More sofa tables, plans, and a very special bird feeder.


Carmen Salamone is really fast! He cranked out two of my sofa tables over the weekend! I really like the contrasting wood on the tops.

And Jason Beaulieu shares a version he made this past Christmas. I like the construction of this one, especially the open front on the base. Nice!
Jeremy Crawford made this pair out of red oak. The design possibilities on these are endless.
I was also pleased that Alejandro Gonzalez made my floor lamp table. I really like this piece. Ours gets a ton of use every day.
Peter Collin checks in with another really useful project. I made my version of this coat rack a few years ago. It’s another project that still gets daily use. Peter made this out of solid cherry with maple raised bead around the drawers. He even turned the pegs himself.

Now this is just plain fun! Using his scroll saw, Berry Conway made this plywood clock for a friend to commemorate his ten years in business. Love this!

But my favorite whimsical project this week comes from Andres Zamora Mendoza who made this amazing little dresser! The second picture just makes me giggle.
Have you tried out the inkjet photo transfer technique yet? I’ll have a video going into it in a little more detail later this week.  Lee Peterson used it on two of these garden tool totes. They look so nice!
Bob Justison made the tool tote….
… but he also has a bonus project and plans to share! This table centerpiece or tray looks like a challenging project, given its angles and miters. Want to give it a shot? Here is a detailed SketchUp plan Bob drew up.
Without comment, I will leave you with this from Keith Veronesi.
Mere Minutes


  1. What the heck is a “meemo”? I tried to look it up and struck out.

    To me the whole point of pocket hole joinery is to hide the fastener by connecting it from the back/bottom. I really hate having to putty nail holes. Since they are on the back/bottom why waste time and money (have you priced those plugs lately?!?!) filling them?

    I saw Steve in person this weekend at “The Woodworking Show”. He’s a heck of a nice guy.

    What about “Handy Woodworking Tip Time”? You could even sing a catchy jingle to go with it.

  2. I hide pocket holes only if they are in plain site, more often then not they are not. The other thing that can be done though is use a contrasting wood for the plug to accent them as part of the design.

    “Tips for MeMos”


  3. Steve, call them Mid Week Minis……………..for the Me Mo Impaired. Well maybe you can leave that last part out.

  4. I hide pocket holes cos it’s lazy not to. I try to do the best I possibly can on everything I make. My skills are not great so to be able to put the finishing touches on a project when it’s as easy a thing to do as fill pocket holes is to me, a no-brainer.

    • Use a hundred or so that won’t be seen anyway in project that is scheduled to be shipped out by the end of the week with a dozen more projects waiting behind it that also have due dates and then tell me it’s “lazy” not to fill them. Sounds more like good business sense than laziness to me.

    • Sounds like an argument for two ends of the spectrum. The point, in my opinion, for WWMM is that we are not likely to be furniture builders, needing to meet ship schedules. Rather, the average MMer is probably a hobbyists doing a project as time allows. On the other end of the spectrum, since it is as time allows, we have to make choices about what is important to do, to feel satisfied with our project. For my projects, there is never a no-brainer (to a fault): “Filling pocket holes on the underside of the stand is not needed since they can’t be seen. However, if I don’t fill it then maybe they’ll catch on something, or collect dirt.” Pride in your work can run the gamut from ‘dotting every i,’ to actually finishing a project, filled pocket holes or not.

  5. I would like to know why there is no longer a links section displayed, I would always check this place out, and then I’d check out the others that were listed such as the Woodpecker?


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