A 2nd mortise and tenon

I found a couple of scraps of poplar in the basement and attempted my 2nd mortise and tenon. I have to say – Im much more pleased with this one. Its far from perfect – but it turned out way better than my first one. Working in hardwoods was much much easier than in whitewood….

My fist mortise and tenon

So I don’t mind admitting that I’ve become frustrated with the top Im building for the work bench. My decision to make one large flat surface by joining my two panels has left me stuck. I’ve been trying to smooth out two sides to glue up and have been failing miserably. So I decided to…

Making the 2nd top

Well – as things go – the 2nd top appears to be more difficult than the 1st top. I ran into all sorts of issues. I thought I had the hang of smoothing the edges of the boards before the glue up – and on some the process went quite quickly. However – on others…

The (extensive) hand planing begins…

So after my first lamination finished drying I took off the clamps and looked at what I had. I was a little disappointed in my clamping. Some of the boards appeared to have slid a little bit and I was initially worried that this meant that I wouldn’t be able to plane the boards smooth….

Building a work bench by hand

One of my goals this year was to get more into wood working – specifically hand wood working. I was sort of on the fence about the whole thing. I’ve spent years accumulating power tools and had thought that, as of late, I had become pretty darn good at getting things done with them. Then…

Project Laundry Room – The build

It occurred to me that I didn’t really spend much time talking about the process of building the cabinets for the laundry room so I thought I’d do a quick write up on that.  The project started here with a set of plans my wife drew up for what she wanted.  The ask was pretty…

Adventures in HVLP spraying

 My wonderful wife has selected the next project for me to work on after finishing the laundry room and Im excited to get started on it.  However – I wasn’t entirely happy with how the finish on the cabinets came out in the laundry room.  I had sprayed latex paint with my HVLP gun…

Project Laundry room – Done

Looking at the last post, I see I started this project on October 3rd.  3 months of work to get to where we are now which is much much too long.  But oh well – it can’t be helped – things at work got extremely busy and I just didn’t have the time.  To be…

Project Laundry Room

Now that the garage is done, I now have some time to work on some smaller projects.  My lovely wife has asked that I look into installing some cabinets in the laundry room above the washer and dryer.  Currently theres just a wire shelf above the laundry machines… The picture is poor but its hard…