Meet the Maker Feature

     For a few months now I have had an ever growing affiliation with a fantastic organization called Southern Woodworkers.  It's an ever evolving group that started on Facebook with a few people sharing ideas and a common goal, and now has evolved into a group of over 600 woodworkers, booths at woodworking events, a great website, and a FANTASTIC new feature called Meet The Maker.....written by yours truly (shameless self promotion, I know.)  Each week I will be featuring a member of the Southern Woodworkers community and doing an article on who they are, what they do, and what their woodworking life is like.  It's a fun piece, and really fun to work on.   I am so glad I got involved with this group and I can't wait to see where it grows and goes.   We have some big future plans with the group so stay tuned....and of course, if you're in the south.....join us over on Facebook, and of course at

Weekly Shop Update #5

     For all of you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting on a new update, here it is...(and thanks for lying to me, because no one is sitting on the edge of their seat for me, Captain Inconsistency.  We were on vacation last week and had a great, yet minimally relaxing trip down to Panama City Beach, Florida with my wife's family.  When I say minimally relaxing, I don't mean it wasn't a good time, or that I would have rather been at the 9-5.  I mean that vacations as a parent are apparently COMPLETELY different than vacations before.  Wyatt just turned one on July 16th, and hes mastered walking.  That being said, we had the table stacked against us from the get go.  

     He actually did exceptionally well for the 5.5 hour car ride down to Florida, and was great...until bedtime.  The hour time difference, the sleeping in the Pack-n-play (and eventually bed) in the same room with us to where if he wakes up it's like "oh hey Mom and Dad, let's snuggle" where as at home it is more along the lines of "Damn, it's dark and I am all alone in here, guess I'll just go back to sleep".  But other than that we had a great week, and I just had to get my woodworking fix in with some YouTube watching and through all my great IG friends and their stories.  

     I don't have a ton of woodworking stuff to talk about from this past week, since a shop update, technically requires being in the shop.  I did do a pretty good clean up in the shop today, rehung my dry erase board, and found the nifty quote you see in the picture of the whiteboard below.


     I thought it was a pretty awesome, and extremely simple quote that we all have dealt with.  All of us end up with a bunch of cut off's after projects.  The bigger pieces we hoard to use at a later date.  The smaller pieces we discard or, keep for the burn pile.  And then....we get to the screw ups.  We all do them.  Everyone one of us.  Whether you are a novice,  whether you are featured monthly in Fine Woodworking magazine, or whether you are the first born love child of Bob Vila and Norm Abrams.  We all screw up.  And when we do, the process goes a little something like this:

     First expletives are shouted loudly.....S#i@! F@#$ D#*^....then we say "can I sand/cut/stain/glue/nail/screw/buff/polish/fix this?"  If yes, we try to save it best we can.  If it works, you thank the good Lord and continue.  If it doesn't work....or it wasn't saveable to begin with....then you just created a really expensive piece of firewood.  Way to go.  Now, you can try and save the piece for future use, but sometimes, its just done.   And when it is, it is typically time to step away and regroup for a bit.  If it's early and the day is still salvageable then maybe grabbing breakfast/lunch or hanging with the fam for a bit is all you need.  Sometimes, it's already dinner time or later and it's better to call it for the day, grab a cold beverage, take the wood you just screwed up, and go watch it burn while you drink your sorrows away, with or without s'mores or a good cigar (user's choice).  

     If you say you've never been there, you're a liar.  People think because we don't post content of screw ups that it doesn't happen.  If they aren't OVERLY embarrassing I will post them on a story or IG post at times.  People can benefit from it greatly and seeing others mistakes has helped me avoid them as well.  If you own a Kreg Jig, you have forgotten to adjust either the stop collar, the riser blocks, or used the wrong screw and jacked up your piece.  It helps you grow, so embrace it when it happens, and make sure you find a way to benefit from it.  

     So, I am currently trying to design a desk for my home office I am building so there will be some progress on that this week hopefully.  I also am waiting to hear back on a commission piece I may do for a friend.   Weber Grill Table.   One of the designs we are looking at has a corrugated tin roof on it which could be extremely fun.   Definitely could be a video build.  I am hoping the 9-5 is slow enough this week where I can go pick up the Grizzly bandsaw from my Dad and bring it to the shop to start restoring.  Marc Spagnuolu at just posted a video with impeccable timing.  It's Alex Snodgrass on video tuning up his bandsaw, and the installation of Carter guides.  I included a link below because the set up video is incredible.  Alex Snodgrass is the Michael Jordan of bandsaws.  

     That's about it for this week, hopefully next week I will have some more progress to show everyone.  Have a great week everyone!

Weekly Shop Update #4

     First off, welcome to the new and improved D.I.Wyatt Custom Woodworks Homepage!  I moved over to SquareSpace from Wordpress and so far I LOVE it.  It's so much cleaner and functional, offers e-commerce without all that extra css coding and adding plugins and paying through a third-party.   It's been a busy week this week in D.I. Wyatt land, but not so much in the shop as it has been out of the shop.  I am moving towards completing the back wall in the shop.  Just have a few more french cleat panels and cabinets to hang back up and it will be good to go.  Here is the progress so far.  


I added the Port-A-Mate Lumber storage to the wall, a TV mount and shelf for my Ridgid Jobsite Radio.  I gotta have music going in the shop when I am working, and the TV is great to have around.  I don't watch a ton of TV in the shop, but it's nice to have.  Sometimes I have to get work done out there and it's during a major sports event etc., and this way I can multitask.   I am also adding a fold up shelf by the TV so I can place my laptop there and can easily stream YouTube videos etc. via Google Chromecast to the big screen.  There is more to come, but work has been super busy, AND this weekend was Wyatt's first birthday!  Lots of preparations at the house, and what a great day it was.  Below is the epitome of the day we had at his big ol' birthday party: 

I can't believe my little man is 1 already.  He's growing so fast.  Can't wait to get him out in the shop with me!

     This week I am going to try and get some more done on the walls in the shop, since next week I will be on vacation in Florida.  Can't wait to take some time off at the beach, but I definitely will be missing making all this progress in streamlining the shop.  Lots of events coming up soon.  Maker Faire in Atlanta in October as well as the Southern Woodworkers Camp out.  Rolling along with the planning for these events is extremely exciting.  Since I am on vacation, I may or may not make a Shop Update next week, just depends how the week goes.  Hope everyone has a great week, go make something awesome.