Our shop is set up for custom work, small production runs, and woodworking instruction. Scroll through the gallery here to see some of our operations and shop capabilities. The main workbench comes from the Des Moines Public Schools. Shop storage and cabinets are designed with a "Victorian Hardware Store" theme. You can find plans for most of the shop storage projects on the Tips and Plans page.
Nothing better than sharing some time in the shop with friends and family. My brother, Ken, helping out on a furniture build.
Carving a shield and gloved hand in low relief for the shop sign.
Applying a rich French polish with shellac on a walnut midcentury credenza.
Using hot sand to shade marquetry pieces for a box lid.
Hand planing is the best way to work the figured grain of a catalpa crotch board.
Sharp handtools make all the difference in producing fine work.
The scrollsaw is the modern equivalent of the "chevalet" used to produce fine marquetry with thin veneers.
A 7-step process is used to recreate a warm, Arts and Crafts finish. Starts with honey amber dye, followed by oil stain, shellac, a dark glaze, more shellac, dark wax finish coat.
Special fixtures like this corner mortising jig make precise joinery repeatable and efficient.
A selection of vintage moulding planes, scrapers, shaves, and drawknifes are used to reproduce period wood surfaces for fine furniture.