Thursday, November 12, 2020

Christmas 2020 Carvings

 After 2020 getting off to a bad start and still going on, I wanted get back into the groove with my holiday goodies. Special thanks to all my friends who have been supporting me through-out the years.

Here are the Santa's and Snowmen for 2020....

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Utility Shed Addon

Since we had moved into our 55+ community 2 years ago our garage has been a warehouse of about everything we owned. Biggest stuff in the way was our lawn mower, power washer, lawn tools,etc. Besides I needed more room for my workshop.
To me the simplest solution was to add on the back of my garage. Overall size is about 5' wide x 7' long. Started out with concrete blocks and then ground contact lumber for joist. Next was the floor, walls and then roof. I wanted to do something special with the doors so I could blend in with my home. The doors are cedar fence pickets with an outdoor wood frame. Stained the cedar to give it the rich cedar looks. As you can see stain works well with our shutters.
Total cost was around $650.00. Still need to add a few storage shelves. That will be done in a couple weeks or so.
Now that this is finished I will be forced to replace door going into shop :)

Completed Shed
Adding a few decorating items. More to add later

Before building

To illustrate our color scheme 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pantry Storage Shelf

Living in a small home every place we can find will be some type of storage space. Besides I had some reclaimed wood that has been stock piled behind my house.
The material I used was old ceder fence pickets. With some sanding, gluing and nailing this is what I made. Overall size is 4.5" x 12" x 35" I used some expanded metal as a means to keep items from sliding off shelf.

Closeup showing expanded metal 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Staying at Home Carving

As everyone knows that the Coronavirus has home bound many people. Myself included.. but being thankful that  I have a great hobby that has been keeping me busy.
Digging through my basswood pile I came across a cutoff piece that I thought looked just like a rabbit. Sooooo I carved this one. This guy is about 2" square base and about 8" tall. Painted with acrylic paints. It was a fun project to make. My wife was very pleased. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Barn Door Blitz

Since my wife and I moved into our new home in Mount Vernon, Wa we have been beating our brains out of what we want to do by customizing the way we want. One of the big idea was to replace the cheap hollow core doors that entered our master bath and adjoining walk-in closet. So this is what we came up with. The new thing now are "Barn  Doors" This simple but effective design feature had really got us excited about seeing what the rest of the home will look like.
Closet door is 26.75" wide x 82.50" tall and the Bathroom door is 30.25" wide x 82.50. The door is made up of tongue and groove boards with 1 x 4 and 1 x 6 outer frame. Hardware was purchased on Amazon. Material cost roughly $175. Each door has been prime to keep knots from showing through and the final coat of white paint.

Next will be to add new door and baseboard through out the house....Stay tune for future progress.

Bathroom Door

Walk-in Closet

Closeup of hardware

Each door before painting.

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