Summer 2010 Project Series

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Project by Napaman posted 05-14-2011 08:48 PM 1804 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

birdhouse, adirondack chair, fireplace cart, soccer goal, tool caddy

Well this post is long overdue…all of these projects were completed last summer—-but I never posted them since they seemed like small projects at the time…then recently, as spring hit…and we worked on our yard so much I found myself sitting in the re-built adirondack, looking over the yard and projects and realized they are all a part of my wood working journey…which for me, its this journey and the documentation of it that keeps me going here at LJ’s…

The first project is my re-built adirondack…which was originally posted here kind of a funny story (or sad)...this chair was supposed to be my “nice” chair…I built it one year after my first chair—-and you can see the two compared as they are today…When I built the 2nd chair i decided to cover all the plugs and lengthened the back slats for more comfort…it looked great…

But the chair was always a little more wobbly…then one day after about a year after building it I was sitting in it on my deck…the deck was not completed in the back like it is now with our trellis/bench…the legs of the chair extended too far over the gap in the deck (and sadly) and my GIRTH was too much for the legs as they got jammed into the opening…and the chair broke…I was laughing so hard I began to cry…and being able to laugh I told my daughter to race inside and get mommy to come laugh at me…below is a picture of the new strenght pieces…

You can see the leg is doubled up…the back support is doubled up AND the thick 2X piece was added…you cant see the angled cut I had to make to all it to fit in flush across the bottom…

I think the chairs strength was compromised (yes—-beyond my weight and the legs jamming in the deck openning) because I drilled the holes too deep for the purpose of plugging…this was my first “fancy” wood working…but a chair full of too deeply drilled holes…is not good for a belly my size…

So the chair sat…the nice chair…and last summer I finally took it apart and re-built it…adding an extra back stretcher and doubling up some of the other boards…this re-working really strengthened the chair…and then I sanded it all down completely and added 3 coats of spar varnish…it looks really good…way better then the first version…i love the golden finish now on it which would not have happened had I put the finish on right away…

Bird house #2—-this is also a re-build…I build this with my daughter our of scrap wood…and it sat in our yard all winter…no birds came…so I was worried that something inside was poking through (I thought that some nails may be poking through and the screw that attaches it to the pole may be coming up)…I took it down…and decided to saw it off from its base…you can see the cut…I found some bird poop inside…but no dangerous items poking through…so I decided to supe it up…to cover the cut I wrapped a new redwood base…and put in a new floor—-just to make sure nothing pokes the birds)...I also added a longer bird perch…and a porch—-to hold the bird seed (before we set some bird seed on the flat base and it just blew away in the wind…so now the bird seed is in a protected “bowl”)...and the last step I added a hinge on the back…I had seen other bird houses that have clean out openings…so since i had cut the whole thing open I thought this was a good time to add the hinge…then I might seem a little smarter for cutting the whole thing open in the first place…

here is what the birdhouse looked like at the end of last summer:

Fireplace Cart—-well I blew it on this one…this cart was made of deck scraps and is super handy…I just forgot to take photos of it BEFORE we put the fireplace on it…so you cant see the cool design which was the inspiration for this table top…either way the cart has made it really nice to be able to move the super heavy fireplace around the patio.

Soccer Goal: this was kind of s quicky…one day I just decided it was time to use the old twisted 2×4’s in the workshop rafters…our lawn is not too huge…but this mini goal is fun for drills and mini games with my daughters…and should be handy as we train for next season…its small enough to move into the sideyard and out of the way when we dont want it around…

Tool Caddy…I JUST REALIZED I HAVE NO PICTS—-WILL ADD…I built this last summer when I wanted to try out my new dado blades…and I also wanted a small proiject to try using/mixing epoxy before I used it on my sail boat build…I had never used either…and I wanted to practice using the epoxy in small batches before I needed to do huge batches and glue ups on the boat. This project is super handy when needing to work outside or travel with tools…its not too pretty but functions well…in my shop I find myself storing my most important tools so I know where to find them …

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 05-14-2011 09:11 PM

Great items. Where is the boat? : ^)

How goes it?

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 09:20 PM

Matt: SOme great projects. SO is the bird house in use this summer.

And yes what’s happening on the boat, or are you waiting for summer vacation?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 10:52 PM

Is that all you got done!! Why, everyone says teachers have 3 whole months off with nothing to do ;^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 05-14-2011 11:42 PM

Nice projects!

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#5 posted 05-14-2011 11:44 PM

Very good Lew. You understand the easy life.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 05-15-2011 01:28 AM

Hi Matt;

Good work.


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#7 posted 05-15-2011 02:09 AM

I’m with Wayne, Matt Where’s the boat?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 05-15-2011 05:59 AM

LOL…I love you guys…Thanks everyone—-I think??? LOL…all these projects were in addition to the BOAT…last summer and some re-do on the bird house this week…which is why I decided to post all of these…

THREE WEEKS until summer…then I am back to FULL TIME BOAT BUILDER…so hold your horses…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 05-15-2011 04:50 PM

Thanks for the review Matt.

By the way, I’m still not done looking in the attic. <(:O}$

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 05-15-2011 05:15 PM

Lol…DIck I think about you and that attic all the time! I just popped my head into my attic yesterday—-I have still never been up there…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 05-15-2011 06:57 PM

These are great projects. Not everything has to be far out to be “far out”! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 05-16-2011 05:55 PM

Well, Matt, I was going to ask about the boat, but from all the comments above, I believe that ship has sailed…(ow!) as to the bird house, have you thought about some low maintenance siding and perhaps running water to attract a nice family, or maybe just lower the rent a bit? -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#13 posted 05-17-2011 12:13 AM

The Squirrels just love our birdhouses. the hole in this one was 1”,

but they refurbished it to 1 1/2” without a building permit. <(:O}$

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 05-17-2011 12:35 AM

Sqautters! Damn the neighborhood isn’t going to the birds.

Can’t say that you didn’t live with a nice piece of tail.


-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#15 posted 05-17-2011 01:16 AM

I hope to keep the squirrels out…they are all over our neighborhood burying peanuts and walnuts…but I think the pole may be too hard for them to get up…I hope…

Running water will be in the next birdhouse…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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