I build a lot of things. Over the years, the Starrett combination square has become the essential tool. Nothing else comes close when it comes to measurement, laying out joinery, and checking machines. It really only does one thing - Precise measurement at 90 or 45 degree angles - but it does that so well, it becomes super versatile. I've used it on every single project in the past five years, and my work is better for it. Mine is relatively new, a gift from Colleen's parents, but there are tons of decades-old Starretts still in use.
Eric and I will be in the shop working all weekend finishing up a few orders and working on a new project (more to come on that soon). This pic is Eric deep in thought at the table saw - which is a good thing.
Last weekend I took a mountain bike ride in Queens, New York. Now, some folks will tell you that "Geographically, Queens is technically part of Long Island, and everyone knows that Long Island has no mountains, so, what are you talking about!?" Well, it's true. Queens doesn't have mountains, or even real hills, but a group of dedicated volunteers have been transforming what little terrain the city has into some very cool trails. As recently as five years ago, bikes were not welcome to touch tires to dirt anywhere in the five boroughs.
Well, we're a few days into it, but it's not too late to appreciate National Design Week. Through Sunday, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum is offering free admission as part of it's Design Week initiative. Do it! Colleen and I love going there, not only because it's a damn beautiful building and they have great shows, but also because it's a completely digestible size. No museum fatigue! Instead, we always leave awake and inspired. A while back we checked out the current show, their triennial called Why Design Now?