Articles in alphabetical order
Free articles in roughly alphabetical order to help you if you'd like to customize or build your own desk, and some other things.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Bed made quickly
When your inflatable spare bed needs a platform in a hurry.
Gives extra support for long boards.
One way to make breadboard ends for desktops using hand tools.
Butler's tray hinge repair
Put the spring back in those hinges.
Cautionary tale - "It only took five minutes to draw . . ."
Adventures in making a rustic bench.
Climb the Mountain
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.7 - see http://joevancleave.blogspot.com/2017/08/typing-assignment-no7.html
Customizing your desk
Make your desk work better for you.
Why the right desk is important
Daylight on your monitor screen
Stopping reflections obscuring your view
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.13 - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTv1VQCyWL8
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.11 - see http://joevancleave.blogspot.com/2017/10/typing-assignment-no11.html
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.3 - see http://joevancleave.blogspot.com/2017/07/typing-assignment-3.html
Hand tools - why I use them
A Hypothetical Story in the Life of a Stranger that I Periodically See
Jo Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.9 - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-qKZ6XCKm4
iPad stand from an 18th century French bookstand
Inspiration from André Roubo via Roy Underhill and Popular Woodworking Magazine.
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.5 - see http://joevancleave.blogspot.com/2017/07/typing-assignment-no-5.html
Laptop stand, adjustable
Using a fascinating wooden hinge build the laptop stand Greene and Greene might have designed, if they were still alive today.
Last Plate of the Day
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.17 - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0ejdvrmpWI
A model can be more useful than a drawing.
A Notable Person in My Life
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.6 - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47MmG_EM3bQ
Ozma, the story of a typewriter
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.1 - see http://joevancleave.blogspot.com/2017/06/typing-assignment-1.html
A Personal Artifact - My Dad's Stanley Hand Drill
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.16 - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEFJMHjHk3w&t=62s
The Quick Brown Fox
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.4 - see http://joevancleave.blogspot.com/2017/07/typing-assignment-4.html
Rolling PC tower support
Putting the PC under the desk, but keeping it accessible
Sewing machine table customization
Fitting a sewing machine table to a different machine
Sewing machine table hinge upgrade
Improving the surface of a sewing machine table
Points to consider with adjustable shelving in casework.
Storage (where to put things)
Thoughts on storage.
Ten Years from Now
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.15 - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO0BOPn1ECc&t=86s
Typewriter Carriage Release Lever Repair
Replacing broken plastic levers for a Sears Citation with brass tubing.
Typewriter paper support anyone can make
All you need is a popsicle stick and a spring-type clothespeg.
Typewriter Replacement Case for a Remington Noiseless 7
When the moldy smell is too much to handle.
Typewriter - Replacing Disintegrated Acoustic Foam
Looks like sand in your vintage machine? Could be the old foam.
Typewriter - Sears Citation - Replacement Carriage Release Levers
Elegant brass replacements for broken plastic levers.
Typewriter Spool Clip Replacement for a Folding Corona 3
Replacement clip made from brass tubing
Typewriter Spool Covers
Making replacement covers for a Remington Noiseless 7 machine from brass.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Typewriter Spool Covers - The Quick Way
Making replacement covers for a Remington Noiseless 7 without using a lathe.
Typewriter (or Laptop) Stand
A comfortable single pillar design.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Typewriter tab stops
Brass tab stops for a Remington Noiseless 7 typewriter.
Typewriters as writing tools
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No. 2 - see: http://joevancleave.blogspot.com/2017/06/typing-assignment-2.html
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.14 - see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcr15yxEFt8
Why I'm Thankful for a Typographical Error
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No. 12 - see: http://joevancleave.blogspot.com/2017/11/typing-assignment-no12-thanksfulness.html
If you are starting from scratch and need a good, solid workbench with amazing work holding options, then consider building my "Walk-around" woodworking bench, originally designed for narrow shops.
Workbench Design published details of my design, and Lee Valley Tools of Ottawa has published an article. Links to these articles and to 3D models I've drawn in SketchUp for clarity are included.
Writing in the style of my favourite author
Joe Van Cleave's Typing Assignment No.8 - see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peCv0v8HB4g