Cove Molding

Every piece of furniture is made more beautiful by enhancing it with moldings. Some moldings are very extravagant while others are modest. In my case, I needed some crown molding but didn’t want one with with a bunch of ogee, beads, and fillet profiles. I wanted just a nice clean sweeping cove molding. So I […]

Giving Up!

I’ve been doing this for years now, but I think it was time for me to stop. It’s been nothing but a constant struggle and I’m tired of it. I gave it my best shot, but I just wasn’t good enough. So finally it was time to give up. I’m talking about a Mulberry tree [...]


Today we can get a strong mortise and tenon joint by gluing and clamping it together. Our modern day glue and crushing strength of today’s clamp will see to that. But centuries ago they don’t have those luxuries. They used an ancient method called drawboring. At first glance it looks as if the joint is […]


I am suffering from tenonitis. No not tendonitis, in which i would have a condition where the tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes inflamed. No, but rather tenonitis. For those of you who might be Web MD addicts, you won’t find it listed there. Tenonitis is the condition of the mind getting inflamed by continuous […]

Door of Opportunity

Being a licensed contractor and furniture maker has certain opportunities over others. For example, I know that many people want to remodel their kitchen. But doing a complete overhaul can be in a price range of over $20,000. But what about a new facelift for the kitchen? Many times a contractor will talk the homeowner […]

Jointer Hand Planes

The jointer plane is the biggest battleship in the fleet. It’s range is from 18” on up and it has a flat blade. Some call it a a trying plane, others a jointer plane. The traditionalists will tell you that a jointer plane was one that the coopers used to help shape the curves for […]

Bench Planes

Warning– the following blog may make your head explode. Here in America, you probably have heard hand planes called various terms such as the try plane, jack plane , and fore plane. You may have had confusion deciphering them and which ones are what. To add even more to the mix, if you go just […]

Block Planes

The history of the block plane may not be as old as some of the other hand planes out there, but it certainly has earned the respect of the others. This little plane was widely used by carpenters. Back in my Grandfathers day, every carpenter on a job site had this in their apron or […]