Monday, January 26, 2009

Ash Coffee Table

WoodNet Forums member ash has just posted a couple photos of his latest project, a traditional coffee table, made, not surprisingly, of ash.

This is my version of a classic coffee table. Wood is northern ash, stain is Gemini custom made + NGR tints. Finish is SW Pre-catalyzed over vinyl sealer.
Additional photo and discussion here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Adjustable Bench Stop

For years, I relied on a simple board clamped to the end of my workbench to keep a workpiece in place whenever I had to smooth it with a hand plane or belt sander. But I finally grew tired of the hassle of positioning and clamping the stop every time it was needed--I wanted a more convenient solution. And Ted Raife at Woodsmith Magazine had one.
The adjustable end stop you see in the drawings (click drawings for larger view) shows his solution. The stop has a pair of angled slots intersected by a series of stepped vertical slots. Gently tightened lag screws allow easy adjustment of the stop to the correct height by positioning it in the appropriate set of vertical slots. Or you can drop the stop below the surface of the benchtop, as also shown.
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[Thanks Ted]

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Handy iPhone Stand

Looking for an interesting winter carving project? Look no further. For yourself or your favorite iPhone fanboy, this looks like a winner.

Of course, if you don't have the time or inclination, you could buy one for $95. But where's the fun in that?

Righty or lefty?

[Thanks Boing Boing Gadgets]

Classic Cherry Bed Mod

Those of you who are regular Woodsmith readers will recognize the Classic Cherry Bed in the photo. It complements several bedroom furniture projects that had appeared in earlier issues.
But wait, something's not quite right. Can you guess?
The bed was built by WoodNet Forums member Borderline. He says:

This bed is a combination of many plans I have seen. Many of the features are from the Woodsmith plans (classic cherry bed), however, I did not curve the upper rails and all of the slats are real M&T joints. The side rails are 1.5" think and attached with KD fasteners (the mortise type, not surface mount).
The rails on the headboard/footboard, the side rails and the legs are all laminated from 4/4 stock and "veneered" with 1/16th shop sawn "Veneer", the rails are also capped with a decorative piece that hides the lamination.
Looks terrific. Great job! Read the discussion here.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Bent-Lamination Vespa

If nothing else, it's really beautiful. And it's a true tour de force in bent lamination technique.
Portuguese woodworker-designer Carlos Alberto's website is short on details (none actually). But not on photos. Visit for 19 more.
I wonder how the weight compares with the "stock" version?
It appears the seat is also solid wood! Ouch.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Just Horsing Around...

Over in the WoodNet Woodworking Forums, member Steven has posted several photos of rocking horses he's making for his grandchildren. In doing so, he's carrying on a family tradition begun by his father who made a rocking horse for Steven's children.

Family built items hold that special appeal. Around 30 years ago my Father built this rocking horse for our first child. She is now married and starting a family of her own and her daughter now has her rocking horse.... Over the years this simple rocking horse will get built many more times as needed as our 6 children start their family's.
Click on photo for larger view.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lap(top) of Luxury

As the exception proves the rule, here's another wonderful example of a use of wood to complement the experience of using a computer.

Most of the use of wood for computers is lousy, some beautiful exceptions are listed below. But rather than make a wooden keyboard or box to hold the guts of a computer, Finnish designer, Rainer Spehl, has created this Wooden Laptop Case with leather lining and magnetic closing device for the Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro 15inch (only).

I don't know what one of these cost, but I suspect it's more than a MacBook.

[Thanks to]

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Garage Storage Cart

Workbench Magazine has been doing some interesting things with plywood, paint and stain--creating beautiful furniture that's well-made, easy on the eyes, and surprisingly in expensive. The current issue, Number 311, is no exception with a couple terrific cabinets for living rooms, family rooms or where ever you display your favorite books and curios or watch wide-screen TV. But they also focus on storage, and I especially liked the roll-around garage storage cart in this issue. It's a clever, multi-sided cart that has loads of storage space in a compact footprint. They call it a garage storage cart, but I can see this in use anywhere you need lots of storage, but don't have much space.
Not much to building it either. If you got some basic cutting tools and a hand drill, this is a weekend project. You'll find more photos and a terrific subscription offer on the website.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Firewood Reindeer

WoodNet Forums member NoTalentRookie has posted an interesting step-by-step photo essay of his making of the reindeer (actually several of them as gifts) in the photo. He shows where he started: at the firewood pile.
I have no idea whether or not they'll hold up in the long run and not crack apart. I didn't take any time for acclimation, or sticker drying. However the firewood has been cut for a year or so, and the tree was standing dead when it was taken down.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Another Lousy Wooden Computer Case

Apparently I'm not the only one bemoaning the usually poor design of computer cases that use wood. Rob Beschizza at Boing Boing Gadgets calls this one ugly.

On the other hand, it's a hell of a computer inside the box. But if you spend that much money for a computer, you're gonna want people to see it.