Making the Farmhouse Table Base

The Farmhouse Table Base

The client wanted the farmhouse table base painted white.  As a result, I didn’t feel that expensive lumber was necessary.  However, I didn’t want to deliver them something made from construction lumber.  After some contemplation, I decided on poplar. Poplar is inexpensive and my lumber yard carries many wide, knot-free boards. I assembled each end … Read more

The Walnut Table – A Tabletop with Breadboard Ends

Breadboard Ends

The concept of breadboard ends fascinate me.  Not only do they add style, but they also add stability to any wooden table top.  Despite their simple appearance, designing breadboard ends takes some consideration. Breadboard ends prevent the end of the top from cupping by restricting its movement via tenons.  Unfortunately, standard mortise and tenon joiner … Read more

The Tree Journal – Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

tulip poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera: that funky wood with the green streaks.  You might know it as poplar, tulip poplar, or the fiddle tree.  Poplar grows throughout the eastern United States, and reaches heights over 150 feet.  In fact, it is the tallest eastern hardwood. General Description Poplar grows quickly and prefers deep-rich soils.  However, it does not … Read more

The Tree Journal – Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana)

Chestnut Oak

Description The chestnut oak grows in the eastern United states, and belongs to the white oak group.  It reaches from Maine, down to Georgia, and as far west as Mississippi.  It prefers well drained soil and inhabits ridge lines and rocky habitats.  As a result, it usually doesn’t grow more than about 70 ft tall. … Read more

A Bogg’s Inspired Shavehorse: The Base

Somethings go as planned.  Others do not.  The base of my shavehorse followed the latter.  What seemed a simple, straight-forward glue-up ended up complicated and frustrating.  However, in the end everything worked out and the base is complete. At first glance, the base seems simple enough.  Two sides, sandwich together with spacers between.  The rear … Read more

Making a Boggs Inspired Shave Horse

Shave Horse

Chair making deeply interests me.  The sensuous curves of a Maloof rocker and practicality of a ladder back captivate me.  Despite this, I have yet to build more than a few Adirondack chairs.  So, I signed myself up for Jeff Miller’s chair building class in November.  In the meantime, I decided to learn all I … Read more

The Tree Journal – American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

American Beech

Fagus grandifolia is more commonly know as American Beech.  It grows quite large, and produces excellent lumber.  You will find fagus grandifolia as far north as southern Canada and as far south as northern Florida.  However, you will rarely find it west of the Mississippi river. Description American Beech typically reaches heights between 60 and … Read more