On The Level

Keep up to date with what Hillside Woodworks is working on, what exciting materials and techniques we are using, and interesting things happening in the Upper Delaware Region by following the On the Level blog.

Snow Day

Snow Day

So far this has been a winter for the record books. I can’t remember one that has been this cold and snowy. Needless to say, not only is the woodpile getting too small too fast, but my work schedule is suffering. Everything takes longer in the snow and cold. Shoveling off the driveway and the […]

The Gang’s All Here…in the Kitchen

The Gang’s All Here…in the Kitchen

This remodel opened up a cramped kitchen, underutilized dining room, and dark entry hall into a large open plan eat-in kitchen. This home was built in 1915 when the kitchen was typically separated from the dining room to keep the mess and cooking heat away from the dining room. Today much of the entertaining and […]

Big Ideas for a Small Space

Big Ideas for a Small Space

 When I was first contacted about the possibility of converting an old one and a half story shed/garage into a small apartment I wasn’t sure it was possible. Like most old out buildings it was built with an oak sill plate laid on the ground. After one hundred years the sill plate was completely rotted […]

Rotting Rafters

Rotting Rafters

I am just about finished with a porch roof repair in Milford. It is on a brick Victorian that is one of the prettiest houses in town. As with a lot of older homes upkeep and maintenance were sorely neglected. Luckily the new owners want to repair what has been damaged, before it is lost. […]

Japanese Block Plane

Japanese Block Plane

This little Japanese Block plane is quickly becoming the go to tool in my trim carpentry pouch. I got it on the recommendation of Yann Giguere of Mokuchi woodworking. Japanese Hand planes and tools in general took a little bit of getting used to. For one they cut on the pull stroke instead of the […]

Clubhouse Trim

Clubhouse Trim

I am currently working on the clubhouse of a private hunting and fishing club here in Sullivan County.  The original clubhouse from 1893 burned down and was rebuilt sometime in the 1920’s.  It is a huge old building with a large banquet room, a bunch of guest rooms and at least 8 bathrooms.  The banquet […]