I was asked to design and build wooden sake trays for a new Japanese restaurant The client asked for something a little more rustic than what they were using. My first prototype was too big and too rustic, and it did not have an under cut on the bottom edge so it could be easily picked up. The second prototype had the right form but I did not have a good solution for making the holes in the top to receive the glasses. The third prototype, that was approved by the client, was made from a top piece of rough walnut and a smooth, rectangular bottom piece of walnut. I drilled three holes in the top piece to receive the glasses. The two pieces were glued together to make the final form.
November 15, 2014
November 8, 2014
I was asked to build a frame to hold an antique Japanese door next to the bar in a new Japanese Restaurant. The frame is constructed from oak to be durable as it will be in a high circulation area. The door is held in a rabbet in the oak frame. The frame is held together by attaching it to a torsion box above and below the door.
November 1, 2014
We have 2 closets in our basement that had no shelving. I thought about installing flat pieces of plywood as shelves but the span of 48 inches was too much for that. I cut the plywood into 2 and a half inch strips and turned them on edge. I made runners on each end of the strips to hold them on edge to form shelves. This had great structural integrity and can easily hold 500 lbs or 230 kg.
October 25, 2014
I was asked to build a frame to hold paper lanterns above the bar in a new Japanese restaurant. The frame is constructed from 2 by 2 cedar lumber. I made small rabbets and dados at each intersection of the frame to help align and hold the frame together.
October 18, 2014
This past summer, I restored a few commercial sushi cutting boards for the restaurant, Bamboo Sushi. Two of the cutting boards had developed cracks along the grain of the boards. I removed the cracks by cutting the boards along the crack and reattaching them with wood biscuits. I also sanded the top and bottom surface of the boards to remove some of the knife marks.
October 4, 2014
I have made a marker board to hang on our French cleat by our side door. The structure is a rail and stile frame with two infill panels. The upper panel is the marker board. The lower is plywood. It also has two shelves. One is for the pens and one is for things we need by the side door. The rails and stiles are made of oak.
September 20, 2014
I made stilts with my kids, Calvin and Claire. We started with two 2x4s and made the posts. Then we made the foot holds and attached them at 20 inches above the ground. This was too high, so we moved the foot holds down to 6 inches above the ground. With some practice over the summer, Calvin was able to walk for 9 steps. We decided to round over the handles on the shaper and make a large platform for you feet. This helped, and Calvin can walk across the lawn on the stilts. Claire needs a little more practice.
September 13, 2014
This is the second part to the Shoe and Laundry Storage Bench build. Here I hang a French cleat with no visible fasteners and make four coat hooks. The coat hooks are segmented wood turned circles that mount to the French cleat.
September 6, 2014
At our carport door, we have our laundry room and storage for things that we use when going outdoors like shoes, coats and backpacks. It was not very well organized. The project is to take down the existing upper cabinets and build a storage system for the outdoor things and the laundry. The storage system consists of a horizontal piece with shoe storage inside and a bench on top, and a vertical piece with adjustable shelves for laundry storage. The cabinets are made from prefinished birch plywood and the bench is oak.
August 23, 2014
Here I am showing the final install of the cabinets and mirror in the kids’ bathroom. This is the end of the first half of a bigger project to replace the plumbing system in our house. In this video, I make the back splash and show the mirror being installed by A-1 Glass & Mirror.