Yes, believe it or not, I actually DO have a life other than running. I love to do woodwork of all types and, even though I’m not very good at it yet, when I’m not running I’m usually making sawdust. Current projects on my list include making a period encampment for my family in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), building a built in entertainment center and making my very own kitchen cabinets. Along with a dozen other things! I’m going to use this page to post plans for projects I have done, talk shop, etc.

Fighter Bench

Yarn Swift– After three years, and hundred of downloads, special thanks to George for the following comment: ”

On page 4, #3, Fig. F, the hole through the arms should also be 1/2″ to accommodate the sleeve.”

He is, of course, absolutely correct.  Since I can’t find the original plans anymore, please make the correction when you download the plan.

12/19/2013- Woodworker John Schwartz just contributed an improvement to the design for consideration:

“I included a split ring lock washer between the nut and the washers on top of the arms.  I think it will allow you to better control the tension of the swift without using a wrench.”

Good idea-  I tried to figure out how to do this but all my solutions at the time just ended up eventually causing the swift to just tighten or loosen itself to death.  I did not try this combination though.

Medieval Six Board Chest

(NOTE: The email in this plan was hijacked and subsequently closed. Please leave a comment here with an email address and I will contact you if you have questions)

5/21/2007 update

I have started a new blog dedicated specifically to woodworking (and other silliness occasionally) at:



3 Responses to Woodworking

  1. Pamela says:

    Bob, do you have a picture of the finished six board chest? Mabye a picture of the bed too?

    I miss your old blog, but Im really happy that you are getting healthy.
    I am a friend of Cats from Cali. I moved to AZ.

    thanks always for your wonderful sense of humor.

  2. Toad says:

    I can’t believe the detail on this plan Bob. Jesus and I thought the best way was to just cut it up and glue it together … I couldnt write a plan soa human could understand it so Kudos to you !

  3. caterinacate says:

    Bob, thank you for the yarn swift plan, I shall ask my husband if he wants to have a go at making one!

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