Walnut Stool Oct11

Walnut Stool

This was a really fun project that’ll definitely get some good use around the house.  I didn’t have any particular design or plan in mind and sorta just went with it as I started cutting.  Cutting compound miters without pre-planning was a challenge, but it all worked out well in...

Shukai San Jose 2017 Oct09

Shukai San Jose 2017

Last weekend, San Jose’s Japantown was host to the Shukai car meetup. Unlike many other car shows which award prizes in various classes of vehicles, this event was more of a show-and-tell of car owners and enthusiasts. This year Shukai had an impressive assortment of German supercars,...

A-maze-ing puzzle Aug29

A-maze-ing puzzle

… I’ll see myself...

Charger Storage Aug19

Charger Storage

As you’ve noticed by now I have lots of gadgets, and that means lots of chargers and battery packs to keep them running.  But the counter near the outlet is always a mess, so something had to be done.  This storage solution is built from a solid block of walnut with a thin maple trim....

Badge Holder Aug13

Badge Holder

I’ve collected a good number of badges over the years from various security conference and Maker Faires, and for months they’ve lived in a drawer out of sight. With a small investment of some square bend hooks and leftover maple plank, I created an elegant display for my badge and...

Honeycombs Aug03

Honeycombs

I enjoy the look of contrasting hardwoods and recently I’ve discovered the beauty of inlays in cutting boards. This designed was inspired by some geometric designs I saw recently on the web. I have quite of bit of thin exotic hardwood planks and I thought it would be a great look to...

Army “A” Cutting Board Jul31

Army “A”...

I make a lot of cutting boards throughout the year and my go-to style is a 1.5″ endgrain: it’s easy on the knives and looks great. In this latest project, I added a bit of automation to create in inlay of my college logo in the upper left corner of the board. Using a 1/8″...

Walnut Blanket Storage Bench Jun11

Walnut Blanket Stora...

Our bedroom was in need of some color and utility, so we brainstormed on some designs for a blanket storage chest and bench combo. The design is a Brentmore Original™ that is characteristically over-engineered. The body is quite sturdy, consisting of solid and ply walnut with a maple trim...

Radwood 2017 Jun04

Radwood 2017

Radwood is an car show here in California that aims to capture the essence of 80’s and 90’s car culture. As a period correct event for cars, attendees and car owners are encouraged to raid their attics to find the best 80’s and 90’s clothing and accessories for the...

Toy Box May09

Toy Box

I think I might have overdone it here. The idea was to make a sturdy toy chest that could help us organize the living room toy disaster. A simple box, right? Well, this thing weighs in at about 35 pounds and has 60 pocket holes joining all of the panels. The panels are maple-trimmed oak ply...

Walnut and Maple Serving Board May08

Walnut and Maple Ser...

This cutting & serving board was a super easy project that took just under an hour to cut, glue and plane. As with all my cutting boards, the finish is a simple beeswax & mineral oil treatment. This was a very fun project for two reasons: (1) maple and walnut is one of my favorite...

Kitchen Helper Mar14

Kitchen Helper

While having a dedicated child’s play kitchen is fun, sometimes you’ll want them join you on the main stage. That’s where this kitchen helper comes in handy. Inspired by a design by Marc Spagnuolo, aka the Wood Whisperer, this design has three height settings to assist your...