Author: Jeff Branch

Moravian Workbench: Leg Assembly Is Complete

It has been a long, long time since I last reported on the progress with my Moravian workbench. I have been taking my time cutting the four different leg joints to ensure I get them right (or reasonably close to right). My methods have relied heavily on power tools for the bulk of fabrication and then gaining a tight tenon fit using hand tools. Warning: this is a long blog post with a lot of photos. Let’s dive in by reviewing the various leg joinery… As far as I can remember, I have never made a through mortise and tenon joint. This joint is difficult to make well because the fit between the tenon and mortise can be easily seen. Making a nice, tight, square mortise and then duplicating that same shape on the mating tenon is time-consuming and even a little stressful. After having made the dovetail joint at the base of the leg (something I did twice before I was happy with the result), I made the angled mortise which will ultimately house …

Asa Christiana’s “Build Stuff With Wood”

There is no question what this book is about. The title is super direct; super simple: Build Stuff With Wood. Asa Christiana’s new book from Taunton Press could one day become a “must have” book for aspiring woodworkers. Why? The mission of this book is to help woodworking newbies gain confidence and new skills by building stuff that looks good and requires only basic tools. This isn’t a book about building bird houses (not that there is anything wrong with that). Rather the projects are simple, varied and have been designed with a dose of style. Yet, the thirteen projects are a natural progression of skill and material choice and are meant to move the woodworker along in his/her path with sawdust. Asa Christiana is best known for his time as editor of Fine Woodworking magazine. As such Asa rubbed elbows with some of the finest woodworkers around. Hence the forward by Nick Offerman who wrote the cover article for Fine Woodworking #222, Nov/Dec, 2012. Concerning Asa, Nick Offerman compared the editor of perhaps the …

Free Woodworking Plan: Build a Modern Kitchen Cupboard

Today, I launch my fourteenth woodworking plan titled You Can Build a Modern Kitchen Cupboard. The design of this cupboard started out as a traditional cupboard, but then slowly turned modern with the addition of birdseye maple as an accent wood to the painted pine and plywood. The contemporary door and drawer pulls are illustrated in a contrasting cherry wood, the little extension of the center face frame style and the curved ends to the cupboard top complete the modern look. You Can Build a Modern Kitchen Cupboard is a fully illustrated 30 page document and includes multiple exploded views, a cut list and material cutting diagram for the plywood components. There is also a detailed SketchUp model available for download. Let’s take a look at some sample pages… The Modern Kitchen Cupboard is rated as a moderate skill level project due to the mortise and tenon joinery along with the raised panel in the doors. But, you could substitute more simple joinery for the M & T and the panels in the door don’t …