Last Saturday I began another project for my church, this time a storage closet built into a 6×12 alcove in our music room. The primary need was to have a secure place to store the brass handbells and accessories used by our church’s handbell choir. And, since I love to work with wood and have the tools…I couldn’t help but say yes. After all, Jesus was a carpenter, so working for Him is quite an honor. First up was roughing out a design based on what the church folks wanted: room at the bottom—and a double door—to slide in the heavy bell cases and tables without lifting, and shelves for cushions and smaller boxes. I was limited to just over 7 feet high because of a false ceiling and lights overhead.
I made elliptical cutouts in the shelves so nobody bangs his head while reaching into the lower level. Read more
The coolest thing I saw on the opening day of the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers Fair in Las Vegas was an ingenious product that creates a shortcut previously only available with expensive equipment. Beaded face frames can make ordinary cabinets really sparkle, and the Kreg Tool Company’s new Precision Beaded Face-Frame System can make them on any router table. Read more