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Picture Hand Plane Collection
My hand plane collection has grown a lot in the past two years. I've been gravitating towards older Record and Millers Falls planes lately, and still have a few older Baileys as well. All are users, though some are in pretty nice shape.
13 08-13-2009 11:44 AM
Picture Elm Towel Chest
This is a towel chest that I designed and built for our bathroom, completed August 2009. It replaces a cheap pressboard/vinyl veneer chest of drawers. It's mostly red elm, with ash doors. The drawer has thru-dovetails, and the sides are frame and panel but the tenons are a sliding dovetail for added strength.
8 08-13-2009 11:07 AM
Picture Interior Closet Door
I made this door last fall in our MBR. The frame is red oak, the panels are Butternut. First time working with BN and really liked it. It machines easily, is very light, and has a nice natural rustic look to it...and it's not overly expensive.

This is the first door I've attempted. I used the Freud interior/exterior door frame set and it worked like a charm.
10 07-09-2009 09:15 AM
Picture Wood Fireplace
We updated our raggedy drab old MBR fireplace mantle a few years ago using mainly pine salvaged from our old waterbed, along with some birch ply for the shelves. We updated the plain brown brick with tile.
2 07-09-2009 07:59 AM
Picture Red Elm Nightstands
These were made for our MBR. It's my design based on some Mission/Arts & Crafts influence. Stain is a mix of colonial maple and walnut. Finish is Waterlox. First time using elm, but definitely won't be the last. It's a bit finnicky to work with, but has gorgeous grain that has much more detail than the pics show. It's prone to movement after milling, is stalky and tends to fuzz a lot even with sharp high quality cutters. My solution to the movement is to let it acclimate, dimension slightly over size and let it acclimate again for a day or two before dimensioning to final size. It seems to have held well.
3 07-09-2009 07:51 AM
Picture Solid Body Electric Guitar
This project was a serious deviation from furniture building, and was made for my 18YO son. He saved his lawn mowing and bought a cheap Strat clone when he was 15. It was fairly poor quality and even as a young man was never that satisfied with it. I thought he deserved better, but Lord only knows why I thought I could provide that! I don't play. This was one of those projects where I found myself in waaaay over my head, with too many hours invested, and no idea how to complete it. Thank God for the internet and all the good folks who are willing to answer questions and offer help. We built the body from scratch, and bought an existing neck, which simplified things. The back is solid mahogany, the top is curly maple, the pick guard and neck are birdseye maple. Most of the hardware was purchased on Ebay. There are a few flaws, but overall we're really pleased with both the looks and the sound.

We originally wired it with a used pre-assembled set of Strat clone pickups, but replaced that shortly after with a custom arrangement. The new pickups, a DiMarzio D111 in the neck, Duncan 'Lil '59 in the middle, and a double humbucker from my brother's OLP "John Petrucci" really made a huge difference in sound. It's now unique and versatile. We were happy enough with the sound changes, that we ended up building a 5 watt custom tube amp, and 12" speaker to go with it.
7 04-15-2009 08:17 AM
Picture Meagan's Jewelry Box
This was a joint project with my oldest son for his girlfriend Meagan. It's a combination of hard maple, curly maple, birdseye maple, and padauk. It was inspired from a box that Wood Mag featured a couple of years ago, but we made it rectangular instead of a square. The finish is shellac.
4 04-15-2009 07:52 AM
Picture Hopechest
This is a hopechest made from QSWO that was salvaged from wine vats from the Widmer Wineries in the Finger Lakes Region of NY State. It was made as a graduation gift for my oldest daughter.

It's all panel and frame construction, and has a cedar bottom. The finish is poly.
5 04-15-2009 07:47 AM
Picture Black Walnut Hall Table
This is a simple black walnut shaker style hall table made as a wedding gift last summer. It has cherry butterfly inlays that I did with a router template and guide bushing kit.
5 04-15-2009 07:41 AM
Picture Mission Style Bench
This bench was made as a wedding gift for a good friend in the summer of 2008. It has 36 M&T joints, and is made from a combination of red oak and QSWO.
4 05-22-2008 12:52 AM
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