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  1. Night Stands

    This is my second furniture project. I made two of these in a furniture class taught by Michael Colca. They are his design and he is an amazing teacher. The wood is sipo and tiger maple; I used a danish oil to finish. I learned a lot and there are many (tiny) mistakes, but it was a joy...
  2. Grandson's Bookcase

    From a long discussion about working from a dimensioned drawing, including stock thickness, to heading to the lumber yard to pick out the wood. He did all the work! T told him how, demonstrated pocket holes, talked safety with the TS and router. With all the other activities of a 13 year old...
  3. Quarantine teaching break

    I needed a desk to hold a second monitor for teaching during this school year but I didn't want something that was going to be sitting around and open and be a "one hit wonder". I was able to use pieces I had (including a messed up epoxy piece) to make this. It has a hinged front that folds...
  4. Coaching and Ken's Christmas Project (Boxguy)

    Pictured: A jewelry keeper (12 x 6 x 6) with a book-matched quarter sawn White Oak top and corner splines, and American Walnut sides. The square, sliding tray has White Oak sides and walnut splines. Finish method has one Tung Oil coat, two Polyurethane coats, one wax coat. It features a...
  5. The Butterfly Bench

    The students finished up two of these butterfly benches today. Intended for outside use, with the lower shelf meant to hold muddy shoes/boots/cloven hooves. The butterfly motif was my design, so throw the blame on me. I was using this guy's work inspiration. Made out of recycled wood and...
  6. Sassafras natural edge bowl

    Sassafras natural edge bowl. My first natural edge bowl. Turned with a paper joint. Sanded to 400 with a few coats of natural shellac. This was fun, and the only challenge was that it had started to rot, so the outer inch or so was real pithy. Wood started out as a piece of firewood in my pile...
  7. Dovetail Jig

    This is a really basic dovetail jig I came up with to build a bunch of drawers for a dresser project. At the time I couldn't afford a proper dovetail jig, and this did just fine. 20 years later, and I'm finally trolling the lists for a used Leigh D4Pro to replace this jig! The jig only...
  8. Heart shaped jewellery box

    What a success this project was, and right from the inception . I was sure I was doing something wrong because everything seemed to go so right. I even took my time to get the grain in the right direction for the lid!!!! Now that's a first ! I am extremely pleased with the outcome as this is...
  9. Infinity's Bird House

    I decided that I would begin a woodworking project with each of my 3 daughters, My youngest at 7 yrs old. was actually the inspiration for this plan as she often comes down to watch me work in the shop. She said she wanted to build a birdhouse. So I had her sit down and sketch out what she...
  10. Inlaid Jewelry Box

    Woods used: Tiger maple, bubinga Finish: Oil/Varnish Blend with Shellac Sealer Coat The doors of this jewelry box are hung on classic knife hinges and swing open to reveal four unique drawers. The brass hardware sits in a circular recess which allows the doors to close flush against the...
  11. Two-Face Teaching Table

    For my senior thesis project I wanted to create a tool to help beginning woodworkers learn about good design and craftsmanship. The design is basically a shaker style table with two drawers that has been split in half. One half is loaded with commonly made mistakes, poorly chosen lumber, and a...
  12. Dovetail saw with English Walnut handle

    Dovetail saw with scalloped brass back. 10" long .02 plate filed 16 tpi. English Walnut handle with some marble cake grain and striping. Curly maple medallion with laser etched logo. Depth of cut is 2 1/8" overall length pf 15" Three of my recent saws. Mine in the middle with the...
  13. My first attempt at handtools

    These came about for a yen for a decent looking scribe and a lathe. Both were made on my drill press. Bloodwood, ebony for the woods and ivory to accent them, 1/4 inch brass rod and 02 steel respectively. Glued up the stock, waited somewhat patiently for a day, drilled and oh so gently pushed...
  14. Fayth's Mirror Frame

    Well, another father daughter project in the bag today. This time with my middle daughter Fayth, Her choice of project was to build a new frame for a mirror she got for her birthday last year. The frame was knoccked over and the plastic broke but the mirror was intact. We worked with a mixture...
  15. Bag Drying Rack

    My mother likes to wash and re-use her plastic bags of all sorts, and the frugality wore off on me and my wife. When she came to visit, and saw our bag drying rack, and she wanted one for Christmas. So, I helped my daughter make this for her grandma. Its a very simple project, made from a...
  16. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    Hi, I am a woodworking instructor and would like to find a poster or chart showing the commonly used joints in woodworking. For example: butt, rabbit, mortise & tenon, dovetail, tongue & groove, scarf, etc. I want to use it as a teaching aid. I haven't found anything on the Internet. If you...
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    Where do people who can teach in a school or shop setting and who like kids hang out? I'm always trying to fill summer camp woodworking teacher positions and have a tough time finding qualified applicants-I know there are fewer and fewer programs in schools, but there have to be a few left...
  18. Blogs
    New Year's Resolution There have been a few posts lately about Teaching/Inspiring young folks in woodworking. Over the years I've worked with church youth groups, assisted a junior high band teacher and coached volleyball. Each experience was more rewarding than work. As it turns out, I...
  19. Blogs
    I need advice on Joinery Education. I am just getting into Joinery and I was looking for programs that offer Joinery. There is a school that offers Joinery in my area (from what I was told that is rare enough) and I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on if its worth it to go...
  20. Blogs
    One Project & Class Descriptions Good week for struggles and not-quite-there-yets in the woodshop this week. Three projects left the floor complete. The first, chalkboard that has been wind-blown, vandalized and otherwise destroyed three times. We'll see if it sticks this time. Here's the...
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