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Cherry wardrobe with Shoji Screen doors. Cherry and Tasmanian Oak dovetailed drawers with carved walnut handles and brass inserts

This is the piece that I have spent the past 6 months working on.

Much time was spent on the design and how I envisioned this to be. I wanted this to be modular and able to change configurations, yet still be beautiful as a collective.

There are 3 separate pieces to this unit. A large one for hanging clothes with 3 accessories drawers. A mid sized one consisting of 12 drawers, and a small unit for additional storage.

Hand planing each board and joining them together by hand took a considerable amount of time. But I had to make sure they all look pleasing as well as are stable before moving on to the joinery.

The shoji screen doors too some time to get right. It was a tedious affair of tiny tenons and mortises. They needed to fit snuggly yet have just enough space for expansion and timber movement.

The rest of the time was spent on cutting the countless number of dovetails, carving the handles and eventually fitting the drawers. 

This is the largest piece I have ever built and I am so proud of it. I amaze myself at what I can make from this tiny space I have and this pushes me ahead to greater achievements to come.

Sherlock Holmes is Jewish

You will take this over my cold dead body, if you can pry my battered and much-loved New Annotated Editions from my rigor-mortised fingers.


Holmes is described as dark-haired and pale, with a large nose and deep-set eyes–all characteristics of the “typical” description of a Jewish person (and the kind we might expect out of a series from the 1880s). He’s a violin virtuoso and makes his money in nontraditional ways (prizefighting, being a consulting detective), much like Jewish folks in England once p much had the option of being peddlers or tax-collectors but most of their means would have had to be earned “off the books.” His close family is never mentioned except his brother Mycroft, who’s basically kept his job only by making himself truly irreplaceable.


Holmes has academic knowledge of some religious subjects, but scoffs at the idea he’d have a bible in his house even though he keeps a wide variety of reference-books. He’s also well-educated, and although he takes fees for his consulting work, he states multiple times that if a client is poor and the case is of sufficient interest, he’ll waive his fee altogether–an act of tzedekah, perhaps?



@fromchaostocosmos, @jewish-privilege I feel like you guys would enjoy adding the Great Master to the ranks. I certainly find the canon evidence compelling.

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obelisk: *did not sign up for this shit*

happy valentines day, alex! i worked on this for a good 2 hours but jfc it was worth it. sorry if i got any particular details wrong, or if this is too ooc. i just really felt the need to do this cause these two are probably my favorite pairing out of your ocs, hell; probably my otp in general.

(i guess you could say that this pairing is GOLDEN hahahahahahahahhh) 

but in any case, i really hope you like this! i tried my best with it! 💛💜

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this is both cute and very in character tbh— thanks so much! <3

Do not criticise my lasagna!

Three years ago I made my wife a lasagna. Sauce from scratch, homemade spinach pasta, expensive cheese, the works. Hours invested - and the return? “You should put more cheese on it like at the Macaroni Grill.”

I went out that night and bought six interior left hand doors. All of our interior doors were right handed. I cut plugs to fill the strike-plate & hinge mortises, and every few weeks I change out a door or two, right hands for left, left for right. It only takes about twenty minutes now: pull the door, plug the mortises, spackle the plug seam, chisel the plug from the opposite side, hang the opposite door and sweep up. I painted the first few times, but it’s a white jamb and I decided the paint smell was more suspicious than the unpainted spackle. It’s a thin seam, and my wife wouldn’t even know where to look.

She’s never said anything about it, but I’ve seen her grasp the air where a doorknob used to be a hundred times. F*ck the macaroni grill.

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So, I’ve started a video series detailing the making of different joints. I call it Joint Venture. I will be doing all kinds of joints in maple. I will also do carpentry joints, but in a smaller scale. It’s also more for entertainment than education, because I haven’t done most of the joints ;)

I would be interested in feedback and feel free to subscribe if you want. I will be continuing this series for quite a while. Later I’ll also do time lapses of furniture builds and stuff.

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The olive table done. This couch table has absolutely stunning grain. I used no glue in the joinery. Stub tenoned legs with pegged mortise and tenon sash and two butterfly keys.

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My first woodworking teacher was also my Secondary School (High School) teacher. I never took Design and Technology in school and after many years of leaving the school, I went back to him a couple of years back and asked him to teach me the basics of woodworking. He patiently took me in and taught me how to plane timber, cut mortises and tenons, use the lathe among many other things. I subsequently bit the bullet and went to Japan and the UK to train professionally and have returned to practice what I’ve learnt.

I decided to make this box for him as a big thank you present and presented it to him this morning.

The box lid has a curved inlay which I formed and included a black banding. This design was inspired by the ‘Fishers of Men’ as from the Bible as my teacher is also in the Christian ministry.

