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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 · Leave a 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 · Leave a 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

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 10

I set up my knock-down workstation, then assembled the sides and clamped the whole crib together. Remember the sides were not glued up yet. That was so I could locate the … Continue reading

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 9

Happy Easter everybody. I am spending most of the day with the family, but I wanted to get a bit of glueing done. Mainly, I want to attach the sides … Continue reading

March 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 8

I need to cut out a cross for the headboard. The one that was picked out is very detailed, so I modeled it up and created a program for my … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 7

I ran the lower arch on my CNC yesterday. It looked really good when it came out. I laid the purpleheart pieces on it to verify that the curves matched … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 6

  I think I have worked out a functional plan for the back. BACK.PDF. The curvy parts were the hard bit to work out. The main back will be a … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 5

Before I can finish up with the sides, I need to locate and mount some hardware. I decided to buy a mattress spring frame, as opposed to building a frame, … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · 3 Comments

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 4

Busy day today, but I still found 6 or 7 hours to play in the shop.   With the frame done, I went ahead and cut the top and bottom … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 3

I have had a few hours over the last two evenings to get started on the sides of the crib. I haven’t had much time to put a lot of … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · 2 Comments

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 2

I racked my brains last night, trying to come up with a clever way to repeat the spacing for the slots. Then I realized that it wasn’t necessary. If I … Continue reading

March 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 1

My friends are having a baby in a couple of weeks, and they asked me to build them a crib. They sent me a picture of a crib that they … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Adam’s desk top – day 3

The first coat of poly has dried, so now I have to knock back all of the raised grain. I used a piece of 400 grit paper to sand back … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

Adam’s desk top – day 2

The next challenge to this project is how to support the desk. I can mount a thin strip, of wood to both of the walls, that the desk will butt … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

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