Author: Jeff Branch

Woodworking Plan – Jay Bates’ Krenovian Coffee Table

About a year ago, I was travelling through Starkville, Mississippi for work and met with Jay Bates and Shawn Stone over lunch. My goal was to talk about the world of YouTube videos. Jay had just published the third video documenting the assembly of his Krenov inspired coffee table. During my consumption of buffalo chicken fingers and sweet tea, Jay asks if I would be interested in creating the woodworking plan for his new coffee table. Talks continued by phone and email and now all this time later his woodworking plan is finished (Jay took a long break from his coffee table and only recently finished it). The plan is now live on his website and I am linking to it below. A unique opportunity My woodworking plans almost never feature photos. The lighting in my shop is poor and until just recently, I have not had a good quality camera. I rely almost 100% on SketchUp models for the images in my plans. Jay’s shop is well lit and his video equipment is top …

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 …