Woodworking is my favorite of many hobbies, and I must be proactive to keep it a hobby. It’s part of a long term plan that is about relationships, not an income. If I’m not careful, I’ll be crafting chairs that have no one to hold.
To try and keep woodworking from becoming a regret, I’m going to discontinue:
- Making items for the sake of selling them
- Accepting custom orders
- Focusing on publishing content online
I will certainly continue woodworking. I’ll even post videos, articles, and products online from time to time, but those items will be byproducts of fascination, free time, and other priorities in life.
Obsession, not woodworking, is the monster I’m trying to defeat. Big monsters are scary and hard to kill; baby monsters are only scary.
This was more about experimenting with dyes than it was about making drawer fronts, but here’s how it turned out.
We have this IKEA (go ahead and judge me, I don’t care) setup in a little maker space room of our house. A few months ago I put a custom Ash counter on it, and I recently completed the drawers + fronts.
I really wanted specific dimensions of drawers for quick access to small parts, so custom drawers became the answer.
Wood: Poplar. Dyes: TransTint and TransFast. Finish: DW Shellac, Deft Lacquer (gloss), Deft Lacquer (satin)
Continue reading Dyed Poplar Drawer Fronts w/ Airbrushed Vignetting
There’s one thing I can’t stand: that unused wall space where a door opens. The next few home projects involve reclaiming some of that space. In our house, a few spaces (such as this one) have 9 inches of depth…and 9″ is plenty for some bookshelves.
Continue reading Open Shelving for Unused Space Behind Door
Here is my hacksolution to truing up deep juice grooves. Deep juice grooves have end grain on both sides, so it’s both difficult and important to sand them well.
Continue reading Reciprocating Sander for Grooves
Here’s a video showing my method of choice for removing the dried epoxy leftover from filling the knot holes. This allows quick removal of the epoxy, with very little risk of damaging the wood underneath.
The first spoons were not exactly a hit (my support group has encouraged me to admit this publicly.) The handles were loved, but people generally wanted a spoon with more of a scoop. So, over the past few months, I’ve been working on new techniques that allow me to create deep scoops relatively efficiently while still being completely one-of-a-kind.
I have a few completed now, and a few that are close. So, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, let me know and I’ll get one started that suits your fancy.
Recently, the folks at LumberJocks convinced me to make my own carbide lathe chisels rather than buying them premade. (to save $110 per chisel)
Here’s how that went down:
Continue reading DIY Carbide Lathe Chisels
I sawed a green Walnut log in half on my bandsaw, cut it to a circle, and my little lathe was too small to turn it with the tool rest on.
Now, when it comes to woodturning, I’m a newbie. However, I watched 3 Tim Yoder woodturning videos that week and was feeling invincible!
Continue reading Big Bowl, Small Lathe
In late 2014, I had the opportunity to build a kitchen island for our basement. I considered it a big challenge and learning opportunity (and reason to justify new shop tools), so I built it from the ground up.
Continue reading Basement Island
A family member almost ordered some Lazy Susans from the local BORG, but I intercepted the project since it presented some challenges I had not yet faced. This was a
time-consuming mistake worthwhile learning experience.
The requirements were: 3 18.5″ Lazy Susans with a lip that extends upward to prevent things from sliding off (I guess they plan on spinning them super fast?)
Continue reading Custom Lazy Susans
Table + Chairs for our kids.
This is the first piece of furniture I built with “real” wood using actual woodworking techniques such as panel glue-ups, attention to wood movement, and lots of mortises and tenons. You will not find any metal in the joinery of the table or chairs.
Continue reading Kids Table and Chairs
I found some parallel clamps on sale, so naturally, I needed a rack to hang them on. Legos, to the rescue!
Continue reading Lego Jig for Evenly Spaced Dadoes
Here’s a coat rack I built for our entryway a couple of years ago. Continue reading Coat Rack