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...

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...

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...

Shapes Box Feb11

Shapes Box

Consisting of three layers, each with differently shaped holes, this box is a fun and simple puzzle for young children.  It’s a straightforward design that was easy to prepare for the CNC.  Since I used a small bit, I was able to use the cut-out shapes as the puzzle pieces instead of...

X-Carve CNC

This past Black Friday I jumped on a great offer from Inventables and picked up a new CNC setup.  Inventables is a company out of Chicago which offers just about everything to get started in manufacturing.  Aside from their great CNC machines, they offer slick design software, materials, and...

Holiday Boards Dec21

Holiday Boards

This season’s holiday boards are a pair of cherry, maple and walnut mixes.  The longer board is about 1.25″ thick and the more square of the two stands at 1.5″ thick.  I didn’t try any new techniques with these – I just did what’s worked for me in the past:...

Farkle Arena

I recently discovered Farkle, a dice game that’s part luck, part skill in probabilities.  I didn’t have a proper training environment for my new interest, so I thought I’d build a box to make it all happen.  The bottom is hardboard laminated to MDF and topped with black...

A Monday Addendum Oct17

A Monday Addendum

It took only a night to realize that I missed a key component of the Weekend Bed for a stress-free night.  While it occurred to me that my little engineer would move around in his sleep, I didn’t think that it would be as much as actually occurred.  Waking up to find him asleep in the...

Weekend Bed Oct16

Weekend Bed

What’s a weekend bed?  Well it’s a bed that’s built over a weekend of course!  To be a little more specific, the bed was actually rebuilt from an existing frame.  When I upgraded the guest bed a few months back, I held on the the wooden frame because, well, I can’t let...

Toddler Workbench Jul07

Toddler Workbench

It should come as no surprise that I’m getting my young one started early on the fundamentals of woodworking. And of course, every woodworker needs a good bench.  For this project I selected the choicest pieces of maple and walnut from my stock and added a piece of pegboard and a set of...

Jenga Blocks Apr28

Jenga Blocks

These jenga blocks were a lot of fun to make. I used some maple, walnut and sapele pieces from the scrap bin. The contrast is wonderful and they were very easy to make.  Creating blocks so small is also a great skill builder and is very satisfying since it calls for a lot of passes on the...

Produce Stands Apr02

Produce Stands

This weekend’s project is a set of counter top produce bins.  This stackable set is useful for tidying up the kitchen space and since it’s made of solid mahogany, it’s guaranteed to make your kitchen classy.  Super classy.  The most...

Filter Holder Mar28

Filter Holder

She wanted it, so I built it.  No more coffee filters strewn about – we’ve got them all in check.  Woods are walnut and maple from the scrap bin.  Finished with a shellac...