How to Get into Woodworking for $1000

I've written many interesting articles for Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine over the past 12 years, but this idea presented to me by editor Rob Brown was one of the most intriguing and challenging. The premise was simple: you're interested in doing woodwork, but lack tools beyond the absolute basics like hammer, screwdriver, tape … Continue reading How to Get into Woodworking for $1000

Leg Vises – What’s the Big Deal?

As most hand-tool woodworking trends get their start these days, I think leg vises gained popularity when Chris Schwarz installed one on his bench which was featured on the cover of his 2007 book, Workbenches: from Design & Theory to Construction & Use. It seems like every woodworker out there is building a bench and many … Continue reading Leg Vises – What’s the Big Deal?

Maple Trestle Table, Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL)

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table. I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could … Continue reading Maple Trestle Table, Session 9 – Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL)

My Moxon Vise with Flair

Last week, I built a tall workbench and made a wooden Moxon vise for it.  This piece of wormy maple seemed perfect for the front jaw so I squared off the ends. I elongated the holes in the front jaw to allow it to skew to hold uneven workpieces.  This was the most that the jaw could … Continue reading My Moxon Vise with Flair

My Tall Workbench with Flair

This bench was inspired after the Joinery Bench that Shannon Rogers brought to Woodworking in America.  It was intended to simply be a taller workbench and I honestly did not know how useful I would find it (ask me in half a year). This small bench was built taller than normal (39.5") to allow joinery … Continue reading My Tall Workbench with Flair

Progress on The Workbench

Well, it's been two months since my last posting.  And the bench has come a long way, though there's still a long way to go. I ended up having the Douglas fir resawn in half.  Many thanks to my friend and fellow woodworker Doug Ward.  I've now laminated the bench top and flattened it.  I … Continue reading Progress on The Workbench

No Holds Workbench

Well, it's been a while since I've posted here.  I've been so awfully busy lately.  I can't even count how many projects I have on the go.  And most of them are for clients.  But one is for me and only me.  I need a new workbench and have been dreaming of one for years.  … Continue reading No Holds Workbench