Category Archives: Woodworking

A quick project from reclaimed material…

Will asked me to help him build an archery target. He was tired of shooting at a half-fallen-apart bale of hay. We went into the workshop, found some old foam insulation blocks, and pine reclaimed from some benches that had … Continue reading

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Using the Stanley No. 45 Plane

I’ve been pretty good at getting back into the workshop. I have the AC installed – and even though it doesn’t completely keep up on a hot and humid day like today, it helps. I’m currently building a case for … Continue reading

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Tomato Cages (White Oak)

I’ve been trying to get back into the workshop. However, it has been difficult with a 4-month old baby and two middle-school boys here half-time. So I started with simple. I have lots of lumber around and found some extra … Continue reading

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Book display shelf or two (pine finished with shellac)

As Susanna’s due date approaches we are pushing to get the last few projects ready for the nursery. One of the projects that Susanna wanted was a way to display books – an idea taken from a Pinterest idea that … Continue reading

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Dovetail Exercise

One of the (many) things that I don’t have a lot of experience with in the workshop is making dovetails. Many years ago I purchased a dovetail jig that should allow me to make perfect dovetails using a router. I … Continue reading

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Apples, Apples and Woodcarving

We had a busy Saturday. Busy enough we had to split up into two groups. My mom is visiting for the weekend – a nice way to start off the fall. She arrived on Thursday, and I took Friday off … Continue reading

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Building toolboxes with the boys

I try to get the boys into the workshop a couple of times a year and build some smaller projects. It seems that it is an easier sell for Ben¬†than for Will.¬†However, Will does get into the projects once we … Continue reading

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Finishing up projects

This weekend I (quite contrary to my ADHD desires) didn’t start any major projects and instead worked on finishing up some smaller ones. I know. Crazy. Finish projects and not start any. What fun is that? But it keeps the … Continue reading

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Organizing the Dog Pen (or Reorganizing the Lumber Pile)

The last bay of the garage/carriage house is a large, unpaved area. For a long time it just served as an overflow storage area and nesting place for a large group of house sparrows. I had added a gate to … Continue reading

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Building a bat house…

I had been talking to Will about projects he would find fun to do in the workshop. He said that he thought building a bat house would be fun. Today he had is friend, Morgan, over and the two of … Continue reading

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