A Teasure Box for Clara

So I thought I'd take a short break from posting...and just nine months later I'm back!Funny how life is sometimes...Anyway, here's something that was created during that time - a treasure box for my daughter's birthday. I used poplar; I can't remember why, but it was...

This is a serious shop lamp

Good lighting is one of the most under-appreciated assets for fine woodworking, especially handwork at the bench. It is a shame to see an elaborately equipped shop with nothing more than fluorescent ceiling lights illuminating the workbench. Basically, the properties...

Edge-to-edge joints, part 6

Clamping capacity Can small shop clamping methods generate enough pressure to make a good edge-to-edge joint? The short answer is yes. Let’s look at the details. The US Forest Products Laboratory in their very useful Wood Handbook, chapter 10, page 16 (2010 edition),...

DIY Floating Storage Nightstand

Oh hey friends!  We have lots of Open Concept plans coming your way from our latest two episodes on HGTV!  Hang tight!  In the meantime, I wanted to share my latest little project with you.  Several weeks ago I shared the twin platform bed I built for my 12 year old...

Sidebar Convo with Project Follow-Ups and a Shop Visitor!

In this Sidebar Convo, I follow up on some of my most recent projects.  Also Keith Hurley from South Georgia visited the shop and I asked him a few questions about his brand new YouTube channel "Peccy's Place".  Check out the video! [embedded content] Show Notes: The...

WooDesigner Contest – Enter Now To Win Great Prizes

CONTEST RUNS FROM JULY 12, 2016 – JULY 19, 2016 Who doesn’t like free stuff? I know I do. In fact, Here at Woodesigner we have been contacting various companies and communicating with them online about giving away their products here on my site! One company that I...
DIY Floating Shelves with Pulleys

DIY Floating Shelves with Pulleys

Hey guys!  Ash and I had the best time crashing our sister’s house a few weeks ago!  We took a 5 hour road trip with tools, wood and kids in tow to her house in Houston.  We spent less than 24 hours and completed 6 big projects for her.  We called it a “Shanty House...

Hemlock and Cedar Box

Well, obviously the blog has been rather dormant of late. Shop time has slowed to a crawl as I approach the event horizon of my own personal black hole. We bought a new house and it only needed "a wee little bit of sprucing up..." Huh.Anyway, just to prove that I have...

Hear ye, hear ye: Great hearing protectors

Hear ye, hear ye: Great hearing protectors • Sunday, June 12th, 2016 These Sensgard Zem hearing protectors are the best I have ever used. Before elaborating, I will explain the problems I have had with some other protectors. I do not like stuffing things into my ear...

DIY Pet Projects & Tool Giveaway!!

Hey hey friends! It’s amazing to see what so many people do for their pets.  We LOVE our dogs, and any excuse for another project.  Ash and I have been members of Ryobi Nation for 4 years now. We contribute our projects to the site, but we also love to go there and...

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