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  1. Obligatory First Bookshelf

    From the few things I've read, it almost seems like a right of passage to build a set of bookshelves as one of, if not the, first project as a woodworker. The cliche wasn't enough to dissuade me. It didn't hurt that we had boxes and piles of books strewn across the house, either. I was feeling...
  2. First "Real" project - Farmhouse style Dining Table

    The story will need an update, but here is my first ever "real" project. Before this I'd made some plywood cabinet-type construction, some miscellaneous pine panel items, my workbench, and precisely one spatula… The top is where most of the effort & $$$'s went. Its primarily a 4/4 hickory...
  3. St. Andrew's Cross

    A friend of mine, a dominatrix, commissioned this piece for a monthly play party that she hosts. I had to design the piece to support human weight and fully disassemble and reassemble in minutes. My friend and I built it from 6×6 beams salvaged from an old church that we ripped into approx...
  4. Washer and Dryer Platform

    After seeing a few other takes on this project on LJs, I started sketching up plans for my own. By sketching up, I mean with a T-square, triangles and a drafting board. I know how to do that. SketchUp just leaves me frustrated and taking 4 times as long. It's 30" by 60" and 18" high. I made it...
  5. the Turduckeneg of furniture

    It's a Table! It's a chair! no it's a storage chest? WTF is it? it's useful whatever it is. 17th century furniture type in a 14th century style. And 4 (or 5) games on the top!
  6. Christmas Ornament 2010

    My wife and I exchange Christmas ornaments every year. Last Christmas my wife also happened to be pregnant with our first child. Before we found out that we were having a daughter we were referring to her as our nugget. So, after her ultrasound, I decided to make her an ornament featuring our...
  7. Dog Steps

    After perusing the web, a coworkers' wife was in search of a set of dog steps for their new puppy; she messaged me after seeing some of my previous work and wanted to know if I'd be interested in building a set for her. I searched the web as well looking at designs and prices, and after some...
  8. Simple Butcher Block Workbench

    Simple workbench that took me 3 years to build… I have a carpenter's bench with end-vise in the middle of my shop so I can work all around it. This is a secondary "side bench" fixed to the wall for assembly work, fix-it projects, etc. Was going to glue up a pine top but found a 2" thick 2' x...
  9. Oak Bell "Tower"

    Oak Bell "Tower" A good friend and his brother were each given a special commemorative brass cow bell by a long-lost relative in Switzerland, and after several years of not having a way to display them, they asked me to design and make display stands. The heavy leather belt was starting to dry...
  10. Dovetail Cross

    Recently I've been doing dovetail work (tool tray for my workbench), and it's the reason I decided that I needed some dovetail marking gizmo. Quick googling gave me a favorite, Paul Sellers' dovetail gauge: simple design, quick to build, easy to tune and true: But. It does not allow to mark...
  11. Gustav Stickley No. 603 Tabouret

    I built this tabouret in 2005 during my spare time in my woodworking table class. The main table was the Greene and Greene Style Coffee table which we built mostly step by step. I work pretty fast so I had a lot of down time. I found the drawings for this table in the Robert Lange book: Shop...
  12. Cherry/Walnut stash box

    Cherry/Walnut stash box This was a fun one. In addition to the feet, the Asian style box features Half-lap, splined and dowelled corners. and the sides have a rounded profile. Made from salvaged cherry and walnut, approx. 6×9 inches and finished with hand-rubbed poly. The lift off lid has an...
  13. Wall Clock

    I made this clock for my son's restaurant. He has an old theme interior for his restaurant. I saw a similar clock on-line and decided to make this one from sight. It's a cross between an Art's and Crafts and a Green and Green. It's made of Ash with a Golden Oak Stain and 4 coats of Lacquer...
  14. Pair of Trivets

    A simple pair of trivets - made out of some scrap oak and walnut for my wife for Christmas. We're always using old dingy pot holders to set hot things on the table, and I thought she might like these instead. She likes walnut, and the table is a solid oak barn table (shown in one of the...
  15. First project - Picture frames

    I was hesitant about posting this, but I thought it would be good to look back on to see where I started. The joints are half-lap. I hand cut them with a cheap Stanley backsaw like the ones that come with miter boxes. I wanted to do something that would help build skill with a saw. I also...
  16. Woodworking Skill Share
    I am posting this because I got a lot of good tips on the subject while trying to build some table legs. I hope this helps someone and saves you a lot of time and headache. I would consider myself a novice to intermediate woodworker. I'm trying to start a little side job and had a request to...
  17. Woodworking Skill Share
    I'm sure this is very simple, and I will happily take any laughing at me, but the matter of the fact is I learn by hands on, and I can't picture this cut. I don't have a problem with the 35 degree cut, that's the very least I can manage lol. But the opposite side cut is giving me problems, can...
  18. Focus on the Workspace
    I've been reading a lot about dust collection on Bill Pentz site and he advocates a cyclone vented to the outside if possible. I like the idea of the dust that's left after the cyclone getting vented outside as there would be no dust passing through filters to the inside of the workspace. In...
  19. Focus on the Workspace
    Your workbench, of course. So many posts of benches get comments that include 'too nice to use,' or 'I wouldn't have the heart to pound on that bench.' Which got me to thinking (always dangerous), what's the roughest kind of thing you do on your bench? Use it when chainsawing? Brazing and...
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