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  1. Dowel end reducer

    First special thanks to Matthias Wandel for his website that gave me the confidence to try this. I needed the ends of dowels trimmed down. 1/2" dowel with a section only 3/8" diameter. I wanted to explain how easy this was for others that may need this but don't want a dedicated tool. So the...
  2. Daughter's Crib

    After looking around at the baby stores, and being utterly disappointed in the quality of even $1000 cribs, a crib quickly came to the top of my project list, and was probably my most ambitious project to date. I started with the common 3-in-1 crib plan...
  3. Cutting board, Edge-grain

    I built this for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Finally had a Christmas that I got to build/make/cast/machine all of the gifts I gave! Although I admit, this is not the most beautiful board, I only had a week worth of lunch breaks to work on it. I made a jig to drill 45 degree angled holes...
  4. Chair

    Chair made to match dessk for my daughter. Solid walnut with faux suede cover over two inch foam pad.
  5. Handcrafted Maple Dowel and Coaster Set

    I wanted to try my hand at making maple dowels and needed a project to use them on, so I recycled some Cherry from a set of old cabinets and Maple from an old handrail to make the set. Finished with spray on poly 5 light coats gloss and final coat satin.
  6. Maple Mortise Madness

    120 mortise and tennons, 12 dovetails, a lot of biscuits, a few dowels and there you have it! Two end tables and a couch table made of maple finished with three coats of 35 sheen lacquer. The only mechanical fasteners used are for the undermount soft close slides for the drawer. One end table...
  7. Low Budget Dowel Maker

    This is definitely not the fanciest project that will be posted today but could probably save you the most money. I have been searching around for a while and experimenting with several diy dowel makers. Though I really like the concept of drilling holes with a step drill bit and cutting the...
  8. Counter Stools

    The wife requested a pair of "Counter Stools" for our kitchen. She found a couple of pictures online that she like so I got busy. I used Southern Yellow Pine cut from 2×12x12's from a local lumber yard. Their quality was so much better than from the Orange or Blue Boxes. Nice tight, straight...
  9. Cajon #1 is special

    Easily the one thing I've made more times than anything else is cajons. I've just never posted them here. When I started woodworking, it was because I wanted to make musical instruments. Then I fell down the rabbit hole of everything else you could make with wood (SOOOOO MUCH!) and the only...
  10. Jig for making large dowels, fluted columns, even tapered legs

    I have a project coming up where I need to make two matching tapered columns, but alas I do not have a lathe. I wanted a way to create them easily and repeatability was important - here is the jig I came up with.. A box.. On the front end I have a vertical adjustment to set the diameter at...
  11. Kid Shavers!

    Well, you don't actually shave a kid with them but kids can shave with them! I've been on a razor/shaving kick lately and the kids have been getting involved too. I decided that we all need our own razor to play shaving with. About an hour in the shop with some dowels, screws, and acrylic...
  12. Newton’s Gravity Defying Puzzle

    This puzzle was dropped off on my desk last week. The "rocket" is placed in the cup. You must remove it without dumping it out or using tools (paper clips, tape, etc.). The problem is that there is no place to grab the rocket. How do you get it out? See video at the end if you can't figure it...
  13. Wine Rack

    So a buddy at work asked me to build a kitchen island with a wine rack .. but the wine rack needed to be portable and so this is what I came up with .. Materials 1×12x4' of pine 4' length of 1" dowel 2' length of 3/8" dowel Tools Router ( I used a palm router, love it) Drum sander Drill...
  14. Tops with handles

    These are some tops made (more or less) from the book "America Folk Toys" by John Nelson. (http://www.amazon.com/American-Folk-Toys-Easy-Build/dp/1561582212/ref=sr12?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269915343&sr=8-2) We're making several toys for easter give-aways for the kids. I have to admit that these...
  15. Swiss Cowbell Tower

    Swiss Cowbell Stand.... Number 4 in the series. This is a commissioned piece, constructed of walnut and sized to fit the clients special family bell. I have done three others in oak, and the last three have all featured a sort of bridle joint, allowing the saddle to be lifted off the uprights to...
  16. Coffee table from 2x4s and 2x6s

    Made a coffee table for my living room - initially tried pocket holes but did not like the way it felt under light/intermediate pressure (I sit on my coffee tables, sometimes, top was attached with pocket holes and glue and still is) So I rebuilt using lap joints and 7/8 dowels, no screws - Top...
  17. Seam ripper

    Seam ripper for my mom. And not one of those kit seam rippers. I removed the plastic handle from a Clover ripper (my mom's preferred brand), and glued it into the center of the handle. This was more difficult than it looked because things kept coming unglued, even though I used a dowel to...
  18. Ironic Cherry Cabinet

    The irony in this cabinet without doors is that it is made almost entirely from cabinet doors. It is made with cherry with hickory shelves. All the parts were cabinet doors I got for a dollar a piece at a discontinued parts sale at my work. Each side is three cherry doors doweled together...
  19. Replacement Tinkers

    Here was a great little project. Replacement tinker toy sticks! It seems like now that the little guy is playing with them, they are disappearing like crazy…..must be the elves :) So I cut up some 3/8" dowels to the same size, put a cut in the ends with the band saw, and then died them using...
  20. Quilt Rack

    This was one of my first more complicated projects. This plan was from a Wood magazine and I made it for a friend whose mother had given her a few quilts and she had no place to show them off. Most of my work so far has been done on pine boards that were either salvaged from inside my house or...
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