I’ve been living in the natural world of Rivers Inlet, British Columbia my whole life and I’ve never found anything that astounded me more than this. As a beachcomber, when I find a slide it’s a perfect treasure for me to sift through but what I found the day I came across this slide, completely blew my mind. At first sight, the log was a beautiful old growth red cedar – already a gem in itself. But once I started milling, the unique treasure I discovered within ...
So last Thursday I look over at the neighbors house and there’s a recliner upside down, sitting out in the trash. hmmmm I thought. I’ll bet there’s some springs and levers and such I could use off of that! After looking at it up close I said damn I’ll just take the whole thing. I had to clean all the dog hair, dust and webs off of it and…she cleaned up nicely. I tossed it up on the bench and stretched it out to see just how this thing works. It took about an hour but I came up with ...
Need help identifying this wood from this image. I want to discount some because of grain pattern, etc., and hope you’ll give me your expert opinions so I can. Thanks!
Time always seems to move much too quickly, and lately more so than ever. I think because I have been keeping so busy the days just seem to bleed quickly into one another and before we know it, another week has passed. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the year. As those of you who read often know, I spent the last week or so working on some new scroll saw patterns for the site. At the time I was working on them it didn't seem like it was a lot, but seeing everything ...
I am making my own v shiplap siding for a little lean to shed I’m building. I wanted to do something besides just butting the boards together and thought this would look nice. This is just a little mock up to see how it will look. Any thoughts or words of wisdom would be great.
View a video of this build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16o0Ic0RPro We had an old fire pit where we had taken its top off and were using it on a different base in the backyard. The old base was taking up space in the shop, so I was going to throw it away, but then had the thought to make a table top for it. I used cedar and teak oil finish since I had planned on using the table outside, but we are actually using it inside now. The cedar was green so there was a good bit of warp...
I decided to make a cooler box for my deck and I designed the whole project using examples from the web below are some of the design aspects that I designed on Sketchup.. Also is a shopping list for all materials and tools that I will be using in its construction: If you decide to make this cooler please take your own cooler measurements… As you know they are all very different, my cooler is a 48 quart cooler.. The cooler roughly cost me $100 for materials but I had to buy the K4 ...
This was a fun week and a half project… When my wife’s uncle past away 3 years ago, the family had to empty his house and my father in law stumble across a few burls and this stand. He brought them back and gave them to me for me to do something with. I waited quite a while before I got to it, but I think the wait was worth it. I started this project last week and I made a small video of the process.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx24ggsNDSQ I started by cleaning the saw marks with a...
I made 10 wooden soap dishes for a relative. I used cedar from a scrap 4×4 post. These are easy to make as Christmas gifts or to sell at craft shows or on Etsy. I’ve seen people sell tons of these on Etsy for 4 or 5 bucks a piece. I would not recommend using cedar as it’s very brittle and very soft, which makes it almost impossible to make these without blemishes. I used poplar a couple of years ago and those have held up just fine. You have to cut the grooves so that ...
I’ve been spending most of my non working time rehabbing my windows on the second floor of my Country style Queen Anne house. sometimes working from the inside and often working off a tall 2 story ladder. A necessary task that I have neglected for 14 years! The project here is my last window for the season. It’s going to snow here in Southern MN and temperatures will drop. This is a box of sorts, with glass on two sides. It replaces a real catastrophe in the laundry room whi...
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