Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts Collection of American Period Furniture

Yesterday I had a chance to visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Late last year they opened a new Art of the America's wing which has a large collection of period American furniture. Since they allow non-flash photography I took as many photos as possible with my phone. I apologize in advance for the quality - especially some of the description plates. I'm posting all these pictures just to give you an idea of what they have to offer and hopefully motivate you to see the collection yourself. I won't provide any comentary as most of the shots and their accompanying description plates are self-explanatory. This is not the entire display. I focused on

The tool making phase continues: Cutting/Marking Gauge

One of the habits I've developed over the years is to stay focused on one project at a time. This is the only way that I don't end up with a shop full of half finished projects. With ADD like mine I can easily get distracted by new exciting project ideas. This past year I spent a lot of time making the Media Cabinet. While I was doing that I came across numerous ideas for other small projects that I really wanted to do, but I had to just make a list of them and press on with the Media Cabinet. Since finishing that project I've finally had a chance to knock out some of the smaller projects that I've wanted to tackle. This time around they seem to all be tools of some sort.

Create Your Own Custom Heirloom Screwdrivers

I've been wanting to make my own set of wooden handled screwdrivers for several years but I was never able to find a source for screwdriver shafts. In 2008 while attending the Woodworking In America conference in Berea, KY I had an opportunity to chat with Rob Lee, the owner of Lee Valley, a supplier of premier quality woodworking tools. I told him that I though they should make a turning kit for screwdrivers and that I was sure many more woodworkers would be interested in creating their own screwdrivers. He wrote the idea down in a little notebook and said that he'd pass it by his product guys when he got back. I didn't think too much more about it. Then, this summer a Lee Valley catalog arrived in my mailbox and inside the front cover was a Screwdriver Turning Kit, exactly as I had requested