Various woodwork projects


A desk for my daughter
A desk for my son
King-size bed
End-grain chopping board
Computer keyboard wrist rest
A shoe rack for the family
Rough 'n' ready spare room bed
Pipe filling tray
Pipe tobacco cellaring cases
Pipe rack
A bed for my daughter

A desk for my daughter (2016)

Poor man's jointer - double-sided stickytape and a strip of sandpaper

The first join

Second join

Third join

Second layer

Top slab

Completed top

Improvised clamps for the leg brackets

Varnishing the top

The leg brackets before roundover routing

Fitting the legs

Clamping the legs

Stained legs

Bookshelf frame

Bookshelf components



A desk for my son (2017)

Clamping the slabs for the desktop

Clamping the leg bracket frames

More progress on the leg brackets

Leg brackets complete

Clamping the bookshelf frames

Bookshelf frames complete

Staining the bookshelves black

Staining the desktop


Installed. Note the barely-visible undershelf for a "tower" computer

King-size bed (2016)

Routing the insides of the leg frames to accommodate the bedhead and foot panels

The sides



With mattress

Ready to go

End-grain chopping board (2017)

How predictable - convert a hand circular saw to a table saw, and what is the first project?

Many mistakes were made, and the pictures don't look as impressive if one zooms in...

But it is functional, and will probably last a long time

Computer keyboard wrist rest (2017)

A simple use for a beautiful piece of Blackwood

The figure just glows beautifully, and shanges with your viewing angle.

After seeing it, my wife ordered one for her computer.

A shoe rack for the family (2018)

The powers that be favour the entire family's footwear holding being stored by the front door.

Too big? Not full?

Trust me, it won't be for long...

A rough 'n' ready bed for the spare room (2018)

Executed with less than customary effort in pine with tassie oak slats.

Pipe filling tray (2018)

Made from lovely but impractical Huon pine.

So soft you can carve it with a piece of sandpaper, and with corresponding durability issues.

Lots of hard lessons learnt in this one.

A series of pipe tobacco cellaring cases (2018-19)

Made from cheap pine and plywood

I was experimenting with different finishing techniques.

The golden-hued one was my first successful attempt at French polishing.

A pipe rack in Huon pipe and Tasmanian blackwood (2019)

An experimental design

Roughing out the pieces

Initial fit up in a jig frame

After shaping

Finished with shellac and furniture oil

I like the way it turned out, though there are a few things I'd do differently if I made another one

In use

A bed for my bird-loving daughter and her partner upon moving out of home (2020)

A litany of disasters

This project features every silly mistake that it's possible to make. Incorrect measurements meant the design had to be changed mid-flight. A pastiche of cover-up over cover-up. But if you don't look too closely the end result is... adequate.

I'm starting to suspect some vestigial over-protective/territorial instinct deep within my reptilian hindbrain was subconsciously attempting to sabotage the whole endeavour.


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