Category Archives: Build-Alongs

Follow my progress as I build various projects of my own design. Some are simple and some are complex.

A New Tenon Saw to Match

This is the old backsaw I had been using as a tenon saw for the last few years.  It’s not a pretty sight. I’m tempted to say that this saw had seen better days, but that would be completely untrue. … Continue reading

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Making a Thumb-Ring Page Holder

If you’re a reader and a woodworker, you’ve probably seen pictures of them on social media.  You don’t know what they’re called, but your book-loving friends probably want you to make them some.  I’ve heard them called by several names: … Continue reading

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The Best Marking Knife Is…

The best marking knife is the one you make for yourself. Over the past eight years, I’ve used any number of knives to mark lines on wood.  Some of my first dovetails were laid out with a utility knife–and they … Continue reading

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Building Two Saws: Part 4 (Done!)

There is a moment at the end of a long project that woodworkers live for: the last bit of hardware has been installed, the finish is wiped down for the last time, and the piece just sits there on the … Continue reading

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Building Two Saws: Part 3

Although I usually feel like a competent woodworker, any time I am faced with metal work I feel like I’ve gone back to kindergarten.  This project has, however, forced me to get a little more comfortable with metal working. But … Continue reading

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Building Two Saws: Part 1

This week, I began building two saws, each with a different story behind it.  First, the stories. Story #1 A few months ago, my next-door neighbor was cleaning out her shed and threw out a lot of junk.  My oldest … Continue reading

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Back to School Project: Pencil Boxes

It's almost time for school to start, and my kids needed new pencil boxes. I built them each a new pencil box using salvaged lumber and traditional joinery. Continue reading

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Building a Half-Door (with What I Had On Hand)

As tomorrow is the 12th day of Christmas, and the next day we celebrate the gifts of the Magi to the infant Jesus, I thought I’d show off my big gift to my wife this Christmas: a door. My wife’s … Continue reading

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Timber Framed Bunk Beds, part 5: A Ladder

A good bunk bed needs a good ladder. I’ve never made a proper ladder, but I’ve read up on wooden ladder construction.  Many traditional wooden ladders had threaded rod under top and bottom rungs to make sure everything didn’t come … Continue reading

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Timber Framed Bunk Beds, part 4: Mostly Finished

The last bed frame I built, I learned a valuable lesson: always measure and re-measure the mattress before settling on exact frame dimensions.  Although there are “standard” mattress dimensions, individual specimens can vary by as much as an inch bigger … Continue reading

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