A recent commission was a great excuse to hit the road to search out some awesome lumber.
Recently I had to figure out a way to make low-clearance pulls for drawers installed behind a sliding door.
Setup block simplifies clamping parts for layout.
Wow, my life just got a lot easier. I spent a few minutes this morning knocking together a simple hinge mortise jig. I gave it a test drive and the result is a perfect fitting hinge.
Here's a great little project that packs in a big Arts and Crafts punch. It's a scaled-down version of an Arts and crafts display case that I had originally built for Fine Woodworking. It incorporates the same features as the original, but requires less lumber and effort to build.
While building a travel tool chest I had to make a hard desicion about which hand tools would make the cut. I'll tell you what I settled on, but I want to know which tools would end up in your tool chest.
Revisiting an old design is a great opportunity to push the envelope, even if you were happy with the first try.
Custom-forged hinges are the final touch on a middle earth-inspired cabinet.
Taking a design-as-you-build approach to making a small wall cabinet is stressful, but fun.
Michael Pekovich shows you how to build a traditional hanging tool cabinet with beautiful dovetail joinery, step-by-step, in this Video Workshop series.
The simple straightedge and compass are the architects of some of the best furniture design throughout the ages.
Join me in Connecticut this fall for a fun challenge and a refreshing change of pace from typical furniture making.
A full-size mock up ensured that all my tools would fit in my new tool cabinet.
Sometimes the first step to improving your design skills is admitting when your work falls short.
You don't have to be a SketchUp wiz to put the program to work in your furniture design.
If you have any questions about the recent Shaker chimney cupboard video workshop, post them here and I'll be happy to answer them.
Faced with installing lots of mitered molding on doors for a built-in project, I came up with a technique for fast, perfect results.
Heres' a great way to dial in perfect glue-ups when accuracy is a necessity.
Collaboration with a blacksmith yields a beautiful, functional marking knife
Infeed and outfeed clearance at every machine and plenty of room for hand work.
Oneida unveils a new high-end shop vac system. But is it worth the price?
Our oil-centric art director might just be ready to give water-based finishes a try.
A simple shop-made clamp makes it easy to hold work in place for chopping dovetails.
Just a simple dovetailed box with a rope to keep it closed.
I borrowed a trick from curved table construction to fit drawer runners to a table with a bowed apron.
A small sewing table posed some unique challenges that ultimately led to a fun design.
Okay, maybe I'm not ready to get rid of my clamps just yet, but with drawbore pegs, I'll be doing a lot less clamping in the future.
For the past 13 winters I've frozen my fingers off trying to woodwork in my Connecticut garage shop. I worked up a sweat this summer by replacing the doors, adding a raised floor, finishing the ceiling and insulating the walls. So bring on the snow, I plan on keeping warm and toasty this year.
Not only is it easier than ever to take great pictures of your work, there's so much more you can do with them.
Digital cameras make it easy to get a better view of mock ups. With PhotoShop, you can make a small or partial mock-up life sized and put it in your house.
Time spent mocking up a project before building it helped me to dial in the design and get some important family feedback.
Recalling an afternoon spent with the master.
Sometimes surprises are a bad thing. When making a project for your house, get your wife's input before you cut lumber.
How to ship furniture across the country
My brother found some Rookwood tiles on ebay and asked me to make a table for them. He likes arts and crafts furniture, but wanted something original. It was fun trying to be creative but still stay...
White oak cabinet with spalted tanoak drawer fronts.
This bed was for a friend whose only request was that is was comfortable to read in. The panels are coopered quartersawn cherry.
Fereral-style cherry cabinet with broken pediment and walnut detail. A companion piece to a writing desk.
Shaker meets federal desk in cherry with walnut trim
This 7-drawer dresser with jewelry box is part of a Shaker bedroom set that included a pencil post bed night stands and a tall dresser.
Cherry desk with secret compartments and inlayed silver fish for my son, Eli. The idea was a bomb-proof desk that could one day survive dorm life and serve as a small dining table in a first...
Bird's eye and tiger maple dressing table with walnut trim for my wife. I later added a desktop jewelry box.
Easy-to-build side table inspired by a Roycoft design.
A last-minute holiday gift for my then two-year old daughter Anna.