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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 · 1 Comment

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

Adam’s desk top – day 1

The base cabinet is done and installed in Adam’s room, now it is time to start on the desk top. Just like the cabinet, I am pulling all of the … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Adam’s desk cabinet – day 3

The finish, that I am using on this project, is water-based. Water based finishes contain a lot of water, and it really soaks into the grain. That causes a lot … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Adam’s desk cabinet – day 2

It has taken me a week to get back into the shop. Been a busy winter.   With the main body of the cabinet done, I just need to make … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Adam’s desk cabinet – day 1

I don’t know about everybody else’s kids, but mine tend to be pack-rats. It doesn’t really matter what it is, my kids will keep it forever! I have gotten to … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book shelves

I was planning on finishing this project a week ago, but 36″ of snow got in the way. I was asked to make a set of shelves that will be … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Built-in liquor cabinet

A friend of mine asked me to build him a liquor cabinet, that could be built into a knee wall, in his family room. Since he intends to paint it … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Making a recliner more handicap accessable

This is a quick and inexpensive way to make a recliner more accessible to someone who has been disabled. One thing that is recommended to the folks getting knee and … Continue reading

January 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Chair repairs

I have a friend named Liz. She has a problem. If you throw away a piece of furniture, she will find you and take it. No matter how damaged the … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Bathroom Vanity – day 10

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I did finish putting a second coat of paint on all of the cabinet parts. Yes, even the bottom of the drawers. I … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bathroom Vanity – day 9

After letting the primer dry for a day, I came back to finish up. Since my roller was no longer useable after the last bout with the primer, I decided … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bathroom Vanity – day 8

        As the holidays approach, it seems to be getting harder and harder to get into the shop. I was going to try finishing up this cabinet … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Installing some solar panels

This post will have very little to do with woodworking, but my tools and my shop all run on electricity, so I thought it might interesting. This is my house. It may … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Bathroom Vanity – day 7

I pulled all the clamps off the drawer faces and cabinet door, then sanded off any glue squeeze-out. Once all the surfaces were smooth and flat, I moved on to the … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bathroom Vanity – day 6

    I got back down into the shop this weekend and finally got started on the drawer faces and cabinet door. I determined that the cabinet door was the main … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bathroom Vanity – day 5

  I managed to find a few hours in the shop today, but I didn’t make much progress. On the last post I got three of the drawers installed. Before … Continue reading

November 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bathroom Vanity – day 4

I placed all of my pocket holes in locations that would not be easily seen. Being just slightly OCD, I decided I needed to fill the holes. I had a … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bathroom Vanity – day 3

My main focus today was getting the drawer slides installed so I can determine the actual size of my drawers. Since my face frame extends 3/8″ past the plywood, I … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bathroom Vanity – day 2

I finally found some time to get back to the vanity. I pulled the clamps and stood the vanity up, to look everything over. I noticed that my side pieces … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bathroom Vanity – day 1

Wow, October has not been the best month for productivity! Honestly, I wish I could hit the “UNDO” button and try October again. Between septic problems, car problems, several household … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Guitar headstock inlay

My friend Bill started this project, but immediately ran into problems. He bought some discs with abalone patterns on them, with the intent of inlaying them on guitar headstocks. Unfortunately he … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Maker Fair 2015

I haven’t had many shop projects lately that were worth posting about, but that may change shortly. I have a few projects in the pipeline that need to be designed, … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Papal furniture delivery

I haven’t been in the shop the last couple of weeks, but I did get to visit my friend Doug’s shop to see the construction of the papal chair as … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Guitar-shaped cutting board

A friend of mine noticed some rejected guitar-shaped pieces of wood in my scrap pile. They were left-over from the Baritone guitar build. He wanted to know if he could … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Detail sanding the Papal seal

I have been avoiding the hard part of the Papal seal carve. I have to detail sand all of the nooks and crannies. The cut marks that are left behind by … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Papal furniture construction

I spent a few hours yesterday, at Carriage Hill Custom Cabinets & Millwork. This is where part of the papal furniture is being constructed, for the Pope’s visit  to the … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

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