My smoother was behaving particularly well.

Me using my smoothing plane.

Welcome to my website. My name is Jeff Branch and while I work full-time in the flooring industry. I have been building furniture since 1979. I have a home woodshop in Pelham, Alabama, USA.

I am a power tool woodworker, but I have recently begun building a better collection of hand planes and chisels (and I have a new appreciation for hand tools).

This blog shows the process for building furniture and completing trim carpentry style home improvement projects. While this is a “how-to” blog, it is also a journal chronicling my journey as a woodworker.

I am married to a wonderful wife and I have a daughter who recently graduated from the University of Alabama. My daughter is also a blogger and writes at Bethcakes.com.

You can contact me by using the contact form at the bottom of the page.


I graduated from the University of Alabama with a BA in Communication.

Work Experience
I have always been in sales. For the past 29 years I have worked in the flooring industry holding both sales and sales management positions. I currently work as a manufacturer’s representative selling residential and commercial flooring products to retail flooring stores and commercial sub-contractors in Alabama and N. Mississippi.

I began woodworking while at the University of Alabama taking a woodworking shop class my senior year called “Wood Technology”. I consider myself a hobbyist woodworker, but I have completed several projects on a commission basis.

Woodworking Plans
I have created a variety of woodworking plans. These typically include a lot of illustration via SketchUp. See my woodworking plan portfolio by clicking here. The most rewarding comment from a reader who completed a project from on one of my plans is shown here.

I am proficient with SketchUp Pro and Layout and have created SketchUp models on a freelance basis. See examples of my SketchUp work here.

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