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Nursery Furniture Followup
Back in 2015 I built a changing table, a bassinet, and a crib for my first son.  I've had a few requests to show how they're holding up. Since I have to do some rearranging to get JR's new bed set up, I thought this would be the perfect time to take a look at all those past projects.
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Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – May 23, 2017
Pretty full week around the shop.  Lindsay spent some time over the weekend in the shop finishing up the cloud shelves that she started back in February and earlier in the week, I removed all lumber from my shop that isn't part of a project that I'm working on.  Around the sawmill, I moved the last of my big logs up onto the bed and I made more of the stack levelers so I can finish stacking all the slabs I've been cutting.
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Slabbing with a Chainsaw and Bandsaw Mill
Last fall, Donavan had an elm tree removed from his yard that had died. The trunk was too heavy to be lifted out of his backyard with the crane that was used to remove the rest of the tree. We planned to mill the trunk in place with the chainsaw mill and after making a few cuts with the chainsaw mill, we removed enough weight so the log could be moved with a bobcat. We loaded it onto my trailer and cut the rest of the log on my homemade bandsaw mill.
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Clearing out the Shop – Shop Organization Introduction
One of my goals for this year is to get the shop organized so it is a more efficient work space not just for woodworking but also for filming my videos.  This first post in this organization series will serve as an introduction to the series and a bit of an updated shop tour.  Part of this initial clearing process will be to identify future organization projects as my biggest issue is almost everything in the shop doesn't have home.  Most things are nomadic; moving from surface to surface.
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Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – May 16, 2016
Outside this week, I was able to get my stack of ash all ready for drying.  The smaller log was temporarily stacked in my driveway after I cut it into slabs.  In the shop, I worked on the porch swing/day bed thingy.
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Lumber Stack Levelers
Setting up a flat base for stacking lumber to dry is and essential part of the drying process.  It can be a tedious process and if the base changes or the stack needs to move, you have to level the area again.  I decided to make some base levelers for my lumber stacks so I can quickly, easily, and accurately ensure a flat base for drying my lumber.
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Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – May 9, 2017
A productive week outdoors.  I slabbed up a goofy maple log and my friend, Jim, dropped off some logs and spent the day with me slabbing the big ash log.  In the shop I started working on a porch swing bed thing.
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Matt’s Weekly Shop Update – May 2, 2017
Finally back outside using the sawmill again.  I've had the round that I cut off of the white oak log sitting on the mill for over a month waiting to be cut into cookies.  In the shop, I started working on the counter top for my parents' laundry room.
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Finish and Mattress Support – JR’s Bed Part 5
Now it's on to the final details and finishing.  I'll be prefinishing the head and footboard before assembly to make the finishing process much simpler.  The last bit of construction will be to add the mattress support system which will consist of a ledger and slats.