Progress on the 21st Century Writing Desk was put on hold while I built a customized wooden box to protect an expensive piece of equipment for a friend in the tree business. (This kind of friend is good to have if you're a woodworker!) He had recently acquired a portable winch which, while seemingly well-made, … Continue reading Custom Box to Protect a Portable Winch
Part of my attraction to wood was the way it felt. In its natural state, wood was covered by bark that covered the undulating live edge. After being sawn into boards at a sawmill, the surface was covered in rough saw marks. Then, as the lumber was processed, the roughness was typically removed by planing or sanding, leaving … Continue reading Roots of Flair: Exploration of Texture and Latch Installation
While looking through my collection of photos, I found a picture of a box that I made many years ago. It was my idea of what a treasure chest looked like. I have added this chest to my gallery under the year 2009. Although relatively small (only 13" long), it was made very sturdily and … Continue reading Found Treasure
There was certainly a little creativity and cleverness that I put into the design of this box. Because of that, I have enjoyed the process of making them. Yesterday, I had three batches in various stages of completion and began detailing one group. Chamfering the Edges The first step was to chamfer the edges. This … Continue reading Adding Chamfers
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!
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
After Woodworking in America, I hitched a ride to Phoenix with Paul-Marcel. In his shop, I built a puzzle box with a mechanical lock. In this video, I demonstrate the operation of the box while talking about wooden jigsaw puzzles and the design and construction of the box. (Duration - 10:04) Read about another of … Continue reading Mechanical Puzzle Box
My cousin, Michael, asked me to make a wooden box to store his torque wrench. When he gave me the wrench so I could make the box to fit, he told me, "It doesn't need to be anything fancy - just something to protect it." My job was just to make the box and he … Continue reading Dovetails and Plywood
Well, I must say that I had a great time over the past few days. I hope that you did too. On the morning of December 24, we travelled to Naramata, a 5.5 hour drive. There, we enjoyed a great dinner with my aunt, her family and company. We stayed up late to open gifts … Continue reading Christmas Recap, Part I
Last August, I got word of a call for submissions from Taunton Press for a new book on blanket chests. A few years earlier, I had built a small chest with compound-tapered sides and a coopered top. I had also forged the hardware myself, including the handles and strap hinges. I completed it the night … Continue reading Featured in a New Book!