Archive for February, 2010

20 Extreme Tractor Trailer Crashes

Feb 28th, 2010

Tractor trailers are heavy and hard to stop not to mention they are hard to maneuver. Here are 16 pictures and 4 videos of what happens when they can’t stop or try to out maneuver something like a train.




















Big trucks are essential vehicles in business and transportation. Being larger than the typical automobile, trucks have the ability to transport large devices, equipment as well as other packages in large quantities. They are vital vehicles particularly for companies that cater to courier services or door to door delivery. Every year, the trucking industry inside the U.S. contributes $21.4 billion to operate on streets and highways.

It is a fact, however, that trucks just like automobiles also get into accidents. Often times they have been held to blame for the road accidents which happen as a result of their large size. However it’s not necessarily right to say that simply because they are referred to as king of the road, the smaller automobiles will always need to make room for them. Although big trucks may be a fault in many accidents, smaller vehicles may also be at fault. Many times smaller automobiles will change lanes quickly in front of a big truck, either in traffic or at a light, causing the big truck to try and stop quicker that it can and resulting in an accident.

Trucks have been involved in many accidents during the past. These include the tractor trailers, semi trucks, small trucks, 18-wheelers, as well as other large freight carriers and passenger vehicles.

Within the United States alone in 2003, more than 4,600 deadly road accidents out of the total of over 58,500 involved big trucks. As outlined by the NCSA, the majority of accidents happened in the rural areas during daytime and on weekdays. On the list of states, California documented the most amounts of vehicle accidents at more than 5,700 while Texas experienced the most fatal accidents involving trucks at 438.

While on the road, trucks are well known for speeding. Figures show that about 27 percent of almost all big truck drivers involved in fatal road accidents experienced at least one speeding conviction during the past. Speeding is a typical cause as large trucks don’t have the ability to stop instantly unlike the smaller automobiles.

You will also find various other factors contributing to truck accidents. These range from inattention of the driver, following other automobiles very closely, mechanical trouble, aggressive driving and insufficient attention to blind spots as well as curves. Minor contributory factors tend to be driver exhaustion as well as truck load.

In Europe, a report on truck accident causes titled The European Truck Accident Causation (ETAC) discovered human error to be a major factor at 85.2 percent. This specifically points to speeding, failure to follow intersection rules and incorrect maneuvering. Road users (75 percent ) and truck drivers (25 percent) were the additional causes.

Victims of road accidents who are suffering injuries have the right to sue the driver or even the company he or she works for. They are able to file a suit against the truck company to seek compensation for his or her injuries or for the death of a loved one. They can use truck accident lawyers for guidance before they take the appropriate action. It’s best that these people consult a lawyer before settling with the company or prior to signing any kind of documents from the company.

A truck accident attorney can assist victims in analyzing the accident and advice them about the legal steps to take should they choose to pursue a case against the driver or the truck company. If there is major proof that the truck is actually to blame for the accident, filing a suit is probably the best way to encourage reform on truck drivers as well as companies using big vehicles to ensure their drivers obtain proper training before they hit the road.

Is A Career In Construction Management Worth Pursuing?

Feb 26th, 2010

construction-project-management-softwareAs the construction industry is predicted to boom in the year 2014, construction management jobs have now also become very in demand. In fact, jobs related to construction management is said to be the rising career opportunities in the United States. This is because there is a high demand in construction management jobs as well as jobs related to construction industry. The demand of jobs in the construction management is far higher than the number of qualified applicants in this industry. This scenario is expected to grow since many schools and colleges that are offering courses and programs in construction management have intensified their course’s offerings due to the demand for construction management graduates.

The complexities of the many construction projects are a major factor in the increase of jobs related to construction management. Moreover, the increase of the construction management jobs has also been triggered by advancement of materials, the replacement of most of the old infrastructures, the method of construction and the rising number structures coming out almost everywhere.

What is interesting in the construction management industry is the fact that more than a half a total of them are self-employed and many of them are owners of general construction companies and trade construction companies. Many of them are employed in the construction industry, in the architectural and engineering fields and in local governments.

The salary rate of individuals working in the construction management industry vary significantly in the size and nature of the construction project, geographical location and the financial standing of the country where the project is located. In a report released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, it states that the average earnings of a person holding a bachelor’s degree in construction management or construction science are over four thousand dollars.

