As I complete projects, I’ll walk you through the process and provide the trials and tribulations that I encounter with various things.

I’m on a pretty tight budget although I have some funds to work with.  I’m recently divorced, we sold the house and the leftover proceeds from that sale are available to me to rebuild my life and my business.  I’ll be working to find a place to put my shop and to set up the machines that I was able to keep.  My jigs are all gone to the trash heap and will need to be rebuilt.  So follow along as I rebuild my life.

Wooden Sailboat Wall Hanging

Wooden Sailboat Wall Hanging Overall FinishedSalvaged Oak from Hilton Head Island cried out to be sculpted into something with a maritime theme.  This Wooden Sailboat Wall Hanging neatly filled the need.  Follow along with the process used to create this unique one-of-a-kind piece of wall art.

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Live Edge Wood Benches

Finished Live Edge Benches by the FireTwo Live Edge Wood Benches created from the Yellow Pine that I milled in 2017 were produced as firepit chairs. We wanted something rustic so the two-inch thick pine worked nicely for this project.  I used some pallet wood supports for the cross pieces for the benches and left the milling marks and staining on the surface.  They are stable heavy and look very rustic with a minimum amount of spit and polish.

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Outdoor Wood Bench Restoration

Outdoor Wood Bench RestorationOver the years an outdoor wood bench sat looking over the 17th hole of the Heritage Golf Links.  Each night for about 20 years an elderly couple sat and watched the sunset over the Calabogie Sound.  Time and tide were not gentle on this bench.  When the couple passed their family wanted to remember them by restoring the bench to usable condition.  I was tasked with restoring this Outdoor Wood Bench.

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Refinishing Teak Furniture

Refinishing Teak FurnitureLast year we finished up the repairs on the house in South Carolina. On the back porch, there were a couple of wooden chairs that had been sitting out in the weather for many years. While they were gray and had moss growing on them, I could tell that they were nice quality furniture. I suspected that they were teak but before I got started I wasn’t sure what wood they were made from. In any event, I decided that it was time to clean these up and see if there was anything under the grime. Here is the process that I use for refinishing teak furniture.

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Alaskan Sawmill Project | Revisited and Refined

alaskan-sawmill-clamp-detailsWhen I originally created the Alaskan Sawmill Jig, I used White Pine from Lowes.  While it worked fine for about 500 board feet of slabbing, eventually the softwood wouldn’t hold the clamps tight and splits in the wood began to appear. I have redone the clamps using Live Oak and created a set of plans for people to download.

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Yellow Pine Chainsaw Project

Sometime last fall (Fall of 2017) there was a windstorm that took down a huge yellow pine tree in our woods. I attacked two sections of this tree that contained straight relatively defect-free (or so I thought) with the chainsaw mill.

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Trying My Hand at Carving

Carving a PelicanEvery year for as long as I can remember, I would pop down to my shop in the basement and start making Christmas Presents. I need to find a jewel in the rough to give my new significant other for our first Christmas together. A piece of Black Cherry has presented itself for my inspection, perhaps a Pelican is hiding inside.

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