SEE the exciting restoration of a 1947 Delta Unisaw!!!

In order to keep law school from driving me stark raving mad, I decided around Christmas 2002 that it was high time to get a hobby. Because I come from a long line of carpenters and woodworkers and was virtually raised on The New Yankee Workshop and This Old House re-runs, I naturally gravitated toward making sawdust.

Unlike some of my previous hobbies, this one is extremely practical- after all, it is far cheaper to make your own furniture than to buy it. While I am no Gustav Stickley, I have made a few pieces of respectable-looking furniture, and I manage to learn quite a bit with each new project. And while I readily admit that I've still got a lot to learn, I haven't met a woodworker yet who felt that he didn't, so at least I am in good company there.

Below is a more-or-less chronological photo gallery of some of my carpentry/woodworking projects. You may note that the overall project quality tends to increase as you go down the list. 

My best-looking project yet: matching nightstands.

A cutting board, made of several different species of hardwood.

A mitten rack, again (allegedly) in the Shaker style.

A poplar end table, with a midnight blue stain.

A cherry picture frame.

A (very comfortable) cedar garden bench.

A cedar porch swing.

One of four matching planter boxes (made for the cost of one at retail).

A set of shelves.

A highly-functional step stool.

A pine table.

My first paid project- an oak podium!

A Shaker-style bench, inspired by the one in the lobby of the Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire.

A cherry and maple clock.

A small TV stand/cabinet.

An oak medicine cabinet, with finger joints on the case and pinned through mortises on the face frame.

My first raised-panel cabinet.

A platoon of clocks.

A mirror made from walnut, mahogany, and yellowheart (backside shown).

A set of maple coasters with inlaid cherry strips.

A cherry jewelry chest with felt-lined drawers.

A cherry spice rack.

An oak bookcase.

A set of rustic pine end tables.

A country-style plate display shelf.

A set of pine and a set of cedar Adirondack chairs.

A country "tater & onion box," made out of a piece of birdseye-figured pine.

An oak piano bench.

A Shaker-style chest of drawers.

Two mirrors- same design, different finish.

A pine hutch.

A Shaker-inspired clock, made from hickory and padauk.

A Shaker-style valet table, made from figured cherry.

The same style table, made from white oak with a mission finish.

A pine entertainment center.

SEE the exciting restoration of a 1947 Delta Unisaw!!!

Other useful Woodworking Links:

  • Southeast Michigan Woodworkers
  • Washington Woodworker's Guild
  • WoodNet.com
  • Woodworking.com
  • The New Yankee Workshop
  • This Old House
  • Johnson's Workbench
  • Chelsea Lumber Co.
  • Fingerle Lumber Co.
  • Delta Woodworking Machinery
  • Dewalt Power Tools
  • Jet Power Tools
  • Grizzly Industrial, Inc.
  • WoodZone.com
  • Woodturning Resources (thanks Ms. Hill and Steven!)
  • Woodworking Glossary

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