There was a point to all of this

For those of you who have been following along with the student bench build and wondering “why would he build a small bench when he has a perfectly good English bench right behind him?” the answer is this: I needed to design something small and easily reproducible to outfit the North Carolina Furniture School for…

Community

(Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by Nathan Breidinger who was kind enough to translate the student workbench into SketchUp and provide those files here for anyone interested in building one. Many thanks to Nathan. The files are linked below and are free for your use. We only ask that if you use…

A week with Michael Fortune

If you don’t know who Michael Fortune is, you can learn more here. Michael and I are not even on the same planet. He is a successful furniture designer/maker who has work in museums, embassies, and private collections of the rich and famous. I, on the other hand, am the maker of the hillbilly hat…

The student bench takes shape

If I was a sketch-up wiz, you would all have measured drawings for this bench by now, but that’s one skill beyond me. In lieu of that, I thought I might offer a few snapshots of the process, and the decisions I made along the way. I should probably have begun by saying that this…

Chessboard

Months ago, we were visiting with friends and their teenage son asked if I could make a chessboard. His timing couldn’t have been better. I’d just received a vacuum press and was looking for a good practice project. The functional part of a chessboard isn’t difficult; it’s just a matter of cutting contrasting strips and…

Getting ready for guests

I haven’t done much in my own shop lately, but I’ve been busy. As a student at Marc Adams I never would have guessed how much work goes on behind the scenes to get ready for class. Here is a snapshot of what I’ve done. Converted all the lights to LED, which you’ve read about…

Go get ’em while you can.

Chris Black is an excellent craftsman, a heckuva nice guy and he makes these birdcage awls in his workshop in Rolesville N.C. That’s a hard combo to beat. I swear by mine, and $45 is an absolute steal. I just saw that he has some available through Craigslist at the moment (link here) He’s also got…