Author Archives: RandyJohnson

Use Sandwich Construction to Create Case Panels

Create a thick, solid look for your cabinetry with a laminated plywood approach. This excerpt from “How to Build Bookcases and Bookshelves” covers a plywood sandwich construction technique that will give you the look of heavy solid panels for your furniture projects. Sandwich construction uses readily available thicknesses of plywood to...

CNC Spring Joint Box

Spring Joint Box Self-locking design requires no glue. By Randy Johnson Squeeze and snap! That’s all it takes to assemble this CNC-routed box. Th e joint’s flexibility comes from a series of slots that allow the hooked tenons to be compressed, so they slide into the mortises. When released, the tenons...

CNC Linker Logs Blanket Hut

Linker Logs Project Have fun while learning to fabricate with plywood. By Randy Johnson Although linker logs are made with the aid of a computer— once complete, they’re a great way to get kids (and parents) off the computer for an afternoon of old-fashioned fort building and pretend. The techniques shown...

CNC Wooden Chain

CNC Wooden Chain Lessons in small parts jigging. By Randy Johnson My inspiration for this project came from a wooden chain I made years ago using a handheld plunge router and plans from Patrick Spielman’s New Router Handbook (1993). Since making the chain involved routing a bunch of the same parts,...

CNC "Woodturning"

CNC "Woodturning" By Randy Johnson A rotary indexing head allows a CNC machine to create 3-dimensional shapes in the round. It’s an accessory that can be added to most CNC machines. Some companies even make it as a stand alone machine. A rotary indexing head looks similar to a standard woodturning...

Digital Probe Duplication

Digital Probe Duplication By Randy Johnson Router duplication has been around a long time. Early machines used stiluses to follow the shape of a pattern or master, while on the other end of the machines, routers did the carving. In a similar but computerized fashion, CNC routers are also capable of...

Simple Sawhorse Project

Simple, Sturdy Sawhorses

Simple, Fast, Sturdy Sawhorse Project Here’s one of my favorite sawhorse designs. They provide such stable hard working support that I tend to refer to them as workhorses. I made this pair to serve as the base for a temporary workbench and machine stand. They  measure 30″ tall by 24″ long....

Small Shop Tip: Instant Drawers

Instant Drawers Large plastic boxes, the kind that restaurants use for bussing dishes, are perfect for shop drawers. They're strong, durable and lightweight, plus they have built-in handles. They're perfect for storing and transporting workshop essentials, from screws to power tools. They come ready-made and they're super-easy to install. I'll never...