Small Projects

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...

I've had this cherry offcut from cutting a curved log into lumber in my shop for over two years and I've been wanting to make a bench out of it.  The offcut tapers towards the center so I thought the thicker ends would make nice...

I had a chunk of curly maple that I had trimmed off of a bowl blank.  The way it was shaped looked perfect for a ladle.  I used the bandsaw, a bur in a die grinder, the spindle sander, and hand sanding to shape the...

A few times every year, I go through all my scrap wood and make end grain cutting boards.  I organize the wood that I want to use into groups depending on length.  I can then clean up and glue the strips together into blanks.  I...

Recently, Peter Brown turned a bracelet made from phone wires encased in epoxy.  I have a lot of computer and A/V wires that I no longer use.  I thought an epoxy bowl with various wires embedded in it would be really cool.  This was my...