For people intending to join in the construction management field, they need to possess a strong background in building science, business and management. Aside the mandatory educational background, they also need to have related work experience in the field of construction industry. To meet with the demands of the workplace, they should know how to follow contracts, plans, specifications, the construction methods, materials and especially regulations. And more importantly, they have to be very flexible. As the demand of the workplace increases, they must be able to cope up with the pace and movement of the of construction industry. For individuals searching to land a job in the construction management, they must be decisive and they can work under heavy pressure as there are always unpredicted occurrences and delays in the project. As an added quality, they must also be able organize multiple actions while doing evaluation all the same time, not to mention the fact that they also need to address specific problems that may arise during the project. But the most important of all, individuals aspiring to enter the construction industry must possess good leadership skills so that they can establish good work relationship with co-workers.

In today’s rising demand in construction management related jobs, individuals holding a degree in this field have good employment opportunities as there remains a scarcity of qualified individuals for the construction management jobs. To become successful in this field, an individual needs to have the right education and experience in the field.

20 Buildings that are Architectural Masterpieces

Feb 25th, 2010

Here’s 20 weird and wild buildings that will make you wonder, how did they build that and why. I can’t imagine the architecture that went into these, or the contractors that said you want to do what…

All images are real to our knowledge, none have been “photoshopped”.

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The word Architecture may reference a process, a profession or documentation. For a process, architecture would be the activity of designing and constructing structures by a person or even a computer, largely to provide shelter. As a profession, architecture is the role of people or machines offering architectural services. As documentation, generally based on drawings, architecture defines the structure and/or behavior of the building or any kind of system that will be or has already been constructed.

In the late 20th century countless new concepts were included in the compass of both structure and purpose. Today, prior to performing any actions we look ahead and keep the future in mind. The same is applicable in Architecture as well.

For some to restrict the meaning of (architectural) formalism to art for art’s sake isn’t just reactionary; this may also be described as a purposeless pursuit of perfection or creativity which in turn degrades form into a mere instrumentality.

Some of the philosophies which have influenced modern day architects and their approach to building design tend to be rationalism, empiricism, structuralism, poststructuralism, and phenomenology.

On the difference between the ideals of “architecture” and simple “construction”, the famous 20th C. architect Le Corbusier wrote: “You employ stone, wood, and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces: that is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good. I am happy and I say: This is beautiful. That is Architecture”.

The buildings above were designed by architects with many years of experience, some at the request of a client, others just to see if they could. Most of the time architecture designing is at the desire of the client and very restrictive, however there are times where you get a client that lets you be free and then the world of ideas come flooding into your brain, out through your hands and into your design.

20 Beautiful Luxury Bathrooms

Feb 15th, 2010

Are you building that dream home, or maybe just looking to remodel your bathroom. If so take a look at these beautiful luxury bathrooms for some great ideas. These bathrooms are from personal homes to hotels.

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Here’s two articles that you don’t want to miss.

20 Great Sites To Help You Remodel Your Kitchen Or Bath

Feb 15th, 2010

kitchen32Are you look at, or maybe in the process of, remodeling your kitchen or bathroom? If so you don’t want to miss these sites. These sites are full of information, ideas, tips and tricks, as well as professional help, to make your dreams come true.

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    1.  The Kitchen Designer – Susan Serra works hard to not only design kitchens, but to share her thoughts while she explores new ways of thinking about kitchen design.

    2.  On Interior Design – As a Boston based interior designer, Abbey Koplovitz shares current projects, tips, and advice on all subjects in and around interior design. With categories from Accessorize, Fabrics, Kitchens, to Tiling, this site has a wealth of information for you.

    3.  Kitchen Design Notes – Through this site, Laurie Burke shares her journey through the latest and hottest trends in kitchen remodeling. Covering everything from news to fixtures, this site has a ton of information.

    4.  KitchAnn Style – With a background in Interior Design, Tarheel made the move to Kitchen and Bath design and has found that she has a passion for design. Through this site she shares her knowledge, ideas, gallery, and some great customer testimonials.

