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  1. Projects Dovetailed Blanket Chest

    Made this chest for a wedding present. First project I tackled where I hand cut dovetails. Don't look too close. : )
  2. Walnut dovetailed box...ouch

    I thought I was actually going to make it through a project without drawin blood, but had glue seize on assembly and hammered the heck out of my thumb!! After a couple projects that took a bit longer, wanted a weekend project just for some fun. Made this last weekend and just got a finish on...
  3. Wood Robot Cube & Box

    I saw a cube robot like this in a department store in London for £300- . My fiancee wanted one so I decided to make her one for her birthday last month. The challenging part was designing it such that the cuts and cube sizes allowed it to fold neatly into a cube. Got a little confusing at...
  4. Simple Serving Tray

    Well, the serving tray for my nephew is finished. It measures about 14" x 21" and is made from 3/8" Cherry. The bottom is 3/16" and sits in a dado. The sides angle out at about 10 degrees. The sides and ends are dovetailed together- hand cut. The finish is several applications of wipe on poly...
  5. Chess Board and Table

    I have been working on this chess board for close to a year, on and off. By far the longest time was spent making the actual pieces. There are details and videos of a few on my blog . The sides of the board box are made of peruvian walnut. The profile was made using a cove cutting setup on...
  6. 6-Pack Holder

    Here is a little project that I gave my oldest son for Father's Day today. It is made of some old air dried walnut that a friend gave me and some curly maple. It was just one of those projects that I seem to fight all the way through for some reason. I dimensioned and re-sawed with machines and...
  7. Cherry Slant Front Desk

    Here is my latest COMPLETE project. I'm so glad to get this done. This project has been in my shop for a solid year and I've been working on it on and off the whole time. I'd say if I worked on it from start to finish in a straight run, it would have been about 60 hours, but I just don't have...
  8. Essential Tool Chest

    I just finished my version of the Essential Tool Chest by Fine Woodworking Mike Pekovich. I learned a ton from this project. My first hand cut dovetails, bridle joints and through tenons. Maple and walnut with blonde shellac finish. When I loaded it up, I realized that I buy a lot of stuff...
  9. Shoe Bench for Entryway

    Made with Box Store lumber (what they call cabinet grade plywood and aspen trim) and left unfinished at the customers request. She's going to paint it. It is sturdy. I traded for this piece. She's doing a short infomercial on my workshop to help push my keychains.
  10. Solid Cherry side table with drawers

    This is a side table I just finished making. It was originally built to have only one drawer and a raided panel door, but I decided that 3 drawers would be much more usable so I added the necessary structure for the drawers. It is made from 3/4" solid cherry with 1/2" solid maple drawers. The...
  11. A Box of Firsts

    Yeah I know, it"s just a box. To me it means a great deal more than that. This is the first project I've completed where nothing but hand tools were used. Firsts for me include; -Planing everything to thickness using a scrub plane and my jack plane -Creating the dovetail joints -Creating the...
  12. School Box / Sewing Box

    The school box / sewing box build is finished. I built it for my oldest daughter's 16th birthday present and she was very tickled with it. It is made from Curly Red Oak with a White Pine bottom (so it will have that wonderful pine scent when you open it) and air dried Black Walnut mouldings. The...
  13. Solid White Oak Hope Chest - a lot of Dovetails

    I think this is one of the projects that I am the proudest of. I milled all of the White Oak from a large 6' log that a friend gave me. I dried the wood and waited for the day that my Roubo Bench was completed, so I would test my hand cut dovetails. I will say that leading up this this project -...
  14. Princess Toy Box

    This is a Disney Princess themed toy box I made for my daughter. it is made from pine using all hand cut dovetail constructions. It is basically a smaller version of a traditional tool chest. It is painted 4 different colors and decorated with removable wall stickers. So far it has been a big...
  15. Toy Chest for granddaughter

    I built this toy chest from a plan I got online for my granddaughter. I built it out of quartersawn white oak with walnut heart inlays using the router/template guide method. The dovetails are hand-cut but I'm not showing closeups because there's lots of filling around them. Some day I'm going...
  16. Shaker two stepper

    This was my very first hand cut dovetail project. It's ugly and there are some sloppy joints, but I wanted to post so I could (hopefully) document my progress. I used 4/4 poplar - milled to about 13/16". Finished with boiled linseed oil and poly and mineral spirits mixture. My mom really liked...
  17. Serving tray - second hand cut dovetail project

    Made this out of qswo. On the pins, instead of using a coping saw I used a chisel. This method was easier for defining the baseline - I like the results better. I didn't work from plans, just measured a casserole dish. Finished it with amber shellac. Last picture is a cutting board made for some...
  18. Salt Spoon Display case

    Here is a silver salt spoon display case that I made for a customer. It is Jatoba and oak and measures roughly 19×22x3". It will hold 60 tiny spoons, has a glass door and zebrawood butterfly keys inlaid in the mitered corners. It has a black felt backing and hand cut dovetails on all corners...
  19. Mission Library Table Easy Refinish

    We got this tired old table in January 2012. I did not want to face another stripping job and had heard about a technique involving a solvent and steel wool that cleans and revitalizes lacquer finishes. Well, it does a good job of cleaning anyway. I may have used the wrong chemical or the...
  20. Hickory Dickory Dock

    I have been doing a lot of slant-sided boxes with the wider dimension at the top….I thought I would try something a bit different. This Hickory box with Padauk accents has a lift-off lid and a battery operated, glow-in-the-dark dial clock in the front face, and it would make a good desk or...
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