does to accomplish his task. To me someone who limited their self’s to hand or power only seem more like a hybrid woodworker. The dictionary defines a hybrid as 2: a person whose background is a blend of two diverse cultures or traditions, Ok another definition is 3a: something heterogeneous in origin or composition, <a hybrid of medieval and renaissances styles>. So looking at these two definitions I guess I could really consider myself a hybrid, however a synonym of hybrid is mongrel and that works much better for me so from this day forth I am going to call myself a mongrel woodworker.

2013 Goals for Sleepydog Woodshop

Well 2012 is coming the a close and I am thinking my goals for the upcoming year. I am one to make resolutions, but I am all for setting goals, and what better place to record them than on my blog so I can actually come back to this post in 12 months and see how many I was able to accomplish. So here goes, for my blog I want post more content, I would love to post one a week but with school and my photography blog that might be pushing it.

  • Post content to my blog twice a month
  • Start a Podcast (this is the year I put some of that schooling in to action)
  • Add video to my blog and podcast.
  • Do more interviews with other woodworker and shop owners and wood working business.
  • Make my blog and podcast better so I can attract sponsorship
  • Use convergence better this year, (be more active on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus)

These goals for my blog. I also plan on opening an Etsy store this year.

For the shop this year I would like to add a few more tool so I can explained my business plan. So for the shop I want to-

  • Finish writing my business plan, and five year marketing plan with goals.
  • Ether add heat to the shop or find a different shop with heat.
  • Paint the shop
  • Improve dust collection.
  • Rebuild table-saw base
  • Rebuild Shop-Smith
  • Get a 16/32 drum sander

These are some personal woodworking goals I would like to do this year.

  • Attended a woodworking class
  • do a large wood sculpture
  • Finish the kitchen Island
  • Build some thing with some inlay in it
  • Build a banjo
  • Build a set of outdoor lounge chairs
  • Look for a apprentice to train

These are goals I would like to set for my business

  • Look into LLC
  • Start an Esty Store
  • Do at lease three shows
  • Look into doing a home-show or woodworking show as a vender
  • Market my carving knifes

I’m not sure if I can get all this done, but I do know one thing for sure that if I don’t at lease set goals then none of these things will happen on there own. Let know what your goals are for 2013, let me know if you would like to be on my podcast, I am looking for other woodworkers, not just the same guys we keep hearing about. I want to interview  the guy working in their garage, the guy who just started woodworking, or the guy who has beed sucking sawdust for years but are well known names. I want to start a podcast where all us unknown woodworker, can have a voice, so if you are interested let know.

Sketch of the Day: Hall Table

This is a blog that I recently found while surfing. there are some really nice designed pieces on here and I thought I would share the site. There is a lot of inspiration on this blog if your looking for ideas when your designing a piece of furniture.

Chief's Shop

It’s a hall table, a console, a buffet – whatever you call it, this concept features a slight Asian-inspired design with the legs and top.


Be sure to like Chief’s Shop on Facebook! At 1,500 likes someone will be selected to receive a box of 500 Kreg pocket hole screws.

Make Some Sawdust!


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WIA Horay

This weekend I will be attending Woodworking-in-America in Covington Ky, to sit in with Mary May a classical trained carver. She will be one of the keynote speakers at the conference and I suspect draw many local carvers to the event. She isn’t only one of the top architectural carvers but a well known internet teacher, providing many hours of well done video instruction on her web site at a reasonable rate.

New Jointer for the Woodshop

I ran across a deal on a Ridgit jointer last week for less than $300 dollars at Direct Tool Outlet, so I bought it! While it is only a six inch jointer and I was really wanting an eight inch joiner, I really couldn’t afford the bigger one at this time with the consideration that I would of had to upgrade my electric to 220 to accommodate it. It’s my true hope to find some old relic of a jointer that is 12″ or so then I wouldn’t mind paying for the upgrade as much, until then a six inch will suffice. If I did need to flatten anything bigger than six inches then that I will use one of my many hand planes.

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From 1918 magazine advertisement. Caption: “The Porter Style C Jointer with direct motor drive. Practical in every respect. Ideal for the School. A high grade tool made by specialists. C. O. Porter Machine Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)