CBR Woodcraft

CBR Woodcraft Small woodworking shop run out of my house. I make everything from cutting boards to kitchen tables.
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As we all enjoy our first taste of summer this year let us not forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we c...
05/27/2024

As we all enjoy our first taste of summer this year let us not forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to enjoy our freedoms. I’ll be thinking of those that I served with that never made it home, especially my friend Tony, whose grave at Arlington is pictured here.

Spent some time milling lumber for my next batch of serving boards today. I love the milling process. It’s time that I g...
05/17/2024

Spent some time milling lumber for my next batch of serving boards today. I love the milling process. It’s time that I get to put on a podcast, like talking about burnout, and just be. It’s always fun to see what’s under that rough exterior of each piece. I’ll be turning this pile of lumber into some serving boards

I can’t believe that it’s almost the end of the school year! Our kids get out in May which is crazy to me since my schoo...
05/15/2024

I can’t believe that it’s almost the end of the school year! Our kids get out in May which is crazy to me since my school was always mid June. Our youngest has had some awesome teachers this year so I had to come up with some good end of the year gifts. This year I went with sliding lid pencil boxes engraved with their names. I let my daughter pick out the wood species that I used and then pick which teacher gets which box. I used Sapele, Maple, and Bubinga with quartersawn Ash for the lids. Here’s hoping that they love them! Thanks to all the teachers

Not much exciting going on in my shop today other than sanding so I decided to share this finished shot of the plaid boa...
03/18/2024

Not much exciting going on in my shop today other than sanding so I decided to share this finished shot of the plaid board that I made a couple weeks ago. I was very happy with the results but I also have some ideas for how to make it better the next time. My first show this year isn’t until May so I’m going to keep cranking away on inventory and I’m trying a bunch of new things. Stay tuned!

Got a few hours in the shop this weekend between lacrosse games and some yard work. I started yesterday with rough lumbe...
03/04/2024

Got a few hours in the shop this weekend between lacrosse games and some yard work. I started yesterday with rough lumber and it’s been about 3 hours of work to get to this point with these two boards. The left one is a new pattern for me and the one on the right I’ve made before but love. Up next will be flattening using the and my drum sander

That’s a wrap on this router table build! I’m so glad to have the storage that I needed for all of my router accessories...
02/15/2024

That’s a wrap on this router table build! I’m so glad to have the storage that I needed for all of my router accessories and I still have room to grow. My previous stand had no storage and my router table stuff was all over. Now it’s all easy to find within arms reach.

I added 3 small drawers for bit storage, tool storage, and one more for extras like my setup bars. Then 3 big drawers below for my templates and my other Dewalt router.

I engraved my logo on the middle section with my CNC and that is held on magnetically, see the last photo, to cover up my dust right dust box. Couple of coats of poly later she’s done and ready to use. I can’t wait to put it into action

I’ve been really enjoying making boxes lately but it’s been a bit of a pain getting all of the sides exactly even. Sound...
02/06/2024

I’ve been really enjoying making boxes lately but it’s been a bit of a pain getting all of the sides exactly even. Sounds like a jog in the works! So here you go, a table saw sled to cut those miter joints on my boxes with a t track for a stop block and some t track with a hold down to hold the pieces. First test cuts came out perfectly, and even better, I had all of the parts on hand

Miter joints are great for having the grain run continuously around a box, but it’s not the strongest joint. One way to ...
01/26/2024

Miter joints are great for having the grain run continuously around a box, but it’s not the strongest joint. One way to strengthen them is to add splines, it’s functional and if you use a contrasting wood it’s beautiful as well. I cut mine with a spline jig on my tablesaw, it’s a great option. For both of these lighter colored wood boxes I went with Wenge splines for the contrast. Swipe to see the splines.

I haven’t been happy with my hold down method for my CNC lately, I’ve had a few pieces move on me and I lost them. This ...
12/31/2023

I haven’t been happy with my hold down method for my CNC lately, I’ve had a few pieces move on me and I lost them. This morning I watched a video from talking about hold downs and MAN did that make it click. So simple, I installed a square corner reference and then used some other boards and my t track clamps to hold the cutting board in place. Sometimes simple is all it takes, thanks Jef!

