Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wood Distressing Continued

Another great example of distressing techniques for new wood.  The ideas for creating that aged look are practically endless...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Build Your Own Cedar Bar

One of the most useful items for a deck or patio is a large flat area where you can prepare and serve food, pour hot or cold drinks, and have adequate storage for these tasks close at hand.

This cedar bar is designed to provide you with the convenience of both storage and a work surface at a convenient height. The top of the bar can be separated from the shelving unit for storage if necessary, by removing two screws.

I designed the storage area to accommodate a medium-sized cooler, but the cleats for the shelving can easily be altered to adapt to your particular needs....

To learn how to make this and many other outdoor wood furniture projects, visit for a whole bunch of free woodworking plans!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

From Pennies to Gold

One whole week left to get dear old Dad a Father's Day gift. Plenty of time left to shop or make him something special. I have heard that, on average, we spend less on Dads than on Moms. But I can say that most of us Dads prefer hand made gifts than the store-bought, anytime. The things my kids have made for me over the years, I will cherish forever...and they only cost pennies to make. Now, in my heart, they are worth a fortune.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Barnwood Bookshelf This is a wonderful example of how old wood, that often times goes ignored, or thrown out, can be reclaimed and given a new purpose! Warped, bowed, knotted, and cracked, these weathered boards, with just a little creative planning, became a center piece. The boards can be laid out to begin the planning process. First, lay down the vertical pieces. Hold your horizontal pieces where you will want them located, making certain they are level. Mark your vertical pieces where they will be cut. Make your cuts. Each vertical piece can be nailed or screwed to the horizontal shelf and add a bit of wood glue to help strengthen the joint. Only the topmost nails are going to show in the finished product. Idea: Use a couple of rusty nails for this portion. As you work, be sure to check that your shelves will be level. If not, simply cut your vertical pieces accordingly. Once all the pieces are together, finish with a nice matte clear coat or some spray on Minwax stain. The possibilities are virtually endless for a project like this. Each will be as unique as the wood that you have collected for the project. Good luck and let me know how this one works for you! I'll be in my shop making more shelves.... Hey Gang! The new website is coming along nicely. I still have a lot of work to do, but stop by and check it out!