This was the first piece I made when I got back into the shop recently. A lot of the design elements are Mission style inspired, but it has a lot of my own philosophy in it.

It makes full use of the mortise and tenon joint. This type of joint is used for every board to board connection in the piece.

Note the square pin set at a 45 deg angle

Use of the mortise and tenon joint allows for relative light weight yet incredible strength.


The mortise and tenon joint is one of the strongest and most fundamental joints in furniture making. It consist a socket, or mortise, in one piece and a tongue shaped tenon on the other piece. The two fit together to make a really strong joint. Mortise and tenon joints can be visible and decorative, or hidden from view.

The heart of a workshop is the workbench. I built this one in 1994. It is made of Hardrock Maple, salvaged from cutting tables that were discarded when the company I was working for changed over to composite table tops. The door over the center cabinet area was damaged in the move to Statesboro in 2005. Since I was not able to do any  woodworking right away I put the workbench in storage, having no idea it would be 6 1/2 years before I would be able to make any serious sawdust. I brought it out of storage a couple of months ago and last weekend made a replacement door. Hopefully the new door will darken and match the rest of the workbench in time.

I will be posting pictures of furniture under construction and demonstrating techniques used to build the pieces showcased here. Please comment and make suggestions.