Workshop Builds

Circular Saw Fence
Circular Saw Fence

I started with a piece of scrap 1/2" plywood. This piece is 4’ long by something wide. I cut two strips, one around 9" wide and the other about 3" wide. I didn’t have a large selection to work with on hand. 5/8" spax screws were the best I could come up with of what I …

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 …

Home Theater Speakers
Home Theater Speakers

As part of a larger basement “Home Theater” project, I’m also custom building the speakers for the surround sound system. These are the first 4 of 6 in total (It will ultimately be a Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 setup, but the 4 height speakers are just a basic ceiling mounted model). …

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 …

Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen Remodel

3D Viz is one of the crucial up front planning phases of the project. I spend much of my time in Autodesk Fusion 360 mocking up assemblies like this base cabinet. It lets me work through how all of the pieces interact and should be assembled before actually working with any of the materials. …

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 …