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    Square mallets

    Posted By on January 12, 2014

    I finished two shop mallets for chisels, joinery and for using workbench holdfasts, one large and one smaller.
    Material used was maple with walnut accents. The mortise in the head is angled to match the tapered handle so it can slip out backwards but will tighten when swung.


    Wooden Mallet

    Posted By on December 27, 2013

    Today I turned this wooden mallet for chisels and carving made of a solid maple blank.

    End grain cutting boards

    Posted By on December 24, 2013

    I made these as gifts this Christmas, one to my wife.
    Maple/walnut end grain, finished with mineral oil and beeswax.

    Shot glass case

    Posted By on December 20, 2013

    I had this done for a customer who wanted a case for her collection of shot glasses. Each cell had to be 4″w x 4d” but the height was designed to have variable heights based on a sketch up. It’s actually 5 feet long.
    The 1″ thick case sides were made of maple, the inside was 1/2″ thick plywood with maple edge banding. Back panel was 1/4″ birch plywood.
    I have to say I underestimated the work involved with this one. One small error in any dimension through each cell off exponentially and it’s easy to see these lines stray off square.
    I had to redo it a couple times before I found a solid work flow.
    I took it as a learning experience.

    Small table

    Posted By on November 8, 2013

    I just finished doing a simple table for a customer, maple top with espresso finish, the base was also sanded and finished as well.

    Walnut Table Completed

    Posted By on October 1, 2013

    The table is done.
    8/4″ thick walnut top, maple legs and apron.
    Breadboard table top ends, floating mortise and tenon, glued at the center, remainder waxed and pinned with elongated slots to allow for expansion. Pins plugged with ebony.

    Top: – Tung oil, shellac sanding sealer, CrystaLac pore filler, General Finishes high performance polyurethane.
    Legs – Black ebony aniline dye mixed with polyurethane, then several clear coats of poly.

    New tablesaw

    Posted By on August 13, 2013

    I got a new tablesaw this week. I got it not only for the price but because it has a newer riving knife which my saw didn’t have so it’ll help against kickback issues. I have a few scars from wood being snagged against the fence/blade and launching back at me. A little work to get this but it’s well worth it. It’s a 3hp General 350.

    Kitchen Table Beginning

    Posted By on June 6, 2013

    I’ve started work on a kitchen table since mine is now falling apart. It’s going to be 3×5 feet, solid walnut top with maple stretchers and legs dyed black. The solid maple legs will be fairly beefy too, 3″x3″ square, tapered slightly to the bottom with a decorative design around the top portion.

    Infill Plane Testing

    Posted By on April 1, 2013

    I was given the chance to test out an infill plane made by Wayne Jepson, Caledon, On.
    This is a really beautiful plane. Some of the shavings in the picture are on the heavy side for a smoother but I backed it off a little in the end. I tested it next to my Veritas Bevel-up smoother and the results were very similar in terms of shaving shape, thickness, consistency and board finish. The Veritas having a 2 1/4″ blade is much harder to push a full width shaving which makes this a different experience. The additional weight is also nice, it drives itself more.

    Kitchen Cabinet Drawers

    Posted By on March 18, 2013

    We had a cabinet that we piled out tupperware in and it avalanched whenever it was opened so I made some large deep drawers that pull out on soft close full extension slides. The drawers are made from 1/2″ thick maple, half blind dovetails with plywood maple bottoms spray finished with water-based poly.