Month: February 2008

When East meets West

These days, when you open up your favorite Woodworking Magazines you see an incredible amount of hand tools coming back into style by manufacturers from literally all over the world. While this indeed is a good thing for hand tool users and collectors, the amount of choices the amateur woodworker can have may be a little overwhelming. In this article I’m going to compare two of my favourite Smoothing planes, a Lie-Nielson No. 4, and a James Krenov custom smoother. Tale of the Tapes Lie-Nielson No. 4, Bronze Body Length: 9 1/2″ Width: 2″ Weight: 4 lbs ., 10...

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Kitchen Cabinet Update

Well, slowly but surely the Cherry kitchen cabinets are coming along quite nicely. This past weekend I’ve been working on a few ways to add some extra storage space to a relatively small foot print. These additions are common in modern kitchen design but I’ve tried to keep with the traditional appeal of the Arts and Crafts style by using solid wood and classic joinery. The first was the pull out shelf trays, instead of having to bend down and reach into the back of the lower cabinets, these shelf trays pull out like drawers enabling easy access to...

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The Days are Getting Longer…

This mornings 5 a.m. wake up call came as it always does; alarm clock tearing through my semi-unconscious state, lying there thinking “Do I really have to go out to work this morning”? Working alone and being ones own boss surely has it’s advantages, but in these late winter un-ambitious final months of Canadian living there are unfortunately certain dis-advantages as well. Sometimes these frost filled early morning wake ups can take some real skill, I mean c’mon, forget about the wood working, we’re talking about February in Canada. I always have to think of the job at hand,...

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Cherry and Maple Side Table

Reflecting the Shaker influence but displaying an original modern interpretation, this side table will complement any decor. Made from solid Cherry and Birds Eye Maple it features hand cut joinery that will last for generations. This design is closely based on one by Garrett Hack in a past issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine and really inspired me to build. I chose a hand rubbed oil and varnish mixture for the finish, it brings out the wood grain without adding too much gloss. I use a safe, non-toxic finish from a small company out of New York. Tried & True...

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Making a Pull-Out Shelf Tray

This Arts and Crafts Style kitchen I’m building has a lot of great design features. One small detail is in the interior of the door cabinets. Instead of having a shelf which you have to bend down and reach into to access the interior, this design acts like a drawer and pulls out as well as adding to the over-all appeal of the cabinets. I shaped the shelf fronts so you can easily grab hold eliminating the need for any kind of after market drawer pulls. The box is built in the traditional style using through dovetails on the...

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