My Projects

My Projects

A listing of all of my woodworking projects. The things I've posted about most recently will show up at the top of this list. I'll attempt to backfill this list to include older work as I have time.

Finished framing of Liam's small abstract oil on wood
Completed in two nights after work. I opted for a simple miter cut on each corner and I just reinforced the frame with metal corner brackets on the back. Quick and simple. I didn't want to mess around with any fancy miter joints due to the risk of attempting to outshine the artwork.  The piece itself is supposed to represent a crowd...
Last update: 12/4/17
Started on:
10/12/17
Finished?
Yes
Completed crochet blocking board
I got started in early September on this. I went and bought some plain clear pine at the local Home Depot. I didn't want anything difficult to work with, especially with all of my recent efforts to shape hard-as-hell maple.  I bought a set of  3/4" thick 6" wide boards and glued up a 24" by 24" square. No biscuits or dowels. It...
Last update: 10/13/17
Started on:
9/9/17
Finished?
Yes
July 2017 - Bench top mated to undercarriage. Recesses created for tail vice hardware.
Update 10/8/2017 - Working on the face vice . . . and there is a problem.Update 9/4/2017 - Installed the wagon vice. Turned a set of bench dogs out of maple.Update 8/13/2017 - Pinned the top to the legs.Update 7/5/2017 - Just shy of the sixth anniversary of this project. Like some cathedrals, I suspect the world will have changed and the...
Last update: 10/13/17
Started on:
9/3/11
Finished?
No
Finch aviary built out of construction lumber and 1/4" sheet plywood
2/20/2016 -- Started designing the aviary. Ordered the cage material.2/25/2016 -- Received the cage material. 2/27/2016 -- Went out and bought construction-grade untreated lumber, southern yellow pine. Started cutting it down to 1 3/4" by 1 1/2"posts. (The Sketchup design shows 2"x2", but I need to maximize the lumber, so I just...
Last update: 4/13/16
Started on:
2/25/16
Finished?
Yes
Frame for the Goodwill picture, used as New Years' Eve prop
This was a quick project I took on just after Christmas. My sister-in-law bought her parents a picture in a frame at the local Goodwill shop. (She's a bargain hunter.) But after giving it to them, they discovered that the frame itself was broken. I tried to repair it, but it turned out to be a form of dense foam, veneered with wood-like...
Last update: 4/7/16
Started on:
12/25/13
Finished?
Yes
Completed RHZ Plaque in silver maple (soft maple), unfinished
Since we're going to be moving again next Summer, although I've done some work to set up my shop, I've decided not to go overboard on that. Another shop in the basement means hauling tools up and down stairs or a very steep hill to the back door. And anything I set up in terms of tools storage or wiring will only be useful for another...
Last update: 4/7/16
Started on:
11/30/14
Finished?
Yes
Completed rock solid router table
I had no router table in my workshop, and only a single 1 3/4hp fixed speed Porter Cable router to work with at the time.  So I decided to build one. This was one of my 'Quick and Dirty' projects. I didn't want anything fancy, just something sturdy.  In the woodworking world, there is almost nothing written about more when it...
Last update: 4/7/16
Started on:
6/1/09
Finished?
Yes
Case with 10 drawers dry fit - as of 5/19/2014
My wife Adriana has a lot of costume jewelry as well as some nice fine jewelry. She asked me last year to make her a jewelry box that's big enough for everything. I, of course, went overboard. I've designed it and redesigned it about four times now. But I'm sort of committed to the latest design. This will be, by far, the most...
Last update: 4/7/16
Started on:
8/15/11
Finished?
No
Liam's new toolbox
My son Liam is now seven. He just joined the Cub Scouts this past August, and we've been going through the rituals of father-son bonding. Most of this has been driven by my wife, who recently read a book about how son's need their father to guide them at this critical age, taking them "across the bridge" to manhood. I've welcomed this...
Last update: 4/7/16
Started on:
10/27/13
Finished?
Yes
Completed Pinewood Derby car test track, no sensors installed yet
As I mentioned in the Arduino timer project page, I've built a track so that my son Liam can test his Pinewood derby cars. Despite how obnoxious that sounds, I really did just want to do this to support his 2nd grade science fair project.  The idea here was to take lumber I had on hand and build something that could serve as a...
Last update: 4/7/16
Started on:
2/7/14
Finished?
Yes

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