Jan 4, 2012
Post up some of your wood working and carpentry expertise, if you've got any....
Does this include barn raising?
So I have been wanting to build my son a work bench to match his daddy's and this weekend I had enough scrap wood to put one together.
I started with a nice clean space work with.
This scrap wood and one full 2x4x8
A pretty basic frame setup. I made it sit 24" here, right above the outlet to allow use of the outlet but to cover it up for when he's younger.
A buddy of mine who has an account on here but always forgets to check in helped me out with the project.
We sanded the top down and I'm pretty sure I'm going to stain it and make it look really nice.
Next we added a smaller bench sitting at 16" to make this bench usable at an even younger age. I plan on putting up a piece of thin plywood behind this part and next to it to paint with that chalkboard paint. Above the 24" section I plan on putting up a peg board for kid tools and this section is 4' wide.
I built this craft table for my girlfriend for her birthday. It's extremely sturdy and features two rulers and a cutting groove sunken into the table, so that the table top is still flat.
Very nice guys.
Thanks I've got another project to post up later too.
Ratt, a barn raising would garner it's own Amish Paradise thread
Before I begin, I got this house for a steal and I love working on projects. Not so much a money pit, as I planned on spending a lot more on the house alone... that and I love projects.
I am currently working on my future house which had moisture damage from improper caulking between masonry and sidewall trim. This resulted in 100% humidity in the walls below the windows on the north side and 40% on the south side... thus resulting in mold.
I had an safety inspector (High ratings on http://www.angieslist.com/) come out and take air samples and take infrared pictures. Received the lab results and the walls below the brick need to be removed below the windows. Thank goodness the walls aren't totally messed up around the whole house, if that was the case, I would have scrubbed the fix and get rid of the house.
So, I got my Da' (Dad) involved and we are taking a diamond blade saw to the masonry and cutting below the sidewall.
Enough talk about the history behind the house...
We are building a Lean-To structure so we can work through wet weather and at night. The lean-to is so large because we will need to fit 8ft sheets of sidewall in it later on.
<- Notice the gap between the trim and masonry. Who ever added the brick and trim was an idiot and didn't caulk, thus letting in moisture/rain.
I wanna see a barn! Honestly, my wife is better at working wood than I am. :kikiki:
My Dad and I and a buddy of his built my new front a back decks this summer.
Although to be fair we are really posting pictures of carpentry projects. Woodworking would be a piece of furniture or decorative bookshelf.
This is a decorative wine box that I made for my wife. Itcan be used as a jewelry box. Red oak sides and Curly Maple ends.
Fixed! Now everyone should post everything! Post all the wood things!
uh oh. Allow me to dig up my folder of all things wood. This could get bad fast.
This project, like the one above, is ongoing and will be finished as time allows. We're debating on waiting for the weather to get nicer to paint or just closing the garage and putting a heater in it all day to keep a constant temperature.
A buddy of mine introduced me to a game called Cornhole and he's been wanting to build himself an official sized set for a while now. He'd been waiting on another friend to help him out but that friend keeps copping out on him so I volunteered my place and my help and we got it going.
I'm gonna post up a bunch of pics and a link for the build instructions.
We started out cutting a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" plywood into 4x2 pieces. We sanded those down and then went on to cut the rest of everything.
Hey Mac, that almost reminds me of a washers type of game. Nice work though.
Im no wood worker at all but I did build two of these out of a kids play ground swing set thing, Just a throw down bar table.
Nice!! Are you going to connect two with a rope or chain, to keep the marked off distance?
I wasn't going to originally but now that you mention it..... I may have to get some special rope for that
and JMAC that table is nice and it gives me another idea. I like this thread. It's inspiring me to do some more projects.
redneck horse shoes!!
Horse shoes are pretty redneck.
Well that's what we call it here.
Ive got a nice set of corn hole boards I build 2 years ago in shot class. Painted them and all, Ill get a pic up soon.
OOOO I get it lol. I thought you were just making a joke. This game does save your yard though compared to regular horse shoes. Back on topic though.
Aaron, looking forward to seeing your set.
I would LOVE to have space for a workbench. I'd just be happy with a garage that I didn't have to travel to! ie, my dad's, Dave's, Dave's parents, etc. I'm sure Dave would appreciate that, too.
Anyone done anything for the cargo area in a 1st Gen?
Dude I didnt know you bought the place, awesome i know its consuming your life.
Ive built some garage shelves and a work bench, id take photos but they are currently covered in all kinds of household crap, photos maybe later but really thats about all, oh does a fence count?
So, if you've met me (I think 2 of you have now...) you know I'm stuck up in an apartment when I'm home. The reason? My dad has been building a new house for the past 8 months. 8 MONTHS! After crappy contractors and a world of setbacks, its finally getting close. Along the way, I've gone out there, between college of course, and got my fair share of edjumacashun. But, we aren't just building any house...
Here is one of the few pictures I have of where we are. Of course, I put very little work into this house compared to my dad plus the crew of 3, but I have learned quite a bit from the construction of this PITA project. I guess when you consider the size of the crew, 8 months sounds reasonable. These aren't like Lincoln logs as much as we all wish they were.
