One-Step Joinery

No matter how much time I have, there never seems to be enough. For that reason, I make many of my decisions based on efficiency. My decision to use a hand tool or a power tool for a given task is dependent on what I feel is more efficient for the task at hand. In my effort to … Continue reading One-Step Joinery

Cutting a 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

People have always been fascinated by my 3D wooden jigsaw puzzles. "Wow! Is that ever cool?" they marvel. "How on Earth did you make this?" "They are little gems.  I dared to unlock a few pieces from one puzzle and was pleasantly surprised to find that they are unexpectedly puzzling!  Devilish and nicely done!" - Jonathan, … Continue reading Cutting a 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

How to Make Furniture that Sells

When I had the chance to make a living as a furniture maker, it was a dream come true. However, I soon realized that my chosen path was a very difficult one and found that I needed to adapt my designs to appeal to consumers. In this video, I share some of my best tips for making … Continue reading How to Make Furniture that Sells

Model Delivery Trike for Shift

Last summer, Shift, a Vancouver company, asked me to make a model of the cargo delivery trikes they use. Although this isn't the type of project which I would normally build, the challenge of making a working model intrigued me, so I agreed to build it. Using photographs of their trikes, I established some dimensions for … Continue reading Model Delivery Trike for Shift

Celebrate 5 Years of Flair with an Anniversary Box!

November 1st marks the five-year anniversary of my business and I think that's an excellent reason to celebrate. For the first time, I am offering boxes of this design which I developed. As with everything I offer, I make the entire product in my own shop. I really love the design and hope that you … Continue reading Celebrate 5 Years of Flair with an Anniversary Box!

Fun with Sliding Dovetails

I have put Insanity 2 on hold to work on some small boxes of a design I came up with many years ago. The double-ended box relies on a pair of sliding dovetails perpendicular to each other to open.  While functional, it is also a lot of fun to handle - similar to twiddling your … Continue reading Fun with Sliding Dovetails

#Woodchat is Going Insane

Last night on #Woodchat, we had a look at Insanity 2 and discussed options for the back of the cabinet and shelves.  The discussion started at 13:21 and ran until 46:20.  I learned that my cohost, Matt Gradwohl, was equally insane.  Together, we decided that our viewers may have also been insane for following along (unless they happened … Continue reading #Woodchat is Going Insane

Insanity 2: The Top

Last week, I put three sheets of 1/8" Baltic birch plywood between two forms I made to create the top of the cabinet for the doors. Although the glue-up seemed to go smoothly, I couldn't be sure of the success until I removed it from the form.  I let the bent lamination set for two … Continue reading Insanity 2: The Top

A Trip Through a Log

Yesterday, my friend and lumber supplier, Dave Kilpatrick, brought over a piece of yew which he wanted made into trivets. I built a sled and crosscut a series of 1-1/4"-thick slices on my bandsaw. I took a series of photos as each slice was removed, which allowed you to see how the section of log … Continue reading A Trip Through a Log