This Week in the Shop: The Cajon Drum

This week, I prepped for this summer’s woodshop classes.  The students will be building these benches, mending and designing chairs and constructing Cajon drums.  I’ve secured enough lumber for the benches, pulling plywood chair designs from various sources and built this example project.  Look to the above link for construction details. I finished the sides in Miniwax Polyshades.  Acrylic paints cover the top and rear . And how it sounds! Continue reading This Week in the Shop: The Cajon Drum

Tool Primer: Painting A Room

In February, I learned the necessity of insurance, family, cash-in-your-pocket and good-quality plumbing.  My house flooded – and I’m talking spectacular water-from-the-ceiling, I-hope-this-never-happens-to-a-house-I-own flood.

Every room in my house received flood damage.  We moved out for a month and the landlord gave us a new house (ok, his insurance did).  I will say this: we got lucky and it could have been worse.  I saved our expensive things from harm, my landlord had insurance.  This could have gone worse.  I count my blessings.

As the contractors worked tirelessly to fix the damage (new lighting fixtures, new kitchen, new floors, new carpet, new tiles, new paint, new drywall…..), I painted my boys’ room.  Some results:


The Tool Primer for Painting a Room after the jump!

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(School) Year in Review: Art Car 2011

As I gear up for summer program, I will be taking a little time to reflect on my past year. My bosses at work have kept me on as a teacher, although I smell the terrifying and exciting smell of change in the air. On May 22nd, my students (and I) participated in the 2011 Art Car Parade. You can catch some parade pictures here and the winner’s list here. I blogged about the build process here.  The cost of this project: $30.  Re-used lumber, re-used paint.  I even got to reuse the sheet metal screws from my last Art … Continue reading (School) Year in Review: Art Car 2011

This Week in the Shop: Children’s Picnic Table

This week in the shop, I got the chance to use up a few of the pine boards laying in the woodpile.  My son got a picnic table out of the deal.  The table is 24″ L, 11″ W & about 11″ H. The table: The chair (the rails are too close together): The result as he knows it: A side shot of the chair.  It’s a little skinny: I attached the top with a few screws. You can deduce the construction of the side with this shot. Make it safe & keep the rubber side down this weekend.  I’ll … Continue reading This Week in the Shop: Children’s Picnic Table

This Week in the Shop: Reading Stand from Salvaged Wainscoting

Here’s my latest workshop creation.  It’s a small reading stand for my wife’s grandmother (or rather, mine too, I guess).  The curly flame maple isn’t actual wood, but some sort of printed-Formica laid over some pretty expensive chipboard.  The Formica/chipboard came off a local office’s wainscoting, and I just had to grab a coupla panels.  The Formica cuts well with a panel/plywood blade in my circle/miter saw.  I still need to work on covering the chipboard up – I tried molding in this project and paint in this one.  I’m leaning towards molding after seeing the results. Now onto parts … Continue reading This Week in the Shop: Reading Stand from Salvaged Wainscoting

This Week in the Shop: A Granite Trestle Table (for Grillin’)

There’s a saying in electronic/maker/hacker circles. Sometimes, you just need enough junk before you can start doing cool stuff. You need a “critical mass” of stuff.  This trestle table came together because of a “critical mass” of junk.  The pressure treated base was scrap pieces from a variety of sources (work, my own projects, etc) and the top came from a neighbor’s remodel.  As any maker will tell you: if you don’t collect the stuff somewhere, you don’t get the idea to use it.  The process works and I got a cute little grilling table out of it.

A walk through of the build after the jump.

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This Week In The Shop: Jewelry Box

One of my MasterClass students finished a jewelry box just in time for Mother’s Day.  He’s been working for close to three months on it.

We began with a design consultation, in which we researched various box designs on the web.  I want to give a big thank-you to Andy, an extremely talented and generous woodworker who provided some valuable feedback for my young student.  I greatly appreciate your help Andy. 

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Bookshelf in Mission Style

This bookshelf recently left the workshop at school.  The bookshelf started life as an illustration in The Project Gutenberg EBook of Mission Furniture, by H. H. Windsor, otherwise known as the good fellows at Popular Mechanics. Which the student modified to suit the schools current needs.  The CAD mock-up looked like this: In the end, the piece had to be painted. Paint hides all flaws when it comes to salvaged wood. Pretty excited about the finished product.  Here’s a close up of the butt joints used on the shelving, as well as a shot which showcases the inch-thick reclaimed mahogony shelves. … Continue reading Bookshelf in Mission Style