With our normal family vacation to Iowa, we left just before my oldest nephew’s birthday, so I made a quick card for him and left it behind. This was the extremely elaborate outside.
Our oldest son will be graduating highschool this summer, so my wife and I wanted to make him a nice chest to hold all the things we’ve been collecting for him since he was a baby. I thought I would make a prototype first, before making a bunch of mistakes with more expensive hardwood, and I sured “learned” quite a few lessons in the process. I decided to use lock-rabbit joints for simplicity with the tools I had. Overall, I think this one came out a little rough around the edges but nice. We are going to tweak the dimensions and the design a bit and then carefully create the real thing.
Hey look, I made a thing! Unfortunately, it’s a shelf, which I seem to make a lot of.
I have a tendency to buy lots of little trinkets and toys I want to put on my desk, and then not have much actual space to place them, so I made a double decker shelf. I decided not to do any fancy routing of even finish for the time being, because I just wanted to get it done. My wife and I think it actually looks nice unfinished. I also thought I would use pocket screws to mate the top and bottom to the sides, not thinking that I would not have much room inside to drive the screw into the final side. I ended up having to use the smallest socket wrench I had, a 1/4″ socket and a bit to screw on the top.
I decided to build a french cleat into the back of the shelf instead of traditional hangers. I made a bunch of little 1×2″ cleats and screwed two into the wall to mount it. I think that will give me more flexibility in the future if I want to adjust it or make something bigger.
The last little job I did today was to add another small shelf off my monitor stand to hold up my LEGO Saturn V rocket. I’m calling it launch pad 39V.
A few months back, we visited New Orleans while on vacation, and my youngest son bought a print from an artist named Tesfaye Negusse. He decided on the size, design, and color for the frame I built for it.
About the same time I was making my last toy car, I thought to make one for some friends of ours that would be having a little boy shortly before Christmas. Since it was a gift, I didn’t want to post it until they had received it. I didn’t have any particularly sentimental piece of wood to make it out of, but I did pattern it after her car, a Scion xB.
Hello 2018! It’s been a busy last few months, so I am way behind posting stuff here. But I have been working on a few projects that I took some pictures of, so here’s a few rapid-fire posts to catch up.
My wife keeps finding these really cute foil window cling stickers that we’ve decided to put into floating frames and give as gifts. First, we figure out how we want to arrange them and then I build a custom frame to that size. Short of cleaning the glass a dozen times, that’s all there is to it.
This summer, I helped a family friend build a new base for his grandma’s dining room table. The old one had become wobbly and unstable. During the teardown, I kept a few hunks of wood, thinking I could use them for something in the future. I eventually decided to make a little wooden car from one of the pieces both because it was his grandma’s table, and because they have a little boy. The wheels and axles are store bought, though I should have probably made my own.
This was the original shape of the wood. The car has a few places where I left the the rough hewn saw marks and drilled holes that hint back to the piece’s original purpose.
My son found this fancy looking Skeletor image on the internet and wanted to make something similar out of wood for his girlfriend. We simplified and laid out the shapes on thr computer and then started cutting and painting. He did most of the work, except for some tricky scrollsaw bits, and was very happy with how it turned out.
I got a request to build a lightweight icosahedron that was sturdy enough it could be thrown around for a family game. I decided to make a hollow one out of corrugated plastic, screwed to an internal frame. I think if i had to build another, i would just use foamboard and serious glue to completely leave out the screws.