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  1. Reclaimed Maple Beam Mantle

    Here's a simple reclaimed mantle we put in a historic home in Phoenix. The customer came to the yard and picked out the beam that we cut this from. You'll see the pictures of how we made a french cleat for it in the shop and installed it in their home. This is my favorite way to float smaller...
  2. Grandpa, I need an ambulance!

    This is made of scrap lumber I had around. Pine and or Hem/Fir. I got a box of hardwood wheels off eBay for next to nothing. Notice the plan has a detail showing the doors opening. I felt small hinges and short screws would not last long under the normal use applied by 6 and 8 year olds.;-)...
  3. Hatchet Camping Bushcraft History Grandpa Daughter Making New Handle Duct Tape Cover

    Project Story: If you are new to my keyboard dribble, I do apologize beforehand. Few people could find something to type about for 4,261 words when discussing a young girl's new hatchet….but I can. Some call it a gift, others a call it a curse. My goals in writing are to tell a heart-story...
  4. Grandpa, I need a submarine.

    Another toy made of scraps of pine and /or hem/fir. Notice the "plans and specs" call for the top to be hinged so as to facilitate loading and unloading the crew and other "treasures". Just like the ambulance , I was concerned about how to make the hinge and attachment durable to stand normal...
  5. Grandpa, I need an aircraft carrier

    Another project made of scraps of pine and hem/fir. Notice the correction in the drawings and spes; tanks can't fly or swim, so Robby had to go back to the drawing board. Rather than issue a whole new set of drawings, he modified the old one. I have had this happen many times in my career, so...
  6. Laramee Logs

    Larramee (Not Lincoln) Logs You know, I kind of still like playing blocks. Maybe woodworking is just an extension of how I liked to play with them as a child. I remember the Erector Set too. Combining the Erector Set and Blocks was so much fun and such a journey through the imagination I...
  7. Grandpa Adirondack Chair for Dad

    This is my first larger project. Prior to this I made a cutting board and some wine boxes out of pallet wood. I figured a Adirondack chair was the next step up. All you LJ's out there make it look so easy. : ) I have a long ways to go. This is the Grandpa version of the Adirondack chair. It...
  8. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    One of the few items I have of my Grandfather is this photo of him in his shop. We're not sure of the date but guess 1920 + on minus a few. I love this pic & have it hanging in my home & a copy in my shop. It helps keep me grounded and I have to look at it every time I rant about not having all...
  9. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    I have seen several with some sort of grandpa indication in their name and many making projects for grand kids. How many of us are grandpas or grandmas?
  10. Blogs
    "Grandpa, I broke my sword and I need a new one." It looks like more grandpa woodwork coming this weekend. When I made these swords: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/23703 , the bridal joint at the top of one was a bit loose. I thought it was good enough the glue would hold it. Without a...
  11. Marketplace Classifieds
    I'm building some end-grain cutting boards (3 total) for family for Christmas, and need to run them through a drum sander after the 2nd glue-up. I need a drum sander that's at least 12" wide. I've done enough research to know that running them through my planer is risky. I know lots say it...
  12. Woodworking Skill Share
    Since I am only 15 I am legally not aloud to drink alcohol and since I am busy making a project for my brother which includes beer caps I need some. I have looked on the internet (ebay etc) but have only found blank caps etc.The project I am busy on is a serving tray with a difference the backer...
  13. Jigs & Fixtures
    I would like some advice on material to use for a large crosscut sled on my table saw. I would like recommendations for the base and also for the fence. I do not have a joiner, so cutting absolute straight edges is somewhat difficult. Before building the sled I will be building a TS joiner/taper...
  14. Wood & Lumber
    New here and so far enjoy the site and the wealth of information.Was wondering if anyone has done anything with old pallets? I get a bunch from where i work and have taken several apart and saved the boards.These are good boards and a lot are oak and very hard.Just wanting to see if anyone out...
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