    5.  Details and Design – With over 10 years of experience in Kitchen and Bathroom design, Cheryl Kees does some very beautiful work. Along with this site where you can see some of her work and ideas, she is also building a new showroom to showcase her work.

    6.  The Kitchen Designer – As a kitchen designer, Susan has designed more kitchens that we can dream of. She has seen, come up with, and offered many ideas covering every aspect of the kitchen. She likes to explore new ideas and new ways of thinking about the kitchen, and then share those ideas with you. I highly recommend you read through this site, before doing or deciding what you want to do in your kitchen.

    7.  Kitchen Sync – A second generation Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, Kelly Morisseau uses this site to share her knowledge, ideas and hopefully help others. With categories from appliances, green design, to kitchen design, this site has a wealth of information, which you need to read.

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    8.  Southern Hospitality – As a wife and mother, this southern girl brings a touch of southern class to your home. Having worked in the corporate world most of her life, she now stays at home and runs her design business. Using her blog, she loves to share her ideas, hear other people’s ideas, and just discuss everything there is about design.

    9.  Home Interiors Zone – This site has ideas, tips and tricks for all areas of your home, including your kitchen and bathroom. From furnishings to accessories, this site has a wealth of information.

    10.  Material Girls – This site is a one-of-a-kind interior design blog that features tips and advice from real designers on the latest trends and fashions for the home, topped with a sprinkle of pop culture.

    11.  Old World Charm – This site is full of ideas and style that is more contemporary and elegant. Full of information, tips, tricks, and beautiful photos, this site has a wealth of information.

    12.  Kim’s Kitchen Remodel – As part of Desire to Inspire, Kim has built this site to focus on her kitchen remodel. As her first attempt at a kitchen remodel, she felt the need to share her story about what’s involved. If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen, then you need to read this first.

    13.  Home & Family Network – This site has everything from decorating, home improvement, to health and fitness. If it has to do with your home, this site has it.

Professionals – These sites can help you make the Kitchen or Bathroom of your dreams come true.

Here’s two articles about Kitchens and Bathrooms that will get your dream wheel turning.

20 Beautiful Luxury Kitchens

Feb 15th, 2010

Are you building that dream home, or maybe just looking to remodel your kitchen. If so take a look at these beautiful luxury kitchens for some great ideas. These kitchens are all from personal homes.

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Here’s two articles that you don’t want to miss.

How To Stain Concrete Floors – The Easy Way

Feb 10th, 2010

concretestain8Imagine if I shared with you that you could take that unappealing, cold, gray concrete floor and transform it into a thing of beauty which receives praise from friends, family, or customers, would this interest you? Epoxy flooring is an alternative, but staining is usually a practical solution. Imagine if I told you that you are able to do the staining yourself for under $.50 per sq/ft? By simply showing you how to stain concrete floors I am going to provide you with an easy and low-cost solution to turn your eyesore concrete into a wonderful masterpiece. With stained concrete floors you can have the durability and ease of cleaning concrete is famous for, with the design of stone or marble.

The name “stained concrete” may give off the drastically wrong impression on how the entire process works. You are not in fact staining your concrete, but utilizing a combination of acid, metallic salts, along with other materials to result in a chemical reaction which changes the composition (and color) of the concrete. Be warned of imitators which tell you they are stains but they are really just film. These films are in many ways like paint for the concrete, but will not necessarily last as long or look as well as a genuine concrete stain.

Part one of this particular concrete staining guide will cover everything required to do to get your concrete ready to accept the stains. This consists of getting your supplies and equipment, trying out the stain, repairing imperfections on the floor, as well as cleaning the area.

Prior to starting your project you’ll want to have all of the required materials for the job. Just about all of these items can be bought or rented at reasonable costs.

Concrete Staining Equipment Check List

    1. Protection for eyes, mouth, feet, arms, and legs. We will be using a mild acid here, so it’s important to have the appropriate protection. Goggles along with a face mask are a must. Additionally it is recommended that you should wear gloves, long pants, along with a long shirt. The stain is not going to do any major damage if you get it on your arms or legs, however you will know it right away if it comes in contact with your skin.

    2. Scraper, quick dry concrete, wire brush or some other method to remove stains. All of your imperfections are likely to show through even after the stain is applied. These items are to help you get your floor ready to receive the acid stain. In the event that your concrete is brand new you can most likely skip these items.

