The Shop

Current Work

A Forest of Legs

Here’s an image of the bases of three tables in various stages of construction in the shop.  On the left are two of my original design Book Tables, and on the right is a reproduction Queen Anne table with a swing leg.  The stock for the mahogany table top is in the background, leaning against the wall.

Stock for Bedroom Set Drawer Sides

Here’s a pile of resawn poplar, awaiting glue-up to become drawer sides for two bedroom sets.  The red “code” markings will help me glue the correct pieces together to ensure I end up with drawer sides just slightly oversized, allowing for precise fitting during final assembly.

Components for Cherry Wall Cabinet

Components for Dovetailed Cherry Wall Cabinet

Resting on sawhorses next to my bench, the carcase parts for a cherry wall cabinet are in the process of being hand-planed.  When they’re not actually on the bench, they rest on stickers to permit air circulation all around.  This practice helps to control wood movement caused by one face of a board becoming drier than the other.

Cherry lumber sanded (left) and hand-planed (right)

Cherry lumber sanded (left) and hand-planed (right)

It’s hard to do justice (with a photo) to the drastic difference between a sanded and a hand-planed surface.  This is a closer view of one of the cherry wall cabinet sides, halfway through the planing process.  I used a wide-belt sander to initially flatten and level the surfaces.  That surface (on the left in this photo) is dull and lifeless.  The right-hand portion of the board shows the true color and figure of the cherry.  The color difference is due only to hand-planing.  Both halves of this piece came from the same piece of lumber.

Where I Work

Images of my shop space, from excavation through completion.

After working all my life in garages and basements, carrying lumber down stairs or feeding it through basement windows, and breaking out more light bulbs and fluorescent tubes than I can count, I decided to do something about it.

I wanted a place that fit with my home – that didn’t look like a “shop”.  In this area, “shop” means “pole building”. I knew I couldn’t afford to contract out the entire project so instead I set out to do all of the work myself, save those tasks that I was simply not equipped to undertake.  So I had the excavation done, and later had the roof trusses constructed and set by a framing crew.  I also subcontracted the Sheetrock.  Hauling plywood up to the roof was hard enough.  I had no ambition to hang rock on the ceiling.

Beyond that, this is my work.

More images to come.


3 thoughts on “The Shop

  1. Wow, you built a house and are using it as a shop. All that space and those windows are incredible. I’d love to see the finished shop (of course in a working state). Post those follow up pictures.
    — Glenn (


  2. Rj

    Hi Jeff
    Great Looking shop
    I’m a Lumberjocks member.
    I wanted to Thankyou for the great advice on how to fill grain and the different materials I can use.
    I’m going to post your website in my favorites and let my woodworker buddies know about it.



  3. Fred Breech

    Great work Jeff. I really appreciate your blog.


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