Since this summer I’ve spent A day or two a week reclaiming my shop. It was closed soon after the joys of 2008. Kinda like an archeological dig. Top layer was shop stuff from dad’s passing. Including many of grandpa’s antique tools. Grandpa’s shop was immaculate. He primarily restored antiques. Dad’s was just a bit messy. More a farm shop, but he did develope quite a portfolio of woodworking projects. My shop has always been a disaster on the edge of functionalit...
This project is a great way to get the kids involved. They can do most of the machining, definitely the sanding, and then they can get creative with the painting. This is made with 2 used fence pickets/panels that are 5’ long. They sell new ones for $1.50 at the big box stores. This take only a couple hours to make (including paint drying time). Please like, share, and subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
I wanted to share these photos to encourage everyone to get your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and young friends involved in your work. My son is 18 months old and wants so badly to imitate everything we do. I put in the smallest blade we had and I let him help me scroll saw. My 3 1/2 year old daughter took to the scroll saw like a natural. (Must be genetics) She has spent most of her weekends in the garage with my father and I for glue ups and such and she is no stran...
the lincoln illinois Art and Balloon fest is just around the corner The Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival will be held August 26, 27, & 28! There is still time to get involved. Crafters and woodworker’s come and enjoy the family fun and hot air balloons.
So I’ve decided to head back to school. It’s hard to believe that it was two kids ago since I last stepped foot into a class room. My major is Building Construction/Construction Management and I will be taking all the courses that make up the Cabinet Making Certificate as well since most of them fit into my electives. I had the privilege of attending the Furniture Making course at Salt Lake Community College for two days right before I dropped out for a few years. The course ju...
I wanted to share a bit of my father’s day weekend here. It involved time and play with both kids outside and in the garage shop. My wife and I even had some quiet time together…..all in all a super weekend.My son’s mosquito level baseball team had a family day fun game on Saturday. My son is going up to bat in the photo. My daughter played second base with me and she was able to get a hit and make it home…not bad for a girl who has not played in two seasons. Sun...
—————————————— UPDATE 3-28-2012: MISSION CASKET BOOK & PLANS AVAILABLE:After Posting my Casket Stories and Photos on Lumberjocks, I have been overwhelmed by the response from readers. There is quite a long thread of folks wanting to build their own casket, or wanting to build one for a close friend or family member. There are many reasons a person would build their own casket, including saving money...
Well, as some may have seen, I recently finished building a bassinet for my upcoming child. Well, on Friday morning at 7:23 AM, my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Maddison Sierra, who weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz., and was 21 inches long. Below I’m posting a link to some pics of here as well as posting a pic here. Pictures of Maddison Sierra
I posted this blog on my web site www.TheBenchDawg.com and thought I would share it with my fellow Lumber Jocks.Keith A good friend called last night and suggested I write a blog about an article that I wrote in 1993 for the Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild. When I was young I was taught how to tell time. I thought that this task was quite simple, but I find even today I have trouble telling time. Actually it’s not telling time that’s the problem, but it’s telling the time that it take...
So I recently completed making some Adirondack Chairs of my own design, which I am pretty proud of. I told my Mom about them and she decided to come over and look at them, and of course as Mom’s always do, said that I did a wonderful job. She actually didn’t stop there though. She said that my Grandfather would have been proud. This was special to me. You see, my Grandfather, before becoming a Steamfitter by trade, was a carpenter, as was my Great Grandfather. I remember s...
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