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Homemade Walnut Knobs

Easy Shop-Made Knobs

Custom Knobs Create a Warm and Personal Shop Jigs are everywhere in my workspace. Taper jigs, custom sleds and even fixtures for boring holes populate my shop in alarming numbers. Single use jigs are crude, but jigs made for the long-term get special treatment. While cast plastic polycarbonate knobs are available at woodworking stores, I… Read more

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Build a Simple Dartboard Cabinet

When I added an electronic dartboard to my recently finished basement, I wanted to “class it up” a bit by building a cabinet to house the board. The cabinet serves a few important functions: It looks nice as it encloses the dartboard when not in use… Read more

Wooden Camping Chair

Carry-along Wooden Camping Chair

I’ve been through the gambit of store-bought collapsible chairs to bring along on my canoe trips and none of them have really grabbed me. until I came up with this one. I ran across a photo of a two-piece chair similar to this in a book about ancient Vikings and was inspired to modernize it…. Read more

Rockler Router Letter Template - Product Shot

Rockler Signmaker’s Interlock Templates: Product Review

Rockler’s Signmaker’s Interlock Templates provide a kit of letters that allow you to rout through the template and into the stock below. The letters assemble like a jig saw puzzle and are then taped to your work. When I first saw this demonstrated I was amazed by the simplicity of the system and wondered if… Read more

Outdoor Bench Plans

Curvy Cedar Outdoor Bench Plans

I designed these outdoor bench plans to be simple and fast to build. I wanted it to have lots of curves with minimal templates, and I wanted it to have very few screw heads exposed on the outer surfaces. My wife loves it! I made it using construction grade cedar and finished it with a… Read more

diy-outdoor-table

How to Make an Outdoor Table (4-Person)

We needed a new table for our small patio. I designed this DIY outdoor table to be simple, easy to build, rock solid, and to last a lifetime. It’s made of construction grade cedar and finished with a clear exterior sealer. Cedar is great for outdoor projects since it’s rot and bug resistant. I bought… Read more

How to Make Cabriole Legs

How to Make Cabriole Legs

If you think cabriole legs are out of reach, think again. With a few hand tools and a little hand/eye coordination, you too can make these beautiful traditional treasures for your furniture projects. In this story I make Queen Anne style cabriole legs out of walnut. The legs were part of a recent jewelry chest… Read more

Drill Press Table Plans

Shop-Made Drill Press Table Plans

This is a shop fixture that’s worth getting started on immediately. Stationary drill presses are definitely not set up for woodworking. The cast round table below the chuck isn’t woodworker friendly or even metalworking friendly.  Once you build this fixture you’ll love its adjustable fence for drilling equally centered holes and the stop block that… Read more

Gluing Up Panels - Completed

Gluing Up Panels

Gluing up panels is a must-have skill in woodworking. From table tops to raised panels there are plenty of times you’ll need to glue boards edge to edge.  When you do you want the panel flat, with rock solid glue joints.  Here’s the recipe for making that happen in your shop. Rough cut to length. … Read more

How to Make a Recipe Box

Recipe Box

Let the Feast Begin! At our house, we use an iPad search for much of our cooking, but we also have a slew of recipes passed down from grandparents or culled from the Food & Wine section of the local newspaper. I’ll never throw away these pre-internet culinary gems, and I’ve designed a simple, beautiful… Read more

Custom Cut Butterflys - Pare the mortise

Custom Cut Butterfly Joints

Handmade Graduated Butterflies Are Stunning The butterflies or ‘dutchmen’ embedded in this desktop are custom sized and cut on a bandsaw. Butterflies stabilize the crack and also provide a focal point on top of the desk to highlight your woodworking skills. When making butterfly joints, I tend to avoid templates available at woodworking stores. In… Read more

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