Jeff Branch, Pelham, AL, US

I sell flooring for Mohawk Industries. I make furniture mostly for myself, but on occassion I will accept a commission. Visit my site at

Recent comments

Re: A Transition from Leg to Stretcher

Nice work. I enjoyed the video.

Re: Patterns for Lathe Work

Good points in this post and I really like the images you created.

Re: UPDATE: The Unplugged Woodshop: Handcrafted Projects for the Home & Workshop by Tom Fidgen

I have "Made by Hand" and would love to add this book to my collection.

Re: Lael Gordon: Prismatic Patterns

So cool. Thanks for posting this.

Re: UPDATE: In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker by Darrell Peart

I'm a big fan of Darrell Peart.

Re: Modeling a Windsor Bowback Side Chair

Thanks for making this video. I have tried to make a similar chair in SketchUp and it was just over my head.

Re: Custom Big Leaf Maple Bedroom Set

I like these. Very handsome, creative and great wood selection. :)

Re: Wudworx--A Handy Plugin Set For Joinery

This is great. I'll have to get Wudworx and try it out. Thanks for writing about it.

Re: Chamfered Post Table Mortise & Tenon Joints

I enjoyed this exercise while reading your ebook. This table included several things I had never attempted in SketchUp.

Re: Details -- Inserting an Ebony Spline

Interesting. Thanks for the link to the plugin.

Re: UPDATE: Hand Planing Techniques by Hendrik Varju

I'm in.

Re: Adding Some Realism To Your Models

Dave - Since this is my first attempt at this, I quickly became lost. Do you have a video of this process?


Re: Adding Some Realism To Your Models

Very helpful. I just downloaded Kerkythea and hope to start playing with it this weekend.

Re: UPDATE: Sharpening & Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels by Hendrik Varju

I'm in!

Re: IWF also puts an emphasis on design

I visited the booth at IWF where these pieces were on display. I spoke with Steven Sander about his bench and thought it to be a very clever design.

Re: Complete IWF Woodworking Show Coverage

I'll be there!

Re: Announcement: My New eBook - SketchUp and Traditional Cabinets

Congratulations on your second ebook. I look forward to the content, especially the video segments.

Re: Video Sneak-Peek of New Groundbreaking Video Workshop Series

Pretty funny. I did not know you could plane melamine like that. Sadly, I watched a PBS woodworking show just this past Saturday and pocket screws were used in much the same way. In fact the only kind of joinery used.

Re: Announcing Fine Woodworking's Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers--The Basics

One question - in the shop plans found in the "Extras" section, how do you create text boxes with the curved arrows?

Re: Leveraging the Power of Components

Thanks for posting this. In the past, I have had a hard time with this process.

Re: A SketchUp Woodworking Exercise

I like these video tutorials. I pick up some handy tips every time I see one. This time it was using the push pull tool and then clicking on the back edge to stop this action.

Re: Learning the Fundamentals

What is your method for making components - do you have a shortcut set up for that. It seems to be a very fast and simple process.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Country Furniture by George Buchanan

I am a big fan of this style of furniture. Sounds like an interesting book.

Re: Using Google Docs to Collaborate & Get Organized

I ran a series of "give-aways" on my blog. I embedded a Google Docs form which saved the submissions in an Excel style spreadsheet. Google even sent me an email everytime someone submitted an entry. And as you say, it is free.

Re: SketchUp 8 M2 Released

Thanks for passing this info on. I had not heard.

Re: UPDATE: 2011 Fine Woodworking Archive DVD-ROM (1975 - 2011)

I need that!

Re: Transform Reclaimed Cedar Siding into Beautiful Cabinet Panels

That is a very handsome cabinet. Like the colors and the joinery.

Re: UPDATE: Building Doors & Drawers by Andy Rae

I too am planning a kitchen reno. I'll need a few doors and drawers. :)

Re: UPDATE: Using and Tuning Your Bandsaw by Hendrik Varju

My bandsaw and I need to be better friends. Sounds like this DVD would help.

Re: UPDATE: Back to Basics: Constructing Kitchen Cabinets and How to Make Kitchen Cabinets from Fox Chapel Publishing

I have scheduled next year to re-build my kitchen cabinets, so this book would be great!

Re: The Power of Scenes

Cool. I've never used scenes, but will now.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 4 "issues" of The Missing Shop Manual series

I could especially use the bench planes book.

Re: Peter Shepard Turns the Page

I love these videos. Please keep them coming. Peter does beautiful work and he has a very good eye for design. I especially like the piece at the very end of the video.

