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All Projects, by Year

Here is an index of all of my woodworking project articles, sorted by year.

This index contains articles from 2017 and newer

All article links: 2017 and onward -- 2014 through 2016 -- 2013 and earlier

Projects from 2023:

Not Your Basic Coasters
Start with carefully choosing, sorting, and arranging scrap wood, and end with several sets of stunning coaster sets.
Multi-Level Plant Stand (or Cat Tree?)
Tall and airy with five levels. Places for five plants, though you may call it a cat tree! Fun and challenging build.
Helical Head Jointer Upgrade
Instead of replacing my jointer, which was otherwise fine; I upgraded it by replacing the cutter head with a helical cutter head with replaceable carbide knives.

Entry Bench
A wide and comfortable Walnut bench, built using simple construction techniques.
Garage Sports & Toy Organizer
Pack a ton of storage into 24 inches of wall space in your garage with this modular sports equipment and outdoor toy organizer.
Hexagon Coasters The Easy Way
Hexagons look tricky, but here is a quick and easy way to make them. (And I just wanted to make some cool looking coasters.)

Projects from 2022:

The Cheapest 1x30 Sander
This is the cheapest 1x30 Belt/Strip sander that I could find, in Ontario, in late 2022. Let's check it out
Wood Jack-o-Lanterns
Never touch pumpkin guts again. (also, a fun little Halloween craft that can be made with just a few common power tools)

Closet Mold Fix
A special purpose gizmo to add an air gap at the back of closets to help fight condensation and mold.
Zig-Zag Shelf
A Display Shelf built to look kind of like a haphazard stack of boxes.
Coffee Table
A solid Cherry coffee table, with thick legs, two shelves, and a subtly curved top.

Projects from 2021:

Bed From Construction Lumber
A simple bed, built primarily from 2x construction lumber from the home centre, assembled with Bed Bolts for easy future disassembly and moving.

For the climber who wants to improve their finger strength.
Ender3 V2
My first real print from my new 3D printer, which I think demonstrates what these printers are great at.
Swing Arm Lamp
A wall mounted lamp, featuring a hidden cord channel inside the lamp.

Laptop Stand
When using a laptop at a desk, a laptop stand really helps with the viewing and other ergonomics. Here's my simple design.
File Cabinet Organizer Boxes
I don't file much paper, so some sliding tray boxes make the filecabinet more useful.
Sit-Stand Desk with Wings
Making a Walnut desktop for a motorized sit-stand frame, but with pull-out "Wings"

Osage Orange Bleeds
A story about what I found when I tried using Osage Orange to make Spatulas.
Acetone Toner Transfer
How to use a laser printout and acetone to label my projects.
Arbor Nut Catching Experiment
I want to prevent the arbor nut from dropping into the Dust Collector pipe when I drop it. Let's Try Magnets!

Projects from 2020:

Floating Walnut Shelves
I set out to build some simple triangular shelves, but a spectacular piece of Walnut made it extra special.
Lino Damage Coverup
Extendinging the hardwood threshold to cover up this crack in the Linoleum. Quick fix delays the need to replace the entire linoleum floor.

Double Picture Frame
Building a Frame Within A Frame requires a bit of extra care but makes for an interesting project.
Simple Stepstool Project
A fun and quick beginner oriented project that you can make in an hour with just a few tools."
How I Apply Polyurethane To Cherry
A Deep Dive into my foam brush finishing method.

Mission End Tables
One Nests under the other! Keep the smaller hidden away until you need it.
1950s Nesting Tables
Inspired by a 65 year old table built by my father, I built a larger matching one to make a set.
Parallel Clamp Rack
A simple build to improve shop storage of parallel clamps.

Printer Stand
Turning a reclaimed scrap table top into a unique double decker printer stand for the home office.
Mid Century Modern Tray
Classic and Elegant, and also a great beginner's project. Only FIVE pieces to put together!
Wes Hamstra Shop Tour
Visiting the dream shop of another woodworker.

Closet Door With Recessed Mirror
Building a torsion box/hollow core door from scratch to hold a mirror, for a sliding closet door: Mistakes were made!
LED Shop Lighting Upgrade
No More DIY? Found some great lights to improve the dark end of my shop.
How To Enhance Your Picture Frames
Don't just frame a picture, enhance it!

Projects from 2019:

Colourful Trivets
Make these beautiful by using exotic scrap wood.

Making a CNC carving from a Pin
I wanted to make a large CNC carving, but I only had a pin, not a digital source file
Fabric and Epoxy Artwork
Combining quilting squares with epoxy resin in an artistic collage, framed with cherry
Floor Finish Touch-Up
Those vinyl floor protectors destroyed the finish on our hardwood floor. Here is how I attempted to fix that mess."

Monitor Stand
A routed recess, pencil groove, are two unique features.
Shaker Inspired Stepstool
A solid time-tested design, with clean lines and contrasting wood.
Beach Chairs
Comfortable and Classy, these are at home at the beach, festival, or campground

Bathtub Refinishing Fiasco
Don't Repaint Your Bathtub
Arrow PT50
First impressions of this pneumatic stapler -- can it handle hard maple!?
Custom Kitchen FinalE
Last few touches to finish the kitchen, plus many finished photos.

