Monday, December 14, 2015

New website!

I have a new website! It's still a work in progress, but here it is at its temporary address. There you'll find images of more recent work. (Unfortunately this blog is woefully out of date.)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

No gods, no masters.

Here's a sneak peak at my version of Chris Shwartz's anarchist's tool chest.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Great Outdoors

This morning I spent some time outside practicing cutting dovetails. I'm really enjoying the folding workbench. Not having a vise is actually kind of fun and I'm looking forward to trying out more of the work-holding solutions on Steve Branam's blog. Working outside is very enjoyable too (as long as the weather is nice). An added bonus is that it forces you to put your tools away when you're done, so the "workshop" is never a mess.

Cutting the pins.
Chopping out the waste.
The result. Not perfect yet, but that's what practice is for, right?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tiny Boxes

I made three of these small boxes for a local printmaker. The outside dimensions are 3 in. x 3 in. x 8 in., which made the joinery a little more complicated than it would have been on a larger piece. For each corner, I made a lap joint which then became half of a second lap joint. Most of the work was done by hand because the parts were too small to safely use power tools (and because hand tools are more fun). In the last photo you can see how the back slides open to insert the artwork. The wood is black walnut and the finish is Poly Whey from Vermont Natural Coatings (an environmentally friendly alternative to polyurethane).

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Portable workbench... sort of.

  I moved the workbench from work to home the other day(about 5.5 miles). Here are a couple of pictures I took in front of the shop. I was a little nervous about putting this much weight on the trailer's axles,
but it made the trip like a champ. I lugged the bench up two flights of stairs and set it up on the deck out back. I can't wait to get out there and work on it, but it's been raining for the past few days and I've been working late at the shop, so I have it covered with a tarp for now.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Folding Workbench Part II

The workbench is just about finished. It just needs another coat of Danish oil in a few spots, and a ramp to sweep the dust out of the tool well. I really love how functional it is for all of its simplicity. Steve Branam has a good post about how to use this bench here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Making Window Sash

Custom window sash for a West Philadelphia Victorian home.

Test-fitting the parts...

The intersections of the muntin bars are half-lap joints. Each one is cut by hand. The mitered cuts in the profile are done by paring with a chisel using a 45-degree guide block.