I included 2mm mitre keys which are blue in colour and finished the piece with french polish and some wax.

Thank you Mr Hou for all your guidance and patience in teaching me from zero and helping me grow in my woodworking adventure.

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In case you’ve been wondering what I have been doing for the last months…
I was thinking if I should actually post this, since it doesn’t really reflect my actual style. But what the hell… There’s joinery involved amirite? (688 mortises)

After I’m done with the last batch of these I have a really awesome project planned ;)
I hope you guys liked the joinery portfolio idea….

Bog Chair .

Rather aptly named the ‘Bog chair’ I recently rested awhile on one of these fire side chairs and they really were one of the most comfortable camp fire seating devices Ive ever sat on .

 Some claim it to be the oldest design of chair around and is often known as a Viking or stargazers chair , but also an African chair , US Civil war dentists or a boy scout chair .

They look fairy simple to make from just two lengths of planking that slot together via a tenon and mortise joint and plan to attempt to make some very soon , but also plan to add a hole for a ground spike where the back touches the ground to stop it from possibly tipping over around the fire .

Designing a Swivel-Lid

I had an idea for a salt cellar, but needed to know how to make a swivel-lid box.  I saw this one at a kitchen store.

It was $50!  I knew I could do better.  What I did like was the hidden swivel mechanism. A few designs that I came across involved drilling all the way through the lid, inserting a dowel or something, and then using a plug to conceal the hold.  I wanted my swivel-mechanism to be completely hidden.  I also don’t own a lathe, so it was going to have right angles.

While I was at it, why not make a bunch?

After miter keys and whatnot, it was time to cut open the boxes.

The idea I wanted to try involved an embedded hex nut in the lid, and a matching bolt embedded in the box.  I used my mortiser as a drill press, because I don’t own a real drill press yet.  By using a stop block I could get matching holes in the lid and box.

The hex nut went in first, with some epoxy around the edges to secure it.  I let it fully cure.

Meanwhile, I needed a second hex nut secured to the bolt with epoxy to keep it in its channel in the box.

The next day, I twisted the bolt into the hex nut in the lid.  I then put some epoxy in the hole in the box, and used my bench clamp to drive it straight in.

Somewhere in the process, I also added embedded magnets to snap the lid shut.  I liked that.

As these were going to be salt cellars, I only used butcher block oil/wax as a finish.  I know that all finishes, once fully cured, are food safe, but some people just want that peace of mind.

All ready to go!

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I received a Uchinuki Nomi \(^-^)/
I’m sorry but I don’t think there is a western counterpart to this kind of tool so I cannot provide you with an accurate translation :|

It is used to squish the wood at the end of a mortise :)
This way you can reduce the risk of breaking or cutting through the end of your mortise and exposing the tenon. Since I didn’t have one while making my toolbox I just used a piece of brass :)

I needed to straighten it, to redefine the sides and to fix the wobbly handle :D
Since the “blade” is not hardened it is enough to file it and it took me about 10 minutes to straighten and reshape the blade :)
I think the handle didn’t belong to this tool and was just putt on the blade by the seller who wanted to make it more attractive to potential bidders :D 
Fortunately they didn’t use Epoxy on it and I just tapped it off of the blade and put some oak shavings on the tang, drove it back into the handle. Since the tang is not square on these I needed to add slim pieces of wood to the sides to fix the sideways wobble :)
All in all I spent about 30 minutes on it and now I’m quite happy with my purchase (^-^)

I started fixing my Shakuri Kanna as well :)
The blades are awesome but the body twisted pretty badly and because I straightened it it lost too much thickness and became too narrow to be used :|
I glued on some oak veneer but I might need to add another layer…

This is another case where a milled block twisted so baldy that it required a lot of work to get into a usable condition :D
Riven blocks are much more stable but hard to come by if you are on a tight budget :D

Last week was very busy so all I did was resawing some wood and selecting wood (^-^;)
I made a 3D CAD model of my toolbox as well but I’m not sure whether I’ll make any drawings of it since it takes some time to do so but if anyone would like to see actual drawings of the parts and the final assembly just leave a comment and I will try to make it happen :) <=It might take a while because I need to work on assignments as well ;)

I received another rejected for one of my applications which means I won’t be able to take an internship in Japan (-_-) This makes me kind of sad. I tried very hard but it feels like engineering is just the wrong subject to study if you want to move to Japan…
Anyway my mind is made up after I graduate I will move to Japan and apply for a job while being there :)

I want to go to a oldtimer vehicle exhibition this weekend so I’m not sure how much progress I’m going to make on my woodworking projects (^-^;)

I wish everyone a great weekend and success (^-^)/