Hello Readers! Well here it is, blog number 2 on Shades of Grain and I am already dying to show off a gift I made for my wife… The problem is, it is a Christmas gift, and she has been awfully sneaky as well as trying to guess what it is I might have made for her. The issue is that my posts end up on Facebook and she travails that site as well… so I am trapped for another 21 days, and its my own doing. It is complete, I can say that much and it came out like a dream! I do hav...
Good Morning All, Ever run into a piece of wood (pallet wood in this case) and wonder; “How the heck did that warp like that?” Working with pallet wood can be a twisted mess of metal, warp and work. These things lead to a lot of distress trying to make them work for a project, leading you to want to pull your hair straight out. Sometimes you just have to llook at it and say in the words of the great Fozzie Bear, ”What the waka?” This is where I stop and cl...
Good Morning Everyone. Some of you may know me from my blog series: Pallet Craft. Well I would like to thank those that have read and continue to read my blog series on crafting with pallet wood. While I am not done with that, I have reached a transition in my hobby for wood working. I have been trying to learn as much as possible about woodworking while using pallets as my medium (green, cheap, and interestingly fun), but I have recently purchased lumber for a Christmas project and I a...
Hello Readers, That’s it! I have had enough for one day!... Well that is what I should have said, but if you know me I can’t seem to help myself when it comes to frustration and working on things. I know I should stop, after all, all this frustration is just leading me to rush through critical parts of the project! So I change my attitude towards the project, perhaps my project is frustrated with me because it has seen enough work for one day? Perhaps I am overworking th...
Hello Readers, I have been working on several projects this year and I have made a lot of progress in the way of building things from pallet wood and ultimately showing the worth of the wood contained within the crude pallet structures. I have had some great successes such as the highchair: http://palletcraft.blogspot.com/2012/10/pallet-highchair.html As well as the storage bin: http://palletcraft.blogspot.com/2012/10/replacement-storage-shelves.html The Pallet Gate: http://pallet...
Hello Readers! Well from the title of this entry, you can probably guess what this is about. Yes, Halloween has not even come yet; Yes, Thanksgiving is more than a month away! But I have learned that planning and starting now will give me the time I need to get the projects done. Why wait until the snow is falling and the bitter cold bites? So what will I be building? Well that is a secret and I will post all about them on December 26th and 27th. I don’t want any gift receivers to...
Hello Readers! I am happy to say I have finally laid the groundwork in my woodworking career. I am very happy to have found this hobby, I enjoy it, and I am learning new things everyday. I can see myself in 5 to 10 years building beautiful pieces of art from wood, and past that? Who knows! But I am sure it will be fun! For now I plan to stick with Pallet Crafting, it seems to be a great medium for learning. In the future I would like to work with fine woods, but small steps and a eagerness...
Hello Readers! Well my daughter is 6 months old now, and she found the staircase this week…(no worries, we stopped her advancement up them) So I will be building a set of upper and lower staircase gates for her protection against nasty spills. I put together this mockup for the design. As usual this will be made from pallet wood and will be featured on my Pallet Craft blog. But alas! I acquired a block plane! And I am very happy with how it changes the way the wood looks...
Hello All, Take a look at how this is coming along. Should finish this weekend for sure! I designed and cut all of this project from pallet wood. I am very excited with what the outcome has been so far. Check out more projects and things built from pallets at: Pallet Craft!
Good Morning Readers! Hooray! I am back from the depths of my Pallet Crafting! This weekend I will finally complete a few projects that I want to share with all of you! The Trials! These past few weeks have been a test of endurance and patience. A few failed projects hit the fan, but I gained a ton of experience and knowledge from doing them! I have learned now to take more time for each cut, measuring and remeasuring before the cut line was drawn, then measuring the final cut pie...
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