Howard's Woodworking Page
I've loved working with wood for a long time. I think it was my first hobby,
and I've stayed with it over the years.
Collected on this page are some images of things I've made, and also some
woodworking references to other WWW pages and to newsgroups related to
Here are a few sets of images of different pieces of woodworking I've done.
I tend to make very small things from wood. My reasoning is that it has
practically all the same cuts, but it takes less wood and less sanding.
And, It doesn't hurt as much if you drop it on your foot.
When I make things out of exotic hardwoods, I use end-cuts and scraps
I made a pair of business card holders for my brother, Mark, and his wife,
Catherine Hill, on the occasion of their marriage.
The bases are made of Walnut, and the thin card rests are made of highly
figured Maple. This was a bandsaw project mainly --
plus a lot of sanding.
The pieces were finisheswith water-based polyurethane, rubbed on like oil.
- Pallette Card Stand (61K jpg)
- Half-Moon Card Stand (40K jpg)
Half-Moon Card Stand With my business card on it (65K jpg)
Dominos & Case
I made a case for a set of 9-spot dominos. I also made the corresponding
set of 55 dominos.
The case lid is made of Mahogany, and the sides are made from from finger-
jointed Maple. The bottom is made from three, edge-glued Maple strips. The
case has a brass clasp and hinges.
The dominos are made from Walnut with gold enamel dots.
The case and dominos were finished with water-based polyurethane rubbed on
The finger joints on this box are perfect. The tricky
part was finding a way to finish the dominos efficiently. I ended up
cutting in half a bunch of cardboard toilet-paper rolls. The long edge of
the dominos rested on the curved sides of the half-tubes, so that very little
finish was affected by the way they were suspended.
- Closed Domino Case (18K gif))
- Open Domino Case (29K gif)
- A Few Dominos (19K gif)
I have made several jewelery boxes as gifts for family and friends. These
are essentially exact copies of a box that Joel Gringorton
made for me. I liked Joel's design so much, I made them the same way.
The sides on all the boxes are made from Koa, with contrasting Maple
splines. The bottoms were all made from basswood, and inside was either
an artificial suede or foam-filled velvet tubes which formed slots for
jewelery to rest in. The tops were made from different kinds of hardwoods.
These two are figured Maple and Kingwood (a rosewood).
The boxes were finished with water-based polyurethane rubbed on like oil.
- Two Jewelry Boxes (33K gif)
I made a whole bunch of fish as holiday gifts for friends. Some folks hung
them on their Christmas trees. These were all made from small scraps of
of various hardwoods. I tried to capture the figure of the wood in ways
that might make sense for a fish.
The fish were all created by using forstner bits to form the concave curves
in the tail, waist and fins. The eye was also drilled first. Then the
blanks were resawn on the bandsaw, and the thin pieces were cut to final
shape on the bandsaw as well. Then, there was a lot
of standing. The fish tails were fragile on some pieces.
This fish has sapwood in the tail for effect.
- A Wood Fish (8K gif)
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