Routing a cove in the bottom of the mahogany table top. Somewhere Matt Bickford just shed a tear. I wish I had molding planes to do this. I’m going to make some in the Fall.

Routing a cove in the bottom of the mahogany table top. Somewhere Matt Bickford just shed a tear. I wish I had molding planes to do this. I’m going to make some in the Fall.

I figured out how to (poorly) use the time lapse on my phone. I put a heavy chamfer on all of the edges of the table base and blended them in at the corners. Gives it a kind of leaf shape when you step back and look at it.

Dovetailed Walnut Knock Box

I made this for my good friends Greg and Susan’s coffee lab. Dovetail construction and floating panel in the bottom. Finished with four coats of shellac and a nice carnauba wax. They use this for their espresso grounds. 

The Traveling Anarchist’s Tool Chest

I need a tool chest for when I travel to teach. My next project will be this smaller version of The Anarchist’s Tool Chest. I think I’ll use soft maple and the “Coastal Blue” milk paint. 

Spalted oak is so cool. Nice quartersawn stuff. 

Spalted oak is so cool. Nice quartersawn stuff. 

14 foot by 40 inch bubinga slab at my good buddy (and wood dealer) Joe’s shop. With the base this table weighs 700lbs. I went over there this morning to help him engineer the supports for the 12 inch breadboard ends. In return he gave me some beautiful spalted quartersawn oak.

14 foot by 40 inch bubinga slab at my good buddy (and wood dealer) Joe’s shop. With the base this table weighs 700lbs. I went over there this morning to help him engineer the supports for the 12 inch breadboard ends. In return he gave me some beautiful spalted quartersawn oak.

Working on a dovetailed walnut box. 

Benchcrafted Moxon Vise

I’ve just completed this very ancient vise from Englishman Joseph Moxon’s AD 1694 work Mechanick Exercises, one of the earliest texts on woodworking. This vise excels in holding boards for dovetailing & mortise and tenon work. 

I made a step-by-step guide on making this vise, which can be found here

It features a stopped chamfer and Lamb’s Tongue carving which aid in cutting half-blind dovetails. It is about 32 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide, and 1 3/4 inches thick (each board). It is made of hard maple and utilizes Benchcrafted hardware.

I’m no good at photography and I had to get on with my work for the day, so these photos are as good as I could get.

Maple shavings don’t get much better.

Maple shavings don’t get much better.

Getting some patterns ready to carve tomorrow. A 17th century New England pattern (from the Savell shop in Braintree, Massachusetts) and a lamb’s tongue ogee.

Getting some patterns ready to carve tomorrow. A 17th century New England pattern (from the Savell shop in Braintree, Massachusetts) and a lamb’s tongue ogee.