Saturday, June 12, 2021

Wood Carving Bench Update

 Since we have been living in Mount Vernon, Wa and had my shop setup, I did not have a great way to organize my wood carving workbench. Finally after looking at some ideas this is what I came up with.

 First I lowered bench down to 30" high so I can use a desk chair, I purchased the vise and mounted on the swivel tip base. Base made of 3/4" plywood. Hinges on front of bench it will allow me to tip up to 60 degrees and swivel every 45 degrees. Behind the bench I made this shelf to hold carving knives and carving blanks. Then just a couple days after I made this swivel Rack to hold my most used knives. 

Shown in Tipped up position. 

Shown Rotated 45 degrees

Knob un-screws to allow me to rotate.

Rotating rack to keep most used knives.

Laundry Room Folding Table

 My neighbor was in the process of upgrading there laundry room. This added feature will be a nice addition. They had purchased the laminate countertop and the shelving. They asked me if I could make the frame to put it all together. The rendering shown below is what I proposed. This included caster wheels so they could roll out to clean behind.

The frame work is made of pine. The legs are 4 x 4 untreated post. I planed down to 3" x 3". Overall size is 25" deep x 46" wide x 40" tall. After delivery of unit they added the baskets on the shelve. Current view doesn't show those. 


Finished project without baskets.

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.