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  1. Craftsman Bookends

    I saw an ad for these in the back of American Bungalow magazine (worth getting just for the ads). My girlfriend had to go to a business meeting, so I said I'd make a set before she got home. She looked at me with those "another project?" eyes. Sure enough, when she got home, they were ready...
  2. Tabouret Table

    These were made from red oak from the plans in Popular Mechanics - Mission Furniture - How to Make It. We found the book in the Gamble House bookstore. Originally, I was only going to make one, but I made a mental mistake, thinking that tables need four legs. When I realized that two lapped...
  3. Roycroft Bookshelf Reproductions

    My parents have been looking for a new table for their family room for months, AND I had been looking for a new project to do! So I thought I'd surprise them with one of these Roycroft Bookshelfs. I found plans in sketchup on the internets and began about 2 weeks ago. I really do love...
  4. Just a small box

    My last two projects have been complete failures - they're sitting in the "sin" corner of the room waiting for some inspiration as to how to recover them. I knew when I started that they were probably beyond me, but, as my father used to say, "the impossible takes a little longer". So I thought...
  5. Work Bench

    Well, I've been cleaning up the shop and finally finished this today. Not much cost into this one. I've had the vise for 15+ years so the cost of it doesn't count. I might have $30.00 into this. If you look at the base you'll see odd mortises and holes in random places. That's because the 1 1/8"...
  6. Morris Chair

    I have finally built myself a Morris Chair. I have wanted one for a long time and finally got around to doing something about it. The chair was built out of quarter sawn white oak picked for flecks and rays. The wood is very difficult to find around here and it took me awhile to accumulate...
  7. Fumed Curly Cherry Dining Table

    When I bought my house I didn't have a dining room table. So what better project than to make my own. I've been working on this project for the last few months. This is a first for me to use all Cherry and it worked out great. The table supports leafs on both ends. Wood: Cherry (top), Curly...
  8. Full sized piano...

    ...box. This was going to be a "quick, fun and easy" project - everyone knows pianos are dead easy to build, right? Well, it was fun, but it was neither quick nor easy. I did the research so it would be "anatomically correct" and discovered that all those gaps for the black keys were actually...
  9. Plan B lamp

    You can read about how this lamp came to be like this in this blog. As usual - you're not likely to learn much there, but there may be the odd interesting snippet. I usually do my wood work in broad brush strokes. Someone on here recently described it as "chunky style". For me this project...
  10. Night Stand

    Simple nightstand built out of QSWO. I'm not a huge fan of medullary rays, so I picked lumber with limited rays. This was my first project building from rough sawn lumber and no plans. My wife picked the design from a picture she found online. Not pinterest… The finish is ammonia fumed + 3...
  11. Arts and Crafts Bookcase

    A arts and crafts style bookcase. Made entire of white oak. Double top (a little bit of japanese style), solid adjustable shelves, full inset doors on the bottom, white oak rear panels that were re-sawn and planed down to about 3/8" thick. Mortise and tennon construction throughout. I ammonia...
  12. Absinthe tray

    My membership of TrayMakerHolics Anonymous is up for renewal soon, and I wanted to take my microadjusting fence out for a serious spin, and I find trays to provide interesting challenges, so I came up with this - the "Absinthe Tray". 4mm is the smallest bit I have that has any kind of height to...
  13. Two-step Display Shelf in Urban Quartersawn White Oak with Ammonia Treatment

    This is a simple two-step display shelf I made in a hurry for a client using urban quartersawn white oak. The display shelf will be used to display hand-crafted artwork at art shows. There is nothing interesting about the joinery: very simple lap joints and screws hold the project together...
  14. I say box, she says planter!

    Hours and hours I spent, outside in the sun since I have no dust collection facility, sanding this guy down to a mirror finish. It was hot, around 36° Celsius, and I'm purposefully keeping my body between the searing heat of the sun and my precious box. I'm wearing an almost full face mask, not...
  15. Ashtray/Cinzeiro/Aschenbecher/灰皿

    I was looking for a small, challenging project to practice (or develop) my joinery skills - I figure by now I ought be able to put bits of wood together in a half-decent way. I actually tried this "finger mitre spline" joint (maybe it has a proper name, but I don't know what it is) a year or so...
  16. Another Lamp

    I enjoyed making the last lamp, and I bought several different sheets of interesting hand-made paper a while back, so I thought I'd give it another go - and this is the result. Nothing whatsoever like the drawing I made, as usual, but things in real life just don't look the same as they do in my...
  17. Seeking Planet "Perfect" Box

    Work on my current project - a chest of drawers - ground to a halt when I broke my 3mm router bit. So while I wait for a replacement bit to arrive (I have to mail order it from the UK and, don't you know, it's on back order) I decided to hone some of my skills by trying (for the nth time) to...
  18. EeE-ZzZ Tray

    I set out to design the simplest possible tray I could imagine - this is the result. As you can see, the construction is simplicity itself… I chose to use a bit of bookmatching Jatoba for the base. I have no idea why you can see the join line - I've done it before with other woods without...
  19. "Second wind"

    As my mother would have said - this piece of olive was "fait a la mao", which I think was supposed to mean "hand made". When we first moved into this house in Portugal 5 years ago, we had to chop down a "dead" olive tree - it has since regrown into a fine, if multi-, upstanding citizen. This was...
  20. Apple Blossoms, Butterfly, Blooms, Floral Butterfly Scene

    This picture was done because my mother thought that all the pictures that I made were more masculine. So she thought it would be nice to appeal to the other end. This is my attempt to make something more femanine. The pattern was done based on rice paper cutting. The picture with mat is...
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