Rob Johnstone

  • DIY or DIE?

    This week, Rob runs into DIY problems, plus card scrapers, sealing MDF panel edges, and plans for a coffee table and cherry jewelry box.

  • It’s October!

    This week, the end of the year creeps up on Rob, plus milling hemlock and making a scooping spoon and plans for two styles of dresser.

  • Changing the Game

    This week, Rob talks game changing tools, his wall cabinet video, a new finish, plus plans for a game board and a deck garden.

  • New Tools Are Fun

    This week, Rob looks at new tools, dovetail splines, new batteries and plans for nesting tables and a bar cart.

  • Exploded view of wall cabinet casework

    Basic Wall Cabinet

    This is the “Graduation Project” of our “Learn to Woodwork” series. It uses all the previously learned skills and adds a couple more — most importantly, hanging a door.

  • Fitting door panel on wall cabinet

    VIDEO: Building a Wall Cabinet

    In the culmination of our series on building basic woodworking skills, Rob Johnstone demonstrates how to craft a useful wall cabinet.

  • Old Ideas for Today?

    This week, Rob visits Madison County new tools, a fascinating table story plus plans for a clock and a storage chest.

  • Tosion box table made by Ian Kirby from historic yellow oak lumber

    Fabled Oak Tree, Fabulous Tables

    Our longtime contributor Ian Kirby finds a considerable challenge from an odd lumber gift.

  • Fair and Fun

    This week, Rob heads to the Fair, harvesting Hickory, making a texturing tool, plus plans for a wine cabinet and a Murphy bed.

  • The Scrap Challenge

    This week, Rob tackles his scrap bin, V-groove bits, fixing dowel pins, plus plans for a Simple Bookcase and a Morris Chair.