New project for Daddy’s Workshop

couch tableA table for behind our couch with outlets and but in USB ports for charging. Plus a shelf for storage which is a premium in our house :)

Adjustable TV tray ( back to the drawing board )

As I assembled the pieces for this tray table it became clear that I need to redo some of it. The base is twisted and the post leans quite a bit. I don’t like the hinge set up and over all I don’t like the stability and feel of it. So back to the drawing board


TV tray

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new to me tool in the shop

jointer 1 IMG_2407I recently bought a used jointer ,  it is a Craftsman 6″ jointer.  I had and older version of this tool several years ago but sold it cause I thought it took up too much room in the shop for the amount of use it actually got. I quickly realized when I started woodworking again how much I missed this tool. I work with mainly rough sawn lumber and making a straight edge on a board is very important. There are other methods of doing this but this is by far my favorite so far. I would like to learn how to use hand planes in the future and as I join more groups and forums I am sure I will learn that talent.

I spent an afternoon setting it up and making sure everything is in good working order. Setting the in feed and out feed tables was the most challenging but with a lot of patience ( and a few adult words )  I got it set up and working well.

This jointer will end a lot of frustration for me, as I glue up boards that have a straight and true edge. I already received a lesson in what not to do with it and that is not to put too much down pressure on a small piece. Doing so will cause the jointer to spit said piece flying across the shop at a very high rate of speed. Luckily the only damage done was to the piece itself. My wife walked in just after it happened and seen the look of “enlightenment ” on my face and asked what happened. Being a nurse , after she heard the story she just shook her head and asked me ( very sternly ) to be careful. She did not want to a patient living at home I guess. All joking aside though , remember , power tools can be very dangerous and one should learn how to use them properly. And with that being said ,

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WoodWorking Show 2014

I attended the WoodWorking show in Milwaukee this last Saturday. I was surprised that it was  not that big of a show as far as vendors go  but as it turns out I was not there to shop anyway. There was plenty to see and shop around  but I could hardly say you could spend a day just shopping. There were a few classes you could take for a fee and a ton of free seminars going on through out the day. Everything from how to improve your Sketchup skills to bandsaw techniques. I happened to sit down for a table saw seminar right away in the morning and with the exception of a few breaks for food and bathroom breaks in between seminars this is where I stayed the whole day. I really enjoyed Andy Chidwick’s seminars. the seminars were entertaining and informative at the same time.  I encourage you to check out his work and website. He offers a woodworking vacation that I think would be awesome to attend, but in the mean time I will have to settle for his online version of the school and community .

More posts to come this week , I am adding a new/ used tool to my shop and looking into getting some professional help with the site. Plus some more updates on Cody’s bed and a few other things I have been working on, until then

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overdue update

I have been very busy the last couple of weeks and not a lot dust has been made the last couple of weeks. As usual, life throws some curve balls once and a while and you have to do your best to deal with them. I have decided to make a change in plans for the website. For now I will not be posting anymore plans on the site till I get a program I can use and not break any licensing rules. With that being said, I will be taking down the tower crane plans. They will come back when I can post them with out violating Trimble’s license agreement.

I plan to add a online shopping cart/store to the website and start selling actual physical products that I make. This too will take some time to research and set up, but I will get it up and running as soon as I can.  I would like to hear from all of you what you would like to see made available. So if you go to the finished projects page to get ideas and/or send in your own ideas , I will consider making them and putting them up for sale.

Cody’s bed is coming along and I hope to finish it soon so I can concentrate on products to put on the site. I still have several boards to plane down and cut to size but I will keep plugging away at it . Here is a picture

Cody's bed 1


Thank you for reading and checking out my site and as usual,

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New free plan

I just added a new plan to the free plans page , check it out and tell me what you think.

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Pardon my cyber dust

Please bare with with me while I make some cyber dust and recreate my site. I promise it will be better and more user friendly than before.

How long will this take ?


This is a question I have been asking my self a lot lately. Some how I always envision things happening way faster than it does. As I was planing down some more boards for Cody’s bed, I found my self wondering when I will get this project done. The answer is I really don’t know. I guess the one way to look at it is , how long did it take the cherry tree to grow large enough to produce the beautiful wood that is now becoming Cody’s bed. Trees are not in a hurry to grow so why should I be in a hurry to produce this bed. I guess I should explain that soon he will be to big for his current bed but he still has a few months he can still be comfortable in it. So I do need to finish it in the relative near future but it doesn’t need to be done today.


Woodworking takes time, you need to look at things in a lot of different angles and light. If you try to force things in woodworking the outcome is usually not to your satisfaction. I was milling the face of some boards flat using a sled I made for my thickness planer and was getting some tear out. Time to do a little research on planing and grain orientation. Now there is a wealth of information out there on this subject all you have to do is look for it, but that is not the point I am trying to make here. It took time away from me planing the boards down to go look for the information I needed, but I learned a few things that will save me time in the future.


Cody’s bed will get done and it will be a nice piece of furniture when it is finished and I will have some new skills and ideas for the future. Which I will share here on this site.


I would love to hear what you think.

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