    3. Painters tape and paper or plastic covering. You will need to protect your baseboard, and lower portion of the wall with these items.

    4. Broom. This can be used for cleaning the floor and evening out the solution on the floor.

    5. Wet vac. This will be used for cleaning the floor and getting rid of excess liquid from the concrete.

    6. Sprayer. This is the recommend approach to apply the acid stain.

    7. Paint tray and roller. This will be used to apply the sealer.

    8. Acid concrete stain. Enough to cover desired area.

    9. Sealer. This will protect your concrete stain and can enhance the best colors.

    10. Acrylic floor wax. This is going to make your floor look wonderful as well as help it become incredibly easy to maintain.

It is very important to be aware that any concrete which already has a sealer or curing agents on it will not be stain-able. While cleaning the floor DO NOT use an acid wash, due to the fact that this will result in a reaction with the top layer of your floor, and eliminates the ability to stain the concrete.

The first thing you should do is test the colors that you’re considering using. Since stained concrete is the effect of a chemical reaction, the outcome will be different for every unique concrete floor. The color charts supplied by the manufacturers are only guides, so you should see for yourself the way it will appear on your floor. You will typically be capable of getting samples from the manufactures prior to make a purchase. Find an area which is out of view (a closet is perfect), and thoroughly clean the area. Once the concrete is completely dry box off the area you are going to be testing with tape. Using a sponge, apply a 1:1 diluted solution of the acid concrete stain and water. Ensure that you label each and every sample so you don’t get them mixed up.

Allow the test areas to dry for at least three hours before you come back to check on them. Clean off any kind of remaining residue using a wet sponge. Once the areas are clean and wet you will be able to get a good idea of what they will truly resemble once the procedure is finished. If you like what you see it’s high time to move forward with the project.

The initial step of preparing your concrete for staining should be to vacuum around the edges of your walls. After that tape and plastic off your walls as well as door frames.

The next step is repairing the concrete floor. For those who have new concrete this part is going to be a breeze. For those who have old concrete with plenty of cracks and stains, this will most likely be one of the most difficult tasks. After applying the acid concrete stain on the concrete you are going to still be able to see any cracks, stains, or other flaws which were already on the floor. Consider how the grain and knots of wood look after it is stained. This really is very similar with concrete staining. In the event that your concrete is new, or in excellent shape, you can skip to the cleaning stage.

Hairline cracks can add character for the final product, however anything more substantial needs to be filled. To get this done, start by vacuuming the crack to remove all debris. After that fill the crack with concrete glue, and allow it to set. After the glue has set fill the crack with anchoring cement and allow it to dry. Scrape off any high spots and sand down the new concrete until it’s even. Continue doing this process until all undesirable cracks are fixed.

Scrape off any kind of imperfections and remove any unwanted stains. CLR works well to get rid of rust stains, and Glue-B-Gone could be used to remove any carpet glue that may be still around. If a stain is being problematic you might have to utilize a wire brush to get rid of it.

Now you will need to give the area a complete washing. Scrub the floor using a TSP and water blend (1 cup TSP to 4 gallons of water). With your wet vac suck up all of the water and rinse your floor with water that is clean. Once your floor is completely dry you will need to go over it using a vacuum once more to make sure all debris is removed. Prior to applying the stain you will need to make certain the concrete is completely dry, so it is best to leave it overnight.

Now, once you have picked the right stain for your project, we finally arrive at the fun part; the right way to apply acid stain to concrete floors.

A very important factor you should keep in mind before you decide to get started is that you will be working with a low strength acid. It’s not very hazardous, but you should protect your arms, legs, and especially your eyes. It’s also wise to wear a face mask so you don’t breathe in the fumes. When picking out clothing to use for the job don’t opt for anything you have become fond of, because there will likely be some damage done to these items.

concretestain1Applying the stain to your concrete floor is in fact the simplest aspect of this sort of project. You need to dilute your acid concrete stain with water, using a 1:1 ratio. I prefer to use a bucket for any mixing after which I fill the sprayer from the bucket. In a perfect world, the application process should be a two person job. One person will spray on the concrete stain, while another follows behind using a broom to scrub in the solution.

