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

The Workshop Build: Lessons Learned

Completed Workshop

No matter how well you plan, there will always be things you’ll wish you’d done differently.  So, I’m here to share a few things I wish I’d done differently with my shop build. Wall Space Wall space is sacred.  If you’re limited on space, plan the locations of outlets and ducting carefully.  Make sure you … Read moreThe Workshop Build: Lessons Learned

A Hand Tool Cabinet: Interior Doors and Tool Holders

The main cabinet and doors are complete.  That means it’s time to finally move on to tool storage.  But first, I need to make some interior doors.  The interior doors provide additional tool storage.  And, unlike the main door boxes, the interior doors are simple to make. The interior doors are nothing more than a … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: Interior Doors and Tool Holders

A Hand Tool Cabinet: The Doors

No tool cabinet is complete without doors.  The doors on this cabinet are shallow boxes.  As a result, they effectively double the storage capacity of the cabinet.  So, with the main cabinet complete, it was time to move on to the doors. The doors consist of a box and face.  The box is dovetailed, while … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: The Doors

Dovetails on the Table Saw?

Dovetails on the Tablesaw

I’m currently building a Mike Pekovich inspired tool cabinet.  Mike built his cabinet for a Find Woodworking video series.  In the video series, Mike uses a custom ground blade to cut his dovetails on the table saw.  The idea is brilliant.  Tails are dead square, and you zip through them with lightning speed.  Additionally, the … Read moreDovetails on the Table Saw?

A Hand Tool Cabinet: Lumber Selection

Cherry Lumber

Work is slow on the tool cabinet.  However, I scored a good deal on the lumber for the project.  As a result, I now have 40 board foot of nice cherry.  The mill listed the lumber as 4/4.  However, the it’s all closer to 5/4.  Additionally, the boards are all straight, clear, and over 9-inches … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: Lumber Selection

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

A Hand Tool Cabinet: The Design

Ever since we moved, my hand-tools have been homeless.  Throughout the workshop build, they’ve remained hidden in drawers and boxes.  So, it’s time I give them a home.  It’s time I build a proper hand-tool cabinet. A few years back, Mike Pekovich built a beautiful hanging tool cabinet for a Fine Woodworking video workshop series.  … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: The Design

Air Conditioning a Workshop: A Follow Up

Air Conditioning a Workshop

Nothing kills my spirit like a hot, humid workshop.  In the past, I avoided the workshop for the entire summer.  So when we decided to move, an air-conditioned workshop was at the top of my list.  I figured the cost would justify itself in a single summer.  Georgia summers are long and damp. If you … Read moreAir Conditioning a Workshop: A Follow Up