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...

Walnut Nightstands Mar21

Walnut Nightstands

Not satisfied with in-store or online options for nightstands, I made a trip out to a local wood supply store this weekend to find a nice piece of lumber suitable for bedroom furniture.  The design is simple: just a mitered box sitting on some hairpin legs.  It was all about execution and...

Building Blocks II Dec28

Building Blocks II

As I mentioned in a few posts, I save all my cutoffs after big projects.  Instead of sending the scraps to the landfill or fireplace, I like using them to make coasters to toy blocks.  I saved all the best pieces from 2015 to create a huge selection of stacking blocks.  The mahogany, hard...

Rocket Bed Dec25

Rocket Bed

My friend’s son is in love with rockets.  When I was a kid I was all about firetrucks and robots, so I understand his infatuation with heavy machinery.  His dad pitched an idea to me to make a rocket that we could attach to his new Ikea Kura reversible bed: The rocket would have a...

Nakashima Gallery

Situated on a beautiful 9-acre property in New Hope, Pennsylvania, the Nakashima workshop is both on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark. George Nakashima was an woodworker and architect whose accomplishments in furniture design made...

Making Noise Sep13

Making Noise

I just completed my first musical instrument – a small xylophone.  It was a fun weekend project that didn’t require a lot of calculations or cuts.  The 25 metal bars are courtesy of a kit from Rockler.  They sit on a 1-inch thick slab of of hard maple, which I tapered on my table...

All Systems Go! Part...

After many months of planning, building and organizing, I’ve finally gotten my basement lab set up.  This workshop complements my woodshop, which I wrote about in All Systems Go! Part 1.   In addition to housing all of my networking equipment, the space also has my CNC, Mac mini...