Saturday, December 29, 2012

Custom Desk is closed, but this blog continues!

My business Custom Desk closes with effect from December 31st, 2012, but this free blog continues. My latest project, courtesy of Jonas Jensen and his father in a Popular Woodworking blog article by Christopher Schwarz, is a mini bench with interesting possibilities.  I'll publish pictures and an article when I've finished it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Adjustable Laptop Stand

If you would like to build an adjustable laptop stand in an Arts and Crafts style, using the same kind of hinge Roubo described for his bookstand, Lee Valley Tools of Ottawa has published my article on it - see

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A cautionary tale - "It only took five minutes to draw ... "

When you make things from wood, it is assumed you can make anything, and it feels like you can.

An old friend wanted an 81" long by 13" wide piece of driftwood turned into a bench for flower pots.  "Nothing easier," I said, (never having built rustic furniture before) "I'll draw some sketches." 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Customizing your desk

For every new desk I've built, I've customized half a dozen.  The underlying structure of an existing desk may be just right, but some part of it needs to change to make the desk more comfortable to use, work better or fit in new equipment.