Workshop Builds

Cordless Station
Cordless Station

Once I accumulated enough cordless tools*, I needed a centralized place to store them all (That reminds me of a classic George Carlin bit about “stuff”. The more stuff you have, the more space you need to keep it). This was a quick weekend project with a bit of scrap plywood, an idea, …

Cutting Board
Cutting Board

Every woodworker has to make at least one cutting board in their career. This is my first and the one that I take up space with on my kitchen counter. I made it from the same Hard Maple that I used for the Kitchen Island. It has grooves carved out on the sides for picking it up and rubber feet …

Dining Room Table
Dining Room Table

This was a fairly early project in my woodworking career. I found the plans on one of the many DIY blogs that feature these kinds of budget Restoration Hardware style pieces. The material is all standard cheap big box store material - 2x4’s, 4x4’s, and pine boards. The joinery is pocket …

Drill Press Stand
Drill Press Stand

The drill press stand came about at the same time as the sanding station. They were both born of the same set of frustrations and focus on improving shop organization and functionality. In both cases, tools were taking up otherwise valuable real estate and in a way that made them difficult or less …

Kitchen Island
Kitchen Island

There is an area in my kitchen (the “nook”) that I’ve never been able to solve. Should there be a table, an island, built in bench seating, or outside-facing bar seats? This is the result of the island attempt (spoiler - it wasn’t the solution). I found the plans for this one …

Kumiko Chest
Kumiko Chest

I started this project with two initial goals. Primarily, I had a growing stockpile of reclaimed material I wanted to use up. Additionally I didn’t want to spend too much time front-loading the design of the project. I knew I wanted to build a low chest of drawers and worked out an initial set …

Memory Box
Memory Box

This small wooden box is made from Figured Maple and Black Walnut. This is a sentimental piece made to hold a former pet’s dog collar on the mantle. The Black Walnut pieces were resawn from thicker stock on the bandsaw. The outer Maple box with the Black Walnut top/bottom is constructed first …

Router Table
Router Table

This was the first cabinetry project I ever built. I followed a set of fairly thorough plans I found for free online. The carcasse is constructed from plywood. The top consists of double laminated MDF topped with black laminate and edge banded with oak. The fence is also made from MDF. The small …

Sanding Station
Sanding Station

I have two stationary sanding tools - an oscillating drum sander and a combination belt/disc sander. They’re both benchtop models on the cheaper end of the spectrum (Chinese import tool company Wen - for my limited hobby use, they make some surprisingly decent lower budget tools). Originally I …

Shop Cabinets

The shop cabinets are based on the Miter Station plans from The Wood Whisperer with only minor modifications. I needed to build one fewer cabinet to fit my space. I finished the top with sheets of black laminate (glued down with Super 77) to match my router table, omitted the t-tracks and used …