May 4th, 2013

Child’s step stool/seat

I made this step stool/seat for my niece for her first birthday. It is made out of poplar and painted. My mom got the letters and stars and painted them. I secured them with pin nails and some glue.

The plan is from the August 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking.






April 21st, 2013

Cedar nakpin holder

I made this out of scrap from my outdoor dining table so it would match. I started with just the box but realized that it needed something to keep the napkins from blowing away. I tried using a rock but that was cheesy so I made a flapper out of more scrap cedar. My rudimentary wood hinge functions ok using a couple wire nails as hinge pins. The handle is a chunk of cedar that I cut to be approximately round on the band saw and sanded to a semi smooth finish. The finish is tung oil.

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March 25th, 2013

Tile top end tables

I made these based on a couple different designs that I found on the web. The top is a mitered frame with a rabbet to receive a 12” floor tile (glued down with construction adhesive). The tiles themselves look like slate. They came from the HD- Folkstone Atlantic Beach to be exact. The top and the legs are solid red oak. The rest of the pieces are scrap oak plywood to keep costs down. Pocket screws were used for the joinery. The finish is two coats of tung oil.

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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.




Edit: Some pictures of the underside as requested.

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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