Thursday, January 23, 2020

Swivel Top Sharpening Station

While I was on a roll and I had free material given to me, I decided to make this nice stand to mount my bench grinder and my Work Sharp system.
Awhile back my son gave me this small table that was to be thrown away at his work, For about I year I had junk piled on it. Since I was in the process of making my shop a better functioning shop I came up with this idea.

From the floor up I used a piece of 3/4" plywood with casters on it. On top of it I built this small cabinet with drawers. Placing frame of table over to I attached to lower base. On top I made this 20" round table to mount my tools on. In the center of the top I used a 1/2" carriage bolt to allow top can rotate 360 degrees.

To use either tool, I simply rotate tools around to be in front of me. The lower drawers with allow me to store tools and all my sharpening products.

Bench Grinder facing me

Rotated with Work Sharp facing me.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Cool Flip Top

For many years I have been wanting to make this cool tool storage cart. I can mount my planer and jointer in a small footprint. To access either machine I can unscrew the knobs on side, flip knobs out and flip over. You can mount other types of tools if you wanted. Like drill press, disk sander, etc.

I made this unit out of one piece of 3/4 plywood. (Had wood left over). Overall rough size is 23 1/4 deep x 24" wide x 30" tall. It has 2" casters on bottom.

I may add a drawer in the bottom to store accessories that go with each machine. Estimated cost to build is around $75.00

I loved it so much that I built another one so I can mount my spindle sander and jigsaw. If you are interested go to to see the plans with material list. (See picture below)

Number 2 cabinet

Cabinet #2 with lower drawer opened

Friday, December 13, 2019

Couch Beverage Table

Have been looking for some way to allow beverages be placed while sitting on our couch. After looking on Pinterest I came across this simple idea on

Table top is pine. 10" x 10" square. The bottom portion is made from 2" x 2" construction grade lumber. Top is stained with a cherry stain and a couple coats of poly. The lower area is painted with a (2) layers of latex white paint and then distressed with sandpaper. Finished with a wax to give it a slight gloss.

Overall size is 10" x 10" x 27 1/2" tall.

Holiday Craft Show 2019

My second year of attending this Holiday Bazaar in our community. Once again I had a very successful showing. The carvings were hand carved by me and painted by my wife. The pillows, stocking were made by my wife. The items on the shelf are misc. Items I made from tobacco sticks and reclaimed lumber. Most items were sold. We were very pleased. Looking to increase our items and possibly participate in a couple shows next year.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Roll Around Cart

Our new home does not have enough counter space for our microwave so my wife and I discussed the idea of some kind of cart that we could set the microwave on and have some storage for large items below.
On one of our visit to IKEA we saw a cart very similar style we were looking for. After some designing with my cad software I was able to come up with this.
Table top is 20 x 23 inches. The total height is 34" (including the wheels). All components are made of pine. Paint is latex and the top is finished with polyurethane.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Replacement Doors

Just replaced a pair of sliding mirrored doors that was on my coat closet as I enter my home. This simple design and layout made a huge difference. Each door is 24" wide. Framed in to a recessed closet. These are made of simple construction and materials. Used dowels for connecting the side rails and recessed 1/2" plywood on back side. Added new rollers and guide track at top. As a guide on floor I made a simple U-shape block to guide the lower area. Added simple gate style handles.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Holiday Bazaar 2018

In June of 2018 my wife and I had moved to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to my son and his family. Since we have moved, I have been wanting to look for a venue to possibly sell my wears. In the community that my wife and I had just moved into was planing a Holiday Bazaar. We thought this would just what we needed. So in August I began carving. At opening of the show I have had roughly 60 carving ready to go. Besides the carvings I made some other primitive type projects to sell such as lanterns, re-claimed wood chrismas trees. Also, my wife had made 6 Christmas stockings. Just like what she had as a child.
The results of the show was not good as years past, but we were glad to just have the exposure. In our hometown in Indiana, we still had a great following who was kind enough to purchase too. At this show we maybe have sold around 8 carvings but our hometown friends had purchase around 21 pieces. So we were absolutely excited with the end results.