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Custom Cavatelli/Gnocchi Pasta Making Paddle

Cavatelli/Gnocchi Pasta-Making Paddle

One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the home of my friends to eat cavatelli pasta made by their mother, Albena (“Bena”), master cook and mother of seven. This savory pasta is a small ridged dumpling-like noodle, where the ridges add an appealing texture and hold more sauce. Bena uses a production-class machine… Read more

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Long Handled “Back Saver” Shoe Horn

With a family history of back problems, I am always on the lookout for items that can help to minimize wear and tear on my lumbar. A couple years back a friend told me about the long handled shoe horns that commonly hang next to the doors of hotel rooms in India, and I was… Read more

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Modern Media Cabinet Part 6: Drawers and Hardware

In the previous installment of this project we completed the top and shelf. Here we will build locking rabbet drawers with false fronts, attach drawer glide hardware, and wrap this project up. For details on the drawer construction see Diagram E. Drawer Construction:Locked Rabbets. I used locking rabbet construction for the drawers because it is… Read more

Tabouret Table instructions

Build a Limbert #251 Tabouret Table, Part 2

In Part 1 of this story, I showed you how to make and assemble the base of this beautiful table. Now we’re ready for the corbels and top. MAKE THE CORBELS: First, make a template for the corbels using masonite or similar material (See Diagram C). Lay the four corbels out on one piece of… Read more

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Modern Media Cabinet Part 5: Adjustable Shelf and Top Construction

In the previous installment of this project, we completed the cabinet body. Now we will construct the top using edge joined solid wood, and the adjustable shelf using edge banded plywood. For details on the shelf, see Diagram D. Cut plywood as specified in cut list. Be sure you get a good clean cut on… Read more

Build a Tabouret Table

Build a Limbert #251 Tabouret Table, Part 1

Generally, I prefer to make furniture I design myself. But every once in a while I am struck by the lines and grace of a traditional piece and am compelled to make one for my family. This is exactly what happened when I saw this Tabouret #251 designed by Charles Limbert. It was so simple… Read more

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Modern Media Cabinet Part 4: Drawer Bank Construction & Assembly

In the previous installment of this project, we constructed the horizontal stretchers complete with tenons. Now we will focus on building the drawer bank using plywood joined with biscuits. We will also assemble the cabinet in two stages to simplify this otherwise complex glue-up. See Diagram C for details on construction of the drawer bank…. Read more


Modern Media Cabinet Part 3: Tenons & Edge Banding

In the previous installment of this project, we performed the milling operations on the legs, including mortises and tapers. Now we will turn our attention to the stretchers that join with the rails, milling tenons and arches where appropriate, as well as applying iron-on veneer banding to exposed plywood edges. Prepare the Stock Cut all… Read more


Modern Media Cabinet Part 2: Mortises & Tapered Legs

In part one of this series, we provided an overview of the project as well as scaled drawings. Here we will begin construction of the project, starting with the legs where we will mill mortises that will join the face frame as well as side and rear rails. We will also taper the legs at… Read more


Modern Media Cabinet Part 1

In need of a media cabinet to house electronics gear for a new home theater room, I went to Seth Keller (WWGOA Contributing Editor and professional designer) for design assistance. My requirements were to allow for a large flat panel TV to sit on top (although mine is currently mounted to the wall above the… Read more

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