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Ken's Woodworking Page
"Damn the time! That's not the point."
Once in a while I find myself with a bit of extra time.
On such occasions I enjoy building things out of wood.
Here are a few pictures of some of the projects that I've built
Traditional hand-cut dovetails are not only a beautiful way to join two
boards, the skill required to cut them really isn't that difficult to
learn. Once you get over the initial hump of learning how to saw to a
line (a skill that all woodworkers should probably acquire anyway) then
cutting dovetails by hand becomes one of the simple pleasures of
woodworking. It's especially gratifying since you can see the results of
your work (unlike, say, mortise-and-tenon joints). Here's a brief story
about my own experience with learning how to cut dovetails by hand.
Seeking the way of the saw
Krenov Chess Table.
For my oldest daughter's twenty-first birthday I built her a blanket
chest. You can see a couple of pictures of it along with some brief construction
I'm in the process of building a clock with the movment constructed entirely out
of wood. It was designed by Wayne Westphale and described in Fine Woodworking
(reprinted in their "Small Woodworking Projects" book. I'm almost finished but the
escape wheel has to be remade so that it goes "tick-tock" rather than
"tick-ck-ck-ck tick-ck-ck-ck". More notes will appear on the page once I get time
to key them in.
My old skiing friend Tommy Podivinsky got married last winter. I couldn't afford
an expensive wedding gift so I made this hand-dovetailed footstool for him.
A cradle for my daughter's new baby.
Hepplewhite dining chair.
A lounge chair for my back deck.
Titanic Deck Chair
A barrister's bookcase.
My dad brought some ceramic tiles back from Portugal and asked me to
stick them on some plywood so that he could hang them on the wall. I
couldn't bring myself to do such a thing so I built an open frame out of
walnut. You can see a picture of it here, although the lighting is kind
of poor so you can't really see the effect that I was going for which
was to have the tiles sort of float flush with the front of the
frame. It was inspired by Krevov's chess board (and I hope that when I
say that, nobody thinks I am comparing my work to Krenov's or any
vainglorious notion like that. I was just inspired to try to design
something with a similar effect). The curved pieces were attached with
dowels and all the through tenons were left long and chamferred on the
through portions. (My dad was happy--he gave me a gift certificate from
Lee Valley Tools the following Christmas )
Ceramic tile frame
A stable tripod for mounting a small telescope. Built out of white oak and
finished with exterior tung oil. The head is a Manfrotto #029. Although the
scope is a low power wide field refractor, it is rather heavy and requires a
solid mount. This tripod holds it rock steady, even in a strong wind. It took
the better part of a day to build but the effort was well rewarded.
White Oak Tripod
A couple of carving projects.
A built-in library.
Some small projects and some cheap hacks.
Some small projects turned on the lathe.
New additions (Dec 09):
A snooker scoreboard.
Windsor chair made from broken hockey sticks.
Page last updated on Oct 23, 2008.