Tulsa, OK, US

While walking through the Tulsa Flea Market I came across a very nice, old, wooden blanket chest. My first response was 'wow, I'd love to make that'. This is when it sank in that I was now a woodworker.

Have been making products as a professional for a number of years in different fields. Initially in fabric arts as a custom clothier and kilt maker, then in window treatments making the structural elements of draperies: box cornices, valances and shades. Most recently I've started woodworking. My time in the drapery shop has been spent doing a lot of basic carpentry. In seeking to improve my product I've acquired more and more woodworking tools and have started developing both my skills as a wookworker and a passion for the art.

I love antique furniture, especially the very pragmatic, yet attractive country/farm furniture. This takes me back to my childhood, visiting family in Arkansas in old homes with wood burning stoves, water wells, barns, and outhouses. So I've started to reproduce this type of furniture(but not the outhouse). Fortunately, there is a market for such items and I'm already selling my pieces. Helps to know some talented Interior Designers(thanks Heather).

Still, I have a long road ahead and look forward to every step.

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This was a design I came up with to use my beech slab, temporarily, in my front workroom.  In stark contrast to my usual engineering methods the design became more complex as I went along.  The top...

Shoulder plane

  The only wood I had available for this was a chunk of 8/4 white oak.  Most annoyingly it was almost perfectly rift sawn, instead of quarter.  Not to be deterred, I marked out the...

Girls toy chest

Made for a friend.  All of the 16 mortise and tenon joints were cut by hand and the chest boards were jointed with a very old plane.  Corners were mitered and reinforced with maple keys...

Poor man's jointer

This is just a long shooting board.  The 48" jig can be used to joint parts down their length instead of just the ends.  It can also be used to square up and taper table legs...

Side Table

This was loosely based on an old side table that I use as my computer desk.  This project really helped me develop my skills.  It required hand-cut dovetails, more intricate mortise and...

Circular saw jig for tapered legs and for squaring twisted boards

Still in the process of acquiring the right power tools for my woodworking.  I needed to taper the legs for my current project, a side table w/ drawer, but the table saw that I have isn't up to...

Cricket table

This is my first table, ever.  I don't include the 3-piece particle board tables made for work.  It is based on an antique Cricket table, shown online by Valley...

Recent comments

Re: STL 63: The Micro-Sized Workshop

Japanese woodworking can be seen on Youtube. It's amazing what these guys do with a few tools. It will change your woodworking.

Re: STL 63: The Micro-Sized Workshop

Small shop. My living room is my workshop. Most of my work is for the interior design industry so I need an indoor environment for that. However some of my work does veer off into woodworking. I use a bench top bench on my canvas covered worktables and I have my Portabench in the entry way which is tiled(easy to collect shavings). While I do have my power tools in the garage, most of my work happens in the living room. I have a vacuum right next to me as I work so the cleaning process happens during more than after. That having been said, using some of the Japanese methods could be helpful. The saws produce less waste(dust) and the bench, a slab of wood with strips of wood at one end(planing stops), can be easily adapted to a more Western process.

Re: STL 56: James Krenov's Legacy Lives On

The cheaper Ryoba saw is most likely stamped out, at least on the rip cut side. A quick pass or two with a diamond plate will even out the cut, which may help with those tenons. That and let the saw do the work.

Re: STL 52: A Hit Man in the Workshop

For the guy asking about the Lie-Nielsen planes - Yes, they are that good, and better. But having more planes may work better for you. Try one before you make the change. If I could afford them I'd have a whole shop full, but in the mean time i'll make good use of all my Stanley planes.

Re: Amazing Bed in a Box

First, Bruce, great design and construction. Love it.

Second, Scadians in my area have gotten a look at your work and now joiners like me are expected to be just as clever and make more stuff like this. You should feel bad about that.

Now if you'll excuse me I have to go and be clever. I'll be needing more coffee.

Re: Shop Talk Live 31: Ditch That Miter Saw for a Tablesaw

Ed, in addition to lots of light, having worked for several years in a basement shop, put in false windows. put in a couple of window casings on one wall, add a diffused light source, and simple-sheer window treatment. Put the windows on the wall that gets used the least. Then have most of the ceiling light over the other areas.

Also, keep away from reddish or yellow tinted lights. Bright sunlight bulbs.

You might also want to adjust the acoustics in the room as well. Pads on the floor and carpet or other soft materials on the wall. It will reduce the noise of the machines and make the radio/stereo sound better.

Then add some more lights...

Re: It's impossible to cheat at woodworking

Got my first pull saw, a dozuki, and was trying a few cuts to get used to it. Wanting to make a nice, clean shoulder cut I grabbed a small block of wood to use as a guide( a.k.a. jig). Made a beautiful cut that was straight and square. That was a few years ago.

I was pleasantly surprised while watching the Woodwright's Shop when Roy's guest, Toshio Odate, grabbed a small block of wood to establish a nice shoulder cut. This was a seasoned woodworker more concerned about the final product than the idea of 'training wheels'.

