I made this chest for my granddaughter, who is 4 months old. The idea was to give her something from her grandpa she can use for the rest of her life. I took the dimensions from one I saw online, then just winged it from there. The chest is made from clear pine boards. I planed them for uniform thickness, then jointed th4e edges with my Stanley No. 6. I glued up each panel separately, due to clamp limitations. I never have enough clamps. When it came time to trim the pane...
The other weekend I knocked out a few quick projects. I had made a simple jewelry holder with my daughter previously. It was cheap and easy and she likes it. I came up with the idea of using the track that is used for adjustable shelves instead of ripping thin stock and drilling dozens of holes in it for her earrings. (Which is what the ones she found online that she liked had done.) This was much faster, especially since I don’t have a drill press. It cut easily with a hack saw. As ...
Unlike my normal boat bed, this one will not be painted. It will be built in oak. Using oak on most of the project is, for the most part, straight forward. Not much different the using the maple and MDF on the painted version, until we come to the Bow of the Boat (AKA the toy box). Since we have a curved bow, a veneer must be used over the bending plywood. In prepping, I make sure all my staples are driven. I also fill all staple holes and imperfections with Bondo. This will keep tho...
Continuing on the boat bed project, I have to now make a lid for the toy box. First I trace the shape of the toy box onto a 1/2” material. Rough cut it, screw it down and then use a trimming bit on the router to trim it flush. I use some templates that I made a few years ago to make the trim. I’ll then use a rabbiting bit and cut a groove in the inside of the trim the thickness of the bead board. A round over is used on the top edges. I put together two of the three side...
Oak may not be a popular boat building material in the real world, but in my world it make a beautiful bed. I’ve been working on a boat bed for the last couple days now. Most of them that I build are painted and I build them out of a combination of Maple MDF and pine. This customer, however, wants their in oak. I have built one before and that example (see oak example) is what the customer sew and wanted. I’m even going to do the same color scheme. I framed out the bow of ...
Taking 35 year old crib and turning it into a toy box #2: Design, milling, and corners (and WAY over budget)
Wow, this is an expensive hobby. I mulled around a bunch of different design ideas and every time, it would require a new tool or skill. I’ve settled on a frame-like box, so I can put the spindles inside the frame part. I am going to build 3 frames with 1/4 maple backing so I can put the spindles on. Back will be solid maple. The corners are going to be mitre. I am going to use biscuits on the mitre edges, top, and back. Do people really think that is “cheating” on wood wor...
This is my first serious project and is actually what got me into woodworking. I always liked building and creating, but didnt have the tools to really do anything. When my wife got pregnant with our first kid, my parents gave me the childhood bedroom set that I had as an infant. It was a crib and dresser. They kept it for 30-some-odd years in hopes of their grandchild oneday using it. About a year ago we refinished the dresser but bought a new crib. Safety standards change in 30 years and...
The finish is dry and all that is left is the final assembly. Now these many pieces have to be put together. The side rails had to have the brackets placed and the portholes attached. The toy box had to have the lid mounted, cleats put on and wheels added to the bottom. The headboard had the lights installed with the switch and the back tact on. I cut 9 slats for this bed since it will take just a mattress only. I ripped a 1×12 down in thirds (about 3 5/8”). As soon as I get it...
I worked on the bow of the boat bed. This is a design that I came up with. You may have seen them with drawers in the bow, but I find those not very practical. Because of the shape the drawers must be a triangle shaped. Because of that they can’t hold much stuff. My design has been to use it as a toy box. I first cut the shape of the bottom. I now have templates. The top is the same shape but with a cutout, to make a face frame of sorts. I attach both of them to a back board using p...
Hey fellow LJ’s. You all need to check out T-Chisel’s site. It’s full of ideas, techniques and videos. One of the “Projects” T-chisel posted was of an 17th Century blanket chest. It inspired me to knock some rust off the shop, sort through a pile of old pine and start thinking about how I could use his idea to build a toy box/blanket chest for my grand daughter. So the saga began. Sure enough I had plenty of wood to choose from. After a few hours of sorting, clea...
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