fitting the shelves

If you’ve been following along with the shutter stand, now is the time to fit the shelves. In yesterday’s post I went into some detail about beading and practical embellishment, so I’m not going to rehash that here, but I did want to show some progress pics and share the process as to how I…

A word on embelishments

If you would have asked me, say a year ago,my thoughts on moulding and embelishments I would have entered the conversation with some skepticism. I probably would have said that it was appropriate in some circumstances (like the giant hideaway murphy bed I built to look like a wardrobe with ogees and crown moulding abounding) but…

is anyone building along?

My family and I observe a “screen Sabbath” each week from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, where we unplug and make sure we’re staying connected to one another face to face, so no build post today. I scheduled this post ahead of time to ask this question: Is anyone building along? If you’re working on…

if all goes well…

If all goes well up to this point you’ve got yourself something that looks like this: In order to turn this TARDIS blue framework into something usable, you still need shelves. That’s not a big deal, we’re just going to make some tongue and groove shelves out of 1″ x 8″ pine (you’ll need a…

Casework

In the last post I advocated traditional cabinetry by stressing the dovetails. Today’s a different day. Today’s an imminently practical day. Today is the day to break out the one power tool you will need in the whole project. Today is the day for (shudder) pocket screws. Hear me out… Start out by marking the…

the bare bones

In the last post I mentioned that there were several ways to create a frame for this project. When deciding how I was going to do this I had three objectives. I wanted the frame to be: 1) light 2) strong 3) unobtrusive In order to accomplish this we’re going to build three boxes, much like…

Potato Bin: part one

Over the next two weeks I’m going to be posting some detailed info on my current project along with pictures and thoughts about the build. As I mentioned this is going to be partly salvaged material (shutters) augmented with only what you can buy at the local big box home store. I love working in…

A place for potatoes

Two years ago the church I serve bought the last parcel of the city block that we occupy in small town Eastern North Carolina. There was a house on the property that was at least a century old, and while I’m generally in favor of historical preservation, this one really needed to come down. For…

And the wood wins, again…

My “shop” was still 90 degrees last night at 8pm. It’s not ideal by any stretch of the imagination, but for the time being I do all of my woodworking in the garage and the garage has a giant gaping door and so that means for the most part the inside is like the outside….

Marking Gauge Giveaway

One of my favorite things about the woodworking community is that most of the time it’s a fairly “pay it forward” sort of group. We’re passionate about the craft and eager to share what we know. Lately, I’ve also been impressed by the way people not only pass on knowledge, but also the tools of…

I was useful once, capable and true…

“Where you gonna plug that one in?” the old man said as he nudged my elbow jokingly. I was standing in the scorching sun at the local stockyard flea market. I my hand, an artifact. The rusty spring steel and bleached apple wood bones that I held before me called out from a distant past: “I…