Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wives against Schwarz

Christopher Schwarz is the editor of Woodworking Magazine and runs a great blog.
The Schwarz also has spent a lot of money on woodworking tools, and now I probably will too. I asked him for the brands of the tools he turns to the most. He didn't mention all of the items that grace his black and white tool rack at home, I don't know if it was from not wanting to scare me out of woodworking or upsetting his wife.

  • Lie-Nielsen 60-1/2 low angle adjustable mouth block plane ($165)
  • Lie-Nielsen No. 8 ($475) Holy moly this thing is 2feet long and feels like a submarine, or freight train
  • Bailey No. 5 with a Hock iron ($35 for the iron, the planes you have to get from flea markets)
  • Ray Iles mortising chisels ($70ish each; 1/4 & 3/8 for starters)
  • Tite-Mark marking gauges ($99 for the long)
  • Starrett 6” and 12” combination squares($74 and $78 respectively)
  • Lie-Nielsen No. 4 in bronze with a high-angle frog ($350, I have an old Bailey no.4 [$14 from an antique shop] that should do the trick once I camber the blade. Though I'll always drool over this one)
  • Lie-Nielsen chisels (two sets!) ($350 for one set of 5, maybe one day I'll get these)
  • Andrew Lunn dovetail saw
  • Blue Spruce marking knife ($45)
  • Wenzloff & Sons tenon and sash saws
  • Veritas Saddle squares and dovetail squares
  • Veritas block plane with a chamfer guide

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Gmail and Ubuntu

You ever click on an "email me" link to find it starts up evolution?

Me too, it is dumb, everyone should use gmail.

Here is how to have it launch a new tab in Firefox that opens up gmail and fills out the To: line and the Subject: line (if there was one in the link).

Go to
System>Preferences>Preffered Applications

Change Mail Reader from Evolution to Custom
Paste the following in the text box below
perl -MURI::Escape -e '$to= shift; if ($to =~ /^([^\?]+)\?(.*)$/){$to=$1;$args="&".$2;$args=~s/\&subject=/&su=/};$to =~ s/^mailto://i; exec("firefox","".URI::Escape::uri_escape($to).$args);' '%s'
Hit close.
Fin (you don't even need to restart firefox to see if it works).
To check if it worked click here (don't actually send that e-mail)