I recently built a woodshop and started woodworking. This page shows furniture I’ve built for our home.
Bedroom Shoe Shelves
Shoe storage for the bedroom.
Materials: Soft maple w/ Minwax waterborne poly, walnut w/ Arm-r-Seal, corner brackets, countersunk polyethylene glides / side stretchers
Honey Locust Shoe Shelf
Our local lumberyard had some honey locust — but not much, and they weren’t expecting any more!
I wanted to do something with that species, and I wanted to upgrade my first shoe shelf. I ended up stretching the locust out by laminating it with walnut, and tapering it to compensate for some wane.
This was my first experience with laminates, dados, and hardwax finish. It was originally going to be much boxier, but having to work around the limits in the amount of stock made it much more more interesting.
Materials: honey locust, walnut, Osmo polyx.
This was my first “serious” project—that involved milled lumber, and joinery other than pocket screws.
The system is designed to be modular (the small piece sits on cleats embedded in the tall one), although I haven’t yet gotten around to making any more modules. Also, this was intended as a prototype—I’m planning to rebuild it with cypress or something, and with more accurate milling and assembly—but the current version works well enough that I’ve spent that time on other projects instead.
Materials: Rough-sawn pine and elm, with a poly finish.
Very Narrow Night Table
This very narrow table replaces a cardboard box that we were using as a night table.
It incorporates my first (non-floating) tenon — required because the stretchers are too narrow to accommodate the mortise for a domino (and, because I didn’t want to use any hardware except z-clips to attach the top). This wasn’t supposed to be a learning project, but I’m still at the stage where everything is.
Materials: hickory. Osmo polyx.
Network Appliance Cabinet
We had a rat king of cable modem, internet switch, and IoT hubs. This purpose-built cabinet organizes and stores them.
A scanner stand, to add some space for documents-in-waiting beneath the ScanSnap.
Materials: pine, with a couple of coats of Rustoleum lacquer followed by a couple more of Behlen lacquer.
This monitor stand replaces a store-bought bamboo stand that wasn’t quite the right height.
It was made from some scraps of knotty pine that I’d used to practice routing, and had some squiggly router tracks positioned randomly, but not ornamentally. After we decided to keep it, I filled in the grooves, sprayed it black, and added a few coats of poly.
My first cabinet with drawers. I used this to learn how to use dados and rabbets for alignment, how to fabricate drawers, and how to install drawer runners.
Materials: plywood; pine (false fronts); oak (face frame and top edging). Finish: milk paint (sides), paste wax (drawer fronts), wipe-on poly (top).
This door brace hangs on a maple French cleat next to the door, and unfolds onto the floor to jamb the door shut.
I couldn’t find a comfortable off-the-shelf handle so I freehanded one out of wenge. It was intended to be a prototype (hence the freehand). I’ve since learned that everything intended as a prototype ends up being the final version (although some things intended as final versions turn out to be prototypes)—at least in my hands.
Materials: 2x4 pine; wenge handle, spacer, and cleats. Finish: Watco stain (on the pine), Osmo polyx.
This organizer is mounted to the bottom of our standing desk with figure-eight fasteners. It was the first thing I made when I got a drill press.
Second Shoe Shelf
The second thing I ever built. Pine, with pocket screws, finished with shellac and paste wax. Since replaced by the honey locust shoe shelf.
Mud Room Shoe Storage
This shoe shelf for our mudroom was the first time I’d cut wood (besides cutting firewood and paring down a Christmas tree), the first time I’d joined two pieces of wood, and the first time I’d applied a finish.
Materials and construction: Box store pine, pocket screws, wood glue, melamine and brads (for the back), shellac.
This shim holds the screen of my iPad far enough above the keyboard that it can be swiped from the bottom.
iOS 12 added this gesture. The original design of the keyboard case didn’t allow for it: the screen sat directly on the case (behind the keyboard), and the bottom of the screen wasn’t accessible.
A groove on the back of the shim aligns it with the keyboard case when it’s closed.
This was the first wood thing I made. Material: Oak from local home center. Tools: hand saw and Dremel.