Patina Reflections


Returning to wood and tools after a 20-year hiatus.


The breadboards for the desk are mostly done.  They fit on each end of the core of the desk, or the main flat part of the desk. Each finished end fits on the core over a spline, and glued only […]

Walnut for Stickley Desks

For Christmas, I promised handmade desks for each of my children and their families.  The caveat being that I might not actually be done by Christmas day, but I hope they know that I am good for it.  I proposed […]

Writing Shelves

The writing shelves are done.  Each is made from quartersawn white oak with an Indian Rosewood front.  I kept this piece of rosewood around for a time when I might recreate a couple of Stanley plane handles (totes).  But, I […]

Staining the Core

After starting this project early this year, I finally got satisfaction as I drew to the point of putting on some stain.  Before that however, I finished chopping out areas where an accent piece of wood will fit between the […]

Routing and Sanding the Core

The breadboard attaches to the core of the desktop with a spline and fasteners.  I was able to get my hands on a 5/16 spline cutter that worked like a hot knife in butter using my Milwaukee 5625-20 router.  Both […]