Using jigs can help increase the speed and precision of a cut, which for me means increasing my profit margin while maintaining my expectation of quality. There's a reason table saws come with a fence and a miter gauge slot.

Re: Shop Talk Live 24: Wicked Weapon for Terrific Tenons

For the guy with the cherry and picky wife. Sand to a very fine grit. Add a couple coats of oil. If it color is too light start adding glazing coats of arm r seal and transtint(rather than starting with transfast). You can mix the colors as needed and even change color if the glazing needs to be adjusted. Of course, in a perfect world, he would take some scrap and make a test board. You might have to use more dye than you expect and mix well. Then mix a little more. The color of the mixture will tend to get darker as you use it. I'd wipe on the varnish for thin even coats. Let it cure, check the color, adjust if needed.

Re: Shop Talk Live 22: Handplane How-To

A good option on the tension of the cap screw is to have a screwdriver on hand. set your blade and fasten down with the lever cap, then tighten the cap screw, a little. I think the industry term is 'snug'.

As to the old hand tools, Stanley being the most common, I found a source at the local flea market. Guys that both use and collect the tools. Good prices and good tools. They also serve as good source of info on these old tools. with that type of resource you quickly develop an eye for good tools. I found that the search for good tools gets a little addictive, looking for that diamond in the rough. Many of my tools took little more than 5 minutes to prep for use. For the price of one LN plane I have purchased many professional model planes. I can get to work instead of saving my pennies.

That being said, when I get rich and famous I'll gladly go to LN and LV to get my new tools.

Re: Shop Talk Live 20: Fine Woodworking on Primetime TV

Ed, I know why you put the spline in that way. I've seen others do it the same way. It's just that the guys question was about grain direction and Everyone on the panel jumped on the wood movement band wagon. He saw it as a floating tenon rather than an internal reference. Having glued up a case similar in size to yours with mitered corners(never again by the way), I would put the spline in first to help stabilize the joint during the glue-up process. i don't have a glue up genie to help toss my projects about.

I have a small shop and have enjoyed your workbench video. Also like the Shop Talk Series, and yes, I'll be going to itunes to leave a comment and 5 star rating. Thanks for your work on both of these. J

Re: Shop Talk Live 20: Fine Woodworking on Primetime TV

Guys, you missed the point with the question about the spline in Ed's drawer box. The issue wasn't the expansion of the wood but the strength. With the grain running along the joint instead of across it the spline could easily split. That's a lot of work for a joint that won't hold. He's right, you used the weakest grain direction on that piece.

Re: SawStop benchtop model delayed a year

If they can't get the model going in reasonable amount of time, how could Ryobi have done it in time to prevent the Osorio injury? How then can they be liable?

Re: Shop Talk Live 12: Special Guest Nick Offerman

There was some confusion about how a pacifist group like the Shakers would contribute to the war effort. There were humanitarian concerns as well in terms of ambulances, ships for food and medicine and building materials for reparations. Not everything was used for bombs or bullets.

Re: Should Woodworkers Say Goodbye to Ebony?

Thanks Bob.

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

Looking to build two workbenches, add me to the list

Re: Repairing a Checked Tabletop

If you're going to use the card scraper anyway, just make two or three applications with the thin CA glue, which should flow into the crack easily. Let dry after each, scrape, done. No need for syringe.

I'm guessing there wasn't enough meat for the bread-board ends.

Hope all of your fixes are for the wood failing not the woodworker.

Re: The Story Behind the Government's Pending Tablesaw Ruling

Safer saw? Great, sign me up.

But here's my question: Who's next?

Who else do we sue for not including technology that isn't available yet(contractor saw-stop wasn't a reality)???? Do we really want to set a precedent of making companies liable for what might be? Can I sue the car company when I have a wreck? Never mind that I removed my brakes and chose not to slow down. They should have included some other devise to keep me safe.

Would like to wish Gass the best with his invention but suggest that there is a better way to do it. This is little more than ambulance chasing.

Re: Behold, the Speed Tenon

I'm thinking that you should lock your left hand on the end of the board and the right one(closest to the blade) is used to stabilize the cut, then help with the return for the next pass. The only movement delivered by the right is in pushing away from the blade.

As for me, I'll be leaving this method for others to hazard.

Re: How to Set Wood Sap

Given the relatively low temps involved and the large amount of space needed you might be able to build a make-shift solar heater. For the cost of some thin plywood and a roll of foil, with a design based on solar ovens, you might get the temps you need to set the sap in boards too large to fit in the oven.

Re: Making a Roubo Workbench: Part 5

First, Great bench. Second, since its been a few years since this was posted i was wondering how often you used the leg vise and how well its working for you? Also curious about the pegged support at the bottom. I was thinking of making one that locked in place with a wedge that can be set with my foot. kick one side to set, the other to release.