Very excited to add this  miter gauge to my shop after Christmas. Assembly and setup was a breeze and my test cuts were ...
12/29/2023

Very excited to add this miter gauge to my shop after Christmas. Assembly and setup was a breeze and my test cuts were perfectly square. My focus for 2024 is adding another level of accuracy to my work and this will be a big help with that. Helps that had these 20% off, so check them out if you’re in the market for one of these

Happiest of birthdays to our resident Swifty who turns the big 1-0 today! She’s a smart, silly, sassy joyful addition to...
12/18/2023

Happiest of birthdays to our resident Swifty who turns the big 1-0 today! She’s a smart, silly, sassy joyful addition to our family and we love celebrating her big day. Happy Birthday R!

If you’re still looking for a last minute Christmas gift I have some boards left on my website, www.cbrwoodcraft.com, an...
12/16/2023

If you’re still looking for a last minute Christmas gift I have some boards left on my website, www.cbrwoodcraft.com, and I also have one more of these beauties left. Measures 22” x 16” and 1” thick. Made from Wenge, Walnut, Cherry, and Hard Maple. Message me if you’re interested!

16 cutting boards, including the two biggest ones that I’ve ever had at a show. It’s been a lot of 20 min here, 30 min t...
11/08/2023

16 cutting boards, including the two biggest ones that I’ve ever had at a show. It’s been a lot of 20 min here, 30 min there over the last couple weeks to get all of these done. Fall is a busy time with kids activities and the real job, so I got in some shop time when I could. I have my biggest show of the year in 10 days and thankfully I was able to finish all of these early. Now it’s just some smalls and the random stuff like price tags, signage for new products, and packing it all up for next weekend. Can’t wait to see how this year goes. If you see something that you like, come see my at Christmas in Springboro Nov 17-19 in downtown Springboro. Hope to see you there

I got to deliver the maple slab table this past weekend, and it looks fantastic in its forever home! This one was a chal...
11/03/2023

I got to deliver the maple slab table this past weekend, and it looks fantastic in its forever home! This one was a challenge, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Hopefully it gets passed down to the next generation one day. I love thinking that I’ll get to be a part of our friends lives this way. On to the next project

Got in some more work on the slab table this weekend. The next step was to seal the edges of the areas where I’ll be pou...
09/17/2023

Got in some more work on the slab table this weekend. The next step was to seal the edges of the areas where I’ll be pouring epoxy to fill some voids. I used penetrating epoxy for this step with some disposable brushes from This step helps ensure that I get fewer bubbles in my pours from air escaping the slab, and also helps prevent the tinted epoxy from penetrating into the slab and changing some of the color. Swipe to see what the voids look like

My business and my tool collection has grown over the last 5-6 years, but I’ve been using the same tool cabinet that I b...
09/15/2023

My business and my tool collection has grown over the last 5-6 years, but I’ve been using the same tool cabinet that I built in the beginning. A few weeks ago I finally drew up a new plan, and over the last week it’s taken shape. This is just dry fit, but so far it looks awesome. So much storage, and it was a great opportunity to practice some skills that I don’t use often. The construction is all dados and rabbets, plenty strong for some tools and sandpaper. Tomorrow we glue!

Started working on the Maple slab today. Lots to do on this one. Today I got most of the bark off, and I worked on remov...
09/04/2023

Started working on the Maple slab today. Lots to do on this one. Today I got most of the bark off, and I worked on removing the majority of the soft wood. It’s very important to remove both the bark and the soft wood in order to give the epoxy that I’ll fill the voids with, as well as the eventual finish I use some solid wood to bond to. I still have some work to do on both but it was a good start. Swipe to see the mess I made!

Happy Birthday to my partner in crime, my adventure buddy, my best friend, and the best Mom any kid could ask for! We’re...
08/31/2023

Happy Birthday to my partner in crime, my adventure buddy, my best friend, and the best Mom any kid could ask for! We’re all lucky to have you in our lives. Enjoy this trip around the sun, we won’t mention how many it’s been. Love you

I can’t wait for Saturday! This is going to be a blast, come on out and see all the great artists and try the beer colla...
08/21/2023

I can’t wait for Saturday! This is going to be a blast, come on out and see all the great artists and try the beer collaboration for this years show. Hope to see you there!