Re: CPSC Drafting New Tablesaw Regulations

Look, I make mistakes in the shop and will the rest of my life. I'm human. So saying that it is the woodworkers fault that a finger gets cut off doesn't re-attach the finger. I don't like government intervention any more than the next guy, but if that is what it takes so be it.

Re: UPDATE Caption contest: Win a CommandMax Sprayer

My feet are next.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Hand Planes in the Modern Shop by Kerry Pierce

"...and troubleshoot your planes."

I need this book.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Routers from Fine Woodworking

This would be an interesting book since I do a lot of cutting with my router (I have the same one that is on the cover).

Re: Evolving a Design in SketchUp

I did this on my last project. I had saved so many different updates, that I started using the date, as in "tvconsole041911" to help me keep up with the changes.

Nice looking tv cabinet.

Re: UPDATE: Back to Basics: Fundamentals of Sharpening from Fox Chapel Publishing

I could use that book - thanks.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Carving 18th Century American Furniture Elements by Tony Kubalak

Sounds like a cool book. I'm game.

Re: Bending an Inlay Strip

I'm glad you know how to do this because I don't think I could have ever figured it out :) and you are so humble: "I'm constructing the small sideboard as shown below." I would have written it this way: "I am building this way cool, kickin', totally awesome, to die for sideboard as show below (really cool don't you think?)" - something like that. Very nice project and thanks for sharing the tip.

Re: Kitchens In SketchUp

Dave - I use SketchUp 8 and the wood color choices in the paint bucket are very limited. How do I get more options for different types of wood?

Re: Flutes on the Pilasters

Tim - that is an impressive drawing. Making the flutes would be a good exercise to help learn more about SketchUp. It would be cool to see a finished photo of the corner cupboard.

Re: Back Edges

Very nice sideboard Tim. Thanks to many of your posts, I am now using SketchUp frequently on my blog to help communicate the different processes and situations that arrise while completing a project.

Your post is timely for me since this kind of thing is what I want to implement next in my illustrations.

Re: Partners in Craft: Harold Wood and John O'Brien

Awesome! Love these videos.

Re: Tool Chest with an Arts & Crafts Legacy

What an exceptional tool chest. I love videos like this on Keep them coming.

Re: What is this Twitter thing I keep hearing about?

Chris - I think the real answer for me to interact successfully on Twiter is to get a smart phone, or set up a laptop in my shop. I don't keep an office in my basement workshop.

I recently finished reading Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk who places significant importance on Twitter.

Re: What is this Twitter thing I keep hearing about?

I have been messing around with Twitter for the past few weeks and what I have realized is that to grow your fan base, you need to be on Twitter very regularly to interact with others. Am I correct on this?

I don't access Twitter through my cell phone, so this would require me to check Twitter via the internet and I simply don't have the time for that.

Re: Marketing in a Local Economy (Part 2)

This sort of goes with #3. Don’t overlook or ignore Facebook. I am 50 years old and have been on Facebook for a year or two. I realized at a recent high school reunion that most all of my friends are on Facebook – it is not just for kids and young adults. Most of my immediate family and a lot of my friends are there.

Once you finish a project, post a few photos of it on Facebook and let your friends and family members know about it. When someone comments, all of their friends have the ability to see your photos.

But, I hate commercials on Facebook, so make your status updates about you, not just your work.

Re: Video Tour: Garage Shop Makeover

Great light and layout of machines. I especially like the table saw outfeed table.

Re: UPDATE: DVD Giveaway: Surface Preparation and Staining by Hendrik Varju

This is one of my weaknesses. I sure could use it.

Re: Have you seen Tommy Mac's new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.

BTW, I did like the hand tool segments.

Re: Have you seen Tommy Mac's new woodworking show? Let us know what you think.

I just saw the show. When Tommy says "Look it" you better do as he says because if not you will miss a lot. I don't at all mind what Tommy says and how he talks to Eli, but this show needs to sloooowwww way down and feature more of the steps in the process to complete a project. Case in point: cutting the table feet on the bandsaw, I wanted to see Tommy's process of removing saw marks - nothing. The breadboard ends to the table top are discussed, I wanted to see how Tommy planed the breadboards flush with the table top - nothing. The very next thing we see is the final steps of the finish being applied. Whole steps in the process are skipped. It could be a much better show.

Since I had already read many of the comments on this post, I viewed the show knowing I would comment here. I hoped it would be a better critique. But, the Rough Cut team needs to improve the show for it to last like Norm's did.

