Not my best work.

There! I said it! I tried something the other day that didn’t turn out quite as well as I had hoped. Don’t get me wrong, it turned out fine and will work for what I want. It even looks good if you don’t look to closely, but it’s definitely not my finest work and at…

The floating shelf project

With the library/office done I was looking for something to spiff it up a little. Don’t get me wrong, it looked great and is a nice comfy space to hang out in but the corner over the desk seemed a little bare. I could have hung a picture or two but Heather suggested rather than…

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…

Today’s big project

Way back when I first got my plasma cutter, Tina asked me to make her a sign that said “If It’s Not Fun I’m Not Doing It!”. So I did. I was close to retirement at the time and thought that was a great mantra to take into retirement with me. So I did. I’ve…

The router sled

Sometimes I need to make a tool to do something. The router sled was a case in point. I have a couple of slabs that I would like to use as table tops. One is  a Western Red Cedar burl, the other is Pacific Yew I think. I knew I needed to flatten the future…

This should only take 2 days.

And with those fateful words my friend Norm, his son Bill and I embarked on the project to redo a few soft spots on the roof of his houseboat. Norm had taken a couple of days off from work and his son Bill who is a long distance trucker (but previously worked in a marine…

It’s been a while

Yes it’s been a while since I’ve done any wood turning. My friend Gary asked me to make him a new “berry squishing thingy”© 🙂 I guess in technical terms it could be called a pestle but I’m not sure. He uses it to make his berry jams/jellies. Now I’ve had it on the boooks…

There are those days

And this was one of them. Those days where I just can’t sustain anything I do. Usually I’m able to focus and stick to a task but today was one of those days when I just couldn’t. I think it all started when Heather and I had to get up at 5:30 AM to get…

Sofa table Part 3 – completed

Today was for putting the finishing touches on and putting it all together. Yesterday I spent a little bit of time finishing the table top. I really liked the natural wood, so once I had it all sanded down and ready to go I looked through my cabinet of finishing products and pulled out my…

Sofa table Part 2

Yesterday was the day to put the legs together. I started by taking the pieces of 1×3 tubing that I had cut for the feet and tacking the 1 inch flat stock to cap the ends. Then I finished welding the caps and ground them flat with a flap disk. After the feet I started…

Sofa table Part 1

I had my design all roughed out and stock picked up for the sofa table so I thought I would try out the new metal cutting blade I got and cut everything to size. The new Oshlun steel cutting blade I got from Amazon worked great and sliced through everything like butter. Nice clean cuts and…

The hardest part

I find that the hardest part for me when I have an idea of what I want to build is putting it on paper. I have learned that for some projects I need to do this and I really have to think it through. I’m more comfortable working with scrap pieces and throwing things together…