Author: Derek

Things I've made and what making them taught me

Tea Table Prototype

At some point, I decided it’d be fun to experiment with a piece that was a bit more sculpted.  The piece I was planning was to be a gift, and I wanted to build it in cherry, but trying out this many new techniques in cherry didn’t seem like a great idea so I built …

Saddle Cabinet

This is a quickie rolling cabinet that I built to store English riding tack for a certain rider I know.  It’s mostly made of scraps I had sitting around – a bit of 3/4″ maple ply, a couple of 2×4 studs and some white melamine particle board.  The wheels were from some scrapped appliance or …

Antenna Bracket

A friend has this 30-some year old flying saucer-like TV antenna that was sitting on their front porch for some time.  One day near Halloween 2008, they asked me if there was a way to mount the thing higher to get better reception, so I thought about it for a bit and figured, “sure – …

Barrister’s Bookcase

This is my 2008 take on a barrister’s bookcase, built out of solid white ash.  This project was an exercise in what turners like to call design opportunities.  I think I screwed up every single piece of this project at least twice.  Okay I might have managed to put the finish on without incident… The …

Train Play Table

For Christmas of 2007, I gave my nephew a train play table.  I had looked at some of the commercial products, and I wasn’t pleased with how sturdy they were for their $300 price tags.  I suppose I have to concede that they were designed for flat packing but they just didn’t hold up well …

Kitchen Table

This was my second furniture project, also in 2007 and also done partially in a course at the Living Arts Centre.  It’s mostly the same as my first table except that this one has a split top and a removable leaf.  In practise, we never use the leaf, but we do have it… This is …

My First Table

This is the first piece of furniture I built back in 2007 as part of an introductory furniture class I took at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre.  The instructors were local pros Kelly Couture and Britt Olauson.  The main goals of the class were to be comfortable with typical woodworking machinery, learn basic safety and …

Old Crosscut Sled

This was my first crosscut sled, also from 2007.  I say was, because I was never happy with the squareness of its cuts and decided to “recycle” its parts.  With a big hammer.  Actually part of this sled is hanging above my lathe now – the bottom of the sled became the back board of …

Ridgid TS3650 Folding Outfeed

I built a simple out-feed support for my Ridgid TS3650 table saw back in 2007.  It is made of some poor quality paint grade maple ply that I got from a local home centre.  I say it’s poor quality because the face veneers are de-laminating in places, and it had an incredible number of voids. …

Checking my Table Saw’s Alignment

I wanted a way to check the alignment of my table saw blade relative to the mitre slot, because I wasn’t satisfied with the method that the saw’s instruction manual proposed.  The manual said to use a combination square lined up against the side of the mitre slot, extend the blade of the square so …