Monday, August 19, 2013

Bessey Auto-adjust hold-down clamps

Recently I was lucky enough to be chosen by Bessey to test their new auto-adjust hold-down clamps. I received 8 clamps free of charge and I simply love them! 

I received my Bessey clamps on Friday and couldn't wait to try them. In comparision to the old de-Sta clamps they are on a scale of their own. Just having the ability to be able to change thicknesses of wood and not have to grab a wrench, makes work go some much faster. They appear to be well made with nice weight and the mechanicalparts seem to work flawlessly. I can see them holding up to vigorous work for years to come.  One word "Awesome!"

Turned Bullet Box

 Found the pattern for this bullet box on the internet and had to give it a try. Made in Red Oak and Walnut.

Spalted Bowls

 Went out to my wood pile and got a small log to play with. The entire log was spalted which made some nice small bowls.

Kitchen Island

Built this kitchen island for my daughter. She is going to do the finishing on it since she is wanting a distressed look.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Curved Lid cherry Box

 Here's a Cherry box with a curved lid. Made off of plans from The Woodsmith Shop. Made with 1/2" sides and bottom with 3/4" top formed in a curve. I love the way it turned out and working with a hardwood such as Cherry is wonderful! Measures 11 1/2" x 6" x 3" (outside) 10" x 4 5/8" x 2" (inside) Lined with red felt.

Live Edge Cherry box

Here's a small Cherry Box I finished last week. The lid has a live edge on it.
 The interior was lined with red felt.
 Used hidden kerf hinges
My logo on the bottom

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ambrosia Maple Bowl

 Here's my latest project. A bowl made from Ambrosia Maple.
 This was before I completed the outside
 The finished bowl
 Showing the finished bottom
A view from the side of the bowl. Smooth as glass!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Woodworking Friends around the world

I made a new friend recently via email. We both share a love of woodworking and we both are handicapped. I goes to show that a person can have things in common with others around the world.
My new friend, Raymond Sanderson, is in Australia. Here's a couple links to his blog and one he shares with his wife. and 

Please check them out when you get time.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Work Table for my shop

 Here's some pictures of a work table I built for my shop. I'll use this mostly for assembly and finishing. Added casters so I can roll it around when not in use.

Banana bunch holder/stand

Here's a picture of 3 Banana holders I made recently - 2 are in Red Oak and 1 in Cherry.

Decorative Sled for a flower pot (or whatever you want to put in it.)

 Here's some pictures of a sled plant holder I made recently. It's small enough to be a center piece or just used for decoration. A great way to use up bits of scrap wood.

Soup Can Dispenser

 My daughter ask me to make her a can dispenser and here's what I came up with. It holds 4 rows across and 6 cans in each row for a total of 24 cans.
I sizes it for 15 oz soup cans but the smaller 11 1/2 oz cans work well too.

 Made out of 1/2" particle board and 1/4" plywood so it would be strong yet light.
Used a LOT of screws on this to make sure it held together and held up.

Here it is in use at my Daughter's house.
I used a french cleat for ease of mounting it on the wall. As long as the wall cleat was mounted on studs it provides support across the entire unit.

Wood Chest with hidden drawer

 Here's a small chest I built recently. It is a 3 drawer chest. The top drawer front is a false front and the top lifts to find a deep compartment.
 In this picture it shows the 3 drawers. The 3rd drawer is hidden in the base moulding.
Here's the finished chest. Added a decorative railing to the top. I'm still looking for the right knobs or handles for it.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Here's a compilation of my lathe turning. I'm hoping to try a segment turning next.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Clown Candy Dispenser

This candy dispenser is of my own design and creation. Here are a few pictures of the finished item. You turn the nose to dispense the candy.  The plans for this are available on my Facebook page or on This is also the subject of a contest on sponsored by myself at Underground Woodworking!

Contest for via Underground Woodworking


 I am sponsoring a contest on to win one of my lathe turned Oak mallets.(Similar to the one below) Most all of you have seen my Clown Candy Dispenser I recently posted on my facebook page. Well, all you have to do is build one yourself, take a picture of it, join and post the picture under the contest link on The plans for the Clown Candy Dispenser can be found on my Facebook page and/or on The children of one of the page admins will judge the entries and choose the winner. It's FREE to join so take a chance and maybe you'll win a new mallet for your shop. 

(Restricted to the lower 48 states only, Sorry! Only one winner will be chosen!) Contest starts May 15, 2013 & ends July 1st, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Concord Carpenter is having another giveaway! You can enter here.

Milwaukee M12 FUEL 2Speed Driver Giveaway

A Concord Carpenter giveaway

Sunday, March 10, 2013

 Bought a new set of Chisels the other day and decided to make myself a holder to mount on the peg board.
 Added a bottom cleat to protect the chisel edges.
This holder hangs on my peg board via 2 hooks. Feet can be added later to make the holder mobile.

Friday, February 8, 2013

My Friend Cool Tool Shed is having his 1st give-away! Check it out. The link to his site is on the right side of this post. 

COOL TOOL SHED’s Giveaway #1

Cool Tool Shed is proud to announce our 1st tool giveaway!
Sponsored by
Micro-Jig LogoMicro Jig has graciously donated a GRR-Ripper 200 to giveaway in conjunction with