Invite your friends! The art this year is AMAZING👏🏻👏🏻. We can’t wait to see you Saturday!

Spent some time with my  today getting the juice grooves cut for these carving boards as well as cutting the rounded cor...
08/06/2023

Spent some time with my today getting the juice grooves cut for these carving boards as well as cutting the rounded corners. I had only ever cut one juice groove by hand before I got my CNC and it was not without some adventure. This machine has opened up a world of new possibilities for me, and I’m thankful to have been able to add one to my shop. Swipe to see each board

Great visit this morning to  sawmill here in Dayton to pick up some lumber and check out their slabs. All of their wood ...
07/29/2023

Great visit this morning to sawmill here in Dayton to pick up some lumber and check out their slabs. All of their wood is urban harvest and I love being able to support that. Check out these sweet slabs!

This stack will turn into a few carving boards for my next show. I like to mix a few stripes of exotics into these board...
07/29/2023

This stack will turn into a few carving boards for my next show. I like to mix a few stripes of exotics into these boards to really make them stand out. Padauk looks great, but man does it make a mess!

When I make end grain boards, I always number my pieces so that I don’t get mixed up when flattening them or getting rea...
07/27/2023

When I make end grain boards, I always number my pieces so that I don’t get mixed up when flattening them or getting ready for the glue up. A few seconds on the front end keeps you much better organized. was where I saw this technique first

New end grain board in the works, big piece of Zebrawood in this one. I’ve got a month left to make inventory for my nex...
07/23/2023

New end grain board in the works, big piece of Zebrawood in this one. I’ve got a month left to make inventory for my next show, in Springboro, time to get cracking!

My first show of the year is tomorrow in Wyoming, OH. If you’re local and looking for something to do on a beautiful Sun...
05/21/2023

My first show of the year is tomorrow in Wyoming, OH. If you’re local and looking for something to do on a beautiful Sunday, come down and see me! Tons of amazing artists and some food trucks should make for a great day

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Hope that your day was peaceful and full of time with your loved ones  🎄
12/25/2022

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Hope that your day was peaceful and full of time with your loved ones 🎄

I picked up a few new router bits from  to get me going with my new CNC. Flattening but, v groove, bowl bit, and a new 1...
12/22/2022

I picked up a few new router bits from to get me going with my new CNC. Flattening but, v groove, bowl bit, and a new 1/4” Dow cut bit should get my going. If you’re a CNC owner, what else am I missing?

Made some good progress on getting my  set up. Working on the MDF waste board next, and then we should be good to go! I ...
12/17/2022

Made some good progress on getting my set up. Working on the MDF waste board next, and then we should be good to go! I got the Woodworker X50 with the QCW and fixed stand. I cannot wait to cut my first project on this thing

Dust control, sometimes the little things make the most difference. After covering this dust port with tape for 4 years,...
12/02/2022

Dust control, sometimes the little things make the most difference. After covering this dust port with tape for 4 years, my buddy 3D printed me a dust port cover and it fits perfectly! Pete’s got an Etsy store with all kinds of 3D printed stuff for your shop, so go check out his store, especially for one of these little beauties. Thanks Pete!

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CBR Woodcraft

Hi, I'm Pete the owner and craftsman for CBR Woodcraft. I discovered my love for woodworking after making a variety of items for our home, from co****le boards to built ins and it took off from there. CBR Woodcraft is a hobby woodworking shop out of my one car garage, and is a proudly veteran owned business as I've served in the Army for 18 years. The shop name is a take on my kids names, taking the first initial from each of their first names.

My shop is based in the Northern Virginia area and you can find me in the spring and fall working the craft fair circuit. I have produced a variety of products and always love a good challenge. If you are interested in a custom piece, whether it's furniture, a sign, or a cutting board, message me today and lets get started!

If you'd like to see a gallery of past projects, plus what I'm working on now, check out my Instagram: @cbrwoodcraft


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