While applying the concrete acidconcretestain2 stain it’s going to make life much simpler (and get much better results) if you put it on using a systematic approach. Begin at the back of your area. The individual controlling the sprayer will spray on the solution while the individual controlling the broom follows behind scrubbing it into the concrete. The broom will leave brush strokes, so as soon as you get midway finished with your current length the sprayer needs to go back over that area and apply another coat. Doing this will eliminate any kind of trail or brush strokes, and provide you a natural and consistent look.

Since you don’t want the edges to dry you need to proceed end to end in a “typewriter” fashion. This simply means that you simply start at the left side of the room, work your way towards the right side of the room, and start the next “level” working from the right side towards the left. Make sure to always go over each area with a second coat to get rid of the marks the broom leaves behind. Continue doing this process until you stain all of the concrete.

When you are finished you should let the area dry. The amount of time will fluctuate subject to which brand of concrete stain you use.

After the appropriate reaction time you will need to clean the floor using a combination of baking soda and water. This will neutralize the acid (this just means it’s going to stop the reaction), and will remove any residue which may still be on your freshly stained concrete floor. One person needs to go over the floor entirely with a mop and bucket (filled with the baking soda and water solution), while another follows behind using a wet vac to suck up all of the dirty water. It is crucial that neither people step on the un-neutralized area, as this will likely leave foot prints on the floor. Let this dry for a bit and clean the floor 1-2 more times for the best results. You will observe that when the floor dries it’ll look a little chalky. Don’t be worried about this as the floor will only reach its full potential after the sealer is put on.

After this step is completed, your work for the day is complete. You’ll want to let the stained concrete floor dry completely overnight. It is advisable to use fans to make certain the floor is dry ahead of coming back tomorrow to apply the sealer.

concretestain3The sealer should be quite simple to put on. The most crucial part is that you utilize a sealer that’s meant to work hand in hand together with your brand of concrete stain. Put the sealer in a paint pan and roll it onto your floor. Let it completely dry (read the manufacturer’s label regarding drying time) and apply another coat. After the initial coat is on you will observe how the colors of the floor have become much richer and fuller, this is the stained concrete result which you have been working so hard to obtain. When the final coat of the sealer is completely dry it’s now safe to walk on and return furniture to the room.

If you’d like an addition amount of protection for the stained concrete, and also make it easier to clean, it’s suggest that you add 3-4 coats of a floor finish. Floor finish is a wax that adds an additional layer of protection for your stained concrete floor, while making it look great and allowing for easy clean ups. The floor finish applies very easily, just spill it over the floor and spread it about with an applicator. Let each coat dry for approximately an hour or so prior to applying the next one.

Now that you know how to stain concrete floors… what are you waiting around for!? This really is an easy, inexpensive, as well as effective way to turn those unsightly, dull, and boring concrete floors into something you will be happy to show other people.

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20 Outstanding 3D Truck Art Images

Feb 9th, 2010

These are real advertisements and 3D artwork on German trucks. If you look closely you can see that these are all printed on the side and back panels. They could be quite confusing while driving down the road, however they are cool to look at.

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Great iPhone Apps for Construction

Feb 4th, 2010

Do you work in construction, architecture or engineering? If so, here are some iPhone apps that will help you, from saving time to saving money. Be sure to always check back with the iPhone App store for updates and more software.

Document management for Construction:

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Documents To Go: This application allows users to do the following:
• view, edit, and create Microsoft Word documents;
• view Excel, powerpoint, PDF and iWork, and
• send and receive Microsoft Exchange Email.

Pronto: Use forms on your iPhone to capture, report and manage information. You can create your own forms or use templates. Fill in the form on your device right in the field as you are collecting the information. Then share the data with others by exporting to Excel, XML, HTML, PDF or CSV. Use this process for a large number of AEC activities including estimating, inspecting and reporting time.

Job Cost Accounting – These will help you track those cost.

