Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Make a Scroll Sawn Nutcracker Mouse Ornament

My wife came up to me and told me that the person who we were going to get to make cookies for us to give to the mice may not be able to make them in the time frame we needed. So I quickly came up

Friday, November 13, 2015

Get Ready for the Holidays! Make This Easy Snowman Gift Box from Coffee Cans and Duck Tape

This easy snowman gift box also doubles as a decoration. It is  super simple to make, using two coffee cans and white duck tape. Last year my parents made a couple for us. This year I made my own. To make this you will need

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Make a "Beating Heart" Candy Bowl for Halloween

I wanted to make a candy bowl for trick or treat that looked like a spooky heart was beating under the candy. I hope the younger kids find it spookyand not too scary. I’m sure the teenagers with no

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Make a Toy Biplane for

Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals has started a charity called Makers Care ( All proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation, who grants wishes to very sick children. One of the largest expenses in wish granting is air fare. They have a fundraising drive that includes making an airplane out of any material, and posting it on the Makers Care site. Steve is donating $5 for each submission. This is my submission. I encourage you to make your own and post

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Make a Collapsible Step Poser for Photography

My wife wanted a step poser for use with her photography business. I saw similar ones to this that sold for $300 plus shipping. I had a lot of poplar and not so much time, but if anything, I'm cheap. I

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Make an Easy Wall Work Bench

I lack work space in my garage, and every horizontal surface becomes a place to stash things. This leaves my table saw and router table covered with tools and parts, and even used as an additional work bench.

In order to make my place begin to resemble a real shop, I made a workbench along the wall.

I purchased a sheet of 23/32 plywood from the blue box store. I had them cut it in half so it would fit

Friday, August 7, 2015

Make a Keepsake Box

I saw a keepsake box in the October 2014 issue of WOOD magazine. This is a somewhat simplified version of their box. I like the somewhat modified box joint joinery. I make me almost look like a real woodworker.

I cut some 1/2 inch poplar to the rough lengths of the sides. I added a miter gauge extension and set

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Make a Pocket Hole Printer Stand


We needed a stand to replace the TV tray we've been using temporarily (for years) for our network printer. My father gave me a ton of poplar he got when he bought a pallet of odds and ends from a

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Make a bandsaw box. I'm sure you can do better than me.

I made a “bandsaw” box without a bandsaw a couple of months ago. Recently, I purchased a small banchtop bandsaw. I decided to try to make an actual bandsaw box, albeit limited by the saw's modest 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Make a Rustic Planter Stand from a Fence Damaged by a Car - Crash to Treasure


A few weeks ago, a driver lost control of their car an ended up crashing through my backyard fence (no injuries). I decided to make a stand for some planters so they will be out of reach of the rabbits

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Make a Bandsaw Box without a Bandsaw - An Un-Bandsaw Box

I like the look of bandsaw boxes, but I didn't have a bandsaw at the time. I wanted to see if I could make something that emulated a bandsaw box anyway. It's not emulating the more familiar drawer style

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Make a portable, collapsible clothing rack from PVC for 10 dollars in about an hour

My daughter needed a small portable clothing rack for a dance competition. Make this one out of PVC pipe and fittings in an hour for about $10. Don't use glue and you can take it apart for storage

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Oversized Business Card Stand

My wife has a side photography business, and instead of regular business cards she made photo collages on 4 x 6 prints. However, she cannot find holders for this size. So I had to attempt to make

Friday, January 9, 2015

Shop Project - Sandpaper Organizer

January is a great month for organizing, and I'm going to start to turn a corner of my messy garage