That's beautiful. I would like to get ahold of some logs that I could do some projects with. Unfortunately I can't find anything here. Maybe the next time I get towards Ruidoso or Angel Fire I can find some cool stuff at their hardware stores.
Angel Fire? Really? I've been there once. Didn't know how much they had. Beautiful side of the country though.
My uncle owns a cabin there. I've been there a dozen times or so. That's where we honeymooned too.
Almost 3 year old corn hole boards. A bit weathered. The T is a decal I had cut and the orange T on the white board is off.
I don't know much about those windows as I was MIA that week they were put in. All I know is that they were custom. The grills are not removable.
For anyone who builds a house like this, you need to be there EVERY DAY of the build. Something will go wrong... quickly.
So I've been working on a few projects for my sons bedroom and this is just one of many.
I started out with some old dressers that were my wife's families. Her brother gave them to us right after we got the X. He was just going to throw them away.
I started out with these supplies
The Citristrip was recommended to me by a co-worker. It worked but it was a major pain in the....well you know. I should have taken a picture of the nasty crap I pulled off of these dressers. It was a nasty orange goupy crap.
It dries up and then you hit it with the mineral spirits to soften everything so you can spend hours scraping it off with 104.7 The Bear playing in the background.
I did tons of scraping then moved on to sanding. I went through a lot of sandpaper. What I couldn't get off with the scraper kept gouping up on the paper. Once it got hot it got soft and I was able to scrape some more, very tedious work.
After getting everything sanded down I measured for some drawer pulls and drilled the holes out.
Things are starting to come together!
Next up I painted a base coat of a light tan color and went over it with a forest green.
After doing all of this I commenced to distress what I just accomplished to get the look I was going for. I didn't do a very good job coating with the green paint for two reasons. One, I felt that the better job I did the more work I'd create for myself when I needed to distress it. Two, the dang power went out while I was painting and I LITERALLY painted these in the dark by flashlight.
Finally I did a coat of polyurethane to seal everything and avoid oils from messing things up in a weird way.
It's all in the room now and my next project is even better
We're going for a cabin theme in his room so I'm hoping to have it pretty decked out in the end.
Well done Mac!! I really like that paint scheme.
What did you use to distress them?
I did a light sanding on the dressers and then really used some elbow grease with some heavy steel wool. On the drawers I only used the steel wool.
I'm planning on doing another project like this with something else and experimenting with some other things for an even more distressed look.
They look great Mac, and you picked the right handles to go with for an older look.
Thanks. The ones I really wanted were like 5 bucks a piece and I said screw that and went for the 2.50 ones. Drawer pulls are expensive!
Cool thread! Good work Mac! Really like the way that finished up.
I took a 3 cherry displays from a store I was closing that looked like this
Turned 2 of them into a new entertainment center
and one into a bar for a buddy
The displays were solid cherry all around. There was no way in heck I was letting them get thrown out.
NICE! Those are awesome. I'm always on the lookout for good stuff like that.
Here's my most recent project.
My dad has plenty of pallets lying around at his office so I started out with a couple of them. This is a very easy project and anyone with a saw could do it.
This is after I washed them down thoroughly to get all of the dirt, grime and whatever junk could have been on them. These are supposedly untreated as well.
I picked a spot I liked and cut straight across. Afterwards I hammered all of the nails in nice and tight. Added a couple new ones to hold everything down even better. I removed another board from the middle of the pallet to place on the bottom to create a closed shelf. This proved challenging. These pallets are made to withstand all kinds of torture! They used twisted nails and a lot of them. Not to mention the wood is extremely tough.
After putting everything back together I sanded the tar out of everything to try and remove splinters.
I put a couple of thick coats of polyurethane to give it a uniform look and make it slightly smoother to the touch.
Finally we took them in my boy's room and hung them up and decorated. These were way too easy. It took me a few hours to do everything on Saturday and Sunday BUT I could have done it much faster had I been working with a mission. I was taking advantage of the nice weather and definitely went over the top in my sanding.
We added a layer of receiving blankets to the bottom of these to raise the books up to a level where they can be seen. I think I'm going to try and find some wood to place in the bottom to keep the books from falling out and to make them more visible permanently.
Those are awesome dude! My wife and I are in the middle of making a reading area for Gus, and I've got a nice pallet in the garage that I planned on doing this exact thing to. Your shelves great!
Thanks man, I've also got more plans for some of the leftover wood. I got out a lot of aggression beating the planks off of the pallet frame. We're making a sign in his room that says "Connor's Cabin" and my mother in law is going to write it out and draw some bears and pine trees.
Awesome idea Mac! When do you start selling this stuff?
Oh man. It would be easy to make a little money on the pallet shelves but the dressers are way too labor intensive. I may make a few more drawers and post em up for sale. No one on here would pay shipping but I might could sell a few on facebook to locals. I'd bet if I used a spray type clear coat I could save more time too.....hmmmm I may have myself a quick little money making time killer on my hands.
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