Expensify: We all need to keep better track of business expenses such as vehicle fuel, meals, and lodging, so this free expense tracking system aims to help out with that. It can scan receipts using the iPhone’s camera, or you can use it to log cash expenses. Then upload the snapshots and cash expense list to the Expensify website. (The service will also import your expenses from your assigned credit card and it accepts your uploaded email receipts.) From there, you can create your expense report and email it for reimbursement. Management, meanwhile, can use Expensify to reject and send an expense report back for revision; approve it and reimburse as normal; reimburse it online from any checking account, or reimburse exporting to QuickBooks.

ReceiptsOnDisk: With this expense tracking system, you can now capture receipts as you buy things and store them on your iPhone for later retrieval as needed.

iPhone TSheets Touch: This application makes your iPhone a time tracking device. Log onto a Web page where you record time on specific tasks or specific jobs. Reporting features let you customize the content of reports, specify a spreadsheet, and then format and export to CSV, PDF or QuickBooks. You can also view the reports online in HTML. Besides tracking standard hours, you can track overtime, paid time off, job time and project time.

Need to do some calculations or measurements, these apps will help you.

gUnit: Convert units in 10 categories including temperature, length, weight, and volume.

iRuler: The phone can now measure things in inches and centimeters. This iPhione application for construction also comes with an assortment of skins, including wood and metal.

Quad Level: Going beyond just a level, this tool also tells you just how far out of level things are in either centimeters per meter, or inches per 10 feet. It also has a diagonal level indicator.

Are you at the job site, if so these will come in handy.

iPhone Translator: With increasingly diverse construction jobsites, this language translator offers to help keep the communication flowing.

Weather Machine: Get current, local forecasts every 30 minutes in a stunning display.

iHydrate: You don’t have to guess anymore if the weather conditions are prime for heat stroke. This application gives you the current heat index along with the level of potential risk of heat-related illness. Also reminds when you, and your crews, need to drink some water.

55 Great Sites For Woodworkers

Feb 4th, 2010

Do you have a love for woodworking? Having a husband that loves working in the garage and two sons in woodshop at school, I decided to put this list of sites together to help them as well as help others. From the novice to the advanced, if you are looking for some tips and tricks, design ideas, or just want to see what others are doing, this list has what you are looking for. These sites are not listed in any order other than by general topic.

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    1.  Acorn House Workshop – Having started by building some bookshelves and dining table for the new house, this woodworking hobbyist has since turned out some very fine pieces of work. From the Dining table to guitars, this music professor has many great ideas to look at.

    2.  Creating Sawdust – Having co-authored “Building Furniture for Country Living” and “I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects”, Dave is an avid woodworker who is now working on his own book. This site is where he shares his knowledge, tips and tricks as he goes through his journey in writing that book.

    3.   Dan’s Shop – With a love for hand tools and woodworking, Dan uses this site to share his journey in woodworking. With his kids involved as well, Dan has a wealth of information and ideas that you don’t want to miss.

    4.  First Light Woodworking – With over 20 years of working with wood, Rick has built some beautiful pieces. He uses this site to hare his knowledge and his works of art in hopes to inspire others.

    5.   The Folding Rule – This is a cool site as it has both photo and video’s of this woodworkers journey and experiences. Using the approach of using power tools to do the rough stuff and hand tools to do the final fit, this woodworker has created some great products in his garage based shop.

    6.  Sawdust Shavings – This is a very nice site by a group “The Helena Woodworkers Guild”, where the members meet at one of the members shop taking turns to share and learn from the skills and expertise of each other.

    7.  Matt’s Basement Workshop Podcast – Matt Vanderlist uses his basement workshop to share his knowledge and experience though podcast. This is a great way to learn, whether you are a novice or advanced woodworker you will find some great information in this site.

    8.  Modern Woodshop – Here is another basement woodshop that uses podcast to share the journey of working with wood. Dave Noftz is an amateur woodworker, but don’t let that fool you, through this site you will find that he has created some beautiful works of art.

    9.  Mod Mom Furniture – It’s great to see more women getting into woodworking. This young lady is a mother, designer and woodworker, using her talents to build furniture. In this site she shares her journey through process in hopes to inspire others.

    10.  Peter Follansbee – With over 30 years of experience in woodworking, Peter uses this site to share his love for working with wood, how he makes everything from boxes, chairs, to cabinets.

    11.  The Renaissance Woodworker – Although Shannon says he is a intermediate woodworker with over 9 years of experience in the field, this site has a wealth of information, tips and tricks that you don’t want to miss.

