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  1. Labor Day Weekend Dock Project

    This was really more of a carpentry project, but it met the criteria for posting. This dock replaces the old, basic dock that had rotted away and posed a danger. Dimensions are a large 16' x 12' with a 2ft cantilever over the water. The two outer corners were cropped to 45 degrees. I found a...
  2. Stair rails

    Here are some of the stair railings I have built. Utah stair rail
  3. Barn beam stair cable railing

    Custom stair railing from barn beams. Beams are 4×6 and are all elm. The railings are elm, maple, and white oak. Custom cable railing as well. Railings are screwed into the beams using pocket holes and 3" long construction screws.
  4. Adding safety rails to a church railing

    This was a big project - took me just over a year. The original railing has rails spaced a foot apart. Too far to meet today's safety codes. The previous solution of plastic panels trimmed in wood were worn out. The plastic was clouded & scuffed and a lot of the wood trim was gone. (It looks...
  5. 1930 Porch Railing Recreation...

    I was asked by a friend of mine to create the original porch railing of his 1930 craftsman style home. I wasn't sure I was up for this job and honestly thought I had gotten myself in over my head. I am not a carpenter. I just enjoy working with wood. I have very little training and what I do...
  6. Window Well fence.

    Built this last summer (2012). At the time my daughter was still just one and my son was 4. This window well is just feet from from the front door and is a good 5 feet deep with no way out. So easily enough it was something to worry about with those kids running around. Also i did have a few...
  7. Stairs and Railing

    Finally after years of planning in my head I have my dream stairs and railing
  8. Custom Railing Project - Reproducing 1800's Outdoor Railing Profiles

    I just completed a huge project that pushed my woodworking skills to a whole new level. And it all started with a friend saying, "Hey you do woodworking, can you make me some replica railings for an old house I bought?" In the video series for my YouTube channel, it looks like I did this just...
  9. Cedar Post Deck Railing

    Using old "naturally harvested" (they fell down on their own) cedar logs I built deck posts that would support a stainless-steel cable railing. It had three requirements: 1) It had to tie into the theme of my log home. 2) Not block our view of the lake when sitting down with a glass of wine 3)...
  10. Maple Burl Bowl

    A couple months ago I had the opportunity to visit with an extremely talented wood carver. He specialized in authentic anatomical representations of birds. His work is amazing. He mounted many of his pieces in burl chunks as the base. I asked him where he got the burl from. He said that he...
  11. Rotten railing repair

    My porch railing had a rotten spot in the column, so I decided to repair rather than replace. I chiseled out a chunk and just glued a square piece of 2×4, then used rasps to duplicate the profile.
  12. Craftsman Stair Railing

    Two years ago we moved into a house that needed some character, Since then, I've been remodeling our house to make it more of a Craftsman style. From the first time we looked at the place I wanted to update the Golden Oak, spindle, contractor special, stair railing. I've spent my spare time...
  13. carports,arbors

    i always build the trusses myself to save time uses 6×6 post i am never satisfied with the amount of shake the carports still have when im done i think the only way to eliminate is to use a huge threw bolt bucket either threw the center at least 16" up or one that has to be notched in on both...
  14. decks,railing,stairs

    i like to sale the purple heart cedar foe decks,i have to square the edges up plane it down router the edges pre stain pre drill ,but it last forever i always use 6×6 post now i always noch in my railing and picture frame it i use conduit for spindles or balusters or pickets whatever you wanna...
  15. Lumberjock Bee Trap

    I don't mind carpenters hanging around my shop drinking my beer, but when they start chewing holes in my deck, I get annoyed. To prevent Carpenter Bees from digging holes in my new screened in porch made primarily of cedar, I found a few references online to this type of trap. The concept is...
  16. Custom Railing with Removable Section

    This is a custom railing that I made for a client. The only reason I post this is the special feature of the removable bottom section, which I thought might be of interest to some. The owners felt, quite rightly, that the bottom section needed to be removable to allow furniture and large items...
  17. Norm's Arch, LJ's Gate

    These two arches are variations on Norm Abram's New Yankee Workshop Redwood Arbor all the way back in season 5, 1992! His arch has a seat in it but I wanted it as a walk thru. The first is made of Redwood, holding true to the plan. It was photographed right after completion and is located at the...
  18. Deck

    Well, I am not "100%" done yet but I couldn't resist posting any longer. I still have skirting to put around base (which will be made of vertical deck scraps), a few areas of touch up painting, grass to restore, etc. But who knows how long that will take me just working evening and weekends...
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  20. Oak Railing/banister

    Here is a railing for a friend's gameroom that I just completed over the weekend. It's made from red oak and each side is a little more than four feet long. The posts have a core made from 2×6s with 3/4 red oak 45'ed on the sides to give the impression of a solid post. One post is outfitted with...
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