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High school woodworking class – day 6

I made up some blocks to use as French cleats, to hang the picture. I wasn’t sure how long it would take to hang so I took off the day … Continue reading

October 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

High school woodworking class – day 5

Day five of this six-day woodworking class, and we are starting on our third project, a marshmallow catapult. When I was looking for projects to build in this class, I … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Quick and dirty Moxon vise

I am going to need something to clamp wood into, for this class I am teaching. I need to hold wood in a vertical position so the teens can cut … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

High school woodworking class – day 4

Fourth day of class today. Even though it was a  little damp and chilly, the kids got right to work. Unfortunately I was down two adult volunteers, and I forgot my … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Reclaimed pub tables

My friend Todd owns the Brick Ridge restaurant, just down the road from me. He asked if I would be interested in making a couple of pub table tops for him, to … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

High school woodworking class – day 3

Picking up where we left off last week, we need to finish the top and bottom of our box. We finished cutting and sanding one of the curved pieces, but … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

High school woodworking class – day 2

Yesterday was day two of  our woodworking class. We started work on the large picture frame. Here is a link to the plans if anyone wants to see what we … Continue reading

September 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

High school woodworking class – day 1

We home school our kids, and twice a year we get together with a group of other home school families and have a co-op. One parent will teach a subject, … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pass-through window shelves

To finish my friend, Margie’s kitchen, she wanted to add some shelves to the kitchen pass-through window. We adjusted the opening to make it smaller, allowing for an additional cabinet … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 3 Comments

Tracie’s wood coasters

My wife Tracie has been learning to use my lathe recently. One of the projects that she really wanted to make was a set of drink coasters. The first two … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Appalachia Mission 2017

I just got back yesterday, from our annual mission trip to Preston County West Virginia. We took about 20 teenagers to work on four separate houses. My team’s job site … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

A simple kitchen counter top

My friend Margie wanted to redo her kitchen counter, and has a small budget for the project. The main goals of the project were to get rid of the stock … Continue reading

July 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Wedding goblets

I have one last project for Diana & Ryan’s wedding.  Since we have been working on the lathe a lot in my shop lately, I thought I would try to … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Tracie’s cherry rolling pin

My wife Tracie has been learning to use the lathe in my shop. She has made several pens and magic wands, and she is starting to branch out. She wanted me … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Garden Trellis – day 2

  I had Erin work on cutting lattice strips to length while I started laying out the seat supports on a cedar panel that I glued up. I printed out … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Garden Trellis – day 1

Erin has a new project. She is building a garden bench with a trellis over it, as a wedding present for her sister Diana. This is the basic design, that … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diana’s Cake stand

For the last several years, my lathe has sat in the corner, and been a the perfect place to stack and store stuff. Kind of like the weight bench and elliptical, … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Celtic knot pen

I recently saw an article on making a turned Celtic knot and I have been experimenting with it a bit for another project. Since my wife has been coming down … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lithophane light box

  I had a wedding shower to go to today, for Erin’s sister Diana, and I wanted to make something special to bring as a gift. When I first got my Carvewright … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mini church furniture – Baptismal font

I was tasked with building some mini church furniture back in August. I was recently asked to add another piece to the collection, a Baptismal font. A fairly heavy glass bowl … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Picture frames

Erin came over, just before Christmas, to start on a present for her sister. We made this plaque by laminating a 1/8″ thick sheet of poplar to a 1/2″ thick … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Beer flights

Here is a good project if you are into beer tasting. I am not, but I have friends who are. One of those friends recently volunteered my services at his … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Winter recap

First off, sorry I haven’t posted anything in a couple of months. I have been busy, but not all that much in the shop. I started a project back in … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 4 Comments

Walnut counter – day 6 – installed

After the first coat of urethane had cured, I had Erin sand down everything with 400 grit paper. Then she proceeded to apply the second coat. Over the next day … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Walnut counter – day 5

The epoxy cured over night, now it is time to start sanding. Erin started with 80 grit paper to remove the bulk of the excess epoxy, then stepped down to … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walnut counter – day 4

Erin hasn’t been available, to work on the counter for a little while. She has been busy prepping the wall, in her house, for the installation. Her house is over … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walnut counter – day 3

Erin came over for a few hours yesterday, so we got back to work on the corbels. I had a nice thick piece of white oak that we are going … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cherry sofa snack table

Hey, remember my buddy Rob? He came over and worked on a few projects, then disappeared… Well, over the last year and a half (or so) Rob got married to … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walnut counter – day 2

I got a little prep work done before Erin came over today. I will require some thicker oak for the supports, so I cut some quarter-sawn red oak boards. After … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Walnut counter – day 1

When we installed the fireplace bar at Erin’s house, we determined that the dining room table just completely disrupted the flow of the room, as well as blocked the view … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Kid-Sized Guitar

I have been helping my friend, Hans, to build a guitar for his daughter. He wanted to be very involved with the work, so it took a few months, between … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 11 Delivered

Over the last couple of days we applied three coats of polyurethane to the bar. Between each coat, we sanded the entire thing down with 400 grit sandpaper. When the … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 10

Almost ready to wrap this project up. Just a few more details and we should be able to install this weekend. When I did the dry-fit on Saturday, I took … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 9

Erin came over last night, so we started working on the caps for the corbels. She cut and planed a piece down to 1/2″ thick for the first of the … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 8

We had a chance to do a bit more work, on the bar, last night. We started by attaching the face by running wood screws through the flange on the … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 7

I had a little time today before Erin came over to work on the bar, so I wanted to get a few things prepped. I need an arched opening for … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 6

This project has so many details that I have to keep bouncing back an forth between them on this blog. I think it is finally starting to come together though.   … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mini church furniture – Tabernacle and stand

My project this weekend, is to get the tabernacle and stand done. I start by cutting all the sides down to size, for the tabernacle, then I round over the … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 5

Erin is back in town, so we were able to get back to work on the fireplace bar today. Over the last couple of days, I have been working on … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mini church furniture – Altar

The second big piece in this set is the altar. I started by planing down a couple of boards to 3/8″ thick, then glued them up to be the top … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mini church furniture – Ambo

One of the projects that I need to get done this month is a set of mini church furniture. A friend of mine is teaching a religion class to a … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Building a Cajon

My oldest son Eric, sent me an online article a few months back, showing how to build a cajon. Since he likes to play drums, he asked if it was … Continue reading

August 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 4

I finished painting the corbels a couple of days back, but saved the sanding for Erin. She cut apart the individual halves of the corbels on the band saw staying … Continue reading

August 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 3

I acquired a nice piece of oak to make the corbels from. It was 2″ thick, 7″ wide, and clear of any knots. We will be able to stack two … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 2

So the plan is to do some carving on the front of the fireplace, just below the mantle, and on the sides of the corbels. I am not so worried … Continue reading

August 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Erin’s Fireplace bar – day 1

I have a new project, and this one is unique. My friend Erin recently bought a house and she wants to add a bar. There is limited space in the … Continue reading

July 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Replicating a stamped table apron

Wow, two months since my last post. I am not sure if I have been too busy to get down to the shop, or too lazy. I always seem to … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – delivered

Crib is finished and the family is back home, so I packed up everything in my wife’s car and brought it over. Patrick helped me unload and set up. I … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 12

I let the first coat of water-based poly cure over night. Before I can spray on the second coat, I need to sand everything down with 400 grit sand paper. … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 11

The hard maple feet that I ordered, arrived yesterday, so I can start wrapping this project up. Good thing too, Momma just went into labor today. Please say a little … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

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