    12.  Splintered Board Podcast – After serving in the Army, getting married, and repairing the house, Rick who is now a software quality assurance engineer, found that he had a love for woodworking. He uses this site to share through podcast his journey into the world of woodworking.

    13.  Stu’s Shed – Understanding the frustration of having to learn from his own mistakes, Stu decided to put this site together to share his knowledge with others. It has since grown to have reviews, how-to articles and in depth articles about the technology behind the tools.

    14.  The Taylor Garage – Steve uses this site to share his journey into the woodworking world hoping to someday produce journeyman work.

    15.  The Inquisitive Woodworker – With a professional life in IT, this amateur woodworked has found he has a growing interest in hand tools and believes that working with wood helps bring out his creative side.

    16.  The Part Time Woodworker – This site has a ton of information from ideas to tips and tricks. This is a great site you don’t want to miss.

    17.  Tony’s Woodshop – Tony is a professional computer programmer that has a love for working with wood. He hopes to someday be able to produce quality furniture that he can be proud of, and uses this site to share that journey.

    18.  The Village Carpenter – Kari is a graphics designer and business owners that has a love for working with wood and uses this site to share her knowledge and work.

    19.  Wisdom of The Hands – Doug Stowe uses this site to share the concept that “our hands are essential to learning”. This site is full of information for the novice to the advance woodworker.

    20.  The Woodshop Bug – This is a great site that follows the journey of a woodworker through making everything from small boxes to Christmas gifts.

    21.  WookTreks – “Woodtreks” are video journeys for woodworkers, wood artists, and collectors of fine wood crafts, art, and furniture. Be inspired, learn how-to, and discover master artisans & their work.

    22.  http://woodworking.about.com/b/ – Chris Baylor is the woodworking guide for About.com. Having a long career in and a love for woodworking, Chris uses his experiences and this site to bring you some great information.

    23.  Parings – A Woodworker’s Journal – As one of the founding partners and lead instructors of a woodworking school, Charles Bender (Chuck), uses this site to share tips and tricks for woodworkers at all levels.

    24.  Chair Notes – Peter not only has this site as a resource for Windsor Chair Makers and woodworkers, but he also has classes at his New York workshop. This site has a wealth of information, but if you want that next step, feel free to contact him about taking a class.

    25.  Daedworks Blog – With topics from mitering to covering tools and other general life subjects, this site by Raney is a great site to read through.

    26.  Ron’s Evolving Workshop – In this site Ron brings you many different projects that can be created in a small workshop, from building work benches to small toys.

    27.  Galoototron – Brian started this site to chronicle the stuff he was building as a reference for himself, but it has grown to have a wealth of information for both novice and advanced woodworkers.

    28.  The Novice Garage Woodworker – With over 6 years of experience, Erik still considers himself a novice woodworker. This site is an online how-to source for novice woodworkers by novice woodworkers. Full of information, tips and tricks, links and a store, this site is not one you want to miss.

    29.  A Learning Adventure in the Workshop – Matt is a Technologist, Geologist, and a woodworker. He uses this site to share what he has learned through his journey in the woodshop.

    30.  Norse Woodsmith – Leif uses this site to share his knowledge and love for woodworking. With how-to’s, tips and tricks, along with reviews this site has a wealth of information for the woodworker.

    31.  Proven Woodworking – Through his love and interest in woodworking, Jim McCleary uses this site to share his knowledge and expertise. With areas for novice beginners to the advanced woodworker, Jigs to plans, this site is one you want to not only read, but you want to keep up with as Jim continues his journey working with wood.

    32.  Heartwood – With over 25 years of experience, Rob Porcaro loves to share his knowledge of woodworking, inviting you into his shop to watch him work. He believes that all woodworkers can learn from each other, even if it’s just through sites like these.

    33.  Sawdust on The Floor – This Jersey Woodworker has over 30 years of experience. He uses this site to share that experience in hopes to inspire others to pick up a piece of wood and start working with it.

    34.  Cheifwoodworker’s Blog – Having retired from the hi-tech world, Joe Zeh has moved on to cabinet making. Working in a small shop, he turns out some beautiful work. This site has a ton of information from how-to’s to reviews.

