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.

Child’s Chair First Built During Power Tool Demonstrations

Back too many years ago to count, I did power tool demonstrations for the Skil company at Home Depot stores. In a space the size of a closet I would set up a small shop and build wood projects using power tools available at the store. While I used many tools, the biscuit joiner was the star allowing me to assemble and complete projects during the demonstration.

One of the many projects was the child’s chair pictured below. After the first one I built many more for friends and family and created instructions and drawings for the project. I will be putting these up on my blog and will post a link to them soon.

I also built a set of two chairs and a table for my grandson who will be sending me photos of the set soon so I can share them here. The photo below is of the first one I built and it’s in black and white.

Posts that follow will describe using biscuit joiner for this project and others. I’m also including instructions and drawings for building. Click HERE to read the instructions and see the drawings for the Child’s Chair.

Coffee and End Tables Set

The coffee table and two end tables below were designed and built for the living room in our home. They are a simple,somewhat Southwest design that can be built from any hardwood and even from just plain white pine. My wife had a basic idea of what she wanted for these tables and I made the drawings to be sure I understood what she wanted. This is always a good idea. Photo of tables below.

The instructions and details for these tables are lengthy so I will be dividing it into several pages. After I begin tomorrow I will link this post to the first page. Please return soon to check this out. It is an easy to build yet attractive set that has been in our living room for years.

Building Drawers Simply

As you have probably noticed I like to keep things simple and that means using simpler methods for my woodworking. I just posted a page about how I constructed drawers over many years with methods I still use today. The photo below is just one part of a desk I built for my wife years ago and it shows the closed drawers and one drawer open. You can check out how I built these drawers at Building Drawers – Simplified Methods.

Upcoming pages will cover how to measure the cabinet to determine the exact size of the drawer to fit the space and accommodate the drawer glides. I will also be covering how to make the drawer fronts as shown in the photo. Check back soon for additional details.

Horizontal Fence Details and Instructions

Just posted a page describing how I covered the ugly side of my neighbors fence with an attractive and long lasting pressure treated horizontal fence on my property. Check it out at Horizontal Fence .

Study Desk – New Project in Five Parts.

Just uploaded a new project to papa’s woodshop but one that has been around for years. It’s a great study desk for any student. Check it out by clicking HERE. You’ll find complete instructions and detailed drawings so you can build it yourself.

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/ .