December 27th, 2012

Portable heater stand

I made this a couple of years ago for my portable heater that I got as a Christmas present. The heater worked great for my garage shop but was always running out of propane supplied by the two small cylinders held on the sides of the unit. Then I saw where a special hose could be used to connect the heater to a 20# propane tank. So this solution was devised to hold the tank out of sight and make the whole thing movable around the shop on casters.


December 26th, 2012

Drill station

For Christmas I received a Milwaukee M12 driver to match the drill that I have had for a couple of years now. So as I was unloading my loot to the garage, I realized that I need a way to organize all of this stuff so it wouldn’t junk up my work surface. And here is the result… A simple organizer to hold both drills and the extra batteries. It is 1/2” birch ply for the top and sides and 3/4” birch ply for the base and a little edge banding for good measure. The drill holes are 2 1/8” and the battery holes are 1 3/4”. Overall it was a fun project to use up some scraps and get to play with the drill press, table saw, and band saw.


December 3rd, 2012

Oak Footstool

I made this footstool to use around the house. It is based somewhat on the project featured in the January 2002 issue of FWW. The dimensions are 11.25” L x 15” W x 12” H. Instead of doing M&T joints, my base is biscuited together and uses pocket screws to hold the top on. The feet splay out at 10 degrees and are also beveled at 10 degrees. The finish is two coats of clear polyurethane.

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November 11th, 2012

Dollhouse Bookcase

I am sure everyone has seen this before, but here is my version. I built this for my niece and my mom painted it. It is made with birch plywood and edge banded. The trim pieces are poplar. I got the dimensions from the following source which made it much easier than trying to guess by looking at the catalog.






October 17th, 2012

Weber Q Rolling Cart

I made this so my Weber Q 120 would have a place to sit. The stock carts were not suiting my tastes so I made my own out of dimensional Cedar. The cart is overall 29.5” tall. The top frame is 22”x14” and the bottom frame is 29”x14”. The legs are angled at 10 degrees. The slats are 1×3 cedar, rough sawn on the exposed side. There is a support brace in the middle of the bottom frame so that it can hold the weight of a 20# propane tank if I decide to go that route.

6 Month update (third picture): I finally put on a few finishing touches. I made a handle out of some scrap cedar. I applied a UV protecting deck stain that is clear with a cedar tint. I also went with a propane tank because the little bottles were always running out.



October 13th, 2012

Shoe storage cubbyhole

I made this several years ago as one of my first projects with the my PC dovetail jig. I needed a place to store my shoes that were piling up in the garage outside the door to the house. It also doubles as a place to sit while lacing up my shoes. I constructed the project with old pine 1×12s that were the original shelves in my closets before I pulled them out. The wood has an amazing old patina and thus I did not apply any finish. The back is just 1/8” hardboard. The overall dimensions are 30.75” wide by 15.25” high by 11.25” deep.


May 27th, 2012

Outdoor dining table

This is my outdoor table made from dimensional cedar lumber. I got the inspiration from a project featured on house calls. The dimensions are 40”x72” which provides comfortable seating for 6 people. Each of the 8 2×4s of the table top have two biscuits into the 2×6 at each end. The base is made with 4×4 legs connected by 2×4 rails and lots of 2 1/2” pocket screws. Pocket screws evenly spaced around the 2×4 perimeter of the base secure the top in place. The finish is Thompson’s water seal.


9 month update (second picture): The water seal was apparently not the best finish because the table quickly turned gray and ugly looking after only a few months. So this spring, I sanded the top down and applied a UV protecting deck stain that is clear with a cedar tint. The package said it lasts 6 years on fences and 4 years on decks, so hopefully it will look good for quite a while.


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May 18th, 2012

Pocket hole jig organizer and base

I built this from plans (101 Best Ever Workshop Projects 2011). It provides storage, workpiece support, and a solid base to clamp the jig to the bench. It is made from a single 2’x4’ sheet of 1/2” birch plywood from the home center. The dividers are dadoed into each other but not into the base, just glued down. There is a minor problem in that I have a newer version of the jig that is a bit larger so it hangs off the back. The catches came from Lowe’s. I was lucky to find them there because the ones called for in the plans were from a mail order catalog. And that can get spendy on shipping when ordering just one item.

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April 10th, 2012

Outdoor Bar

Here is my attempt at an outdoor bar/kitchen. The area that it is in is semi-sheltered from the weather which basically means it does not get rained on directly. The dimensions are 64” x 25” The carcass is 3/4” plywood that is skinned with OSB siding which has a very convincing wood grain look. The door panels are 1×4 select pine rails and stiles joined with stub tenons and attached with euro hinges. The door panel is the same OSB siding for a consistent look across the front. The tiles are adhered with thin-set to a cement board screwed to plywood underlay and wrapped with more select pine as the edging.The sink is provided with hot and cold water and drainage by way of a window well/vent window into the basement where there just so happened to be supply/drainage connections from a long gone slop sink. There was also an external GFCI outlet on the wall that is now covered up. It provides power to the mini-fridge and weather-resistant outlets on each side of the cabinet. I know all of this is by no means code legal, but I don’t care since it is for my enjoyment, not the next occupants.



February 25th, 2012

Tool cabinet organizer

This is my version the open storage divider rack cabinets that are seen in many workshops. Typically these are mounted on the wall and hold nail guns and drills for quick grab-and-go usage. I don’t have room on my walls, but I still needed something similar as I got tired of all the fumbling around that I had to do in order to retrieve a tool from my cabinet. They were previously stored in their plastic ‘road cases’ and then piled into this cabinet. This was no fun because I had to pull out the plastic case and then remove the tool. The plastic case was then in the way for the duration of the time that I was using the tool. Valuable shop time was being lost!

Enter this solution… It was made from some basic 1/2” plywood. A little bit of dado-ing, glue, and a few pins to hold it together was all that was necessary to construct this. It is actually made in two pieces to facilitate getting it into the cabinet. I had to remove the top shelf completely, drop the second shelf down, insert the two cubes and then put the top shelf back in. The cubes were screwed together and then held up while I re-positioned the shelf that they sit on back into place.

Now I have a place for my most used air/small power tools with incredibly easy access.. The plastic ‘road cases’ are now down in the basement for the .1% of the time that I actually need to take the show on the road.