Slab Happy

I’ve officially found my new favourite thing to do; work with live edge pieces. Since I got the piece of walnut a couple weeks ago, I had so much fun cleaning them up and making them into serving boards, I thought I would try making some furniture out of them too. I went back to…

Shop Upgrade – Plane Rack

In between the  I veered off course a little for a couple things I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time now. First being a hand plane rack that is right beside the bench for when I need it. Over Christmas my wife bought me a Veritas Router Plane and with all the gift…

Hand Cut Dovetails

Hand cut dovetails in my eyes are the epitome of a fine furniture touch that always blew me away. I purchased a Leigh dovetail jig a couple years ago when I got a bonus from work. This worked great especially when I was doing a lot of drawers of the same size like the drawers…

Hammer Time

Back in the shop and it feels good! Now that a lot of the home renos are slowing down I’ve finally had some time to get the shop back in working order so I can finish up some other projects that have taken a back seat over the last year. For starters, I got all…

Getting a Handle On Things

Well I have finally finished one of the most infuriating tasks I’ve ever taken on. I thought making a couple handles for some old chisels I received would be an easy task. Not the case!! These handles took me about 2 weeks to make. I think it took longer than it should have mostly because…

As The Wood Turns

My entire life i’ve lived a couple doors down to what I now know was a great craftsman.  Mr. Nichols. He lived right beside my best friend growing up and I always saw him out working on his house even into his later years. Just recently he moved into a retirement home as he has…

Router Table

At last, a proper router table from my own personal hero, Mr. Norm Abrams. This table is everything I’ve wanted in the previous 2 tables I’ve built. My humble beginnings started me out with a crappy melamine top and a hole drilled in the middle, mounted on top of a metal base frame. I guess…

Homemade Lathe

Ok, so call me crazy but I thought I would build a lathe. I saw this in an issue of ShopNotes and it was calling my name especially since I already had the motor, a lot of the hardware and enough plywood to make it. A full size lathe was going to set me back…

Router Lift

This project makes me happy! My Craftsman router is an absolute piece of garbage when it comes to setting the proper depth of cut and since my router table finished, it was driving me crazy!! I found an old issue of ShopNotes with a router lift project and I was sold. Since I had some…

Completed Workbench

Well I would say this has been the longest running project in my shop to date. I originally built the bench in August of 2012 but it’s taken me until November 2013 to completely finish it! It’s built from standard frame construction lumber for the base as well as some plywood stretches. The top is…