Canadian Woodworking Readers Gallery

Readers Gallery

Canadian Woodworking Readers Gallery

Whether you’re a novice or professional woodworker, we’d love to see your furniture and home improvement projects. Send us a photo and we’ll post it on our website, and maybe in our magazine. Please include a description of the project and your name. SHARE A PHOTO   

Robert Zakarian
Saint-Laurent, QC

Rob completed his bedroom set, which consists of a bed, dresser, and night tables, from solid birch and birch plywood.

The dresser (shown) was assembled with solid birch tennon and mortise joinery and fetures 12 full extension dwarwe slides, and a vertical drawer that holds belts. 
The bed base also has full extension 24" drawers to provide extra storage, and the headboard includes an integrated full RGB LED night light. The two floating side night tables attach to the headboard.
Brian McLeod
Lindsay, ON

I had just finished a pergola from a lumber website when the Aug/Sept  issue of Canadian Woodworking magazine arrived, so I took some thoughts from the basket weave gate and added a sliding gate. I could not find light lumber for the weave. As the brown treated 2x4's were very wet I ripped them in 1/2" slices and stained the white sides to match the brown treated.
show-us_Brian McLeod
Martin Bonello
Brampton, ON

Martin, a licensed carpenter, currently teaches shop at the high school level. 

A dedicated and skilled woodworker, his latest project is a two-tier birdhouse.
Sean Kimball
Oshawa, ON

Sean managed to acquire a Winchester Model 1892 made in 1915 for the British Navy – with Canadian proof markings.

The stock was very rough and not original, so it was a great candidate for a new stock set.

Sean hand carved the fore end and butt stock from a large piece of curly maple, and made a new brass butt plate from a piece of 3/16" sheet stock. The finish is tung oil.


Craig Kosonen
Sudbury, ON

For this simple nighstand Craig put a shelf above the drawers so books and other items could be stored within reach, but not clutter up the top. It's made out of cherry with poplar for the drawer slides. All the panels are resawn, bookmatched cherry. The drawer fronts were also resawn from the same piece of cherry to get a nice grain match. Craig turned matching knobs on his lathe. 
showus_Craig Kosonen
Barry Clarke
Brantford, ON

The door on the left is to a walk-in closet, on the right it's to an ensuite bathroom. l built these doors out of 1-3/8" white pine and assembled them with dominos. The obscure textured glass was purchased from my stained glass supplier. Cutting the glass was a bit of a challenge. l stained and finished the doors using a gloss Wipe-on Polyurethane.

Maloof Inspired  Rocking Chair. l  started out by purchasing two educational DVD’s on how to build Sam’s rocking chair. lt's built from Curly Walnut along with Ebony and Ash for the rockers. The chair is sculptured from 2" stock usiing an angle grinder with a Kutzall sanding disc attached, rasps, sanders, and bandsaw. This project took me 1 year of spare time, and if l can do it you can do it.

Massimo Parmegiani

Massimo built this oak and nut wood blanket chest for his lovely bride to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

This cabinet is made from 
Terminalia superba, aka 'limba', or 'korina', native to tropical western Africa. Massimo finished the cabinet with 'gommalacca' (shellac).

Andy Van Driel
Welland, ON

Andy made this sleigh coffee table from an antique trapper's sleigh. It's held together with wooden dowels. He added a fancy riser to make it 17" high and completed the table with a repurposed computer desk top. Grooves give the top a plank-like appearance.
showus_Andy Van Driel
Ron Bauer
Port Perry, ON

I bought a 14" section of Olive Wood with two holes in it. Using the scrollsaw to cut plugs, the project became a nice serving bowl. Even in scraps there are possibilities!


Glenn Peterson
Middlesex, NJ

This is my finished 17’ cedar strip canoe complete with 2 hand caned seats and 2 paddles. The canoe features oak gun wales and cherry decks. This was my first attempt at a canoe. I can not wait for spring to put it in the water.
showus_Glenn Peterson-2

showus_Glenn Peterson-1

Dan Thrasher
London, ON

I build guitars and I needed a lot of drawers to hold my many tools. I built these 5 cases out of maple veneer ply with Baltic birch drawers and solid maple fronts and continuous pulls. I made my own continuous pulls. The cabinets stand on plastic adjustable legs and are finished in walnut colored water based lacquer. They all fit under a 13 foot long bench top supported by brackets attached directly to the studs.
I have been working professionally with wood since 1972.


Emile Turcotte

This Room divider/bookshelf/keyboard console 
houses a large keyboard that extends out via nine horizontally mounted slides. An electrical cord is incorporated within the leg of the stand in order to conceal it. Made of walnut and spalted maple with spalted maple inlay on the top and sides. The case and drawer boxes are dovetailed.


Tim Smith
Thunder Bay, ON

Spruce top with mahogany neck, and cherry back and sides. I inlaid the back with walnut, maple, and poplar.


Joan Jetta

The top and bottom of this bookcase is made of solid oak. The shelves and side are oak plywood.  
The front of the shelves are trimmed with oak and the back is 1/4" oak plywood.  It stands 78" tall, 36-1/2" wide, and 11" deep.  I made the trim for the top but bought ready made trim for the front of the shelves. This project took about two weeks and was made for my church library 


Ken Havinga
Mahone Bay, NS

Bowfront wall cabinet is made from cherry and birch. Bent laminations and some ‘coopering’ were used on the door construction. Bent laminations on the drawer fronts. Dovetails and square pegs at various critical locations hold it all together while allowing the individual components to move freely.

The pair of nesting tables was made from locally (Nova Scotia) hewn and milled Eastern White Pine. Finish is water based urethane.

Small boathouse with custom made doors and windows.
Bowfront Cabinet
Nesting Tables
Minguel Grandos
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Bandsawn boxes.


Brian Wiese
Shanty Bay, ON

Have been making jewellery boxes for quite a few years now. Enjoy using spalted or live edge material.

Tony Peters

This is a wall-to-wall cabinet with a central double Murphy. It houses 5 office size drawers, 4 regular size drawers, and 2 night table pull outs. The top doors tip out and lock. The 2 outer small paddles in the bed door are the legs and unlocking mechanism for the bed. The 2 glass display doors are built with soft close European hardware. A hanging closet on the end has been upgraded with a telescoping clothes bar that follows the pull out door assembly. The cabinet was built with edged 3/4" birch plywood. The face and rail and style doors are individually assembled out of solid birch with the inlay panels of dense 6mm Russian Baltic Birch. Finish is three coats of 2 different colour Old Masters gel stain and 3 coats of Diamond Semi Gloss Varathane. Completed in a 14' x 16' basement shop over five winters, as this is a hobby.

Joe Attard
Port Stanley, ON

This is my first woodworking project now that I'm retired. I designed and built this "timberframe" style dollhouse for my granddaughter Viola with some trepidation. Wasn't sure if she would like it but she immediately took to it and plays with it daily.
Made it with poplar that I ripped into 1-3/16" strips from 1" x 6" stock. Used 1/8" hardboard for floors and roof panels. Also used up some leftover oak on gable end detail which is patterned from similar details on my timberframe home. Needed some very precise cuts to ensure that all pieces went together seamlessly. All done with table saw, 12" compound mitre saw and router in approx 40 hrs.
Just started on project 2 which will be a doll crib. 


Discover what's happening in the woodworking community in Canada!
Subscribe Now and receive updates about woodworking events and tool sales.
Continue to stay connected with our bi-monthly woodworking magazines!