Cutting Boards


Just completed a batch of cutting boards, ready for sale! I used 2 different designs, using mainly domestic hardwoods (maple, cherry, walnut) with some exotics (padauk, purpleheart) as accents. They are all finished with one coat of mineral oil followed by one coat of a blend of mineral oil & beeswax.



Finishing the Finish

We are coming down the home stretch on the maple bed project for Hannah. Pictured below is a process known as "rubbing out" or "finishing the finish" being performed on one of the bed rails. After several coats of Arm-R-Seal urethane have been applied, we use a 4000 grit Mirka Abralon buffing pad and some soapy water to apply the final smoothing and semi-gloss sheen...

Rail video 1_Moment
Rail video 1_Moment
Finished rail photo

Cabinet Scraper

After bent-laminating the cap piece for the bed headboard into its arched shape, I had to come up with a way to cleanly trim the edges so that the laminations were flush with one another. I couldn't safely use the table saw or bandsaw to do a trimming rip cut because the cap piece was now curved and would not be flat on the table. I don't (yet) have a jointer, and the arch height way exceeds the capabilities of edge jointing on the router table. Using a belt sander or random orbit sander would risk unevenly rounding over the edges (which would be done in the next steps more precisely with a router). So what to do?

Bring on the hand tools...

I broke out my Veritas cabinet scraper (modeled after the old Stanley no. 80) and shaved away.

Scraper pic

Starting a New Project

For her heirloom project, my daughter Hannah picked to have me build her a queen sized bed!

Here is the 90 board-feet of hard maple (along with some cherry for another item) I picked up to start the bed project:

Pic maple cherry

This is a finished bed that I built for my youngest daughter Sarah, and Hannah's new bed will be very similar to it, except that it will be made of maple instead of oak, will have a more pronounced headboard arch, and will be finished darker:

Pic sarah bed

Beauty in the Valley

The view out our front door after a late March snowfall. A great day to stay inside and look out the window while working on some project...

Snow pic

Large Cabinet Project Completed!

My son Jonathan has taken on the huge job of building his own house! He has been faithfully and persistently working on it for a while now, and he's about 90% finished. I volunteered to build and install all his kitchen and bathroom cabinets for him, and that project is now completed! Love you, Jonathan!

Cabinet project done

Cabinet carcase build:


Face frame build:

Face frame

Drawer build:


Door build:


Kitchen Island:


Master Bath:

Master bath

Honey Press

When I offered to Jonathan to build him an heirloom project for his future home and family, he picked to have me build, not so much a piece of furniture, but a wooden "machine" - a honey press! Modeled after an old fashioned German Stade press, built like a tank.

Applying mineral oil/ beeswax blend:

Honey press oil wax


Honey press completed

Serving Trays

Making Christmas presents for some folks. Started with 6/4 walnut boards and some African padauk wood, and finished with these serving trays.

Walnut boards

Serving tray

Serving tray several