Welcome To Papa’s Wood Shop!


Papa’s Wood Shop is about home improvement, wood cabinets, furniture, and all kinds of ideas for your home. There will be design ideas and also complete plans all for beginning woodworkers or home repairers and all may be done with consumer tools available at local home improvement stores. Drop by regularly for new projects.

My shop was named by my grandson who often tells family and friends, “Don’t worry, Papa can fix it.” This small building comes after many years in a 1,400 square foot shop where I built hundreds of projects for a long list of customers in Tampa, Florida and Austin, Texas. Now I only build cabinets, furniture and home improvements for our home.

This building began as a shop and tool storage area. The tool storage was in the space with the metal security door. In front of the storage building was the work area where I built all my home projects including a modern kitchen. Once my publishing business began growing and I retired from my IT job, I needed an office. I built the narrow building on the right for all my tools and converted the old storage area to a nice office. Now my work area is smaller but it still works out fine. The chairs in the work area allow us to use the surface as a second deck and meeting place, at least during Spring, most of Winter, and Fall, Summers, not so much.

You’ve probably noticed the metal door to my office with deadbolts and the several locks on the door to my tool storage. Unfortunately, my previous tool storage sheds were broken into twice so I decided to do a better job of protecting myself. The locks, together with an alarm system, helps keep my stuff safe.

As time progresses I’ll share more information about this small shop area and all the consumer brand tools I use to build cabinets and furniture now. Please contact me with any comments or questions at bill@papas-woodshop.com . Thanks.

Foyer and Entrance Table

Just posted a new page with complete instructions for an oak and laminate top Foyer or Entrance Table. See the photo below and click HERE for the complete details.


About a Special Christmas Gift

Many years ago, when my in-laws were still with us, we would visit them every Christmas for a few days and exchange gifts. My mother-in-law was caring and loving and I always tried to make special things for her.

I always enjoyed carving and one year I found a drawing of “The Pieta” in one of my carving books and decided to make a carving for her. I made it to sit on top of a bookcase I made for a previous Christmas.

The carving is a relief carved from a solid piece of Honduras Mahogany. It’s about a foot tall and finished with a glossy clear lacquer. It sat on that bookcase for many years and now we have it on an antique desk in our guest room. A photo of it appears below.

The basic shape of the wood was cut with a band saw and the carving was done with a Dremel and wood carving bits. The Dremel and similar rotary tools are excellent for carving reliefs like this one. Notice the 89 date under my name at the bottom making this piece 27 years old.

Kitchen Range Shelf

Take advantage of the space above the kitchen range for storing oil and spices used regularly but building this simple range shelf.

Kitchen Range Shelf

Complete instructions appear HERE!



Laminating Tops and Surfaces – Part 1

Just added a page on Laminating tops and other surfaces. Part 1 covers the laminate basics HERE. Part 2 is coming soon and will cover laminating tools.

Cross Cutting Plywood, Etc.

Just completed a new page about various methods to safely crosscut sheet of plywood. These methods also work for particle board and MDF (medium density fiberboard) but the extra weight (2 to 2 1/2 times heavier) makes these sheets much more difficult to handle. Check out all the details plus materials list and drawings for making a table saw cross cutting jig at http://papas-woodshop.com/index.php/cross-cutting/ .

Ripping Plywood Sheets

I enjoy working with plywood sheets and use them to some extent for almost every cabinet or piece of furniture I build. As I’ve gotten old it has become more difficult to handle these large sheets, especially the 3/4 inch thick sheets that are really heavy. In my shop, before I retired from woodworking, I have a large table surrounding my table saw to make the cutting easier but carrying the sheets was still not fun. I come up with several methods to help make things easier and I’m sharing them HERE . Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

Project Two – Laundry Room Countertop

When it became obvious that we needed a new washer and dryer for the laundry room Barbara decided she preferred front loaders. That meant that we could have a work surface on top of the machines which could come in handy. But Barbara didn’t want to use the top of the machines. She wanted a nice, large counter to work on. This posed no problem for me as I’d built hundreds of countertops over the years. The problem was that a stationary countertop could be problematic when it became necessary to service or repair the machines. The laundry room was much too small to allow for the machine to be moved out from under a counter to be worked on. I designed a large counter that could be easily removed and placed in the garage during servicing.

The photo below shows our laundry room countertop and the link below the photo goes to the complete details including more photos, drawings, instructions, materials list and exploded views to make a similar counter for your laundry room.


Click HERE for complete details for this project.




First Project is Crown Molding

Since the materials for most of my projects now come from home improvement stores, the crown molding I used for these projects is the standard kind found at these stores. However, there are an infinite number of crown and other molding styles and even home improvement stores carry several different sizes and styles.

Crown molding are used most often where walls join ceilings as shown in the photo below of the master bath in our home. Click HERE to check out the page and see how the normal installation of crown molding works with a photo and drawings that explain some critical details you should know before attempting to install crown molding in your home. All home improvement pages can be reached from the Home Improvement tab at the top of the page.