My Work Space
This is my work space.
Here is my workbench. It is made from purple-heart,
muteneye, and a small piece of black ebony.
Chisels are used for everything.
Paring wood, flushing overhangs, shaping, scraping, scoring, and
cutting joinery. At some point in every project I use at least
one chisel. This is my nicest chisel. I keep it razor sharp.
A block plane is a small plane
with a low angle blade. I use it to plane edges, end-grains, and
smaller areas other planes can't reach.
A Japanese style wooden hand-plane is pulled
rather than pushed. This particular plane has a very heavy blade
that is great for planing tropical woods. This will make wood
look like silk if you use it right.
This is a #4 smoothing plane, in a special
box I made for it. This plane will put a nearly flawless finish
on wood if you keep it tuned up.
Where would any mathematician be without their
This tool measures anything within a thousandth
of an inch.
I use this hand-drill to fasten together all
my jigs. I also use it for framing tool stands, and other construction
projects around the shop.
Most people use a tape-gun for packaging. I
like using this tool for tricky glue-ups and building jigs.
It is one of the more useful tools I have, and most affordable.
I recommend one for every wood-shop.
An adjustable square is used to check corners,
and measure length. I use this tool a lot when I set up jigs.
A scraper is used to put a fine finish on difficult
grained areas. It comes close to a smoothing-planes ability
to put a fine finish on wood.
I frequently use a palm-sander to finish wood.
It is powered on compressed air. It is an essential tool to
have around any wood-shop.
I use water stones to sharpen my chisel and
plane blades. The tool grinder is used to grind out a recess
in the metal before sharpening. The cinder block is great for
honing the water stones before use.
I use a table-saw to cut down all wood to the right
dimensions. This table-saw also has a router table built into the side.
Router tables are what I use to shape and cut grooves into box parts.
A belt sander is great for sanding edges, and sides
This is a sliding router table I built. It has a sliding
sled that stays fixed to the table so the depth of cut is consistent.
It also has a router mounted underneath at a 45-degree angle for cutting
v-grooves. V-grooves make great mitered corners on boxes if they are
A planer smoothes out rough lumber.
This heavy machine makes one side of a board flat.
This is important, because you need a flat surface to reference the
rest of your cuts.
I use this tool to cut rough lumber down to smaller
I also rent time on a wide-belt sander. This is a huge
sander that flattens wood like a planer but also sands it smooth. It
saves me a lot of time when I need to do finish work later in the project.
A special thanks to:
Gavin O' Grady