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 moreA Bogg’s Inspired Shavehorse: The Base

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 moreMaking a Boggs Inspired Shave Horse

A Bench Crafted Moxon Vise

Bench Crafted Moxon Vise

While building my tool cabinet, I discovered a major issue with my workbench.  It sits too low for detailed work.  After several nights of dovetailing, I began to develop a back ache.  I needed something that would bring my work closer to my eye.  I needed a Moxon vise. A Moxon vise is a twin … Read moreA Bench Crafted Moxon Vise

A Hand Tool Cabinet: Finishing Touches

Plane Gallery

Fertig.  Finito.  Terminado.  The tool cabinet is finished.  Well, it’s not finished finished.  It’s good enough for now.  I need to make drawers for the plane gallery and a few more tool holders.  However, I have completed the majority of my checklist.  In fact, most of my hand tools are now in the cabinet. Since … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: Finishing Touches

A Hand Tool Cabinet: The Case

Hand Tool Cabinet

This project marks a milestone for me.  It is my first project that goes heavy on the joinery.  The hand tool cabinet includes nearly 50 dovetails, through tenons, slip tenons, and rabbets.  As a result, it is proving to be a valuable learning experience. While power tools speed the build process, hand tools prove indispensable.  … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: The Case

A Review: Make a Wooden Smoothing Plane

Make a Wooden Smoothing Plane

I spent the last six months building the workshop.  Yes, life blessed me with an amazing opportunity.  However, I grew tired of drywall, cabinets, and electrical.  I wanted a fun project.  So, when I stumbled across Scott Meek’s video, “Make a Wooden Smoothing Plane”, I decided to give it a shot. You can buy Scott’s … Read moreA Review: Make a Wooden Smoothing Plane

Improving the Porter Cable Drill Press

Porter Cable Drill Press Table

The 15-inch Porter Cable drill press is an excellent value.  It’s cheap, accurate, and powerful.  However, it has one huge drawback for the woodworker: the table.  It sucks!  As a result, I made an auxiliary table to help me get the most out of this tool. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of information on making … Read moreImproving the Porter Cable Drill Press

The Mortise Jig

Mortise Jig

The Idea Above everything, I want to create beautiful and unique furniture.  The furniture which draws my attention has a common theme: mortise and tenon joinery.  Ideally, I would create mortises with a dedicated hollow-chisel mortiser.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the space or funds available for such a wonderful tool.  As a result, I have … Read moreThe Mortise Jig

Building the Perfect Router Table

Router Table

I experienced a love hate-relationship with my small, bench-top router table.  I regretted selling it, but it was a pain to use.  I promised myself that I would build a better one as soon as I got moved into the new shop.  That’s exactly what I did. Finding inspiration in Norm Abram’s Deluxe Router Station, … Read moreBuilding the Perfect Router Table