Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Computer Monitor Stand with Hard Drive Garages

In this digital age, many of us have multiple hard drives for storing information like pictures and videos.  Also having at least one backup drive is a good idea. 
Having these extra hard drives around the desk takes up space.  They say it's cheaper to build up than it is to build out so, that is what I did for our extra computer drives!
I made a small platform from some 3/4" thick plywood with 3 "garages" below where the monitor sits to make some more surface area.  The monitor sits on top and the 3 hard drives are housed below with easy access. 
I used a dowel cut in half lengthwise to cover the front of the uprights to look like small pillars and I made some simple cove moulding to cover the top horizontal edges.  I used glue and pin nails to assemble the pieces and filled the nail holes with a light spackle. 
A few coats of black spray paint and some clear coat and the project is complete and ready for use (as soon as the finish dries). 


Monday, March 3, 2014


Yum is the word when dessert is being made!
I made a couple of simple projects for Michele and April this week.  I made two cake decorating turntables (lazy susan) and some letters for decorating in the kitchen. 
Michele found the "yum" font on a mug at an antique store.  I took a picture so I could duplicate it at home. 
I put the color on first and let it dry.  Then I used painters tape and laid it out over the color where I wanted the letters to be.  I drew the letters on the tape and cut around the edges of them.  Next I peeled the extra tape off, leaving the tape over the color in the shape of the letters. 
I used black spray paint over the color and the tape.  After the black dried, the tape was peeled off revealing the color beneath.  Next was sanding the edges of the top and some around the lettering to let some of the color beneath come through.  I top coated them with satin spray lacquer.
These letters were actually completed before I had the idea of the turntables.  I drew the letters out on some paper and used spray adhesive to adhere the paper letters to the wood.  They were cut out on the scroll saw. 
The finish is black spray paint, sanded edges and satin lacquer over the top.  Simple and fun!
I have also changed my shaving routine a bit.  I am now "wet shaving".  Shave like my grandpa use to shave.  I use a brush, shave soap and a double edge safety razor.  I bought a set of three safety razor heads and I turned the handles for them out of wood. 
This first one was turned for Elliott, my oldest son.  It is maple and black walnut laminated together.
This is the second handle that was turned.  It's black walnut from our tree in the yard.  The button on the end is a stainless steel bolt that was ground round and polished.  It adds weight to the handle and adds a touch of detail.  This is the one that I am using.
This last razor is for Micah, my next oldest son.  The wood was some burl that was at my mom and dads place.  I used black spray paint and cherry Danish oil to bring some of the grain out.  All of the razor handles are finished with CA glue and wax.
I also made some rings for Michele for Valentines Day.  These are made from shavings taken from a handplane and some CA glue.  One is maple, one black walnut and one in laminated black walnut and maple.  Below is a video on how I make these.
I have been busy in the shop...  which is a good thing!
Thanks for checking it out!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Three B's Complete!

Super proud of myself for starting, and completing a project in such a short amount of time! 
Okay, now that the roar of accolades has died down and I can hear myself think, I will share a bit of the finishing of this bookcase. 
We wanted color.  Color we got!  I used latex paint as a color/stain.  Wipe on full strength and wipe off, revealing the wood grain with the color applied. 
After allowing the paint to dry about 2-4 hours, I lightly sanded with 320 grit sandpaper to wear the paint some, showing off more grain and some bare wood.  I used a clean rag to clean the dust off and I also rubbed the surfaces very vigorously with the cloth, burnishing the wood some.  It really smoothed out the surface and had a light satin sheen to it.  
Here is everything laid out to spray the finish.  It is a bookshelf going in a bedroom with three little boys so a top coat of protection is a DEFINITE MUST!
This is the spray finish that I used.  It came out perfectly.  I used 2 cans to cover the whole project at least 3 times.
Three coats later and some time to cure, here it is!  It is not a free standing bookshelf.  It is attached to the wall with screws.
Here is what I did to cover the end grain of the top.  I cut a piece and screwed it in place.  I plugged the screw holes.  I actually like that you can see the plugged holes when I sanded the ends.
You can see here that there are only two legs.  It leans against the wall and the bottom clears the top of the baseboard trim.  It is secured to the wall studs with screws at the top of the case.
Showing the arched corner detail here.  The piece is wedged into place and pinned into the top of the face frame along the middle.  If you look closely, you can see a screw securing the bookshelf to the wall.  Look at the top right corner of the "Little Blue Truck" book to see the screw.
This shows the sheen of the finish.  Very pleasing!  The top is screwed to the case with 5 screws up through the top of the case into the bottom of the top. 
Now it is all loaded up and ready to get disorganized!  I made three adjustable shelves for it but only needed two.  Better to have too many than not enough.
Thanks for reading!
First part of this project here!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Airgun Stock is Complete!

