Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – Jan 10, 2017

I spent a lot of time in the shop this past week working on the benches for the farmhouse table. It felt good to be woodworking again but being back in the shop reminded me of how much attention my shop needs.

Farmhouse Table Project:…

Finishes I used on the table and benches
Epifanes Matte:

Viewer Projects

White Oak Bookcase by Chris

I made a quarter-sawn white oak bookcase based on Chris Schwarz’s design, modifying for my own needs. This was the first time I used white oak on a furniture project. You can find pictures and a write-up on my blog here:

Tool Chest by Danny

I just completed Mike Pekovich’s Essential Tool Chest from the August 2013 edition of FWW mag:

Mission Entertainment Center by Tom

Just finished this Mission Entertainment Center to move our TV from over the fireplace.  Used QSWO and finished following Jeff Jewitt’s recipe for Mission oak finish which can be found at  I’ve used this method on several pieces and have always been pleased with the outcome.  I used wedged through mortise and tenon breadboard ends for the first time and I’m pleased with how they came out.  Pretty fun project and wife is happy!

Channel Highlight: An American Artisan


Arboretum Update 2023

Today I’m going to do an update on the arboretum. If you haven’t heard about this before, this is my passion project. I have a

3 Responses

  1. can you save space in your shop by hanging the camera from the ceiling? either on a track system so it can be moved or stationary in the middle.

  2. Matt – I am really looking ford to your tool cabinet series. I am in the same boat as you as I have several hand tools that don’t have a permanent home. I have wanted to build a cabinet for a while, but don’t really know where to start to determine the size, features, methods of storage/hanging, etc. I hope you can provide your thought process used in that series

    Keep up the great content!


    1. Thanks Chris! I think the hardest part will be designing something with future tool additions in mind. It will be a fun build though. It’s been on my list for a couple years now.

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