Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Special Gift

In my early 20's I found out that I had Ulcerative Colitis and started going to our local doctor. Dr. Williams is who went to. Later in 2008 I was diagnosed with Rectal Cancer. Dr. Williams is the person who discovered the cancer. Throughout the years he had been available to take care of me and to make sure I was referred to the right people at Indiana University Hospital. 
A month ago I received a letter stating that he will be retiring in March 2017. To show my appreciation to him I carved this doctor holding a scope. This small token was something that I wanted to let him know how much I appreciated him being there for me and my family. 
Besides Dr. Williams is his nurse assistant Carol. Carol had also been with him over those 40 years. To show her my application I gave her a carved Santa that I have been doing for several years.
I presented both gifts to them both on February 28th. They both were very happy with the gift. To me this was one the most gratifying gifts I have ever made.

Both carvings are made of Basswood. The doctor stands about 7" tall and the Santa about 12" tall. I painted each with acrylic paint. On the doctor I used polyurethane and on the Santa I used brown shoe polish to give it a distressed look.

Gift for Dr. Williams

Gift for Carol

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bathroom Update

As I count down my retirement date Karen and I have been working on our home with plans to prepare it for selling. This past summer we added new landscape and inside our winter project is to re-do the bathrooms. For quite some time we have not invested into these areas of our home. To help match our theme of the old-timey look we are wanting to match both bathrooms to the rest of our home. This is beadboard simple shaker style door molding, etc. As we progress I will post updated pictures. To start with  I have started building new vanities. Using a sink from IKEA I made this simple cabinet. Front frame is poplar and areas not seen will be plywood. I will start next on the medicine cabinet. I'm willing to share with you my plans if you are interested,

More to follow...

Master Bathroom, few touches to add

Looking from other direction

The first vanity for the master bathroom

Ready for installation now...

Sketch up plans - Guest on the left and Master bath on the right.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Upcoming Gallery of Items to sell

Over the holiday I have busy carving for the local handmade show and since that event, I have been overwhelmed and humbled over the support I have been receiving from customers, friends and family. Even thou the show is over my light is still on in my workshop making orders that folks requested during the show. Because of this situation I will consider to still make additional pieces. Plans are to setup a gallery of pieces to sell on my site. Items WILL NOT be available before Christmas, but soon to follow. So please check back....

Monday, October 17, 2016

Preparing for Christmas

This past September I have been preparing for the local "Handmade Show" on the first Saturday of December. I have been carving these Santa's and Snowmen for the last three years. This may be my last year for this show because of plans to move. My wife does the painting and I will then distress to give them the old look. I will carve about 75 pieces before I finish.

Now the painting process has started. As of November 3rd I have 59 out of 75 carvings ready to paint. My wife Karen began that process. Distress will happen after painting.

Most all painting is complete...Also have distressed most all too. We are now wrapping up a few details about getting ready for the show, I still may add maybe 10 more carvings for good measure?

My show was a great success. Thanks to all my loyal supporters over the last four years. I started out with about 72 pieces. I'm looking forward to another year.

As show opened

Inventory two hours into show

End of show at 5:00 p.m.

Start with the red..snowmen on right, customer wanted red. A theme snowmen for their team favorite Louisville Cardinals

Half way to my 75 total mark

Overall progress so far

New items for this year

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Chest Set Rescue

Over the summer a good friend and fellow firefighter went to Cancun for a vacation. During his visit he purchased this chest set. During his return trip home the chest board was broke by the TSA. You can see what happened below. Besides the board being broke also was his heart. Jeremy knew that I did some wood working so he asked if I could come up with a way to mount this to some kind of board, so the pictures show how it turned out.
I used CA glue with activator to glue corners on. During the handling of the board it broke in half again. Once again I used the same glue. Once I secured the board inside the frame everything worked well. Due to the small fragments being missed, small areas had to be filled with  super glue gel. After hours of scraping with razer blade, buffing, etc. I was able to revive somewhat back to a normal look. The cracks are still highly visible, but not bad as expected.
The frame and base is made of walnut. The frame portion was undercut was cut to secure the board. The frame was screwed on and not glued. Just in case the chest board needed to be removed later.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Crystal Bowl Base

I was contacted by a friend of mine "Dan"who works at one of our communities largest manufacturing facilities in town, One of their overseas plants is celebrating 20 year celebration and Dan asked if I could make them some kind of base that they could set this crystal "Waterford" bowl on as a gift.
This is made of Walnut  and then several coats of polyurethane. The center was rounded by using a template so router could follow. Used felt as a soft base to set the bowl on. On the bottom side are some rubber feet so the display would not slide off the shelf. The plate was made by a local trophy engraver.
Customer was very happy with the results...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Kitchen Table Project

Today I'm starting my kitchen table build. Wanting something small with the capability to expand for guest. Opened size is 40" x 57" and Closed size is 23" x 40". Here are a couple pictures of the table design and the progress I have made on turning my legs. I turned the legs without a duplicator.I made a full size template and measured and used my outside calipers to get my turn features. Because I made the legs out of 2 x 4's I had several chip out areas. I will fill with epoxy. More pictures and updates as I progress...Check back..

Finished my table project. I had one major slip...when I mounted the hinges I made the mistake to consider that the pivot point for the hinges comes closer to center of table. Because of this the width of the table top did not exceed enough distance beyond the table frame. When I laid top on frame it looked like a seagull wings. Alteration made was to rip top down the middle length ways and insert a 1.50" wide piece down the middle. You can see the slight change of the stain. Please note the distress I did on the legs and frame. I had many compliments on that. Some had thought that I found an old table and made a new top for it.

Overall I'm very happy with the results and my wife is a "Happy  Camper"

This will end the series on this project..Thanks for looking.

Overall ISO view

Side View with leafs down

View with leafs up

Top Made of Top quality pine....working on drop leafs now. Will finish as Cherry stain with Semi-gloss poly.

First attempt on drop leaf edge

Final Coat..next to distress....

First coat of black

Supports added for drop leafs

Progress as of 4-4-16

Corners doweled with corner brace.