Author: Jeff Branch

It’s Been A Blast

Something happened in October that I haven’t mentioned. My blog turned 10 years old, which is quite an accomplishment. Especially since there are so few active woodworking blogs these days. Around 2009 and for several years later, it seemed that if you were a woodworker, then you had to have a blog. Now most of the woodworking action is on YouTube and Instagram. My first blog post was dated October 9, 2009. I was working on our coffee table (seen in the image at the top of this post). It was an exercise in how to make an attractive table with nothing but straight lines. There isn’t a curve on it anywhere. And it was an early example of mixing two species of wood, in this case tiger maple and red oak. I never liked that I used oak plywood for the shelf. I created a free woodworking plan for it (here) which has an altered shelf very similar to the design of the top. This table still sits in our family room (and we …

Montreat Side Table: More Templates

Remember two blog posts ago how I said it has not been a scorcher here in Alabama? I spoke too soon. It is now officially a scorcher and while some parts of the USA are enjoying more pleasing Fall weather, we are setting record high temperatures. As I write this (10/03/19), the temperature hit 103 degrees, a record for this date. Tomorrow is forecast to be 99 degrees. In fact, all week has been close to 100 degrees with several records set. Then the week upcoming we will see a couple of days with high temperatures in the upper 70s. What a contrast and I can’t wait for cooler temps. So, it has been easy to find other things to do instead of being in my un-airconditioned workshop. But with my trusty box fan close by, I found some comforting wind in my workshop and I made a little progress on my side table. The first of two new templates I have a couple of items on the to-do list before I can begin sanding …

A Satisfying Repair

Problem solving a woodworking mistake can be very satisfying. As I finished my shop time last weekend, I had just made my final cuts on the middle shelf of my side table project. Unknown to readers of this blog: I made a bone-headed mistake which wasn’t terrible and the result was something I could have lived with, but at this point in my woodworking journey I just can’t let this be. And actually I made two mistakes. Not fixing them would bother me always. I’ve read several woodworking magazine articles which detail the best ways to fix mistakes and with some luck, repairs can be invisible. I was hopeful I could make the needed repairs to my satisfaction. Let’s take a look at the numerous mistakes on a single piece of wood… Basically, I cut the shelf to align with the inside edge of the front stretcher instead of the outside edge. I cut the front edge of the shelf 3/4″ too short (shown in yellow above). Also, I cut an adjustable shelf like this …