Monday, January 23, 2017

Fairy Lights

I saw this project at Darbin Orvar and thought my kids would like them, so I set to work to try to finish in time for christmas.

First things first, I went and bought a hunk of 4"x4" mahogany. I didn't really care what kind of wood (I just knew I wanted hardwood) and so basically I just picked what looked good from the small inventory at the local Woodcraft store.

Then I went to my buddy's house and borrowed his drill press. I bought a forstner bit specifically for this project.

In the end, the only tricky part was figuring out a way to get the recess large enough for the battery pack and not make it all jagged/etc. I used the router table to clean up the edges, but the deepest bit I had was not deep enough, so I hogged out more material with a spade bit. Maybe I should invest in some chisels...



On to some finishing... And then assembly.


The kids liked them, but I think I should have made it a bit easier to turn them off/on. The hole I drilled in the bottom cover is a bit too small.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Dresser Conversion

We go this old dresser from some friends of ours. They were getting rid of it as it had definitely seen some better days.





My plan was to convert it into a cabinet by removing the drawers and rails, then adding interior shelves. For the cabinet doors, I pulled the fronts off the drawers and attached them to some plywood.

I left the top row of drawers alone.

I ended up having to do a lot of fixing to the carcass before I could even get started and I'm having a really difficult time matching the stain. I've definitely found one of those skills I'll need to spend a lot of time on if I want to figure out. Matching stain...

Because this is going to be a home for the record player and records, I made sure the shelves were the right height for albums and then reattached the doors. Aside from the stain issue, it's all ready to go. (well, I have to re-attach the knob on the top right drawer, and the top left drawer will likely always have that chunk missing...)






Monday, August 22, 2016

Miscellaneous Projects

I've been plugging away, making little things out in the shedshop, having a blast. Nothing really noteworthy, just... "stuff"



 This box I threw together from scraps... It's almost square! :)


 Here I'm starting a shelf-thingy designed to hold finishing stuff, spray paint, wax, stain, etc. Finally got to use my pocket hole jig after I built the accessory box for it.


 Here's the frame with the back, and then below, you can see it in place (hanging via french cleat) with a few items in it.



I'm _almost_ ready to tackle the dresser conversion/project thing. More on that later...


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Cleats and Tool Storage

Not that I have an enormous collection of power tools, but each one I have came in a hand plastic carry case. Those are great -- when you need to carry the tools around.

But now that I'm doing most of my work in the shed, those plastic boxes get in the way and take up valuable space.



So I decided to make a "french cleat" storage rack and some shelf/boxes to attach to it, and use that to store my tools. I've made all of this from scraps, which kind of explains how rough they look.

The idea is that I can just put the tool and maybe some of its basic accessories in a custom sized box hanging from the cleat and just put the plastic carry case somewhere else (in case I need it) or even toss it.


Here's the one I built for the small router. It's not exactly beautiful, but it was fun to make and it does serve its purpose. I cut a hole in the center of the bottom of the shelf/box so that the router can fit even if there's a bit inserted.

So far I've built three of these, one for the router, the jig saw, and the sander. I'm thinking about making one for the drills and charger next.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Adirondack (Pt 2)

Here it is waiting patiently for paint:



And then here it is "in situ"



I love the color. I wanted something really bright, but we _almost_ went with a forest green.

Glad yellower heads prevailed.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Scrap Pile Project: Kreg Jig Storage Base

I noticed that after I went through the garage, the rafters, and the storage shed, I've managed to build up quite a pile of scrap wood: cutoffs, mistakes, extras, etc.

I saw a really cool project here (http://www.handy1.ca/kreg-jig-storage-base/) and decided to pretty much copy it as best I could with the leftovers I have.


Here it is while I was spraying it with some clear shellac. I had already put the hinge on when I decided it needed another coat.

The lid is a somewhat warped piece of cheap pine I've had for a while, but I think it will work fine.






Again, shamelessly copying the one I saw online. Turns out that once you put the jig itself up on the lid of the box, you don't really need much space inside the box for the accessories! :)






Sunday, June 5, 2016

"Japanese" Toolbox from Make Magazine

A few years ago we received Make Magazine issue #34 in the mail and I really liked the toolbox build project it contained. This was back when Make wasn't _all_ electronics... :)

Anyway, I always meant to get around to trying to make it -- I love the sliding "locking" lid mechanism. I even went so far as to buy the wood I'd need. But after a year or two I forgot about it and the magazine got buried in the pile of subsequent Makes.

Recently, though, I went through the stack and found the issue and decided to try to make the toolbox. I pulled the wood down out of the rafters in the garage. Some of it was a bit warped, but it's just a toolbox for myself, and it won't bug me if things aren't perfect.


I used my slightly accurate table saw cross sled for many of the cuts. It works well! That said, I must have done something wrong when I put the riving knife back on because wood _always_ gets pinched between the blade and the fence when I'm not using the sled...

After I cut all the wood to length, it was time to make a real mess.


 The box is finished, time to make the lid...



It came out ok -- I'm certainly happy with it. I still need to sand it down and get rid of the rough edges/splintery bits, but the lid works, and I'm sure it will hold whatever I put in there.

Not sure if/how I'll finish it. Just sand it down? Maybe some oil/wax?

If I were to make it again, I'd use better wood and maybe some more interesting methods for fastening it together. I think making one slightly smaller (this one is 26 inches long by almost 9 tall) might be fun as well.