Wooden Hand Plane

Over the Christmas break I built this wooden hand plane. It's made from maple and cocobolo, with a boiled linseed oil finish. The blade still needs sharpening before I can try it out, but it sure looks good!

Birdhouse Ornaments

I made a whole bunch of these birdhouse ornaments on the lathe to give out as Christmas gifts. They are all unique - I didn't make any two the same. They're made from lots of different types of woods - butternut, maple, cherry, ash, hickory, bubinga, and African mahogany. I think I might try to make a tradition out of making a different kind of ornament every year.

Cutting Board

I made a couple of end-grain cutting boards for Christmas - one for my Dad, and one for Lori. They are cherry, maple, and walnut.

To Each His Own

Lori came downstairs one morning to find Sean asleep on the couch, in this position. His head is wedged into the corner between the couch back cushions, and he was fast asleep. What a weirdo.

Jewelry Organizer

Tracy and I came up with the design together, and then I built the pair for her and Andi for Christmas. Tracy's is the white, Andi's the teal. The third picture is Tracy's, all set up. I like how they came out!

Medicine Cabinet Finished

I started building this medicine cabinet almost a year ago, during my Christmas break last year. Then I put it aside for a good long time. For some reason, I got a fire lit under myself to finish it up recently - and here it is, all done! The wood of the body is some spalted hickory I milled from a tree that was has been down for several years in our back woods. The door frames are from some mahogany that a coworker saved for me when he saw a neighbor getting ready to throw it out. All in all, a good project. Now I've just got to make a mirror to go with it. :)

Carter’s Birthday Playdate

After lots of waiting for a class list for Carter's class so that we could schedule her birthday party, we eventually threw in the towel and scheduled a big playdate with a select few friends instead. It actually worked out really well - Lori had all kinds of activities planned for the kids (only half of which we actually ended up with time for), and they all had a really good time.