Viewer's Gallery

I love to see what viewers have been inspired to make.Time permitting, I add some to the gallery.

Mike's Waterfall Table (UK)
Bow ties to stabalise a crack
Wrap around, waterfall effect
Mike tells me he made this from a single oak board. Badly warped, he rough cut it to minimise loss, and rejoined the waterfall top and side in their widths. With multiple varnish coats, and a final coat of wax, I think it looks great.

Peter (D)
Peter's prototype wagon vise
Chopping board with Dictum logo

Frank's Mobile Kitchen Island (US)
Pine with oak butcher block
and some Storage Jars

Kevin's Cedar Chest (US)
Chest, showing concealed drawer
Lovely figuring in the cedar

Peter "two sheds" (D)
Not content with building his own shed recently, Peter built one for a neighbor too!

Frank's Dresser (US)
Lovely dresser for Frank's wife (above and right).

I bet she's pleased with this Frank. Nice work.

Peter (D)
Pair of sturdy Saw Horses (above),
and a custom storage shed (right).

Do you ever stop, Peter?
Great work

Peter in Germany has been busy:
Practice on a Secret Mitre Dovetail
New Handle for a framing slick
Step Stool complete
Step Stool as it started out!
Nice work! I bet that resawing took some time, and I'll be watching out for what you make with those secret mitre dovetails in the future. Those interested in the secret mitre dovetail can watch my video on how to prepare them.

Konrad's Japanese tools and bird feeder:
(clockwise from left)
Bird Feeder  from Alder (Alnus glutinosa).
Shirabiki (marking knife) from a file.
Planing Board plus mini-bench.
Chisel Hammer from steel billet.

These are great Konrad! I will try and find the time to make a hammer and knife in the same way as you have. Those interested in the planing board can find free plans for my original one on the downloads page.

Jeff's Lathe & Step Stool:

Jeff wrote:
"thank you for taking the time to make and upload your videos.  With much of the knowledge that I gained from watching your YouTube channel, I was able to start and complete this treadle lathe project"

"I also made this step stool using keyed mortises"
Great looking projects Jeff! 

Frank's Rocker & Toy Chest:

Frank wrote
"This is an oak rocking chair made entirely with hand tools, especially the Stanley no. 45 and Stanley no. 71. It was also my first attempt at steam bending wood. I simply tell folks: "It rocks." 
"Earlier this year, I made a 17th century oak blanket chest based on an example created by Peter Follansbee. I took some of the techniques and made a white Pine toy chest for my Grandson. The top is a breadboard with draw bored pegs.
Many thanks for your informative programs." (11Sept'2016)
The rocker looks great in white, and the shaped seat must be comfy. The chest looks like an heirloom piece to me. Lovely proportions and the colour is fantastic. Nice that you built the rocker with just hand tools: I know I'm slightly biased on the subject, but I do get more satisfaction when I'm able to do that. And stream bending too - awesome. I don't do too much of that, but a great choice for rockers.

Frank's Enfield Shaker Cupboard:

Frank wrote
"The major task was to create the molding so that it was as close to the original as possible. We discussed what type of hand plane could be used to create the astragal at the top of the molding. Anyone who owns a wooden plane with that particular iron could do it precisely. I had to use a Stanley No. 45 with a 3/8" beading iron. While it did create the astragal, it also left two thin projects outside the range of the iron. I used both a hand chisel and block plane to remove them. All of the dadoes and rabbets were hand-cut. As always many thanks for your advice and support"

Looks great Frank, and a testament to your abilities with hand tools. Creating a complex moulding with simpler hand tools is a challenge that you've obviously meet well.

Kevin's Arts & Crafts Sideboard Media Centre:

Kevin wrote
"A lot of the quality of the build stems from being able to use hand planes and chisels much better after your class."

Kevin attended a Planes, Chisels, & Scrapers course I ran last summer.

Lovely piece of furniture to hide your media gear in Kevin.
Mike's Roubo Workbench:

Mike wrote
"Thanks for the inspiration to go and build something, just happened to be the bench first!

Next step is learn more about the different joints you have shown, lots of practice first."

Nice bench Mike.

Frank's Mission Tables:

Frank wrote
"I am forwarding a photograph of the two Mission end tables which I built using nothing but hand tools. I have you, in part, to thank for the inspiration and instructions to do this task"

Well done Frank, they look great.

Peter's Jeep Grill Coffee Table: 

Peter wrote:  
"I finished the Jeep Grill Coffee Table using the 'Mitch & Guy inspired' laminated arches.The finish on the grill is Iron Acetate and the legs are natural.  Both are finished with Danish oil then two coats of wax."

I think it looks smashing Peter!

David's Table:

David wrote:

"Please give your opinion about that my work, a table for cooking done in aromatic cedar finished with varnish pu"

Well David, looks good, and appears to have strong neat joints. You must be very pleased.  

 Donald's Bible Case:

Donald wrote:
"Hello Mitch. Not sure if you remember my comment on the mitered dovetail video. But you asked me to send you pics of the finished box.I really do appreciate you making it so detailed. The box was for my grandmother bible that we found a few weeks ago. It was wore from use, age and neglect. I wanted to preserve it as long as I could. I still need a lot of practice on dovetails. Came up with a few gaps. A real bad one on an outside corner that was not acceptable at all so I cut some strips of oak and inlaid them on the corners. Turned out to be a good thing as I think they add some contrast to the maple I made the box out of."

Well done on trying the Secret Mitre Dovetail!

This joint is not so easy, and figuring out where to pare away to get a perfect fit isn't as obvious as with other dovetail joints. For a first attempt I'd say your worst corner was pretty good. Some more practice and you'll have it nailed (excuse the pun!).

You came up with a neat fix, and the finished box looks great.

Peter's Table

Peter wrote:
"attached are pics of the farmhouse trestle table (Mitch inspired)...constructed of 100+ year old barn is all riven sawn by yours truly, jointed and planned, glued with biscuits, then HANDPLANED (shocking I know). All cracks are stabilized with epoxy and butterflies (underside).

Believe it or not… I used HANDCUT mortise & tenon for the leg assemblies...
The main leg components are all 4" x 5" timbers. The finish is handmade walnut dye from the husks of black walnut, then 5 coats of handmade danish oil...

Lastly it has two coats of wax.  I made a beeswax turpentine, and carnauba wax combo.  Hand buffed of course...
The blasted table weighs over 250 pounds.  You could butcher a steer on it...
I am very pleased with it.  It was a labor of love."

That's one lovely table!
The design and finish are a perfect choice for the wood's origin.

James' Hall Table

Cool table made mostly from pallet wood - Well done James

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