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  1. 22 foot diameter Park gazebo

    I am spending the Summer of 2017 upgrading our local city park. I donate my labor, and either a local non-profit or the City pays for the materials cost. I wanted a showcase item for the park, and decided to make it a 22 foot diameter Victorian style gazebo. It took me 3 attempts to finally...
  2. Wood urn

    My wife's aunt passed away. The surviving ladies from the family met with the funeral home guys. They decided she would be cremated, and her ashes spread on some family timber ground this coming summer. They checked out urns to hold the ashes until they could be spread, and were surprised they...
  3. Wooden pool ball rack with Lettering

    At Thanksgiving, my niece asked me to make her a pool ball rack, with the last name of her boyfriend on it. I searched the Internet and this web site, and found where a previous Lumberjock had built one without lettering. The other racks I saw on the Internet looked like the lettering was...
  4. New band stand for City Park refurbishment

    I am in charge of designing and implementing a major upgrade to our small town park. I donate my labor, and either the City or a local non-profit covers my materials expenses. We had many requests to add a facility for bands to play in the park. After much research, I found a design I liked...
  5. Floor mount pool cue rack

    I just finished making my 1st pool ball wood rack…......and it tripped my memory that in the 1990's, I designed and built a cue stick rack. This rack has survived the hard usage from my kids over many years. It is movable, and because it is floor mounted, you reduce the chance of people making...
  6. Dressing up a stained glass airplane with spoked wood wheels

    This is the 2nd stained glass biplane with a built-in kaleidoscope. On the first plane, I cracked the glass in the lower wing in 3 places….....right where the brass struts were soldered onto the copper foil on the glass. I remember having trouble soldering the brass struts…......so I must have...
  7. Utilizing wood form to make stained glass clock brass base

    I am always looking for unique stained glass designs to build, besides the basic flat 2D panel. So far, I have built a stained glass airplane with a kaleidoscope inside, and a 3D box shaped clock design from Latvia. I recently saw a very unique design done by a stained glass artisan in Maine...
  8. Foot-Powered Tractor

    About 1985, I used a 1980 paper U-bild plan to make my young son one of these tractors. Then we moved 3 times in 4 years, and it got sold at one of our moving garage sales. Now, my grandson loves tractors….....and loves to take stuff apart and put it back together again. I decided to build a...
  9. Large Buildable Wood Fire Engine

    A couple years ago, my sister asked me to build a large wood fire engine for a charity auction. I built 2 of them at the time. 1 was sold at the charity auction. On the 2nd one, I finished it except painting the main truck red, and gluing on the 3 wheel axle pins. A few months ago, I...
  10. Small swing set

    My wife asked me to design and build a small swing set for our grand-daughter. The top piece is 4×4 pressure treated, 72 inches long. The rest is pressure-treated 2×4's. My grand-daughter sure likes her new swing set! For more details, you can see my woodworking web site here. thanks!
  11. Modified Design of animated pull-toy Lady and her FLock

    I saw this cute animated toy on the Internet somewhere. I tracked it down to coming from Ken Folk's 1998 book, Folk Toys: Patterns & Projects for the Scroll Saw. I bought a copy of the book, and entered the design into Sketchup. I decided to make 2 design changes to the original pattern. I...
  12. Hand-cranked Ferris Wheel

    My grandkids play with my hand-cranked toys, and I take them to a couple of public events each year…......and the adults love playing with them as well!! A month or so ago, I built a hand-cranked windmill or fan….....and the kids loved playing with it at Thanksgiving. I posted this project here...
  13. Yarn boxes

    My wife requested I build a couple of these for a friend who knits. I decided to build the first one with the highly contrasting colors of maple and walnut. The 2nd one is walnut sides with a maple top. A 1/4" diameter rare earth magnet is used to keep the lid shut. When I got them built, I...
  14. Making 28 wood screens for Park Pavilion

    This summer, I am renovating our oldest park. One of the renovation projects is to close in an existing 1957 shelter, then make 28 wood screens, each about 48×48 inches, to make it a screened shelter. Our newer park has a similar screened in building, but after 13 years, the screens are coming...
  15. Climbing Monkey wood toy

    Ken Folk's book also has a pattern for this Climbing Monkey toy. My first prototype did not work properly, the monkey fell off the ladder on the way down :( I took a video of the prototype, slowed the video down to 1/2 speed, and then understood how it really worked. This toy depends on the...
  16. Beefier design of Lady and Her Flock --Animated Pull Toy

    Back in January I built this animated pull toy using the pattern from Ken Folks' 1998 book of toy patterns. I posted this project on this web site here. Last July, I took most of my wood toys to a community event held at Marsh Park. The kids….....and adults loved playing with my toys...
  17. 5-basket laundry cabinet

    My son in asked me to design and build a 5-basket cabinet to hold his laundry baskets. I was able to repurpose an old cabinet he built in his high school shop class, and use pieces of it on the new cabinet. I first built a mock cabinet from 1×4 pine, so my son and wife could settle in on the...
  18. Long wine rack for unused cabinet in RV

    A buddy of mine had an unused cabinet space in his RV…....and he and his wife like to drink wine….....so they asked me to design a wine rack that would fit in the unused cabinet space. They plan to take out the bottles when they are on the road with it. In the 80's, I made some wine racks as...
  19. Mini Grandfather Clock

    I built the first two of these clocks back in late 2015, as Christmas 2016 gifts to my son and daughter. I posted that project here. Now each time I visit my son's house, I see the cute little clock I made him and think, "Darn, I should have made one for myself to keep!" So, I decided to...
  20. Apache Helicopter

    The March 2019 issue of Wood magazine has a neat pattern and parts kit to build a wooden Apache helicopter. I think my grandson would like this one, so I decided to build one. All of the parts are either hard maple or cherry. The fuselage is 16.5 inches long. This project could be a...
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