This stock is for a Beeman R9 air rifle.  It is a re-branded Weihrauch HW 95 Luxus.  Same rifle, different stamp.  This stock will be going to a friend.
This was a fun and challenging project all in one.  I am glad to say that it is finished except for some deglossing of the sheen on the finish.  I want to let it cure some before I start to rub it with steel wool.  I am trying for a satin finish.
This is one of my woodworking goals completed for this year! 
Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Three B's

Building a
Bookself for the

We started to try and organize the little boys room a while back.  It has been a process!

Three boys in one bedroom, 6 years old and under, creates a challenge just keeping toys and books picked up.  This next project in the ongoing task of organizing is a bookshelf.  A very much needed bookshelf!

This sort of jumped ahead in my wood project planning for this year.  That's OK though, it is one of those immediate attention things that needs to be taken care of.  It has been put off for too long!

The construction is pretty simple, plywood carcass trimmed out to look like it was built with more traditional methods.  I used a lot of pocket hole (KREG) joinery in this. 

The shelf will look like a free standing bookcase except no feet in the back.  It will rest up against the wall and will be secured to the wall with screws.  I will leave the back open and the painted wall will be the back of the cabinet.  I chose to do it this way to save material and time.
I used the hand-held circular saw and a homemade guide to cut the 3/4" thick material to width.  The pieces were cut to length with the sled on the table saw.  The sides, top, bottom and three shelves were cut this way.  The dimensions were figured by measuring the space where the shelf will be installed.  It has to fit with in two doorways and below some chair rail trim on the wall. 
Four sides and the long piece for the shelves.  I didn't cut the shelves until I had assembled the carcass pieces so I could get a precise measurement.  It was basically the width of the top or bottom pieces minus 1/8".
I used the can for the radius for the leg cutout. 
Here it is cut out with a jigsaw.
Pocket holes drilled in the top and bottom.  The hole will be located on the outside of the carcass.  The top holes will be covered by a laminated wood top and the bottom will be on the bottom of the case and they won't be visible unless you get on the floor and look underneath.
Four sides assembled to make the case.
Used a Rockler Shelf Pin Jig to drill the holes for adjustable shelving.
Laminated top all glued and clamped together.  I used 2x4 material for the top and trim pieces.  This project used about 2/3 of a sheet of 3/4" thick poplar plywood ($45) and about 3 8' 2x4s ($8).  I will use some paint and polycrylic finish to add color and protection.  I bought a 1 qt paint sample from Miller Paint Co. for $5 and the 1 gal. Minwax Polycrylic I had purchased for a previous project.  It was around $40.  If you total everything that's $98.  The leftover paint, finish and plywood will be used for other projects so all of the costs shouldn't be totaled into this one project.  But still, for a custom bookcase, $100 isn't too bad. 
Some of the leg detail with trim on the bottom and faces.
The bottom front trim piece cut.
With the side trim piece fit.
Pictured here with the face frame in place.
I had a couple of Opps in the project so far.  Both were from using the pocket hole screws.  This is one of them.  The leg front it attached to the side leg piece with pocket holes.  I chamfered the corner of the leg to soften the edge and add some detail.  When I drove the screws in, the tips just barely came through.  I backed them out and ground the tips off with a bench grinder and drove them back in. 
The other Opps was attaching the front trim piece to the bottom of the case.  I got the screw started crooked in the pocket hole and it drove through and came out the edge of the trim piece.  You can see the small broken piece of wood there along the seam between the two.  Not a huge deal and it won't even be notices once finished and in place filled with books.
Just showing off some of the pocket holes and how they were located to join the pieces.
The join between the front and side of the legs.
Face frame glued and clamped in place.
I thought that case looked a bit plain so I cut a thin piece to form and arch on the top of the case with open corners. 
I found a nice straight grained 2x4 and resawed that on the table saw to make the trim for the side panels.  They are glued and clamped in place. 
Here is what the joints look like close up.  I am very pleased with how it looks!
These are pieces that are glued to look like a frame and panel side.
Three shelves with edging attached with pocket holes.
From the side.
This is the inside of the case along the top.  It's a 3/4" thick piece of plywood secured to the top and the sides.  I will screw through this strip into the studs in the wall to secure the bookcase.
Sides with trim glued on to look like a frame and panel.
Leg and corner details.
Arch and top corner details.
Top arch.
Overall look.  I still have some sanding to do and I think I may do bread board ends on the top to cover the end grain.  The top overhang will get cut back some and I may chamfer the bottom edge of the top. 
Next will be painting and finishing the bookcase.  I need to do some testing first before I proceed on the finished piece.