Author: Jeff Branch

Could this be the best way to get woodworking magazines?

I have to watch how many monthly subscriptions I sign up for. Such things can add up to a lot of monthly $$$. From Spotify to my Adobe Acrobat monthly charge, the list can quickly become too much. But there is one woodworking related subscription which is money well spent and I think few people know about: Apple’s News+ service. News+ is just that, a news service with a premium option allowing the viewing of a multitude of magazines and newspapers. Of interest to woodworkers are Wood, Popular Woodworking and Woodsmith magazines. And a magazine with an occasional woodworking article is Popular Mechanic. I only wish Fine Woodworking was a part of News+ but it isn’t. The monthly fee is $9.99. A great value when I add in all the other publications I read like, Car & Driver, Motortrend, Road & Track, Racer, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Architectural Digest, etc. etc. Magazines appear in one of two formats. Some are specially formatted for Apple devices enabling the user to tap on an article title from …

Kitchen Cabinet Reno, Part 6

I have mentioned before that I do a lot of driving in my day job. I’m in flooring sales and I travel from city to city visiting customers and such. This gives me a lot of time to think. Sometimes I use this drive time to come up with woodworking solutions. It was during some of this drive time that I came up with my method for creating my kitchen cabinet doors. The construction process is unique. In fact a woodworker friend asked me about my method since he would have never thought to make doors this way. He found it unusual that I would add the groove for the door panel after the door frame was assembled. The reason I chose this sequence of assembly comes from the thought that I wanted to minimize joinery where one part fit into another. For these doors specifically, I wanted to avoid any fussy joinery for the door frame. All joinery can be fussy I guess, but I see pocket screws as the most simple way to …

Kitchen Cabinet Reno, Part 5

One of the reasons I put off this project for so long is that this is more than a woodworking project where I am replacing the kitchen cabinet doors and drawers. I have already talked about the demolition undertaken along the top of the sink wall cabinets. There has been partial removal of popcorn ceiling. And now, as I work to complete the same set of upper cabinets, I need to replace a light fixture. I consider electrical work as a doable task, at least for basic replacing fixtures, etc. I once needed to add some circuit breakers to my electrical panel and I decided that was a chore for someone else. Some electrical work I’ll attempt while others frankly intimidate me. The old light fixture being over the sink was a single row, 24″ florescent light. It was just the fixture and the florescent bulb with no cover to make it look nice. Depending on your location in the kitchen, it was out of view, blocked by a piece of wood with a decorative …