Tables and Chairs

Redwood Coffee Table, 1986.

Built from a single air-dried slab of redwood 2.5 inches thick. Stretcher board is lauan. No power tools of any kind were used during construction.

Art Stool, 1996.

Padauk. Watco and wax.

Built for my wife to match her padauk art desk. This is the first stool I ever made.


Trestle Table, 1998.

Honduras mahogany, curly maple. Polyurethane.

This is our kitchen/dining table. It has served us well! Regular use has taken a toll and the top has been refinished several times.


Sofa Table, 2002.

Cherry, in the Craftsman style. Pinned mortise and tenon joinery. The drawer has a little Ebony handle. Finish: oil/varnish mix.

This was the first item in a series to outfit our den.

Pair of End Tables, 2002.

Part of the overall set for our den.

Coffee Table, 2003.

Part of the overall set for our den. The oil/varnish finish is tough enough to put you feet on, but still has the look and feel of oil. Rubbed out with 4/0 steel wool and wax.

Outdoor Bench, 2002.

Kiln-dried Redwood, mortise and tenon joinery, in the Crafsman style.

Finish: Spar varnish. Requires regular refinishing. The dog chewed it up pretty good too...

Curved Stool, 2009.

Made from a single plank of Peruvian Pine (Podocarpus rospigliossi), I purchased almost 20 years ago. Sides are coopered. This lumber is odd in that it feels much like ordinary pine, but dulls tools way beyond reason, almost like Rosewood. Perhaps it contains mineral deposits like some exotics. Finish: Tung oil.

Compact Chair, 2009.

While it stands at normal chair height, the seat is compact, giving this piece an unusual proportion. The design is taken from my 1996 Art Stool and is also made of Padauk. Finish: Watco oil, Tung oil, and wax.

Downloadable movie of construction

Walnut Desk, 2010.

Bastogne Walnut slabs. 71 x 31 x 31. Watco and Tung Oil.

This is my desk.


Ron's Desk, 1987.

Claro walnut. Watco and wax, varnished top.

This desk was my first true masterpiece, built on a commission.


Shop Stool, 2015.

Bastogne Walnut, 24” seat height

Gloss spar varnish

I used the last partial slab from my 2010 desk project. Seat support is band iron. Built to take abuse in the shop. Spar varnish is tough and resistant to spills.

Replaces my old metal stool that I had used since I was about 9 years old!

Console Table in Maple, 2022.

Curly and Ambrosia maple, 31 x 31 x 12, wipe-on poly.

Top is curly maple, and the rest is ambrosia maple. Similar to spalted maple, it comes from a tree infested with ambrosia beetles which bore small holes (visible on the front and side aprons) and leave behind fungi which produce the interesting patterns. It’s a variety of soft maple, relatively easy to work, and with much character as you can see. The drawer is nearly invisible; you reach under the edge to pull it out. Front legs have about a 30 deg twist carved into them. It’s a bit of a puzzle at first to figure out how all the facets work together so I made a mockup from a 2x4 first. I also got to try out my new (to me) Record model 020 compass plane. Works way better than I expected and was quite useful on the variable curves on the legs and also the front.


Saddle Stool, 2004

Goncalo alves. Oil/varnish.

A curious little stool for our kitchen desk. Carving this hard wood was a challenge. The structure looks Asian.

Small Table, 2023.

Bastogne Walnut, Chechen legs, 21H x 20L x 11W. Wipe-on poly.

Bookmatched top, floating style, wedged through-tenons. Made of badly-warped leftovers from large slabs of walnut. Chechen (Metopium brownei) is a new one for me, thought I'd try it out for the legs. Seems rather oily; finish doesn't like to cure very well.