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An Update to “Old World Dining Table”

Since I published my 15th woodworking plan titled You Can Build an Old World Dining Table, several factors fell into place which led to an update. Whether it’s building a piece of furniture or creating a woodworking plan, if I know it can be better, my conscience bugs me until I make it right. With Old World Dining Table, a few comments led to a realization that the table didn’t look old world enough. In a post I wrote about the design of the table, I mentioned playing around with gothic arches in the leg assembly. I omitted these arches because with chairs in place, said arches would be hard to see. Also, adding them to the woodworking plan would make explaining the construction process much more difficult and equally difficult to pull off in the workshop. I am treating these arches sort of like floating panels, so they fit in grooves with other joinery close by… But, not having the arches bugged me. It’s like my conscience was telling me, “Jeff, put the arches …

Reader Builds the Bedside Table

On occasion, I’ll get an email alerting me to someone building a project following one of my woodworking plans. These emails are always welcome and are an instant bright spot in my day. Someone thought enough of something I designed to put it in their own home. Pretty sweet. Such was the case when Irwin of Southern California sent me a message through my contact page. He was asking some questions about the plan and I asked him to take construction photos so I can feature his work on my blog. His project is completed and I am giving him an A+++. In addition to learning how to make frame and panel sides and doors, this table is also a good teaching project for making beaded openings for the drawer and doors, making bracket feet and creating a table top with breadboard ends. The bedside table is one of my most popular plans; second only to the queen size bed I built. It feels good to know that yet another bedside table has been born. Irwin, …

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 …