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Randy Maxey
Randy Maxey has been writing about woodworking professionally since 2005. A lifetime woodworker, he owns and operates a custom woodworking business, Cherry Ridge Woodworks, where he builds custom furniture. Randy collects and restores antique tools, especially old hand tools. In a former life, Randy was a CAD consultant and has a particular interest in using computers and technology in the wood shop. Randy, originally from central Ohio, now resides in Des Moines, IA.

Modular Cabinets are Key to Long-Term Organization

Whether you’re trying to organize a production shop, garage shop, or your home, consider a modular cabinet design. It’s flexibility means you aren’t locked into a permanent arrangement of cabinets or their contents. It offers the most flexibility, ease of reconfiguring, and options for future expansion.

Youth in Woodworking

There’s been a fair amount of press lately about how difficult it is to pass the craft of woodworking down to a younger generation. High school woodworking programs are being cut in the interest of saving money, and our high-tech society doesn’t lend itself to crafts like woodworking.

Why I Like Working with Poplar

Of all the hardwoods, I think poplar is the most misunderstood. It has traditionally been used on insignificant internal components of furniture as a secondary wood. A lot of folks get turned off by the green and brown streaks sometimes evident in the wood. But this can be overcome.

Definition of Craftsmanship

I received a phone call the other day from a gentleman in his 70’s. He went into a lengthy discussion about how technology has replaced craftsmanship. To paraphrase his comments, “When I was working in the shop, we cut to fit. We didn’t need a measuring tape.”

UPDATE: Anchoring a newel post

In my previous post, I promised to provide an update on how my plan worked for using a threaded rod to anchor a newel post. Overall, my plan worked, but not without some minor nuisances that always seem to happen in a home improvement project.

Anchoring a Newel Post

I got a call from a family that needed to know how to fix a loose newel post on their stairway. This is the post at the bottom of the stairway that anchors the handrail. It’s a pretty important structural component in the handrail and baluster assembly.