Cherry Slab Table with Inlay and Hairpin Legs

Cherry Slab Table with Inlay and Hairpin Legs

Last year I went to a yard sale where a woodworker was retiring to move up north. He was selling off quite a bit of equipment along with a lot of odds and ends wood he had collected along the way. I did buy a band saw and a belt sander that day, but I also bought 2...
Upcycled Repainted Chair Planter

Upcycled Repainted Chair Planter

Tracy had mentioned that every time she was in the car traveling to Ann Arbor with her sister she always said she loved this one house that had painted chair planters for sale out by the road. For the last few years, this avid upcycler paints dozens of chairs in a...
Barn Wood Shelves and Candle Holders

Barn Wood Shelves and Candle Holders

Last weekend I decided to clean out the garage a little, and make a few small projects. This is what we ended up with, a pair of barn wood shelves, a pair of barn wood candle holders, and a reclaimed barn wood 3-tiered shelf. The 3-tiered shelf is made from 100 year...
DIY Garage Workbench Plans

DIY Garage Workbench Plans

Earlier this year I found some plans online for the top 5 best router tables right now on the Family Handyman site: That seemed like a pretty cool workbench, and the $50 price tag seemed reasonable. My second oldest son, who recently bought a new house – has an...
Barn Wood Light Switch Covers

Barn Wood Light Switch Covers

I had some left over 100 year old reclaimed barn wood scraps under the work bench and for some reason I thought those might make good light switch covers. The thing is they were a little under 4/4 (1″ thick). I just ran them over the table saw in 2 passes and...
Scrollsaw Batman Keychain Holder + Free Pattern

Scrollsaw Batman Keychain Holder + Free Pattern

Recently I made a Batman keychain holder for my son Kyle to give to his girlfriend for her birthday. I had an idea of using the Dark Knight Batman symbol for the outside piece (which I would cut on the scrollsaw). I also had the idea of making 2 keychains in the shape...
Glow in the Dark Xbox Table

Glow in the Dark Xbox Table

This is the story of how I built a glow in the dark Xbox table for my son, made from 100 year old reclaimed wood. My oldest son, Kyle, requested that I build him a side table to go between his couch and loveseat. It couldn’t be too wide, and it should be about...
Hand Carved Reclaimed Barn Wood Sign

Hand Carved Reclaimed Barn Wood Sign

This is the first sign from reclaimed barn wood that I’ve made. I did this one as a test to see how easy it would be to add a hand carved quote to 100 year old barn wood. In the end it wasn’t that difficult, but (being weathered) it definitely was a unique...
Custom Barn Wood Kitchen Island

Custom Barn Wood Kitchen Island

Last fall when I asked Tracy what new projects she wanted made for the house she said she wanted a kitchen island first.  And not just any kitchen island – she wanted a custom barn wood kitchen island.  We even had a slight disagreement about the size.  She...
Custom Red Oak Walnut Towel Bar

Custom Red Oak Walnut Towel Bar

Created a custom hardwood towel bar for Tracy out of red oak and black walnut to match our kitchen island.  I decided to keep the towel bar in the same specs as the island itself (black walnut and red oak).  The end cap pieces are two 3×3 squares of red oak glued...
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