Wooden Toy Car
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.
How Great is Our God Sign
This is quick sign I put together for one of my wife’s friends. Simple pine board, routed and distressed with a vinyl sticker and clear coat to seal it. I used my keyhole bit on the back for mounting.
I used the cable strung across my garage, that’s normally for suspending my silk screen exposure lamp, to let this dry overnight without any bugs attaching themselves.
Sign Drying Setup
Our little cat absolutely loves playing under a piece of cardboard we fold up as a tent for him. But it always falls down, so I thought I’d make him a permanent one he could jump on.
I cut two or three wardrobe boxes into 1 1/2 inch strips on my bandsaw and then into 15 1/4 inch lengths with a 30 degree bevel on each side. I forgot to buy more glue so the above picture was as far as I got with what I had. It will be about 2 feet long when it’s complete.
Feets of Cardboard
Staining Die Numbers
I got a custom request through etsy to make an icosahedron and stain the numbers on it for a young couple. That whole process was quite a bit of work, but I think it came out nicely. Haven’t heard back from them yet, but I really hope they like it.
cutting a plaque
The last few weekends I have been working on a prototype plaque for an organization. I made a vinyl stencil, scroll-sawed around it, then masked off the edges and painted. I need to get a laser cutter, I could crank these out in minutes. This is just a process shot I took while cutting.
new table top
My wife bought a table a few weeks back that was really cute, but the top had been replaced with some veneered fiber board. This seemed like a good time for me to start my pipe-clamp army and I made her a new one (above).
old top off
boards clamped up
routed and stained
new table top
I also threw together this base for my pipe clamps. I bought three 10′ iron pipes and cut them into pairs that are 2′, 3′, 4′, and 6′. I bought four sets of the IRWIN 1/2″ fittings.
pipe clamp condo
We made several of these this year in cedar and pine from something my wife found on Pinterest.
This was a gift that honestly got finished on Christmas day for my wife. We visited some friends for Thanksgiving on the gulf coast, and brought home a bunch of little driftwood pieces. This will be a cute reminder around the house of that wonderful trip.
laying out a heart shape
Our neighbor asked me to make some sconces that will fit in the small space next to his kitchen window and hold some wine bottles. I thought I would take it a little further and build their initials into the top, so I made two “Cs” and two Ks”. He still hasn’t decided if he wants to paint or stain them.
wine sconce plans
I got to build a “Beer Light” for a local organization, so the boss could signal the end of the day and a time to have some camaraderie. It has two different designs, alternating every other side. The light inside is a CFL, so it shouldn’t get too hot, and I left a 1/8″ gap at the top to let out heat.
beer light plans