    35.  UnpluggedShop.com – Luke Townsley has built this site about working with hand tools as a hobby for those that work in the professional world, but need to get out and relax. This site has everything from classes, clubs, museums, to suppliers.

    36.  Wood’n Bits Workshop – Brought to you by Larry Marshall, this site has information covering everything from books, tools, to Techniques. If you are looking for something, I bet this site has the answer.

    37.  Woodworker’s Guide – Offers a woodworking blog, woodworking resources, information, events, how-to articles and more!

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    38.  Scroll Saw Bowls – Carole uses this site to share her knowledge and expertise on making bowls, with post, pictures and videos, this is a great site to go through.

    39.  Scrollsaw Workshop – In this site by Steve, you will find free scroll saw patterns, videos and demonstrations, links and reviews. This is a great site for both novice and advanced scroll saw enthusiast.

    40.  Syzygy – As a skydiving photographer for several years, Keith Larrett decided he needed a change in profession. He started working in the construction field and found that he has a love for wood. Through this site he shares his interest in turning wood on a lathe and turning that wood into beautiful pieces of work.

    41.  The Craftsman’s Path – Mark Mazzo uses this site to share in interest and love for woodworking. With his current pursuits in furniture design, woodturning and some woodcarving, this site has a wealth of information.

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    42.  Beginners Carving Corner and Beyond – If you are a carver or would like to learn, this site has tutorials for the beginner to the advanced. With tips, tricks, and everything between, this site has a wealth of information.

    43.  Flying Chips – Robert uses this site to share his journey through the world of woodcarving, in hopes to inspire others and allow them to learn through his experiences.

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    44.  Design Matters – George Walker has over 25 years of woodworking experience, and writes a monthly column for Popular Woodworking Magazine. In this site he focuses on design and how much planning plays a part in how well a piece turns out.

    45.  Aschi’s Workshop – Peter has used his knowledge and experience to produce plans for toys and other projects. As he says, “Plans for average people with average woodworking skills like myself, but who want better than average results.”

    46.  Marcus Sly – Furniture Making and Design – Having a background in boatbuilding, this woodworker has moved to producing furniture that is beautiful. He uses this site to share some of these beautiful pieces along with some knowledge on how to make them.

    47.  Kellogg Furniture Design – Clark started woodworking in high school and found a love for it. He has studied at several different schools and has a BA in Studio Arts. He uses this site to showcase some of his work, to share some of his knowledge, and to inspire others.

Commercial Sites

    48.  Custom Made Blog – This site is the blog of CustomMade.com and is loaded with all sorts of information relating to building, selling and buying custom made wood works.

    49.  Woodworking Magazine – The Woodworking Magazine Weblog is a great resource for anyone at any stage in their woodworking journey. With information from chisels to workbenches, this site has a ton of information that you need to be sure to read.

    50.  Logan Cabinet Shoppe – Having built custom furniture for over 18 years, Bob is not only self taught but only uses hand tools. This site has a wealth of information and some great works of art by Bob Rozaieski.

    51.  Maple Grove Woodworks – Dennis Caskey has over 12 years in the woodworking world. He has moved his journey from hobbyist to a more professional level by building projects and offering his design service.

    52.  The Wood Whisper – Marc J. Spagnuolo is a professional woodworker, podcaster, video producer, and contributing editor for FineWoodworking.com and Popular Woodworking Magazine. Producing the Wood Whisperer is a great way for him to combine three of his passions: woodworking, technology, and education.

    53.  David Charlesworth – David uses this site to share his knowledge on tool tuning and fine furniture making. As well he has several books, DVD’s, and even courses you can take to expand you talents in the woodworking field.

    54.  Evenfall Woodworks – Evenfall Woodworks is a website dedicated to the exchange of woodworking knowledge, ideas, and helping woodworkers with their skills development. The articles are authored in the spirit of inspiring woodworkers to take action, make something, developing their skills, paying knowledge forward, and the comment sections are open so as to foster positive topical discussions.

    55.  Measure Cut Cut Studio – Peter Cales owns and operates the Measure Cut Cut Studio where he designs and creates one of a kind studio furniture that blurs the lines between furniture and art.