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…

Finally, A Dining Room Table – Part 4

Well, almost a year in the making and the table is finally complete! I didn’t want to follow the exact look of the table that I was originally tasked to build because I knew this style would more suit my wife’s tastes and according to her, I was right! So here you go miss, your…

Walnut And Hickory Entry Table – Part 1

While I’ve been letting the stain and paint to dry on my dining room table, I’ve embarked on a new project. This will be my first piece of fine furniture, one that has no stain on it at all. I did a candle holder a couple years ago using walnut and maple but it wasn’t really much…

Finally, A Dining Room Table – Part 3

In Part 2 I was wrapping up all the cuts for the legs but I still had some work to do on the stretcher. This involved some hand tools, any of which I am not really good with, but because this is a “rustic” table, I really don’t care if I chip out a couple ends. To…

Finally, A Dining Room Table – Part 2

In Part 1 of this I managed to get the majority of the table top all wrapped up, at least to the point that it is ready for stain. At the time I also cut down and cleaned up all the 4×4 pine on the jointer and planer. I’m glad I let the wood sit for a…

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…

Posting Up

Well it’s been almost a full year since I’ve posted anything to the blog but I’ll hopefully be doing a lot more in the coming months. Over the last year I’ve completely finished my basement from start to finish so my spare time has gone completely to that project. I’ll be posting some of the…

Finally, A Dining Room Table – Part 1

Since we moved into our house, our front room has been either completely empty, or filled with junk. After I finished up all the window trim and the wainscotting, we’ve really needed to get some furniture to fill up the space. I really wanted to build a dining room table but wanted to keep it…

Are You Not Entertained?

Well here is officially my first post of work I did for a customer. I had someone ask me to make a sign for their restaurant, unfortunately the restaurant wasn’t doing so well at the time so they weren’t able to continue on with the project. I did this with a good friend of mine who…

Muskoka Bound

Well it’s a little ridiculous that I’m posting the chairs I built in the summer on Christmas Eve. I wanted to wait to get a final picture of the chairs on my front porch but I just kept forgetting to snap a good picture. Now that it’s so miserable outside, it could be a while…

Hanging On

So in our new home we don’t have the best front door situation when it comes to hanging up our coats. The “hallway” closet is actually much further down the hallway from the front door so coats were getting thrown everywhere. My wife found a couple nice examples and I went to work. Here is…

Wayne Scott?

To quote a line from Marge on The Simpsons: “I read an article about wainscotting at the tire store. Did you know it’s not named after someone named Wayne Scott?” So this was something I wanted to do since the second I walked in the door of our new house. Our front room is really…