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A Classic with a Twist

The top of this desk was made of 61 individual pieces of walnut salvaged from a set of chairs being thrown out.  Maple accents were added to tie the top to the base which features maple legs...

Shallow Acacia Bowl

A clean, elegant bowl with very interesting grain.  In undercut the bottom at a very shallow angle so that the bowl appears as if it is floating.  It is finished with a turner's polish...

Carving Knife

I made this knife for a friend upon finding out that he didn't own one suitable for carving.  I made the blade from a jigsaw blade and carved the handle from a choice piece of Pacific Dogwood...

CD Holder

I started work on this coffee-table centerpiece by cutting of a length of hornbeam.  Then I cut out the center using the bandsaw and textured the inside with a carving gouge and rippled the...

A Scoop of Sweetness

inspired by a scrap of maple that was half light and half dark, I turned this sugar scoop.  I used the bandsaw to "open up" the scoop.

Chris & Morgan's Bubinga Adventure

This was a joint project between myself and Morgan (AZMO).  I was responsible for carving the edge and smoothing the surfaces.  With the reversing grain, this translated to much...

Kitchen Sideboard

This was my first major commission.  It is constructed out of Eastern maple and maple plywood.  The six drawers are mounted on full-extension metal slides.  There is a built-in knife...

Mission Bed Frame

I built this bed frame from black Walnut in my senior year of high school.  It took me most of one semester in one-hour segments.  The footboard is a shorter version of the headboardnbsp...

Dogwood Dining Table

This dining table was build of Pacific Dogwood.  It took roughly 125 hours to complete and seats six or ten with the two extensions at the ends.  The metal full-extension slides are clad in...

Recent comments

Re: Just Plane Trivia: Why Do They Call It a Frog?

Mill because it cuts; bastard because it's coarse; file because it's a file.

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

Sounds interesting. I'm a little curious why FW is promotoing a book that isn't published by Taunton.

Re: My 5 minutes of Martha Stewart Show fame

Well done! You look comfortable... unlike a certain back-stage photo.

Re: Shopmade Clamp and Assembly Worktable

Mr. Block,

Both links work for me.

Re: Take Great Photographs of Your Work--With Any Digital Camera

>The equivalent woodworking class would be "Learn how to make Hepplewhite chairs in an afternoon".<

Ralph (two comments down) brings up a very good and interesting point.

Re: Plywood for Fine Furniture

I find that I mostly use plywood for shop-grade woodwork, but I have used it in "good" furniture too. My big complaints with plywood is having to deal with the large unwieldy sheets (minor, as there are many ways around it), the splintering often due to the thinness of the veneer. I've been buying pine plywood recently for my shop and am starting to really like it because of the nice thick veneers.

Re: Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

To Joeboldt,

In my view, a hobbyist can justify the expense of a CNC if allows them to do more than before. TKReischl's example of "a dished area with a hummingbird feeding on flowers in 3D relief" is an excellent example. Carving takes a lot of practice to do well, and if you are inclined to spend the time needed to learn, you might just forego the carved panel. Having never seen a CNC carving aside from that produced by the Carvewright in a picture, I don't know what one would actually look like. They may (or may not) be quite fine, but I really doubt that it would be mistaken as hand carved. And certainly a hand carved panel would be distinctly hand made.

Have a look here at my latest project - a 5' long panel for a headboard. There's about 100 hours in this carving, by hand of course.

Re: UPDATED: Giveaway and Poll: The Most Requested Woodworking Gifts of 2009

Who doesn't need more clamps? Good quality ones are relatively inexpensive item to buy, so they're always on the list.

Re: A Dedicated Sharpening Bench- part 1

I turned an old "microwave cabinet" - basically a ~3' tall cabinet into my sharpening station. I mounted a fluorescent lamp with a magnifying lens on an articulating arm to the back right corner and a metal working vise to the front left corner. I made a sharpening "platform" from a piece of laminate-clad plywood about 14" x 20" with cleats which hold two waterstones and a diamond stone in place using wedges. I keep all my other sharpening accessories in a box which sits at the back of the 2'x3' top and a bunch of other occasionally-used tools below, like metal working equipment.

It's the brown cabinet on the right.

Re: Working with reclaimed lumber, part 2

Well done Matt! I've been playing with the idea of making a piston-fit drawer and some air-pressure float gauge that reads when the drawer is opened. Of course, it would serve no practical function but would be a WOW factor. I wonder if it's amusing qualities would ultimately shorten the life of the drawer though...

Re: Letter Knife


You make it look so easy, and with simple (woodworking) tools too! I have some old 8" jointer blades I'd love to make some knives from. One day...

Re: Architect Lic Frame

Do you fry maple sausages in it? Seriously, a very neat project. I like the bacon.

Re: Book Giveaway: Furniture Restoration - Step-by-Step Tips and Techniques for Professional Results

Generally, I don't like repairing furniture - I'd rather build instead. Maybe this book will turn me around. (Maybe not).

Re: A Tansu Style Stair Project

Nice job, Dan!

I can appreciate all the planning you put into that. It looks like you built the unit first in your shop, then installed it afterwards. How did you get the fit so good? I like the plans you drew up - very nice.

Re: Sweeping Up

That is quite the project. Very ambitious! No relation to Judson Beaumont?

Re: Dining Table

AWESOME! It's reminiscent of the Gothic style, not my style but I really like this design. It looks massive and kind of delicate at the same time. The reclaimed wood really makes the piece. Excellent work.

Re: Movement Table

Is the base skewed or the tabletop skewed? Either way, it's an eye-catching design. Is the glass frosted?

Re: Christmas budget


Re: Tornado Table

Cool design. The profile along the bottom edge of the apron is very unusual, but it works very well with your design. The inlay in the aprons look like eyes to me.

Re: Ministers Humidor

Beautiful work. I commend your choice of woods. The contrast between colours and figured and straight grain wood really works. I've never been much of a fan of the inlaid dovetails, but you make a strong case for them.

PS: How do I PM you to see that bubinga veneer?


Re: Chris & Morgan's Bubinga Adventure


I am a hand tool fan and don't like sanding, but this table and the timeline we had to build it didn't leave me too many options. We sanded up to 320x. You can e-mail me directly if you have any more questions.


Re: Chris & Morgan's Bubinga Adventure


Sorry for the late reply - I don't get past Knots very often to the Gallery. The figure is known as "waterfall". So you are looking at waterfall bubinga.

Re: Black Walnut Library Table

Very, very nice. Is it just me, or are the front and rear edges wavy? I'm inspired.

Re: Black Walnut Library Table

Very, very nice. Is it just me, or are the front and rear edges wavy?

Re: Jewelry Chest

What a beautiful piece of wood to showcase. Well done - the design is very interesting.

Re: Rock Box

That's an amazing piece of wood. I like how you accentuated the joints. Where did you find the handle?

Re: Plane O' Box

Interesting concept. What do you store in the box?

Re: Crystal Bridges walnut bench

Very nice indeed, Doug. The design is great, utilizing straight lines, curves, the "split" top, and sapwood. How are the stones secured?

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