Livermore, CA, US

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Rosewood Dining room table

I constructed this South American Rosewood table top with a Indonesian Rosewood base. The overall length is 72" x 46" wide X 291/2" high. The apron and legs were finished with super blonde shellac to...

Mahogany Shaker Style Hall Table

Honduras Mahogany hall table in Shaker style 49" long, 14" deep and 33" high.  Finished with Minwax Wipe-On Poly with final wax coat.

Black Walnut nightstand

This is a Black Walnut Nightstand using the Tim Roussaeu video series design.  I built this one with my Festool Domino joiner for the mortise and slip tenon joints,

Mahogany Nightstand

I used the Festool Domino joiner to cut the slip tenons for this copy of Tim's small cabinet.  The piece is made from Honduras Mahogany with solid wood panels.  I added a shelf supported by...

Television Cabinet

Honduras Mahogany cabinet with sliding doors.  Cabinet finished with 4 coats of Minwax Wipe On Poly and buffed with paste wax.  The main case joints were cut with my Festool Domino Joiner.

Mahogany Entertainment Center

I built this entertainment cabinet for my son to hold his components under his wall mounted big screen television.  I finished the cabinet with Minwax Wipe On Poly with a hand rubbed paste wax...

Walnut Credenza

I loved John's mahogany credenza and saved that magazine article for guidance one day.  My wife asked for a walnut credenza/server for our dining room and I used John's design for...

Rosewood Doll Display Cabinet

Wall mounted East Indian Display cabinet for antique German doll.  The Cabinet back was thick sliced veneered to save weight.  The cabinet had a hidden bottom to hide the dolls stand which...

Recent comments

Re: Laminated Reading Chair

Great looking chair, I admire the design and the craftsmanship that went into creating such a lovely piece.


Re: Kara's Shoe Bench

Very nice, I built a chest of drawers with maple and walnut the contrast is very pleasing. What are the dimensions of your bench?


Re: Shoe Bench

Very nicely executed, what are the dimensions? My wife would like me to build her an entry shoe bench and I'm looking around for ideas.


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

I'd love to win this book since the book I purchased originally over 20 years ago didn't offer much detail on the Green & Green techniques. Books like this one inspire me to build a piece of furniture in tribute to some of the past greats in the woodworking trade.

Re: Woodcraft to Acquire Japan Woodworker

I'll miss Japan Woodworker after my 33 year relationship buying from Fred and his friendly staff. My shop is full of fantastic high quality hand tools and supplies and I can only hope that Woodcraft would seek to preserve some of that good will and expertise. Fred sold me my first table saw and a few weeks ago before shutting the retail outlet, I acquired some very nice wood planes. Happy retirement Sally and Fred.

Re: General Consolidates Operations, Closes its Canadian Factory

Another corporation going to communist china to take advantage of reformatory housed slaveish labor. Great news for preferred corporate share holders but, bad new for the middle class in Canada. It looks like this scheme for enriching the elite class has spread throughout Western civilization and IMHO, we are about to witness another World Wide Great Depression.

Re: Used Japanese Tools

Fantastic story. My neighbor a young Japanese lady stopped by yesterday to talk about trimming back my very large Redwood tree that hovered over her yard. While she was telling me about the redwood debris she noticed the Japanese tools in my shop and started to translate the Japanese writings on the tool holders. Both of us were very pleased, her seeing me use tools from her homeland and me getting to understand where these tools came from and to better appreciate the quality of there construction.

Re: Mahagony Patio Tables

Since you mentioned wanting a mortiser, have you checked out the Festool Domino joiner? I sold my Inca horizontal slot mortising attachment and table saw and I now use the Festool Domino for most of my mortise and tenon work.

Re: Mahagony Patio Tables

Looks very nice and the finish really stands out. I would be a bit concerned about wood expansion pushing open the miter joints over time since there doesn't seem to be too much room to allow for movement across the top.

Re: Huge advances in woodworking technology

I'd like to have a Bryd spiral helix cutter head installed on my old Powermatic 100 planer. Anybody know of anyone in the San Francisco Bay area that does this kind of work for a "reasonable price"?

Re: End Table


Great looking cabinet, did you support the shelves with pins in the legs?

Re: UPDATE: Fine Woodworking Best Workbenches from the editors of Fine Woodworking and a special magazine issue, Workbenches.

Just what I need another idea for a project and of course, I'll probably build one of these projects!

Re: Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us

Fine Woodworking can go as far as Germany but, no presence in California? Come on folks even NASCAR comes to California a few times a year!

Re: Shop Talk Live 1: The Big Debut

When will you folks do an event on the West Coast?

Re: I built a lumber rack one morning - Now I have a lumber problem

Matt, You probably have a lot more experience than I do and my lumber rack is similar just a bit larger but, I do have spacers between all of my cherished wood "collection" that I have been accumulating over past 40 years. One question that I have for you and all other woodworkers is, how do you know it's time to get rid of cut off's and shorts? I have a collection of shorts, narrows and odd pieces left over from years of furniture building and because of space limitations, some of it (mostly white and red oak) have been flavoring my BBQ.

Re: What is Furniture Lab?

Interesting concept and one that I can identify with since I seem to never throw away any material that might be useful in the future. New living styles in homes with wall mounted flat screen HDTV's and computer centers with WiFi connections throughout the house challenge the furniture maker to provide useful new forms of furniture.

Re: Walnut Bedside Tables

Great work and I love the name of your business since my cars left the garage 32 years ago.

Re: Mahogany Entertainment Center

rob, yes I made this cabinet with my festool domino joiner. They make wonderful tools!

Re: Maloof Exhibit Mounted in California

I attended a weekend seminar with Sam about 20 years ago at UC Berkeley and still have fond memories of this incredible man. I went home and promptly made one of his table designs and have been using parts of his design concepts for the past two decades. The thing I was most astonished with is Sam's ambition and his work ethic. The world has been a better place with people like Sam Maloof!

Re: Fitting drawers to a crooked table

Thanks for sharing your solution and while I agree that the problem may have been over exaggerated, I too get brain frozen over minor issues like this and appreciate and and all solutions.

Re: Mahogany Hall or Sofa table

Great looking table and I specially like using recycled wood to create new beautiful furniture. I would love to see the detailed photo's as I need to build my wife a similar table for our entry hall.

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

Oh, by the way - the jury was nuts!

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

Cheap labor with poor training has been a problem in American for many years. I'm 65 years old and I have few relatives that were killed in industrial accidents but, I would never blame the tool manufacturer. Poor training and greed can sum it up very shortly. I guess stupidity can also be a factor if a person has been given instruction and then ignores those instructions or comes to work stoned or otherwise impaired.

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: 500 Tables (Updated with winner)

Dang, did I pay that electricity bill?

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Working with Tablesaws, from the editors of Fine Woodworking

I'd love this book perhaps, I might save a finger or two.

Re: UPDATE: Book Giveaway: 500 Chairs and 500 Tables


I have most issues of Fine Woodworking from issue 1 on along with fine furniture and a shelf full of woodworking books. While I am a fair woodworker, my design skills lack any imagination what-so-ever.

I am about to embark on a project to build my wife a dining room table out of some wood I purchased 30 years ago, Brazilian Rosewood and I would love to come across an inspiring leg and apron table design before I commit my most prized wood to the shop.

I have been searching for over two years for just the right design and I would appreciate the table and chair book to assist me in this endeavor.

Thanks for this web site and your fine contributions to the art of woodworking.


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