Re: Seat Frame for a Maloof Occasional Chair

I hope some day to get this good with SketchUp. Thankfully, I am getting better with it.

I notice that your exported images seem to be better quality than mine. Typically, I export in .jpg format. Do you have any tips?


Re: Hendrik Varju on Going Pro

G: I am trying to come up with a plan to make money from woodworking via the internet. I have an idea I am working on and should be able to see if it is viable in a month or so.

Re: Hendrik Varju on Going Pro

Great advise and thanks for postin it.

Re: A workbench anybody can build

Motivated by the article in Tools and Shops, I made this workbench after contemplating several different styles and designs. It was easy to build, economical (a plus in this recession) and it has been very flexible.

I still wish I had one of those traditional benches though.

Re: Put Your Furniture Photos to Work

Michael - I have used Wordpress and Blogger. I like Blogger because it seems to me to be easier to set up and get get going. I quit Wordpress when I was going to have to pay to get the particular font I wanted. Blogger is totally free and their are several sources for free templates such as "Our Blogger Templates (

Blogger has a new template designer which is also very good. I am not doing a woodworking project right now, so there is not much activity on my site, but it is


Re: Put Your Furniture Photos to Work

I enjoyed this and I you do some very nice work (checked out your website).

Blogs are a very inexpensive way to start a website. Some are free and free templates are available that simulate the look of a real website.

Re: Lessons From A Delivery Guy: Planning

My first commission was an eight foot tall, five foot wide bookcase to reside in the home office of a college professor. To get the whole thing through front of her small patio home and into her equally small office, I decided to make the bookcase in two 2.5’ by 8’ sections with a removable crown and base. This also made it easy to transport in my delivery truck which is really a Chevrolet Venture mini-van with all but the front row seats removed. I am just glad I thought to make the bookcase this way; otherwise it would have been really difficult navigating the small hallway leading to my client’s office.

Re: Plywood for Fine Furniture

I agree with saschafer. I am working on a painted piece right now that uses plywood, MDF and poplar. I don't use plywood for stained work simply because I don't have a convenient source for good quality plywood.

Re: New Study Discusses Tablesaw Injuries

My spelling is terrible.

Re: New Study Discusses Tablesaw Injuries

Just this week, I had my first real kick-back from a table saw after more than 20 years of using a tablesaw. Fortunately, I was tought to stand clear of the path of kick-back as I make my cut.

As a student at the University of Alabama, I took a class called "Emergency Medical Technician I" and did a rotation through the local emergency room. I saw a poor fellow that had been the victim of table saw kick-back. A 2x4 struck him in the chin which then broke his neck.

Your post reminds me to be extra careful with my power tools.

Re: Jefferson's Bookstand - Another Workflow Example

Dave, it appears you are using a keyboard shortcut to create components. Can you detail what you are doing?

Re: Moldings By Follow Me

Thanks, I got it.

Re: Moldings By Follow Me

Still don't get it. You say to select the component, the set the path. How do you set the path? Specifically what do you click to set the path?


Re: "Components" in SketchUp

I have a question: I am designing a bookcase that has panels on the sides. I have rails and stiles. I am trying to lay over the top of these a cove molding and SketchUp does not like the path which is simply the sides and front of this bookcase. I have each part as a component, but do I need to group these components together?

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

Also, fine woodworking is in the eye of the beholder or the client. I think anyone would view Mosher's work as the highest quality. Whether CNC work is considered fine woodworking is a good question for me personally because I feel the need right now to improve my skill with hand tools.

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

After reading my reply, it seems a little contradictory. I certainly don't want to imply that Mosher's work isn't of high quality, but I am much more impressed when that CNC work is accomplished by hand, which to me is fine woodworking.

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

This is an excellent question. I would have to say that Stephen Mosher's work is fine woodworking, but, in my humble opinion, a project looses something when you simply program a machine to do some of the creative work. That may still be fine design or fine programming, but I can't call that fine woodworking.

Re: A Dedicated Sharpening Bench - final -

Very nice work. All the hand work makes me very briefly consider tossing my power tools :). What are you going to build next?

Re: A Dedicated Sharpening Bench - part 7 - The Glue-up

Love the constrasting wood colors.

Re: A Dedicated Sharpening Bench -part 6- Cutting the Top and building the Under Carriage

Beautiful work. Can't believe you do all that by hand :).

Re: Update: DVD Giveaway: Working with Plywood by Hendrik Varju

I just bought three sheets of plywood. I need the DVD really badly as I plan to start cutting this plywood soon.

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