I received a letter from Dodie out in California over the Holidays and wanted to share it with you. Dodie made a few projects from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. I always love seeing projects from readers and especially when they change things up a little and truly make these designs “their own”. Thanks for sharing these with us Dodie, and thanks for your support on An Unplugged Life- I hope we’ll meet up one day for a pint or two, and talk about woodworking and hand tools~; )
All the best in 2017!
Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings!I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and you are able to get a much needed break with time spent with your family.I wanted to thank you for all of the inspiration you have provided me on this indulgence of woodworking. I am grateful that I am a healthy young minded individual that can even do this. This year came with some unfair losses of family and friends that remind me to live life to its fullest. Give every chance you get, and love the ones you’re with. Thanks for reminding me that keeping the creative process within all of this woodworking hand tool nerdy journey is where its at in the end — for me anyway.And on that! After looking at the projects I completed this year, I have quite a few Made By Hand and Unplugged woodshop pieces to share!Its hard to pick a favorite, but the Pochade Box is one. This was my second box. This time I made it in walnut and blue milk paint. I dimensioned the boards thinner to make it lighter. I think the only thing that I would change is the easel stands. Very thin, so hard to get a good hinge. I may experiment with a wider easel support and piano hinge next time.The second is the Cherry Funeral Chair. You may remember the walnut one I did with the live edge back. Well, I fixed that one up, and it’s pretty awesome. But I feel like I dialed in what I learned on that one, with the Cherry chair. And this project of mortise and tenons and bridal joints led me to making this small coffee table. I was inspired by a mid century end table I saw — and the joints were a brainer.Made a Jack plane, hammer, and a Kerfing Plane that is worthy of an indoor shelf. Next up the Frame Saw, and hopefully a version of the Architects table.Thanks again and have a great day! I need to go now and catch up to some videos.Cheers