Maple Camper Box

Maple Camper Box

A couple of weeks ago, a friend called to say she wanted a simple, no-frills box made for her teardrop camper, and would be round to talk details. A couple of hours later Louise appeared with trailer in tow.
The box was going to be for storing clothes and had to fit within the under-shelf area, be easy to slide in and out and have a lid.
Since the entire inside of the trailer is beautiful maple ply wood, I decided to use 19mm furniture grade ply.

Making a Step Ladder

Making a Step Ladder

In 1862, John Basely invented the first stepladder by putting a hinge at the top of two ladders so that they could be folded and easily stored. Born in Pennsylvania, Basely was a master carpenter and inventor, receiving the first US patent issued for a safety stepladder. Ladders had of course been used for millennia prior to his invention, but the changes Basely made to the design were hugely important, including the addition of hinges and using flat steps instead of rungs for safety. As you can imagine, he went on to become a very wealthy man.

This article will not make you wealthy, but it will give you a lift in life and an insight into the mechanics of making a stepladder.

I have at least 4 different stepladders ranging in height from 1-2m. Often when reaching heights for a project, a few extra centimetres make all the difference in reaching those hard to reach areas.

Puzzle Table

Puzzle Table

Several weeks ago, a friend of mine – knowing my obsession with all things wood – said “I have a puzzle table I think you’d like”. As a child growing up we were constantly doing jigsaw puzzles and it generally involved taking over the kitchen table for several days and having to eat in the living room.

Rustic Clocks

Rustic Clocks

This season, in the woodshop, I’ve been focusing on the rustic look. As woodworkers, we acquire many things including tools and books, but the most space consuming items by far (at least in my woodshop) are several bins over-flowing with off-cuts and scraps. And as Anthony (editor) mentioned in my last article – keep all those scraps – you never know when you might need a piece.

Wine Rack

Wine Rack

“If you’re interested in building your own wine cellar you need to start by analyzing your space and determining what will fit,” said my local sommelier. Well, that put an end to the underground climate controlled room I was dreaming about! So, for the time being it’s a counter-top wine rack.

Rustic Votive Holders

Rustic Votive Holders

Candles have been around for centuries – the earliest known candles were first seen in China around 200 BC and appeared in Europe after 400 AD. These first candles were generally made of natural fat and wax, with paraffin revolutionising candle-making in the 1830s.