7 Reasons Never to Read Another Listicle

Oh No! Not another listicle? Have you ever wondered why there are all those articles with a numbered list of the “best 11 widgets for doing whatever” or “23 reasons you should never filling-in-the-blank”?  It seems they are everywhere these … Continue reading

Tricks of the trade – eliminating glue squeeze out

There are many little tricks that furniture makers come up with to make things go more smoothly in the workshop.  Often these are figured out after something has gone wrong, to keep it from happening the next time.  Today I … Continue reading

The best use ever for double stick tape

For the first 20+ years of making furniture I unknowingly struggled without the knowledge of the myriad of uses for double stick tape.  I barely even knew it existed until hiring an employee who was shocked when he found out … Continue reading

Extra Long Extension Table

I recently completed this custom made extra long solid cherry extension table. I’ve been making extension tables for over 30 years but this one was far longer than any I’d ever made. With a table of this length my concern … Continue reading

Message in a bottle

On June 28th the workshop phone was mistakenly disconnected.  Until it is reconnected (which I’m told will take about a week!) I can be reached at 802-579-4515.  I can also be reached by email at richard@bissellwoodworking.com.  I suppose you could … Continue reading

Custom storage bench in curly maple

While searching through photos of custom furniture I’ve made in the last few years I came across some photos of a custom storage bench made from curly maple that I had completely forgotten about having made.  How could I have … Continue reading

Handmade 9 drawer cherry dresser

  I just completed this custom designed and  9 drawer handmade cherry dresser.  This solid cherry dresser features post and panel construction, mortise and tenon joints pinned with walnut pegs, hand-fitted dovetailed drawers with solid white ash drawers sides, back and … Continue reading

Shaker Furniture built with solar power

We recently (December 2012) installed a photo-voltaic power system that will generate enough electricity to completely power my custom furniture making shop.  The 10 kw system consists of two AllSun Trackers made by AllEarth Renewables of Williston, Vermont and 40 PV solar … Continue reading