I Made a Shaker Style Coffee Table

Last Tuesday, I finished my first class at the Ted Harlan Woodworking School. I’ve never built a piece of furniture before, but Ted and his assistant Sean (Shawn, maybe) walked the class through everything from using a bandsaw to reduce tension in wood (there’s totally a joke in there that I don’t feel like making) to flattening surfaces with handplanes.

Before taking Ted’s introductory class, I didn’t even know the difference between a bandsaw and a jigsaw.

Despite not knowing much of anything, the table turned out pretty nice.

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I’m not good at taking pictures and my house is messy, but the table looks great.
A better view of the tabletop. Also, a better view of all the crap sitting on my guitar amp.

Next, I’m going to take Ted’s jewelry box class, where he teaches how to execute a dovetail joint and further explores the use of handplanes.¬†

New hobby found!

My Post on Stopping Punycode Phishing Attacks

Check out my post at Techie Report about stopping Punycode phishing attacks.

As a freelance writer, I get asked to write about a lot of topics. Internet and connected technologies (like smart devices) have become two subjects that I’ve concentrated on. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about about technology by breaking complex systems into their working parts. This approach has helped me do everything from replace my car’s serpentine belt to designing websites with JavaScript.

No matter how much I learn, I’m surprised by the fragility of software and hardware. Punycode was one of my biggest surprises. It has legitimate uses, especially for people who don’t use English as their primary language, but it leaves a hole in the internet’s security.

If you haven’t heard of Punycode, then you’ll want to check out my post on Techie Report. I still have a hard time believing that such a vulnerability exists.