Information and Answers for Woodworkers
I have been writing freelance woodworking articles since 2001.
I enjoy seeing people's interpretations of my designs. Please send me pictures if you build one of my projects and I will include a page of them on this site!
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Edwardian Envelope Table
From occasional table...............To game table!
First Published in Woodworker's Journal Oct. 2010This elegant 22" square side table unfolds into a 31" square game table when friends arrive. Featuring stringing, small moldings and crossbanded inlays, it is an intermediate project that is highly useful.
This project requires a couple of special parts that I've searched for you.
The WWJ website has "More on The Web" showing the making of the inlay and stringing. Read it Here
Hinge Mortise Jig
My first published article from Woodworker's Journal Oct 2001.
A simple jig that quickly adapts to speed the cutting of hinge mortises. Download PDF
Adjustable Dado Jig
First Published in Woodworker's Journal Dec 2001
Cut dados exactly the size needed off a single straight edge guide. Adjusts quickly and easily.
Adjustable Box Joint Jig
First Published in Woodworker's Journal Feb 2002
Make all your box joints with one Jig. The indexing key adjusts side to side for different fingers and a replaceable backer prevents tearout.
Hoosier Step Saver
First Published in Woodworker's Journal Jun 2002
A great gift project, or keep one for around the house. This update of a classic Hoosier design can be used for sitting or flip it over and it becomes a step stool. Download PDF
First Published in Woodworker's Journal Jun 2003
An adjustable, spring loaded secondary fence keeps this jig dead straight when milling flutes with the router. Download PDF
I have been writing a six part series, "Making the Most of Your Router Bits" for Woodworker's Journal's "More on the Web" offerings.
The series looks at some of the more complicated (and expensive) router bits and sets out there to help you decide before you lay down your money.
Learn how to set the height and fence to get dozens of different profiles from one bit. I also show you how to stack profiles for larger, complex moldings.
Use this set to make professional, true divided light window sashes as well as applied muntin windows. They also make great picture frames!
Not just for making quality doors, I show you how to use this bit for making furniture and column panels.
Learn how to get strong, solid panel glue ups using this bit. It also does wide rabets.
Looks simple, but this bit has a myriad of uses in the shop!
More to come as they get published!
First Published in Woodcraft Sep 2005
Few homes have too many occasional tables, and this handsome set makes a great wedding or housewarming gift.
Built Up Moldings
First Published in Woodcraft Dec 05
Use common router bits and TS Cove cuts to make large, complex moldings for your projects. Download PDF
First Published in Woodcraft Jan 2006
These bits are highly useful but complex to get right the first time. Learn how to set them up and get great results. Download PDF
First Published in Woodcraft Jan 2006
An easy to make, adjustable system of dividers for organizing the silver drawer in your kitchen. Download PDF
Traveling Game Table
First Published in Woodcraft Mar 2006
A clever little table from the British Colonial period, it folds up into it's own small case so you can play on the go.
(If you downloaded this plan prior to Aug 18th 2009, I apologize, Page 47 was missing. Please download the file again, it is now complete)
Miter-Less Picture Frames
First Published in Woodcraft Jan 2007
A unique frame design made with half-laps rather than miters. A simple jig allows you to make any size with the same set up. Download PDF
First Published in Woodcraft Mar 2007
A new twist on a traditional sushi tray. It uses butterfly keys as structural and design elements. Download PDF
First Published in Woodcraft May 2007
One of the first reviews of the Sears version of the Carvewright.
First Published in Woodcraft July 2007
Magswitch has applied switching ability to powerful magnets. I review their early offerings. Download PDF
First Published in Woodcraft Sep 2007
The Worksharp is a new addition to keeping your tools in shape. I take it through it's paces. Download PDF