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Planning For My Moravian Workbench

After taking a short break from woodworking, mostly so I can get my yard in some sort of presentable shape (and I’m not finished with the yard, more work to do, sigh), I am starting to seriously think about my next project, a new workbench. In typical fashion, I have been on a super slow shop renovation that will mostly conclude with this new workbench. Past shop updates include a new router table and a new miter saw stand both from 2013, a removable panelled shop wall which serves as a backdrop for my woodworking photos completed in the Spring of 2014, and then the recently completed tool cabinet. Other projects have been completed (like this one and this one) as this series of shop updates have come to fruition which has impacted by shop upgrade schedule. Finally though, this project is at hand. I say “finally” because I first announced my desire for a new bench in 2014; see the post here and the follow-up post here. In these two posts, I discuss Roubo and Nicholson bench designs. But …

Designing the Modern Kitchen Cupboard

I am in the early stages of a new woodworking plan. I continue to explore easy ways to make durable, stylish furniture which does not rely on pocket screws for primary joinery. I don’t mind using pocket screws, in fact my last woodworking plan calls for 26 pocket screws to be used during construction. I just think that there is more gained by learning to use as much wood-to-wood joinery as possible. Past woodworking plans feature dado and dowel joinery. With the right jigs, these two joinery methods are easy to execute, but a truly successful dowel joint relies on precise placement of a dowel jig. With the upcoming woodworking plan, I am going to include mortise and tenon joinery in place of dowels. With the use of a chisel and/or hand plane, a tenon can be made to perfectly fit a mortise. In my future woodworking projects, I’ll be using mortise and tenon joints in place of dowels. Rustic furniture is still trendy. I recently saw in the pages of Architectural Digest, a fashionable …

Free Woodworking Plan: The Jackson Dresser

Free 34 Page Woodworking Plan and a Fully Detailed SketchUp Model. When I create a woodworking plan, it is usually the result of a finished project, or a design that takes bits and pieces of various projects I have built over my past 33 years of woodworking. This woodworking plan is different. It is the first one I have published based on a reader request. I was contacted a few weeks ago by a reader who built two bedside tables based on one of my free woodworking plans. He and his wife wanted a matching double dresser. While I have built one dresser before, I have never created such a woodworking plan, and after a long break, I was getting the itch to make a new plan. So, The Jackson Dresser woodworking plan took off. I have been complemented in the past on how detailed my woodworking plans are. I view these plans as teaching documents which hopefully move beginner woodworkers into more complex projects. The Jackson Dresser is about as detailed a plan as …