Est. 1981 Jan25

Est. 1981

My wife’s parents got hitched back in 1981 and everyone needs a place to put their keys, so this is somewhat practical.  The nameplate is a combination of maple and sapele and the “hooks” are stainless steel drawer pulls.  I think this piece is a good example of my style:...

Knitting Box Jan25

Knitting Box

I saw this design recently and I could resist building my own version for my mother-in-law.  She does a lot of crocheting and knitting, so this will be a nice place to store all of her gear.  It has a main compartment for the skeins and a few smaller pockets for needles, rulers, stitch...

Bowling Lane Cutting Board Jan22

Bowling Lane Cutting...

My wife says this cutting board reminds her of a bowling alley.  She’s onto something – the highly figured wood in the board is cherry and the light wood is hard pine, which are both used in bowling lanes.  It’s a gift I prepared for a friend for taking care of Baxter while...

Ranger Box Jan22

Ranger Box

In a former life, my friend was an infantryman with various well-known units.  He’s now a communications officer, but often waxes poetic about his exploits as a paratrooper and Ranger.  This was originally meant as a pistol box, but I think it’s a bit small for the average...

Fill ‘Er Up Jan17

Fill ‘Er Up

I’m constantly losing track of my rechargeable batteries, so brainstormed a simple way to keep track of which ones were charged without resorting to tape or markers.  I had a scrap piece of koa in the shop so I went to work on it at the drill...

Baileys Jan16

Baileys

When I was first getting into woodworking, I picked up a set of black and yellow economy chisels.  I didn’t know anything about sharpening or proper chisel technique – I just went for it.  Though the same chisels are still in use today, it was time to upgrade to a better set....

Treats! Jan14

Treats!

We don’t have a Trader Joe’s on the island and sometimes we get a hankering for some of their great snacks.  Fortunately a package just arrived with the finest trail mixes from my mother-in-law!  Nom...

Time for an Upgrade Jan13

Time for an Upgrade

After 3 years of faithful service, it’s time to retire my old MacBook Pro and welcome the new 13″ Retina MacBook Pro into my collection.  The new computer is a pretty amazing feat of design and engineering.  The new laptop is much thinner and lighter than the old one – and...

Mighty Mjölnir Jan09

Mighty Mjölnir

I’ve read that making a mallet is a rite of passage for a junior woodworker, so it was about time that I took on the challenge.  I recently set up a sharpening station for my chisels, so this new mallet with have some nice sharp blades to knock into place.  The handle is a leftover...

Happy Birthday Paul Jan07

Happy Birthday Paul

Continuing my tradition of “borrowing” ideas, I made this beer tote for my brother-in-law’s birthday after seeing a similar design at a craft fair in San Francisco last month.  I’ve added my own enhancements such as the engraving of his initial.  In addition, it has a...

Down to the Wire Jan04

Down to the Wire

1204: Friend reminds me that one of our colleagues is being farewelled at a dinner this evening and we have no going-away gift due to his short notice deployment 1205: I mentally scan my catalogue of lumber and scraps in the garage for some ideas 1215:  I head out to my car to head home to...