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

Paduk and Curly Maple Bowl

A business trip several years ago to St. Joseph, MO ended with a personal trip to a local sawmill.  There I saw several two inch thick slabs of soft curly maple, each between 9 and 10 inches wide.  As I […]

Printer Cabinet

Last fall I had some extra time on my hands.  My office has an older, but functional color laser printer that sat on an small plant stand drafted to get the printer up off the floor.  Every purposeful reflection on […]

Birdseye Mantle Box

This birdseye maple box came from a board that I purchased locally several years ago.  It contained a lot of heart wood and sap wood.  Normally, such a board is a bit difficult to use in a piece of furniture […]

Lacewood Box

On a recent visit to Woodcraft (formerly Midwest Woodworking) in Omaha, I discovered a new addition to the outstanding selection of wood carried by the store.  Among several nice pieces of lacewood, I found one with a section near the […]

Updated Mantle

Shortly after buying our home and moving in nearly six years ago, I discovered that the rough cedar mantle, stained a dark walnut, had been broken and reattached to the stub hanging from the rock wall.  I noticed later that […]