Author: Jeff Branch

The Modern Kitchen Cupboard – The Making of Page 26

When I begin creating a new woodworking plan, each page usually goes through an exhaustive multi-step process before I call it finished and begin thinking about the next page. This is the reason a single plan can take two or three months to complete. For my current plan, You Can Build a Modern Kitchen Cupboard, I’m in my third month; but it will soon be finished. I try to make each page look different which means each page is a new page layout exercise. Exercise is a good way to describe the process because I normally make multiple changes to a page design as the page comes to life. Key among the decisions I make are those impacting the ability of the reader to easily understand the construction process described. Take page 26 of You Can Make a Modern Kitchen Cupboard for example. Since I am on vacation in the mountains of North Carolina (see the awesome image above – Craggy Gardens along the Blue Ridge Parkway), I have committed some of my free time …

“Making Things Work” – Woodworking Wisdom From Nancy Hiller

I like Instagram. In an Instagram vs. Facebook comparison, I’d say with Instagram, I can easily tailor what I see to better match my personal interests. But when adding a quick comment to an Instagram image, I try hard to avoid one word compliments like “Awesome!” or “Nice!” As I sat down to start this review of Nancy Hiller’s recent book Making Things Work, I kept wanting to use the word “fascinating.” I’ve been trying to come up with some other equal, yet multiple word description, but sometimes the simple approach is best. So, I’ll leave it as fascinating, which Making Things Work truly is. Fascinating can sometimes be viewed as an over-the-top kind of word; but Nancy’s book tells the story of an over-the-top woodworker. The sacrifices and struggles Nancy has endured to remain a professional woodworker can cause one to shake their head in disbelief. Her determination to stick with high-end woodworking when it would be so easy to do something else is not to be taken lightly. Over-the-top, and I think every …

Moravian Workbench: Dovetail Stretchers Part 2

A substantial amount of brain power has been utilized since my last update. I needed to come up with a better way to cut dovetails for the lower, dovetailed stretchers of my workbench (see more here). I called on a shop made jig for this. Also, the next step in this build will see me utilizing a second jig and I think a third jig could come into play before these legs are completed. All these jigs are needed to ensure accurate repeatability as I cut the four different joints needed for each leg, and has had me thinking, searching online and thinking more about how to cut the remaining leg joints. Last time I had attempted what I call the dovetail stretcher’s joinery by way of a Veritas dovetail saw. And I wasn’t happy with the results. Even after taking care to scribe lines and chisel a little valley in which the dovetail saw could ride. Here is what my first attempt looked like… Since this is most likely a workbench I’ll use for …