I've never been very good about taking pictures of my projects,
especially in earlier years before the days of digital cameras.
So some of these are scans of 'old fashioned' pictures - some
not in the best of shape. Here goes...
This is blanket chest that I built recenlty for my daughter.
cherry and maple and the plans were from Wood Magazine.
After I completed the blanket chest, my daughter convinced me that
I needed some way to sign some of my projects. I did some
experimenting and ultimately came up with a small medallion that I made
on my CNC and can glue to the bottom of the chest. I like it and,
surprisingly, learned a lot making it - more information on my CNC page.
An entertainment center that I built for my son and his wife several
This was again in cherry and the plans were modified from
plans in Fine Woodworking Magazine.
I built two of these quilt racks - one for a daughter and and one for a
This hall table was my first cherry project and was built
from a set of plans in Woodsmith Magazine.
A nightstand for the guest bedroom. It's Alder and was a fun
project. I believe it was from plans in Wood Magazine.
I built several of these wine racks a few years ago. They
were in oak but I have no idea where the plans came from.
These candle holders are really fun to build and look great.
They are maple and walnut and I have probably built a dozen
of them over the years.
This is a cradle I built for our grandchildren. It's oak and is
completely knock-down since it had to be shipped across country.
I think this was also a plan from Woodsmith Magazine.
Of course over the years I built several clocks. These first
two, one in oak and one in pine, were built from plans I purchased from KlockKit. I also built one in cherry and one in alder.
This corner clock in oak is also from KlockKit plans.
Finally a grandfather clock that was built from a kit from Emperor
My granddaughter recently decided she needed a bunk bed for her
American Girl dolls - this is one of my first painted projects.
Here's a few boxes I built to play around with doing inlays on my CNC
machine. The first is oak and walnut and the second is cherry
Sticking with the CNC theme, here's a sample of some of the ornaments I make.
One Christmas I made 8 different ornaments in 8 different
woods. Here are all of them and a close up of one of my
Speaking of CNC, here's the CNC machine I built.
I especially enjoy building furniture, cabinets, jigs and fixtures,
etc. for the shop. It's a great way to try out new
techniques, joints, etc. Here's my first take on a router bit
It came out fine but I soon realized it was too small so here's version
2.0 - which unfortunately is also full now.
This is another favorite. It's a mortising jig which I have
been very happy with.
Here's my take on a tenoning jig.
I've also built numerous crosscut, mitre, and panel sleds. Here's my latest crosscut sled.
Now for some ancient history. I bought my first power tool, a 12"
Craftsman radial arm saw, almost 40 years ago. My first project
was some living room furniture - a couch, 2 chairs, and 3 tables - all
out of oak. The furniture was pretty primitive but it's still
around and still being used. During that time, we have replaced
the cushions 2 or 3 times and the upholstery 4 or 5 times. I
still have the saw and use it regularly but a Jet table saw is my main piece of
equipment and the radial arm saw is pretty much just used for
crosscutting. I built the lamps as well but they came quite a few
the second chair and a plant stand that was my first attempt at exposed
mortise and tenon joints. The joints were tight enough that I've
never even glued them.
here's a dining table I built about 30 years ago. Although I had
no clue about seasonal wood movement - and it shows - we are still
using and enjoying the table. In the interest of full disclosure I did not build either the chairs or cabinet.
I think that's enough for now...