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  1. Son's Loft Bed

    It was time my son had a big boy bed. So he got a loft bed. Solid pine, simple. Stands just under 4 feet tall. Enough room underneath to play, make a fort, or set up an extra bed! He loves it. I've made another for a friend and her daughter loves it too!
  2. Tool rack

    In one of Chris Schwartz's books a he relays a comment attributed to Bob Lang, effectively saying what's the point of doors on a TV cabinet if the TV is always on. I got the point. While I wanted to build a nice tool cabinet ala Greg Gochnour, I couldn't rationalize it since I always kept my...
  3. Finally Completed: My First Cutting Booooarrrddddd!

    Wow, my first end grain cutting board (and first cutting board overall,) was much more of an endeavor than I thought it was going to be! I knew there were going to be several glue-ups, but there were several more than that, as I had to remove wind checks from the maple, and also rebalance the...
  4. Glass Bottle Bird Feeder

    It's not an overly complex project and I do think that it really adds to the look of the yard. You will need some rot resistant wood (Cypress in this case) and a glass bottle. You should pick out the bottle ahead of time, as it will dictate the dimensions of the feeder. Ours was $1 at the local...
  5. Cedar spatulas

    Someone gave me a few pieces of split cedar. He asked if I'd cut some slices out for his wife to put in a dresser drawer. I ended up with a few left over chunks and after seeing all the LJs making spoons lately, I decided to give it a try myself. This stuff is pretty soft and I thought it might...
  6. Andy themed box

    Most of the Andy styled boxes on this site are of his beautiful art wave-like boxes. But when planning on making this box for an anniversary present, I was looking at the contests and saw Andy's "Circa" radio box. I thought he did such a nice job I wanted to attempt it with a twist. They were...
  7. Scrolling acrylic

    I wanted to make up some key racks for friends. Tried using 1/8" ply for the backing. Didn't like the ply edge behind the pic. Got some acrylic at Lowes. Two bucks at Lowes, Optix brand, 1/16" thick. Scrolls fantastic! No melting because of blade heat. Printed copy of pics on a laser printer...
  8. A simple Sandpaper installation device for Random Orbital Sander

    This is so simple I know that it has to have been done before. It's kind of a pain lining up the holes on a Random Orbital Sander. I just took a 6" square piece of wood, drilled 4, 3/8" holes lined up using a disk and glued in some dowels. The dowels have been rounded at the top. They stick up...
  9. Craftsman Sofa Table

    This was my first large furniture piece. It was based on plans from a magazine, with some personal changes requested by my wife. This piece really taught me a ton about building "real furniture". It is QS White Oak with a cherry stain.
  10. Cherry Wine/Liquor Cabinet

    A friend (co-worker) wanted me to make him a wine/liquor cabinet because up to now, his booze was in the open and when his friends came over, they went straight for the bottles like moths to a flame. I sketched up some ideas and he liked what I came up with but one day while browsing through...
  11. Peg Jig

    During the Thorsen Side Table project I had been avidly reading the Darrel Peart book about Greene and Greene furniture and decided to use his method for making the pegs while refining my own method as well. Since I do not have a disc sander and didn't really want to buy one I bought a disc...
  12. Another cutting board

    Yet another endgrain cutting board. Hard maple and purple heart, 17" x 12" x 1-1/2". Based on the design popularized by The Woodwhisperer. The only hard part is paying attention when laying out the pieces and doing the flip & rotate so that I kept the end-grain orientation the same on like...
  13. Keyboard Cart

    My wife is a music teacher at a small private Christian School. She doesn't get much of a budget for her classroom so I try to help out when I can. Recently she needed something mobile to put her electric keyboard on. She asked that it have an adjustable shelf for storage, and way to have...
  14. Sanding Disc Jig

    Several in our local turning club use the Arbortech Contour Sander. For those not familiar with it, this device turns a standard angle grinder into a random orbit sander with a 50mm rubber backing pad that can be used with PSA sanding discs. The Arbortech is a terrific device, but I haven't...
  15. Key box from some scrap laying around

    I need to make a small box for my sister so I put this together with what I had. It's oak, maple, walnut, & a little bit of Purpleheart trim inside. The top is held on by some very small rare earth magnets. I built this a while back but only when I went over to her house did I realise that I...
  16. Viking Wedding Sword Display Case/Box

    I made this Viking Wedding Sword box for our wedding in honor of our Norwegian and Swedish heritage. In the customs and language of thier time I inscribed on it the following: Garysen (son of Gary) and Thadsdotter (daughter of Thad) - "Odin bless this sword with wisdom and strength I Garysen...
  17. It's Not What You Use, But How You Use It

    This bench was constructed using only pockethole joinery. I thought I'd use a fairly basic joinery technique here that quite a few either have access to, or can easily learn to use. Sometimes it's not what you use, but how you use it! With this project, I tried to take something...
  18. Three Endgrain Boards

    Here we go again… The weather finally got above freezing this weekend, and i got to finish up three more endgrain boards.. Here they are in the 'raw': Planed to thickness, then rounded over with a 1/4" round over bit and sanded to 220 before oiling with two coats of mineral oil. Here's...
  19. Mighty Pine Plane Till

    Hey everyone hope all is well on this Friday evening. Well since I have been lucky enough to begin setting up my new workshop I could not help looking at the scraps of pine used mostly just for mounting more tools to the wall and then….....I had brainstorm….hmmmmm?? How about trying a handplane...
  20. Easy peasy Shaker candle box

    I was bored last weekend, and since I'm still struggling to decide what kind of woods to use for the monster truck Jeeps I'm making for my nephews I thought I'd throw something easy together in the meantime. Another box from the Strother Purdy book I used for my previous jewelry box...
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