Re: Build a Super-Precise Tablesaw Crosscut Sled

Why not leave the sled on the table saw and register the square directly off of the blade?

Re: Recycled Materials Make for One Great Budget Workbench

Thanks for the post. It's good to be reminded that, regardless of the project, re-purposing lumber is always a good idea. Good work on the bench. Love to see it with the vise.

Re: Top-Notch Tools for Less: WoodRiver's New V3 Block Planes

All too often, I don't have a choice but to buy a tool that is made in China. For a tool in this price range and type, I do have a choice. I'll leave that nicely made tool sitting on the shelf and go get a nice old Stanley from someone in my community. If I can't find one here I'll adjust my budget and give Tom a call.

Re: Surprise landing: Stanley's new Sweetheart chisels have arrived

So, Matt, Highland now lists these as in stock and for sale. Any idea as to when we'll get some feedback?

Re: Tablesaw Safety Goes Under the Microscope--Again

I'm all for Gass getting to profit from his idea. It is a good idea and seems to work well and consistently, which is what you need from a safety device. This is an aspect of the American dream. Invent something great, sell it and make lots of money. I don't even care so much about the government pushing its way into determining how these tools are made. Thats how we ended up with seatbelts(not just in the cars but actually used by the occupants), which do save lives, not just fingers. My issue is with Gass lending his support to the lawsuit against Ryobi. The saw was not defective and the owner removed safety features that come with the saw that would have prevented the injury. Instead of being remembered as an inventive and creative engineer, I'll remember Gass as little more than an ambulance chaser.

Re: Surprise landing: Stanley's new Sweetheart chisels have arrived

Did the box say that they were 'made' in England or 'assembled' in England? Sounds like they are trying to get around the made in china stamp, inferring that they might have been made in Sheffield.

Re: Who Begot Who? Comparing Planes from Lie-Nielsen, Wood River and Stanley

I'll take any chance I get to purchase a tool made here in the US. The LN is still outside my price range so I'll gladly take the Stanley Bedrock #605(and I did), tune it up and get to work. I acquired mine from a fellow woodworker, locally. Not only did the money stay in the country but in my community as well. If not a quality American made tool from LN why not a nice old Stanley from a guy in your own neighborhood. With very little tuning, I'm getting light, fluffy shavings from all of my old Stanleys. Woodcraft gets enough of my money as it is.

Re: Build Your Own Shoulder Plane: Does this Kit Pass the Test?

Well, I am defending the price. Those of us who don't have the funds for a nice shoulder plane most likely don't have the resources(tools) to make this out of scrap.

Re: Build Your Own Shoulder Plane: Does this Kit Pass the Test?

I had a look at the cost of the individual items and $90.00 looks good.

Re: Resurrecting Jack

Just picked up the same type of plane at an estate sale this weekend. It was marked 'Scioto Tool Works 15' on the front end. I'm looking at tuning it up to use and was glad to see that you had already done so and posted the details. The Scioto was a lower grade tool because of the wood used but the blade and chip breaker are the same Ohio parts used in the better planes.

thanks for posting, this will really help.

Re: Defense Outgunned in Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

The only problem with pointing a finger at the supervisor is that he is the one, therefore they are the ones purchasing saws. Start pointing fingers at the ones who bring in the bucks(and yes I know, that is exactly where the finger should be pointed in this case)and you risk losing a significant portion of the market. Ryobi has to weigh all the costs involved, present and future.

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

One more thing. A reality check. The SawStop device would add, according to some, up to $200.00 per saw. The most I have ever paid for a power tool is $199.00(a Ryobi sliding compound miter saw, thank you very much). This would put any table saw out of my reach. I rely on a table saw for both my personal projects and professional ones as well.

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

As I see it, once they starting removing safety devices, the existence of the SawStop technology became irrelevent and should not have been admitted. There is no guarantee of personal safety with this feature or any other after you start bypassing them. Osario was using the saw improperly and the foreman is responsible for enforcing a safe environment. Blame for the injury goes there. The judge allowed the evidence and blame for the lawsuit goes there.
The jury was doing what they thought best, given the evidence. Ryobi made a quality tool with the same safety features established and used by the power tool industry.

Re: More Details on the Carlos Osorio Tablesaw Lawsuit

Ryobi makes a good product and I see them at many(if not all) job sites being used every day. I supply most of my own power tools at work and without this supplier of good but inexpensive power tools I'd be working with nothing more than an old jig saw. Sawstop is a great idea but only addresses one concern out of many on any jobsite. The only way to be 100% safe is to have, and use, commone sense. That or don't build anything.

Ryobi includes a manual that is full of safety warnings and includes them on the saw itself. Follow the guidelines and the saw is safe to use. Take the safety features off of a SawStop(except the stop underneath), like this empoyer did, and you will still have a dangerous tool. This isn't a technology issue it is a training issue. 'Don't put your hand on the sharp thing that spins really fast'.

My hope is that Ryobi appeals and wins. If not we will all pay for this one.

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