Category Archives: Woodworking

Lacewood and Purpleheart Jewelry Box

Just finished this new jewelry box (finally) made of lacewood and purpleheart. Lacewood is also known as Australian Silky Oak.

(As always, click any photo to view larger on Flickr)

Lacewood and Purpleheart Jewelry Box
Overall view of the box with the lid closed.

Lacewood and Purpleheart Jewelry Box
Detail of the top of the box… The plugs were cut using a plug cutter, from the same lacewood that forms the rest of the box.

Lacewood and Purpleheart Jewelry Box
Open view of the box. The tray slides back and forth, providing access to the lower compartments on the side, or may be lifted out to access the central compartments.

Lacewood and Purpleheart Jewelry Box
Showing the tray removed, for full access. The blue stuff is called “flocking” – it’s like tiny blue fibres blown onto some colour-matched adhesive applied to the box. It’s not a hundred percent cured yet, so some final “grooming” will be needed in a couple of days.

Lacewood and Purpleheart Jewelry Box
This shows the Brusso hinges, or one of them, and the purpleheart mitre splines that strengthen the corners as well as providing accents matching the lid.

Walnut Jewelry Box

I finally completed this walnut jewelry box. The top is made of pine, and some hard maple was also used for the handle and dividers. The box is finished with Deft Danish Oil Finish, with a few flakes of beeswax melted into the mixture using the microwave. I’m not yet sure what will become of this box — I have another in progress, and I will offer Lynda her choice when they are both done.

As always, click any photo to view larger on Flickr.

Walnut Jewelry Box
Top view: The five dots are just small segments of dowel tapped into shallow holes. A nice easy way to give the otherwise plain top a bit of style. I give credit to my wife for this variation on that theme. I had something else in mind, but this is better.

Walnut Jewelry Box
Inside view: The sliding tray is sized to allow access to the six small compartments on each end of the lower section. The tray may be lifted out to access the larger central compartments underneath it.

Walnut Jewelry Box
Inside view, tray removed: The central compartments in the lower section are sized for larger items. The blue flocking gives it a posh look, kind of. The Brusso hinges are certainly posh.

Walnut Jewelry Box
Corner view: The mitre keys inset into the corners are both decorative and practical, serving to reinforce the glue joints.

Cherry iPad Stand

This is a stand for the iPad2, made from Cherry. That is, the stand is made from cherry. Not the iPad.

Cherry iPad Stand

I had previously made, and deployed, a very similar stand for the original iPad, but the iPad 2 has buttons on the side that made the old stand problematic. This new one addresses that by having a shorter support piece. The switch just hangs over empty space now.

Cherry iPad Stand

The joinery is stop-routed mortises and offset tenons. Offset because I routed the mortises in the wrong place. But you’d never know that, so I’m not sure why I mention it.

Cherry iPad Stand

The iPad belongs to my wife. Actually so does the stand, as soon as she pays me for the wood.

We Stand For Plants

These are some outdoor plant stands, just made out of contruction lumber and pine shelf boards from Home Depot. They still need to be painted – my wife will take over from here. She doesn’t hate painting.

Pine Plant Stands

Pine Plant Stands

A single coat of Benjamin Moore’s highest quality outdoor paint, should stand up to weather and watering for a couple of years at least…

Painted Pine Plant Stand

Daisy Box

Daisy Box, originally uploaded by rgdaniel.

A tiny little box with a daisy on the lid. The box is made from Lacewood, also known as Australian Silky-oak. The lid is Padauk. For the painted daisy, I used a stencil based on a printed design and cut with an X-acto knife,

Heart-Shaped Cutting Boards

Heart-Shaped Cutting Boards, originally uploaded by rgdaniel.

Heart-Shaped cutting boards, now featuring cheesy radial blur FX… B-)

The boards are about 10” across and about 7/8” thick. They are made of hard maple with purpleheart racing stripes for extra speed. (zoom zoom)… I made these by request for a favourite client. One has the stripes at a slight angle for a hint of jauntiness, without quite being sassy. Nobody likes sassy.

Just in time for Valenti…. er, Easter, I guess…

Recent Projects: Pens Pens Pens

I’m either in a rut, or on a roll, but either way I’m making nothing much but pens lately… here are some recent samples…

Four 'Sedona' Rollerball Pens

Three 'Euro' Designer Twist Pens

Four 'Steamline' Twist Pens

As always, if anything catches your fancy, just get in touch. The Etsy store doesn’t have much loaded up at the moment so best thing is just talk to me… hit that contact button or email me… or catch me on the Facebook or the Twitter.

Afzelia Burl Rollerball Pen

A pen I turned, moments ago, from Afzelia burl wood. The plating is “bright copper” and the pen style is called “Sedona”, which is similar to the “Baron” rollerball, but has a Celtic knot-style centre band. I think this is my favourite style pen now. It has 17 parts. I’ve been known to struggle with assembly, but this one went perfectly.

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Two Christmas Presents and a Video

Merry Christmas! Here are a couple of Christmas presents I made, one for Lynda and one for myself. And stay tuned for a video that’s exactly as exciting as watching icicles hanging from a roof.

Continuing the octagon theme for our household, here is a small pot pourri holder I made for Lynda for Christmas.
Cedar Pot Pourri Holder

From a design by The Wood Whisperer ( this is a small swiveling desk clock. The hardware is from Lee Valley Tools, the wood is Wenge and Curly Maple.
Swivelling Desk Clock

And now our main feature: colder but more exciting than watching grass grow, here are the icicles hanging from our roof, presented in vertically letter-boxed format because I’m an idiot and shot it in portrait orientation, requiring a trip into windows Movie Maker to rotate. Now I’ve got Movie Maker cooties all over me…