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Picture Intarsia Valentine's Day gift for my wife
I made this for my Valentine this year.
5 02-15-2014 12:31 AM
Picture Burr puzzles
Here's some of the wooden burr puzzles I've been making.
9 02-04-2014 10:59 PM
Picture More carved, working pliers joints.
Here's some more of my carved pliers joints. Most of these will be given away as Christmas gifts this year.

The joints do open and close. They are all carved out of solid pieces of wood. No glue or trickery was used, only 10 cuts with a knife. And no wood is removed in the process. It's all a matter of slicing and dicing.
9 12-04-2013 01:09 AM
Picture Curvy vases.
This pair of curvy flower vases is made from mahogany and inspired by a similar vase demonstrated in a YouTube video by user swingguitar1950.

They are finished with 5-6 applications of boiled linseed oil. In use, each tube will hold a single rose (or other flower) and a small amount of water in the tubes. The metal caps are not intended to remain in place. Nor, of course, are the little gum balls going to remain.
6 11-02-2013 06:34 PM
Picture Wooden coasters.
I don't know how useful these coasters actually are. After all, they're treated to resist soaking up water. But a good coaster absorbs water to prevent runoff. But, at the least, they look cool. I used various species of wood, including cedar, pine, wenge, purple heart, padauk, hard maple, mahogany, red oak, birch plywood and lacewood.

These are finished with about 3 coats or spar varnish. The bottoms are covered with self-adhesive cork sheeting. There is a total of 18 coasters.
9 10-24-2013 12:01 AM
Picture Bean bag toss boards (3 different sets)
I was asked to make several sets. So I did. But I came up with my own design to make them a little nicer than the standard boards you usually see. I made three sets. The two largest sets are 3/4 scale. The blue set is a little smaller than that.

All of the sets have full sized holes (6") and use official-sized heavy duty bags filled with the official weight of dried corn. I bought the bags online.

Two of the sets were made for donation to our son's school's annual PTO auction, which raises money to fund school projects (such as the track that's going to be built, technology, and so on).
14 10-23-2013 11:46 PM
Picture Desk name plate.
This was a requested piece for my youngest step-daughter.

The wood is maple and purple heart. The bible verse is carved into the maple the painted with black enamel paint. I used thin, self-adhesive cork drawer liner to pad the bottom.

The project was finished with clear spray lacquer.
6 10-23-2013 11:18 PM
Picture Coffin boxes
These were inspired by a similar box made by Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals. Thanks for the cool idea, Steve.

The wood is rough cut slats from vegetable crates that once carried parsley. The slats were cut into narrower strips then glued up to create thin boards wide enough to cut the various parts from.
5 10-23-2013 11:05 PM
Picture Woody
This guy is whittled out of walnut. He's a little on the crude side: in both subject matter and style. He is finished with clear spray lacquer.
6 08-10-2013 10:32 PM
Picture Rotary tools cabinet
Here's a new addition to my shop. It holds my Dremel and Foredom-style bits and accessories. This project is from plans in Shop Notes Magazine issue #124 (July/August 2012). I made a few minor alterations to the plan and added my own custom touches on the holders and in the large area that holds the plunge router attachment.

The main cabinet is plywood. The doors have pressure treated pine fronts and poplar sides. The small drawers have poplar sides, fronts and backs. The large drawer has walnut front and back and poplar sides. The longer bit holders are mahogany. The shorter ones are padauk.

The entire unit is finished with spray lacquer.
8 07-27-2013 12:38 AM
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