Spook Box

Thanks to Wil Wheaton (and if you don’t know who he is, go see his website), he mentioned a game that I recently purchased from my local comic and game store. The game is called Spooks, and is from Steve Jackson Games.

UPDATE (2/3/2014): Wil Wheaton is now involved in a gaming Youtube channel called Tabletop where they discuss a variety of tabletop gaming. Worth checking out. This Spook Box was done WAY before the show was started, but I figured it deserved a mention anyway.

A very fun game, and also a prime candidate for a woodworking project. After getting a hardbound idea book with plans from Woodsmith magazine, I made a card storage box from Anigre (an imported hardwood).1

It fits the cards perfectly, and has some nice box joints. I made a small recess for the label, which I cut from the game box. It came out OK, but if I had to do it again, I’d be a bit more precise with the box joints.


  1. Botanical Name: Aningeria | Family: Sapotaceae | Specific Gravity: .54 | General Description: Anegre is a light tone wood that normally come mostly defect free. It has a creamy white color with tight growth rings. It also has good density. | Origin: Africa []

The Spokeshave Project

So here it is. My next tool. And it works too. I made a spokeshave. It cuts fine shavings with a small adjustment of the blade, easily done with two brass screws underneath the blade, after loosening the blade from its brass knobs.

The brass pieces were milled for me by someone at my job, who works in our prototype shop. I filed them a bit for the tool to work properly, and then sanded them down using progressively finer grits of silicon carbide paper up to 1000 grit. Then I used some polishing compound on a buffing wheel on my grinder, and made them very shiny. I then coated the brass with a bit of spray lacquer so they won’t tarnish.

The body of the tool was made from African Sapele, and the finish was two coats of tung oil, followed by Johnson’s Paste Wax. The blade was obtained from Hock Tools, and came ready for use. A very fine blade made by an expert, and the service from Hock was among the best I’ve worked with.

The tool plans themselves were from the #84 issue of Shopnotes #84 (my favorite woodworking magazine.)


Millet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier Project

The Bushwood Amplifier. A state of the art high quality hybrid tube amplifier based on the Millet Hybrid design. The design was taken from DIYForums.org. They are really great guys to work with, and you get a lot of support while building the amplifier.

I sold it because I wanted to get more into woodworking than into DIY audio.

Specifications include:

  • Two 12AE6A RCA vacuum tubes (matched) from Tube Depot
  • Tangent Easy Power Supply with 12.5VA (each side) toroidal transformer by Amveco, Nichicon capacitors, and other stock items as listed on Tangent’s site. I built in a 3 prong grounded plug (included) and a rocker power switch with LED indicator light.
  • Nichicon Muse capacitors throughout the amplifier
  • WIMA MKP10 capacitors where necessary.
  • PCBs mounted on PC board standoffs, with padding underneath to compensate for any flexing
  • Integrated ALPS RK097 rotary volume knob, wired for just a power switch for the amp.
  • ALPS Blue Velvet for volume control.
  • 1/4 inch Neutrik headphone jack
  • Dayton audio gold plated RCA jacks for audio in
  • LED indicator light for amp portion
  • Casework custom built by myself, made from African Sapele, maple, and walnut, with a danish oil/wax finish. Lid not attached for easy removal and access to all inside components.


Rout About

So I built a new router table. I got the plans from an issue of Shopnotes, and decided to make it with Sandeply due to cost reasons (1/2 birch is not readily available in my area). I made the deluxe version, with stand, drawers and a door. The only problem I came up against was the casework was a bit flimsy out of 1/2 plywood, and I decided to use nails instead of just glue as the plans called for. Then after assembling it, the case was still racking, so I added screws. Voila! It solved the racking issues.

I added extras including miter gauge track, t-track on the fence, I enlarged the bit opening to 2″ from 1 3/8″, added a power switch, and I plan on putting doors on the front of the router cabinet to enclose the router a bit further while in use.

Things still left to do are finishing with shellac (for durable finish), waxing the hardboard top, finding a nice grommet for the router power plug opening, and adding some leveling feet to the lower case.


Bad Case of the Shingles – For the Birds

Feb 18th, 2006:
So I’m now working on a birdfeeder. It required shingles on the siding, just like a regular house. Suffice to say, I won’t be doing shingles on my house. After cutting each little piece from a block of nice mahogany, I epoxied them on one by one. More pictures, and maybe some action shots (complete with birdies) coming soon.

Feb 27, 2006:
Birdie Birdie up so high,
Why’d you do that in my eye,
Gee Gosh Thank God that cows can’t fly….

So I finished my bird feeder. What I can’t understand is why they aren’t coming to eat. Don’t they think the lovely mahogany shingles are da bomb? What about the fine cypress and plywood and cedar construction?

It’s For The Birds I guess.

Update February 28th, 2006: WE HAVE BIRDIES! Confirmed birdie sighting!