Other Projects

Here are some of my workshop and furniture projects. Click on any of the photos to see more details. 

Computer Desk

It took 27 years to build this desk. It started as a computer desk in the early 90s for my Commodore-64. I had completed the body of the desk, but not the drawers (see right-most photo) when we moved to a new town, started a new job, and got more and more busy with kids’ activities, volunteer work, etc. I put the desk project on hold while we worked on our new house. The desk was adequate (but tacky looking) with its stackable plastic drawer units (see right-most photo). Finally, I decided to buy the necessary materials and complete the project. The drawer boxes are maple with dovetailed corners and soft-closing drawer glides. I updated the 90s design to include articulating monitor stands, cable management channels and grommets, and (after I took these photos) reconfigurable dividers in the drawers. Time will tell if it makes me more efficient.

Ladder Shelves

I rarely build anything from someone else’s plans; this was an exception. I built two ladder shelves from Wood Magazine plans and finished them to match my desk. Maybe now I can get organized!

Router Table

I built the router table to facilitate building raised-panel doors and partitions for kitchen and utility room remodeling projects. I included several small drawers for router bit and accessory storage. Dust collection works great, both above and below the router.

Grinder Cart

My grinder and various grinding jigs and supplies took up valuable workbench space. I built this cart for the grinder and now store sharpening supplies, lathe tool rests, and can roll it out of the way when I am not using it.

Sander Cart

These “bench-top” sanders consumed most of one workbench until I built this cart. The two-level design allows both sander table work surfaces to be at the same height. The height is just right to reduce backache from long periods of sanding. I built in plenty of storage for sanding belts, disks, and accessories. 

Compressor / Vacuum Pump Cart

I bought a vacuum pump for use with vacuum chucks on my lathe. I built this cart to house the pump and my air compressor to keep the relatively clean and out of the way. I can control both machines from the front panel, and hoses and supplies are stored in the two drawers. As a bonus, I can use the top of the cart to lay lathe tools while I’m working on a project. The cart rolls out of the way under my large workbench when I am not using it.

Workbench Upgrades

I built seven drawers with custom drawer dividers for the workbench I use for assembling woodturning projects. In addition, I made drawer dividers for my main workbench. The unretouched middle photo shows the “before” view of my top workbench drawer, with the right-most photo showing the “after” view. Now I can find the torx screwdrivers, the metric allen wrenches, and the other tools that always disappeared in the dark shadows near the rear of the drawer. Now I am running out of excuses for not starting those minor repair projects that always seem to arise.