Design Building Blocks

18th century decorative panel

I just returned from my annual pilgrimage down to Colonial Williamsburg. It is funny as I look over the pictures I took and as I compare them to photos taken from previous trips I am starting to see a shift in subject matter. In years past I took pictures of furniture I wanted to build. […] Read more »

Chips ‘n Tips 9 Choosing the Best Grain


I get a lot of questions along the line of “why doesn’t my furniture look as good as…”. Even with flawless execution and even attention to form a piece can fall short without attention paid to the wood grain. Imagine a frame and panel door with cathedral patterns in the rails and stiles and a […] Read more »

Hand Tool Projects for the Beginner

asian stool

Its Get Woodworking Week and time to think about the things that encourage others to get started with woodworking. I think working with hand tools can be a great place and a terrible place to start. To walk this fine line and land on the happy side of it, one needs to be VERY specific […] Read more »

A Book for Design Standards

dining table dimensions

Recently WoodTalk did an interview with Brandon Gore, judge from the TV design show “Framework”. There were a lot of gems in that 30 minutes but one that stuck with me the most was how without function furniture is art. Now there is nothing wrong with art, but when I’m tired after a long day […] Read more »

What If Your Shop Were MUCH Bigger

huge empty shop space

Shop space is one thing we can never seem to have enough of. But we deal with tiny spaces and build highly efficient workflows to get things done. What if space were not an issue? What would you do differently in your shop? Would you buy more tools to fill the space, or just spread […] Read more »

Chips ‘n Tips 8 Block Plane Roundover

block plane round over

Today’s tip is a simple one but often overlooked block plane technique. Just because its a straight blade doesn’t mean you can’t cut a round over. In fact, unofficial consumer testing shows that most people prefer the block planed rounded edge than one cut by a router bit. I think its the way the light […] Read more »