Riker Table

Hi guys,

If you have been following our Instagram (@tjgwoodworking) and Facebook page you’ve probably seen the ongoing progress of the hall table that has been in the works as the most recent project. We are happy to say that it is now complete and ready for delivery! This may have been one of the more challenging pieces of furniture Tyler has created thus far, but also one of the most unique to TJGwoodworking. A challenge like this came with different obstacles along the way, but overall, it opened up a new set of ideas, inspiration, and technique for future designs to come. We hope the client is just as pleased as we are with the end result.

We wanted to share the photos with you so please check out the image slideshow below and let us know your thoughts on it! Also, don’t forget to visit our new Etsy account. Handmade tree ornaments make lovely Christmas gifts!

-TJGwoodworking team

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Shearwater Sport Kayak Build

Hey guys,

Its been awhile! It has been a very busy time these past few months for me. I’ve had to move, and I am still working on getting a house so I can get my shop set up (Foreclosures take awhile). Anyhow, even without my shop, I’ve been able to do some woodworking.

I’ve finished the construction of a 14′ 6″ kayak which was built from a kit that I purchased from CLC boats. The kit contained everything needed to build the boat, all that was left was assembling it. It took me a few months to finish it due to being very busy, but in the end, it was very much worth it and it turned out beautiful. Below, you’ll see a time lapse video of the boat being built from start to finish in just 5 minutes. The video consists of close to 8,000 photos that were taken in 30 second intervals. When the math is done, that means roughly 72 hours to build the boat which counts some time when I wasn’t recording. Enjoy the video!

“The Weight of Time” Handmade Clock

Hey folks,

It’s been awhile. I’ve gotten some pics of the artistic clock I finished last semester at Burlington College. I really wanted to do a piece that was 100% functional but had a story behind it, that made people curious and wonder what the idea was. I wanted it to be amusing and question physics. The clock is made out of Sapele and Tiger Maple and features a fully operational sounding mechanism for chiming the hours out. Enjoy the pics. Clock front Clock Detail Clock SideAlso, in the near future I will begin working on a Kayak. This will be my first and I’m taking a slightly different approach this time. I’ll be building the boat from a kit purchased from a company online. This is an easy way for me to keep myself into woodworking while not needing a full shop which I’m currently trying to secure. So, stay posted for updates and in progress posts.


Handshaped and Carved Lamp

Hey folks,

It’s been too long since I’ve last done a post. I’ve moved to southern VT and am all completed with school! Woot! Anyway, this lamp is one of three projects I completed my last semester at The Vermont Woodworking School. I chose Cherry of course, for this piece. The entire lamp is hand-shaped to form the spiral. I wanted to implement texture into this piece and decided to try my hand at carving. This was my first time ever carving wood and I must admit, I enjoyed it. Enjoy the pictures.   Spiral LampSpiral Lamp DetailSpiral Lamp Base DetailI will have the pictures of the other two pieces that I completed up in a few weeks hopefully. Also, the next few months will likely be quiet in terms of new work and news. I don’t have a shop currently but am hoping to have one by spring.


Cedar strip canoe finished and maiden voyage!

Hey folks,

I finished the Cedar strip canoe! After three long years of working on this boat sporadically, it is finally done. I finished the boat this past Wednesday and took it out in the afternoon. It is a very nice boat to paddle around in. Nice and quick, responsive, and capable of carrying heavy loads. There are a few minor adjustments to be made with it but all in all it turned out great. Here are a few pics! Let me know what you guys think.

Loaded up onto the truck and ready to test it out!


A shot of myself showing the interior of the boat.
As she sits atop the water. Looks so much better sitting in the water than in a shop!

Just a heads up, the next few weeks, I’ll be working on another Floating top hall table for a client. I will also be fixing an Adirondack Guideboat as well. Stay tuned.


Contemporary Writing Desk

Hey folks,

Well, I’ve finally got some professional photos of the Writing desk I’ve been working on the past few months. Here’s just a few facts about the piece. The woods used are Maple and Cherry with a polyurethane finish. There are 84 hand-cut dovetails within 8 drawers. All rounded over surfaces are all done by hand. The flared legs were also finished by hand. Let me know what your thoughts are! PS. I’ll be posting pics of the canoe later this week.

Drawer detail Dovetail detail Writing desk front view Writing desk side view