Tag Archive | woodwork
Memorial Box

Memorial Box

It’s been just over a year since we said goodbye to Brody, and I finally finished his memorial box. I started out with a different design entirely but scraped it after a few months because it just wasn’t “right.” (Luckily most of that wood made it into this design.) It...

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Hidden Maze Prototype 2

Hidden Maze Prototype 2

My first prototype turned out pretty good. A little too easy to solve, but I wasn’t really focused on making that one difficult. After going through the process of making that first maze, I had an idea…

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Hidden Maze Prototype

Hidden Maze Prototype

After my big raised garden project from last spring I didn’t really do much woodworking. I’ve had this idea for a hidden maze puzzle for a while now though and with the help of a little birthday money I got the tool I needed to really give it a shot....

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Raised Gardens 5: The Dirt And More

Raised Gardens 5: The Dirt And More

We left you last time with everything but the dirt, but just filling the boxes with dirt wouldn’t make for a very interesting post this time so we added a couple of surprises. We had great weather to finish off this project. Not too hot and not too cold. It...

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Raised Gardens 4: Everything But The Dirt

Raised Gardens 4: Everything But The Dirt

During this episode we’ll watch the transformation of a dull and lackluster backyard into an oasis for growing our own delicious vegetables. Well, I might be exaggerating a bit but it sure looks a lot better than it did before.

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Raised Gardens 3: Construction

Raised Gardens 3: Construction

This phase of the project is just about the general construction of the raised gardens. Cutting things to length, measuring things (maybe that should have gone before cutting things), drilling holes, cutting dadoes, and stuff like that. I didn’t try any new or fancy techniques this time so I won’t...

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Raised Gardens 2: The Blocks

Raised Gardens 2: The Blocks

Since these gardens are going to be placed right at the end of our patio we decided to make the sides facing the house a little more interesting than just some redwood rails. We stumbled upon this company that sells wooden tiles for use indoors and really liked the...

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Raised Gardens 1: The Plan

Raised Gardens 1: The Plan

Well, here it is. The plan for our raised gardens. These aren’t your typical raised gardens mind you. These are like ’6 Million Dollar Man’ type raised gardens. Gentlemen, I can build them. I have the technology (and the lumber)…

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King Sized Project

King Sized Project

As the title suggests, this was a king sized woodworking project. Yet, it didn’t take a year to complete. ;-) Erica has been wanting a headboard for our bed ever since we moved into this house a few years ago. We finally sat down in earnest a couple of...

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X Puzzle

X Puzzle

I completed another woodworking project this weekend. I must say I like these quick and easy projects much better than those that take me almost a year to finish. ;-) Last time the project was totally utilitarian, but needed, so this time I went for something a...

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Cutoff Cart

Cutoff Cart

Wow! It’s been a long time since I last posted anything. Not that it really matters, but nothing new this year yet? Oh well, I guess I’ve just been doing other things. Well, here’s something new. Just a quick little project to help get the garage more organized. I saw...

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Wooden Jack Puzzle

Wooden Jack Puzzle

Since my last project took almost a year to finish, this weekend I decided to tackle something a little more manageable. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making a wooden puzzle so I went through my scrap bucket, grabbed a couple of pieces of leftover maple, and set...

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Entertainment Center 7: The Finale

Entertainment Center 7: The Finale

The entertainment center is finished! Yep, you read that correctly. It’s all done. After completing construction last time, all that was left to do was mount the hardware, stain the top and base, and then cover everything with polyurethane.

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Entertainment Center 6: The Doors

Entertainment Center 6: The Doors

The final things that needed to be constructed for the entertainment center were the doors. These are a simple frame but the interior panel is actually a lattice ‘weave’. I wanted these to come out right since they are a major visual feature of the entertainment center so I took...

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Entertainment Center 5: The Drawer

Entertainment Center 5: The Drawer

Yes, I’m still not done with the entertainment center…

It’s a good thing I didn’t make woodworking my career. I think it has been almost a year since I started this project. I’d have to charge like $100,000 for this piece just to break even. I haven’t been working full time...

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Entertainment Center 4: Base, Shelves, and Top

Entertainment Center 4: Base, Shelves, and Top

As promised, I completed the base of the entertainment center this time, along with a couple of other little details. The base is just made up of four corner blocks and four rails screwed together with some pocket screws. The corner blocks were actually pretty easy to make although I...

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Entertainment Center 3: The Face Frame

Entertainment Center 3: The Face Frame

Getting back into the swing of things with this project gave me the opportunity to finally mount my new Freud Diablo blades in both my table saw and my miter saw. I was not disappointed, not that I expected to be. I mounted a 40 tooth blade on the...

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Entertainment Center 2: The Carcass Revisited

Entertainment Center 2: The Carcass Revisited

Well, some four and a half months ago I started building a proper entertainment center for our basement. You may remember my first post about this project but it has been so long I won’t be upset if you’ve forgotten about it. I’ve been told if the entertainment center...

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Entertainment Center 1: The Carcass

Entertainment Center 1: The Carcass

I haven’t quite finished the Jeweler’s Bench project but the boss really wants to upgrade our entertainment center now that we’ve got a nice new TV and furniture in the basement. We looked around for one to buy but just didn’t find anything we really liked. Then I started searching...

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Jeweler's Bench 3: The Legs

Jeweler's Bench 3: The Legs

Well, I must not be much of a Summer woodworker because it took me all Summer to get back to this project. I’d like to say I was just too busy with other things or that my shop (aka garage) was too hot to work in but in truth I...

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Jeweler's Bench 2: The Top - Details

Jeweler's Bench 2: The Top - Details

OK, I lied. This installment isn’t about the building of the bench legs. I had a few more details to add to the bench top and didn’t think they would make for their own entry but now I think they can stand on their own, so here we go.

The bench...

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Jeweler's Bench 1: The Top

Jeweler's Bench 1: The Top

My wife and I have been sharing my workbench out in the garage for my woodworking projects as well as her jewelry making projects for a while now but we both decided it was time for her to have her own workbench. We looked around online and found some nice...

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Alphabet Blocks

Alphabet Blocks

When my sister was pregnant with her first child a few years ago, I decided to make her and her new baby a gift. I had just started woodworking as a hobby so my skills and tools were pretty limited but I came up with the idea for these alphabet...

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My First Workbench

My First Workbench

Ever since we moved back from NYC I’ve been itching to get back to some woodworking projects. After getting the OK to replenish some of the tools I sold off from the boss I decided my first project should be a real workbench. After figuring out what features I...

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