When Jayne and I bought our place in Horton Township, there was a single-car garage in the back yard. I gave it away on Kijiji (the young guy took it apart and reassembled it at his house) and built this workshop in 2012.
It turns out that I seldom use it as a vacuum table, but constantly as a work surface, assembly, and finishing table.
I have been developing custom lighting for several decades. I still have an early florescent-tube pillar light I made almost 40 years ago. These LED lights are based on the same concept. I created a custom PWM circuit and had the circuit board made to order. These lights are in various family and friends’ houses. They are also available for purchase.
These “floating top tables” are my response to the classic version beloved of woodworkers. Unlike those, these tops truly do float, on super-magnets.
My shop office needed a desk, so I designed and made this one. I subsequently made the “Raven 2” desk featured on the “Items” page.
Since I completed my shop office I’ve had several cardboard boxes sitting next to the piano. This shelving unit eliminated that eyesore and provides an attractive storage area.
My venture into custom maze puzzles was triggered by the requirement of making two gifts: one for a life-long friend, and one for Jayne. I’ve since found that they offer open-ended possibilities for interesting boxes, puzzles, and related mechanisms.
Custom versions of these are available for purchase.
In late 2019 I got a call from Pamela, who had seen my work at the Valley Artisans’ Co-op. She asked if I could make a jewellery box to her specifications, a present for her daughter and grand-daughters. I agreed, and have since made several copies and variations.
Last week I took all my odds and ends of leftover wood from the past year and laid it all out on my assembly table. The small sections of boards became 62 Round Tuits of 3 different sizes. I will give them away as promos. The very short and odd pieces went back on the wood rack. The long thin pieces got glued up into 5 panels. After planing them flat, each was about 5mm thick. I also had a few longer pieces of Walnut. The flat pieces became trays, the Walnut, the handles. This afternoon I took one of the common representational images of a virus and turned it into a vector file, which I cut into the smallest tray with the CNC. Hopefully we will look at it years from now and say something positive about our current experiences.