From Halogen to LED
Converting an arched floor lamp to be LED: An Experiment!
Side Opening Above-The-Fridge Cabinet
It's too awkward to access from the front, so let's approach this cabinet from the side!
You NEED a Pozidriv screwdriver
(IMHO: If you are building an Ikea kitchen)

Custom Ikea Kitchen : Fitting Cabinets
Cutting/Hacking the cabinets to fit around Ductwork by the ceiling
Electric Sofa Table
Adding power to an elegant console table makes it even more useful!
Custom Ikea Kitchen: Making Doors
How I make simple shaker-style doors for my Ikea Cabinets

Projects from 2018:

Custom Ikea Kitchen: Side Panels
About side panels and their importance, and also how I put 3 Ikea units together to make a pantry.
Custom Ikea Cabinets
How to attach custom Doors and Drawer Fronts to Ikea cabinets
Custom Ikea Kitchen : Intro and Bulkheads
Introducing our kitchen renovation project, and dealing with bulkhead removal

Cherry Finish Test
Checking Oil-Modified Polyurethane with Shellac and Pre-Stain Conditioner in various combinations.
Installing Bed Bolts
Removing old bent bed frame hardware and replacing with Bed Bolts for a much better connection.
Basement Window Replacement
...because I need a window that actually opens!

Reclaimed Desk Fan
Take an old computer fan and wrap it in wood and work a little magic to make this compact reclaimed desk fan!
Pliers Rack Experiment
For my wife's jewellry making tools. Sometimes basic and simple is the best approach!"
Making DIY LED Fixtures
Another experiment with LED strip lights. Stud channels and diffusers give a more soft even light.

Fan Hack Job
I decided to fix it instead of toss it. Beauty was neither the goal nor the result
Framing The Splatter
Saving something from the trash and framing it for the wall
Epoxy And Cookie Experiment
Playing around with a tree slice.

Tabletop Easel
A Simple project, excellent for the beginner, which I took up a notch with some creative finishing. (Plans Available)
Mobile Cafe Cart
A challenging massive half-lap joint was the trickiest part of this fun project.
Mid Century Modern Tray
My OLDEST woodworking project makes a great beginner or kids project

Lazy Susan
It looks simple, but there are a couple tricky bits that help it turn out the best.
"Mirror" image cutting boards
How small design decisions can make a big impact
Sienna Sliding Door Fix
Replacing the sliding door hinge is actually quite easy. You can do it!

Projects from 2017:

LED lighting update
It's been almost two years since this experiment started

Canoe Paddle Door Decoration
"It's not exactly a Christmas Wreath but we like it."
FIXING the tip-out tray
Love this little storage project but should have made my own tray right from the beginning.
End Grain Coasters
A Random Layout and Contrasting Woods, make these a step above ordinary coasters.

Spaceman Spiff Picture Frame!
A Retro-Modern Curved frame using some wood with wild grain.
Van Centre Console
I designed something smaller than the factory console, but it has more storage, and is more useful!
Better DIY on-camera mic mount
Making a simple extendible friction-fit mic mount for my homemade video microphone.

Easy Plywood Bench Top
The Ugly Bench Top had go. Easy DIY plywood benchtop build.
100 Year Old Barnboard Shelf
Sometimes the story is more interesting than the project: A memento for a friend, from a piece of their family barn
Easy Build Mission Bench
Designed as a match for the side table, this project is easy to build, but still has the classy lines of Mission Furniture.

Table Saw Splitter
A free safety mod for my table saw. Try it on yours!
Tablesaw Fence TapeDrive
A Quick Shop upgrade; Replacing a worn out Tablesaw Fence Tape.
DIY Wooden Thumb Drive
Make a custom wooden case for a USB thumb drive

Stanley Belt Sander teardown
Trying to chase down a squeal in a 40-year old Stanley Belt Sander
A Cabriole Leg Cat Bed !?!?
The legs were a gift and it took me ten years to come up with a project for them.
Long Reach C-Clamps
Easy to make, handy in the shop. All the cool woodworkers have them!

Dice Tower
This one comes with a tray that it nests in, and is see through so you can see the dice tumble!
Improving The Bucket Cyclone
The cyclone works great, but needs better suction. A few almost free tweaks make the difference.
Walking Desk
A desk designed to fit around a treadmill, so you can walk while you work.

A Tip-Out Storage Tray
A simple project to add some storage to the front of any vanity or kitchen counter in front of the sink.
Easy-Build Jewelry Cabinet
Build this in a weekend. Simple construction techniques, versatile results!
Cordless Drill Shootout!
Having fun comparing cordless drills with 'cordless' drills

REMEMBER: This index contains articles from 2017 and newer

All article links: 2017 and onward -- 2014 through 2016 -- 2013 and earlier