It seems like every tool chest I have ever had was too heavy to move around once it was loaded up with tools. Well, that is not the case any more. With just a little high-tech aluminum riveted to some 1/4 inch plywood, I was able to build a lightweight chest that was portable and … Continue reading High Tech Tool Chest PDF
This is the materials list and cutting diagrams for the Tool Tote Sawhorses project as it appears in the Australian Woodsmith magazine Issue 55.
For a long time, my system for storing short pieces of wood was simple, squirrel it away in every nook and cranny I could find. The problem with this arrangement was lack of organization. I did not always know what I had on hand. So, to tackle this problem, I built the cutoff bins featured … Continue reading Cutoff Storage Bins PDF
The dovetail jig gets a lot of use in my shop. But there are a few things that can be an inconvenience when using it. My biggest complaint is that I have to stoop over to see what I am doing as I work. Another problem is keeping the workpieces clamped square. And finally, when … Continue reading Dovetail Jig Workcenter PDF
Of the various whirligig projects I have designed, the airplanes from World War II are my favorites. The P-51 Mustang was originally designed and built for the British air force. It first saw action in 1940. Later, the P-51 was used in the American air force.
When I turn to the drill press, it is because I need precisely placed and perfectly straight holes. But the standard, cast iron table will not support anything but the smallest workpiece. Then, trying to clamp a workpiece in place can be a frustrating exercise. And you can forget about dust collection. The table and … Continue reading Drill Press Table and fence system PDF
This dancing hippo intarsia pattern is available as a jpg or a pdf. This is a slow loading site with popups.
This Adirondack chair is lean and low, but the most unusual design feature is the offset arms making it easier to get in and out of. Now, before you dismiss this as a quirky choice, hear me out.
Throughout the centuries, this simple design, known as a trestle table, took many ornate forms, but our version returns to basics. Its two pedestals are secured to a horizontal stretcher with stout tenons, locked in place by wedges.
The obvious way to define your yard is to put up a fence. The cool way is to forget the fence and just build a gateway portal from here to there that implies a change of space without presenting a physical barrier.