Author: Jeff Branch

Should I Say “No”?

Note: I have a brief update on my side table project at the end of this post. I have learned to recognize “the look”. The look usually happens during some casual conversation about my weekend. “How was your weekend?” a friend might say. I usually reply with something related to woodworking. If the look is going to happen, now is the time. In one such example I was at a customer location talking with one of the customer’s employees. When she realized I am a woodworker, this look came over her face. It was like I could see the thought forming in her mind. “You know, I have a bed I need a headboard for; nothing fancy, but I do want upholstered panels in it.” Typically, I can point out my lack of time available to take on such a project and then how incredibly long completing it would take and the look disappears. But this kind of thing happens enough that I can anticipate such requests a second of two before they happen. However, …

The Montreat Side Table – Getting Started

Just typing the post title gets me excited. A new project and do y’all realize how long it has been since I actually made a piece of furniture? The workbench took forever and then the tool cabinet for the bench had some finicky, fussy, time-consuming drawer fronts. Before I built my workbench, I added a much needed cherry and tiger maple tool cabinet and wall surround for my basement steps. Then I built a new tool storage wall, made some bench jigs, then worked on my bandsaw and planer. Plus numerous SketchUp projects/woodworking plans. So, pretty busy really. All of these things were great fun and necessary, but I have not built a piece of furniture since the window seat bookcase, more than three years ago (that’s right, bold and italic font). I can’t believe it has been that long. So it is a good and right feeling to begin this project. Like my woodworking has been a little out of balance and now is tilting back in the right direction. Anyway, in my last …

Easy Woodworking Plan – The Sarah Side Table

With the publishing of my new woodworking plan, You Can Build The Sarah Side Table, I have reached a milestone: this is my 20th woodworking plan. I may have a celebratory cold beverage with dinner tonight. The Sarah Side Table reflects a new design trend for me – contemporary furniture made from natural materials. But still rooted in traditional shapes. This table is an exercise in curves. For the curves, the design process started with the arched base which incorporates slight vertical elements or end points. The hope is that these help establish feet for the table. Then, the same or very similar curves were added to the both ends of the top, the drawer pulls and a very distinctive cut out for the sides. About the sides, they get an additional design feature from a slender vertical separation, or gap. The shape of the pulls and their contrasting wood helps give the table a modern feel. A couple of my friends have been encouraging me to make a woodworking project which is much easier …