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

This index contains articles from 2014 and newer

All article links: 2014 and onward -- 2013 and earlier

Projects from 2021:

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

Projects from 2016:

Noisy Push Toy
An Intricate Heirloom that will be cherished for years -- and makes a bit of a racket. (Plans Available)
T8 vs T8 LEDs
Comparing some new plug-and-play T8 LED bulbs to regular fluorescent T8 bulbs

Tool Bag Organizer
A simple and easy-to-build wooden insert to bring order to your grab-and-go toolkit
Barbecue Platter
It's Not A Cutting Board! (But it does use a lot of similar techniques...)
A Board With A Hole
A tour of my cheap and simple homemade router tables

Custom Laminated Canoe Paddle
Just because I'm going to bang it on rocks, doesn't mean it can't be beautiful!
Tall Mission Dresser
Making a matching piece for the Mission Nightstand
Canoe Paddle Rack
A simple little project to bring some order to your camping supplies storage.

Build this popular European outdoor game in a weekend.
Epoxy T-Shirt Experiment
Turn a T-Shirt into a framed piece of artwork.
LED strip lighting revisited
I have a better solution for using these LEDs strips as regular lights

Basic Bike Rack
A few basic tools and some construction lumber are all you need to build this.
Umbrella Rack
Build a slender umbrella holder that is thin enough to hide between the door and the wall
Torx VS Robertson
First Impressions: Can the Torx Screw provide competition for the mighty Robertson?

Endless Calendar
A simple perpetual desk calendar you can build in a day
Mission Nightstand with a twist
Keeping the design as elegant as possible, while making the build process as simple as possible
LED Lighting Experiment
Just how bright are those LED strip lights? Can they be used as regular lighting?

DIY bucket cyclone separator
Experimenting with a cheap and easy method to add a cyclone pre-separator to my shopvac.
Simple Shop Vac Fix
It sounded like it was about to break, but the fix turned out to be easy. Don't be afraid to take things apart!
Hello Internet Nail and Gear Plaque
Carving and Framing the official flag of Hello Internet : nerdiness ahead!

Projects from 2015:

Worst job in my shop
A quick simple shop tip to make this as painless as possible. (Still the worst job!)

Fan Fix Hack
It was a broken fan, but we can rebuild it! It's a total hack job, but who cares?
Exotic Red Nightsand
Maple and African Padauk come together in this shaker-styled bedside cabinet. Yes, the colour is all-natural!
Small Drawer Lock Joint
Another way of making drawers with one router bit and one router table setup.

Easy Build Mission Side Table
Hall Table, Entry Table... Call it what you like; it's got classy mission styling.
Marble Racetrack
Let me show you how I made this wonderfully noisy marble toy.
Writing Desk in a Weekend
Quick, Simple,and Elegant -- A Shaker Style writing desk designed and built in just a few days. No one needs to know you used plywood to speed things up!

Dust Collection Upgrade
Extending my DC system across the shop. Maximum suction achieved!
Fixing My Tablesaw Stand
Tearing down, repairing, and rebuilding my mobile tablesaw workstation.
Nested Finger-Jointed Card Boxes
Two simple boxes nest together to provide custom storage for card games.

Tripod Topper
A custom camera mount for the top of a tripod
Knockdown Guitar Stand
Building a solid Cherry guitar stand with maple accents. (Plans Available)
X-Wing Birdhouse
Take an ordinary birdhouse and redesign it to resemble the Rebel Alliance X-Wing fighter.

Stemware Storage Rack
Overhead storage for your wineglasses in this classy yet simple project.
Harvest Table (part 3)
Finishing up (literally) my solid Ash Harvest table.
Adding Curved Inserts to a cutting board to make it extra gorgeous!

Headphone Stands
Building some fun stands to hold your headphones. A fun and creative father+son project
Fliptop Stand Revisited
A Tour and Teardown of my fliptop planer stand.
Harvest Table (part 2)
Part two of building my new solid ash table.

Cedar Strip Canoe
Finished: LARGE six-part photo album documenting the building of a cedar strip canoe.
Harvest Table (part 1)
Building a solid Ash Hardwood kitchen table in a modified "Harvest Table" styling.
Disc Sander Build
An experiment in building a disc sander from a surplus furnace motor and other free/scrap parts.

Projects from 2014:

Plywood Veneer Repair
How to quickly repair small areas of damaged veneer on your plywood projects.
Office Side Table
Building a long and narrow table for an office. I'm keeping this one quick and simple!
Craft Table
On the design and building of a top for a craft table -- mostly about working through different design challenges.

Built ANOTHER cajon, and this time put it on video. This is a thin-walled cajon for a different sound.
Fix A Broken Chair Spindle
Quick Fix to repair a broken spindle in the back of a chair
TV Gear Cabinet
A solid pine cabinet designed to hold all your home entertainment gear.

Drawer Storage/Pencil Tray
Simple project to build an organizer/pencil tray for a modern office desk, using reclaimed office chairs for wood!
Under-Stairs Storage
Build a rolling cart to fit some storage under the bottom end of your basement stairs.
iPod/iPhone Passive Speaker
Improve the sound of your iPod or iPhone with this quick, simple, and fun project

Canoe Build: 5
Part five ...
Canoe Build: 4
Part four ...
Canoe Build: 3
Part three ...

Canoe Build: 2
Part two ...
Canoe Build: 1
Part one of a LARGE photo album documenting the building of a cedar strip canoe.
Bandsaw To The Basement
A small photo album of moving a large tool to a basement shop.

Tablesaw Workstation
A Modular Mobile Workstation for your Tablesaw that does NOT require you to dismantle or modify your saw, and adds tons of storage to your shop.
Window Replacement
A photo essay on replacing some windows in my house.
Interior Auto LED upgrade
Replacing ALL the interior lights in my minivan with LEDs -- no more dead batteries!

Cool Custom Beach Chairs
Build yourself some of these for the beach, camp, or cottage! (They pack flat!)
Bathroom StepStool
Little ones need a step up to help them reach!
Cutting Boards
A photo album of several different side grain cutting boards.

Fliptop Tool Stand
Updated for 2014 -- Fit two tools in the space of one.
Tangram & Gift Box
Building a Tangram Tile set and presentation box.
Building a Cajon - a Box Drum.

REMEMBER: This index contains articles from 2014 and newer

All article links: 2014 and onward -- 2013 and earlier