I made this for my in-laws for Christmas. The wood is some kind of Pine or Fir that came from 3 shipping pallets. I made it with the idea they would use it outside as a decoration on there ranch. To my surprise they liked it so much that they are going to replace there existing coffee table. Needless to say I was totally stoked.

I used three different finishes on this. I started with a coat of shellac to seal the wood and prevent the stain from blotching. I followed with a coat of stain and then finished with an oil based semi gloss polyurethane.

I also found the copper tiles that I inlaid into the sides at Copper Sinks Direct .

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Front Gate

on October 17, 2010 in Current Work | Comments Off

Our front gate is showing it’s wear and sagging a bit due to Austin riding on it..

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Well after 2 months of work the room is finally done. The bed is made completely of 3/4″ Birch plywood. It took 8 sheets to make it. I used a water based Polyurethane semi-gloss finish.

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Well the bed is done. Unfortunately his room is so small I can’t get a good picture of the whole be in one shot.

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The building of the bed… Documenting a build is new to me so I did not take near enough photos but I will share what I did take.

It started with 5 sheets of 3/4″ Birch Plywood. I ripped them down into pieces using my Makita Plunge Circular saw and rail guide. A very nice tool for breaking plywood down to smaller pieces and much safer than trying to manhandle a full sheet of plywood through the tablesaw.

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Well Austin is almost 9 and in the 4th grade now so we figured it was time to give his room a facelift.

Here are some pictures of the before.

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Archived Clocks

on August 30, 2010 in Clocks | No Comments »

This is a clock I made for my Mom as a Christmas gift.  I found this plan with the hardware at Klockit.com.  It’s made out of Pine and has a antique oak finish.


I made this clock for my this clock for my friends Glenn and Michele as a wedding present. It is made from Knotty Pine and has an Antique Cherry finish. I also made a custom face for this clock with their names and wedding date on it.



I made this wall clock for my in-laws. I got the plan for this out of Woodsmith magazine. They are into horses so I made a custom face with the name of their ranch on it and a bucking horse. It is made from Red Oak with a clear poly finish.


This is a cabinet I built to go under my Diefenbach Bench. I made it out of Maple and Walnut and used this to try out a couple of different joint types.

Unfortunately I did not take any photos of this case after the clear finish was applied and the drawer hardware installed. I need to take some pictures of it now.


This is the dresser that I did to go with the nightstands. This case actually ended up going to one of our neighbors. She moved into a new house and it fit perfectly into a nook so we gave it to her.


My neighbor has a huge collection of shot glasses from around the country. He asked me to build him a display case so that he could show them off. I designed it specifically to fit his collection but am going to have to build him another on because he still has more to display.


This is an oak bookcase that I am making for a friend of mine at work. He is a collector and wanted a nice bookcase to keep his some of his books on. The bookcase is 45″ tall by 35 1/2″ wide.


This is a coffee table that I made for a friend of mine. It is made of pine with a cherry stain. The drawers are full length and open from either side. The pulls are off the shelf that the client chose.


This is one of a set of nightstands that I made for our house. They are made of Pine with an Antique Oak finish. This is the first piece of furniture I ever made.

This is where it all started. I found the plan for this clock in an issue of Woodsmith Magazine and decided to give it a shot. I ended up making 4 of these clocks and giving them away as gifts.