Posts From Category: woodworking

Birds-Eye-Maple Jewelry Box

The Box

A few years ago I built a jewelry box out of Bird’s-Eye Maple and cherry as a gift. The rounded sides and lid frame the hand-carved Celtic knot as the focus of the box. The design is minimalist, yet elegant. Three compartments await inside the box, along with a padded tray which rests atop the back compartment.

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Miter Saw Tables

Rolling Miter Saw Table

I designed and built a portable steel-frame miter-saw table for use in the Macalester College Theater Department Scene Shop. The table is 6$\ft$ long, capable of extending to 12$\ft$ with folding extensions. I installed a quick-access trash cut-out for discarding small scraps immediately after cutting. The table allows the saw to operate at the full range of its original miter angles. A vacuum below with a smart switch turns on whenever the miter saw is used, limiting the amount of sawdust. The table frame is steel mounted on four casters.

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Shaving Brush Stand

The Stand

My shaving brush was not drying entirely between uses; the solution: hang it upside down. I recycled some scrap cherry and maple in the burn pile to make a modern stand about 5 inches tall to hold my shaving brush upside down. The stand took a couple of hours to construct.

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Rocking Chair

In 2012 I adopted plans for an Art & Crafts Rocking Chair from Popular Mechanics for a tech theater woodworking project. Below are images of chair itself.


I redrafted the Popular Mechanics plans on paper as part of the project.


The Popular Mechanics article suggested that to make the rockers, one should kerf the wood, then plane away the leftovers to a smooth surface. I used a less tiresome method, cutting with a bandsaw. This turned out to be relatively simple. I used a belt sander to smooth the bandsaw cuts on both the top and bottom of the rockers. In hindsight, a spindle sander would be much more appropriate for the top of the rocker, where the bend is inwards.

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Finished Product

This year I made a lectern for the astronomy department colloquium room out of red oak. The lectern now serves as a functional, yet attractive addition to the room.

The lectern is equipped with the necessary cables for projection from a laptop. The cables run out of the bottom to be connected to the wall.


You can never have too many clamps. The facing holds on to the lectern only by glue, keeping the facing smooth and flawless.

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First Post

The most recent project of mine was a foldable cedar drying rack. The rack spanned about 14 inches across. I included a lower rack to accommodate cups.

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