Apr 16

Sidewalk free libary

auction libary roof

Sep 12

Redwood Treehouse

This children’s playhouse took about 3 months to design and build. Is is composed of 95% redwood with touches of oak, walnut, marine stainless hardware and removable acrylic windows. All the doors and windows are held in place with embedded rare earth magnets to make them easy to open without any exposed hardware. The interior has 2 levels plus a small movable bench up in the eaves so kids can peer out the skylight. Features include a secret compartment in the floor, a cargo hoist on the front and battery powered LED lighting.

It’s been featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article on Bay Area tree houses.

Redwood Treehouse

Aug 11

Redwood Fence, Hidden Gate and Trash Can Nook

I built this gate to replace an older one farther back in our driveway. It’s solid redwood and constructed with mortise and tenon joinery. The door is intended to be somewhat hidden with no latch hardware. The gate is held closed with embedded rare earth magnets and open with a firm push. The structure also obscures our garbage cans.



Dec 10

Phoebe’s Bed

milled the headboard and footboard from a single  slab of cherry I purchased and MacBeath Hardwoods in Berkeley. The design was inspired by Green and Green, specifically the cloud lift elements in their work which is mirrored in the top and bottom rails.

Progress of this project »

Phoebe's BedPhoebe dusting off her bed

Jun 10

Complete Headboard and Footboard

Finished headboard and footboard assemblies.

Apr 10

Head and Footboard

After a long period of inactivity (Very busy with work) I’m working on Phoebe’s bed again. The Headboard and footboard are almost finished.

headboard and footboard ready for final work

Footboard Assembly

Footboard flowerinlay on center slat.

Nov 09

Footboard Joinery Complete



Nov 09

Slat Mortising


Cutting edge mortises on the rails

Oct 09

Head and Footboards Taking Shape

I’ve had a little more time lately to make progress on Phoebe’s bed frame. I recently finished the primary mortise and tenon joints and fit the main posts and rails of the headboard and footboard. The next step is cutting secondary mortise in the top and bottom rails for the pillow slats as I am calling them. I am going to have to build a jig to hold the boards on edge for these cuts which are going to be the most challenging step in this bed design.

Headboard and Footboard Frame

Headboard and Footboard Frame