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Category Archives: From the scrap bin…

Handicap toilet seat

Here is an interesting project for you. My Mother-in-law’s new handicap height toilet (17″) is not tall enough. The current options available are limited. A riser that replaces the seat, … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lathe duplicator experiment

My wife has been learning to turn projects on the lathe and doing very well. She recently tried to copy a candle stick that she made and got very close, … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rose engagement ring box

My oldest son recently came to my wife and I to tell us that he was going to propose to his girlfriend. Tracie and I are very happy for him, … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Tracie’s cherry bowl

My wife, Tracie, wants to start doing bigger things on the lathe, so I prepped some cherry for her to turn a bowl with. I started with some rough 3″x3″ … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Turning bottle stoppers from firewood

I have had my wood stove for about nine years. Every year I go out and cut up downed trees for wood to help heat my house. Last year, we took down … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 1 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Welcome sign

I have not had any big projects lately. Nothing instructive to post anyway. I did recently do a quick project for my friend Dave that I thought I would post. … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Deck rail planter

My wife wants to grow some herbs on the deck so I picked up a plastic window box, at the store. I have some cedar siding left over, that a … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rob’s Burr puzzle block

It has been a while since Rob has been over to my shop, but he was able to come over last night and he had a new project to work … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Steam bending kit

I purchased a steam bending kit from Rockler and it arrived this weekend. I have a piece that I want to bend up for the Sitar that I am building, … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

New force Awakens Lightsaber experiment…

There are three types of people in this world: Star Wars fans, Star Wars geeks, and Star Wars indifferent… My three boys and I fall somewhere in between the first … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Making a rustic sign

A friend requested that I make him a sign. His son has built a forge and has been learning the art of blacksmithing. He wanted a sign to hang outside … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Make your own light saber

When Adam and I went to Woodworking in America this year, we spent a lot of time at the North Carolina Woodworker booth. His favorite project there was the clever … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 3 Comments

Park bench slat questions

I have gotten a lot of inquires from people wanting to buy replacement slats. If you would rather buy them instead of building your own, check out my friend Bryan: … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Another turkey fan mount

I posted the build and the plans for this about a year ago, when I built one for a co-worker. It has, by far, been my most popular post. I … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Sliding lid jewelry box

My dear wife’s birthday is today. Adam came to me last weekend and asked if he could make Mommy a jewelry box for her birthday. I asked him to pick … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rob’s humidor project – day 5

It has been a quiet week in my shop, because I took a little break over Easter. Rob came over last night to try to finish up on the prototype … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rob’s humidor project – day 4

Rob’s quadrant hinges finally arrived, so last night we started installing them. We were a little cramped for space, since I am still in spring cleaning mode. Everything is strewn … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rob’s humidor project – day 3

Since the hinges did not yet arrive, for the humidor, we decided to get everything cut and finished, so the prototype could be quickly assembled when the hinges do arrive. We … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – delivered

Just a quick post today. I delivered the new tabernacle this morning. It now sits in the chapel, on the stand, that I built for it, a few months ago. … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tabernacle build – day 13

I put the third coat of poly on early this morning so I would have time for one more today. Before applying the fourth coat, I sanded the entire thing … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tabernacle build – day 12

Well, the stain has had about 12 hours to dry, and the can says a minimum of 8, so I should be good to start applying the finish. All of … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tabernacle build – day 11

After pulling the clamps off of the glued up door panel, I used my smallest chisel to mortise out the area where the pivot on the knife hinge sits. I … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tabernacle build – day 10

I worked on the door panel last night. I don’t actually have a complete plan for what it will ultimately look like when completed, just a vague notion of what … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rob’s humidor project – day 2

Last week we got the sides cut and rabbeted, so we started with glueing them up. With the box assembled, We cut the top and bottom to fit tightly within … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – day 9

  After sanding the columns and their banding to match the cabinet body, I applied glue to the first column and clamped it in place. Since the first one attached … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

Tabernacle build – day 8

Today I spent several hours working on the banding for the columns. Yesterday, I set up a sacrificial work table and fence on my 12″ miter saw. This tool is … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – day 7

The new upper base is dry and marked, so I cut the circle out on the bandsaw. I sanded the edges on the spindle sander, taking the edge down to … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tabernacle build – day 6

I only had a couple of hours to work this evening, so I took care of some small things. I measured and cut the spacers for the hidden door plate. … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rob’s humidor project – day 1

Rob came back over last night to start a new project. He wants to build a humidor, so we did some research. I contacted Chris Adkins at High Rock Woodworking . … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – day 5

I started the day trying to figure out what to do with the ugly inside of the dome. I didn’t feel comfortable trying to turn the inside. With the outside … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

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