November 29th, 2014

Here are the cherry bookshelves that were mentioned in the last post. As you can see, they are now complete. The customer is pleased to have 48 feet of storage for books and artwork. 

November 01st, 2014

I have some cherry  wood  bookshelves  under construction.  They are 7ft tall by  8 ft wide.  Since they were . too big to make in one piece we made them in three sections.  The faceframes overlap so they will look like one unit. To tie the units together I made a plinth and a top molding.  The cabinets were constructed using biscuit joinery and pocket hole screws for strength and ease of consruction.  There will  be adjustable shelves. The unit will be finished with 4 coats of polyurethane.  Although meant to be free standing they will be tiied to the wall for stability. Pictures of the finished products to come...

July 06th, 2014

The Blue Hat Coffee Shop in Coldwater Michigan is now open. Here are some photos of the tables and shelving that I have been working on the past few weeks.  All of the walnut and maple in the tables was harvested from the trees on the Blue Hat property. 

February 23rd, 2014

Pictured here is Phillip, the owner of the soon to be opened Blue Hat Coffee Shop, working on the top of a walnut and maple table. There are 10 of these tables in progress. This is part of a custom woodworking job that also included 6 maple & walnut cabinets and a walnut cabinet facade. For  the tables Phillip wanted a decorative touch so we used a walnut string inlay to match the inlay in cabinets' facade. ,  We tapered the table legs. We joined the legs to the table aprons using mortise and tenon joinery. More to come...




December 08th, 2013

One of my students is opening a new coffee shop in Michigan. He needed some help with the cabinets and counters. So the past couple of weeks we have been working on them in my shop. The coffee shop is located in an 1850's mansion. We hope to capture the feel of the era by using walnut and maple wood for inlays and moldings. We cut the grooves for the inlay using a 1/8 th inch router bit. The entire counter assembly is comprised of three base cabinets. We then applied the walnut facade in 4 sections to the base cabinets. 

September 01st, 2013

A customer recently requested a shelving unit/bookcase to store video games based on his favorite show, Dr.Who.  The piece I built is a full-sized replica of the time portal in the show, the tardis.  We scaled the bookcase from the six inch plastic model pictured below.  The project was fairly simple from a woodworking standpoint, as it was basically a bookshelf with a facade and two doors added. The doors were made with stub tenons with plywood panels. The window grid was done with half-lap and they are removable.  The cabinet left the shop finished but without the blue paint, which is to be done by the customer.  

August 18th, 2013

My son has not been very interested in woodworking but with moving to a new home he had need of a bookcase so we made this together. To keep construction simple Will and I used biscuit joinery. We screwed the face frames together and made some molding on the router table. This bookcase is made of maple plywood and solids. We put an oil finish on it and had it done in no time. Will was pleased with his results.  The photos shows the bookcase with the adjustable shelves removed.

July 13th, 2013

I recently purchased these planks at a local lumber yard. I was drawn to them by their unusual shape and their nice quartersawn figure. I was not sure what to use them for. On vacation in Williamsburg I had admired an old work bench for holding wooden wagon wheels.  I liked the shape so I took a picture of it. I realized the long skinny shape of the planks would necessitate a narrow tabletop. They would work nicely in a design for a table based on the antique piece in the Williamsburg wheelwright shop. Construction photos to follow!



July 01st, 2013

Here are a couple of images of students finishing up Basic Cabinet Making. New classes are always forming, so please email or call with inquiries. We also have sessions available for advanced woodworking projects.





April 24th, 2013

In custom woodworking-related news, I am finishing up a trestle table that I've been wanting to build for some time. 

Trestle tables sometimes appear flimsy to my eye, so for this one I designed it to have a more massive feel. This design lent itself well to traditional joinery methods; for example, I used wedge-through tenons to attach the stretchers to the legs, and pinned tenons to connect the legs to the foot element. It is constructed with walnut, and I completed it with a polyurethane hand-rubbed finish. Check out the pictures below.




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