Mistakes can work

Now that the solar shop is up and running and I can actually move around my welding bay in the garage I decided I’d make some good sturdy handles for my workshop doors. I had some 1 inch tubing and 2 inch by 1/8 flat stock that I thought would do the trick so I…

It’s the little things.

It’s been quite a while since I posted here. I’ve been busy. The big thing lately has of course been getting my solar workshop buttoned up and ready for the rains and cold weather this winter. But of course it’s not all work. I have also managed to get out on the river and do…

Ain’t no lightweight – Part 2

Well the end of a (for me) lengthy build has me quite pleased with the results and ready to get on with something new. Mike’s new wine/liquor rack is now finished and ready to go to it’s new home at his place in Victoria. Before we took off for a week in Mexico I did…

Ain’t no lightweight! – Part 1

My pal Chuck sent me a picture of a wine rack/liquor cart that he was going to build out of wood and it looked really cool. The cart is 28 inches square and 16 inches deep and sits on casters. Chuck designed it so that it could fit in his closet and he could roll…

It’s the little things

Sometimes it’s the little things that you do that give you the most satisfaction. That’s the way it was this week. I shipped the lamp down to Nate and Sally via UPS this week. Because I don’t send much stuff well, anywhere really, the process of getting all the paperwork in order, scheduling the pickup…

It’s always good to make things you need

The last couple of times I was using my grinder I got a little frustrated. I had my flap disks, cutting disks and grinding disks  hanging on a pegboard I installed by my grinder, but the hooks I had didn’t allow storage for more than a few disks. I found that I had to be…

New year,new lamp

When we visited with Nate and Sally in Utah this fall, Nate said he was looking for a lamp to use outdoors when cooks at his bbq station. I said I figured I could whip something up.  🙂 So over the past couple of weeks I started putting something together. I had an idea in…

The end of the Christmas rush

I didn’t realize my little christmas trees would be so popular but there turned out to be quite a few people who wanted me to make some for them. So for this past week I’ve been cranking out a bunch for various folks and I think now I am finally done. In total I’ve done…

It all started innocently enough

And now it’s a full blown obsession….. First it was just an idea to make a little Christmas tree out of some scrap 16 gauge sheet stock. That was a couple of months ago. It seemed harmless enough and Heather liked it and I thought I’d move onto something else. And I did…  For a…

The rocket stove experiment

It all started with earthquakes. Here on Vancouver Island we’re in an earthquake zone and with all the seismic activity around the Pacific Rim lately we thought it might be a good idea to get our supplies sorted out for any possibility. I’m thinking that a signficant earthquake in our area is more likely than…

A family project.

I’ve been itching to try out my new anvil but didn’t want to give it a go until I had everything juuuust right. Today was the day to get rolling. Mike is home from university for the Thanksgiving long weekend and Matt got home from his groundskeeping shift early, the weather was great and I…