Small Projects

One of the byproducts of sawing logs is the half round slab that is removed in the process of squaring up the log. These are typically cut into firewood, chipped, or burned. I set aside a few chunks that I was carrying to the fireplace that looked a little too beautiful to burn and transformed them into these serving trays. This is a really quick project that would make a great gift.
From time to time, I like to make boxes since it helps me exercise my design skills.  This one started with the idea of filling the gap produced by hinges that are meant to hang doors and things evolved from there.  I selected some materials that I felt would work together, came up with some joinery ideas, and spent some time in the shop exploring the ideas in my head.  This is always a great exercise.  This box in particular is sized to be a valet box - somewhere to put your things at the end of the day (keys, watch, wallet, etc).
Our son, JR, loves books and as such they're all over the house.  Lindsay wanted a nice way to store and display the books so looking for ideas on Pintrest she came across some shelves shaped like clouds.  Being the wife of a woodworker, she went with a combination of spalted maple and walnut for their construction.  
After seeing the serving tray I made with April, Lindsay thought that they would make great Christmas presents.  I had a bunch more smaller slabs that I cut a few years ago so this project was perfect for those.  I made 8 trays: 6 maple and 2 butternut.
Marv had a BB gun from when he was a boy.  He started restoring it by sandblasting and painting the body and was going to start working on replacing the stock but wasn't able to due to sudden health reasons.  He provided me with a piece of Padauk to make the stock and the original to use as a guide.  The body bears the many dents and dings from his childhood adventures so I carried that theme to the stock by hand shaping it so it wouldn't be completely perfect.

As I continue my foray into boxmaking, my wife thought a hexagon shaped box would be cool. So instead of being boring and mitering the corners, I decided it would be "fun" to try dovetailing them. Normally I don't like to cut practice joints but...

I had an offcut from milling a walnut log a couple years ago that I thought would make a nice plaque for my wife's first mother's day as the mother of a human.  She also like brass and loves the combination of brass and walnut so using some brass rods, I attempted to write out the year, our son's name, and our dog's name.  This was a fun project but I wish it was easier to coax an infant into making a hand print.  I had to wipe away the paint a few times and retry.  That left some smeared paint on the surface but that serves as a memory of the fun I had playing in paint with my son.

I purchased a locket and gem for my wife.  The locket will hold a picture of our son and the ruby signifies his birth month.  I, of course, had to make something a little nicer to hold the jewelry so I came up with this...

My wife has been asking me to make a set of floating shelves for our son's nursery for a while now.  I've had a number of reclaimed barn studs for a while just waiting for a project.  The board I used for this project was...