Techniques

Bowl turning is something I love to do.  It's a great way to take a break from the flat and square world of furniture making and so something much more sculptural.

These things are referred to by a few different names such as dutchmen, dovetail keys, butterflies, and bow ties.  What they do is prevent a crack in a piece of wood from growing due to their double wedge shape. The installation process is really easy...

As part of my secretary desk build, I needed to turn and carve the ornamental urns and finials that sit at the top of the upper case.  I haven't done much spindle turning in the past, so the urns were good practice.  The flame finials...

I recently made a set of goose neck moldings for the upper case of the secretary desk I am building.  After going through the process I've realized that it's not a very difficult process, just very time consuming.  The set of moldings took me around...

In this video I share an in depth look at my typical technique for dovetailing a drawer. My drawers are joined with half-blind dovetails in the front and through dovetails in the back. My technique tends to vary depending on my mood and the size...

For the secretary desk I am building, I needed to carve two fans to go in the top section of the upper case.  These fans start out as a solid carving block and the concave profile is carved into them.  After the profile is established,...

If you don't have a jointer or a planer or you need to flatten something large or difficult to flatten, a building a simple sled for your router is a great solution. Links: The router bit I am using: http://amzn.to/1tswZzd [Affiliate link]...