Coffee table

I was inspired to submit after seeing the Book/ Curio Shelf by Troy Chelsberg. Not because my woodworking is up to his level but because of his and my use of “junk”. My coffee table is made of the left over picket sign sticks from the Ontario teacher strikes of January 2020. They are your very basic pine, I believe, and wouldn’t even do much for you in a fire but gave me one more opportunity to be creative. Lots of glue and poly but no hardware. I’m a local Union leader and now have it in my office.

picket sign coffee table
picket sign coffee table

Guitar charcuterie board

Wood: Wenge, padauk and quilted maple
Size: 3/4″ x 12″ x 20″ 
Joinery: #20 and #10 biscuits. Titebond glue
Construction (adapted from Reader’s Digest): Cut strips from maple and wenge to make the guitar “neck”, thickness plane them to size, and then glue and clamp the pieces together.  Once the glue has dried dimension it to final thickness. Use a template to draw the guitar shape and cut it out on the bandsaw. Drill holes for the legs. Sand with 120-, 150-, 180- and 220-grit. Install the legs and routed hand grips. The board is finished with a high quality food safe oil. It took about 10 hours to complete this project.

charcuterie board

Build a Cedar Planter Bench

Cedar Planter Bench

Build a Backyard Play Structure

Backyard Play Structure


My first intarsia project is from a Judy Gale Roberts pattern. I used Burnt Ash, Spanish Cedar and Western Red Cedar, and finished Mr. Wabbit with Old Master’s Poly Gel. I learned a lot along the way and I’m looking forward to my next project.