Jewelry Box

March 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

In what might have been my 5th attempt to fix Kami’s crappy jewelry box, I had an epiphany.  Build or buy, because this thing is a piece of junk.  Sure, I could have purchased one that was probably better in terms of it’s craftsmanship and cheaper, but where is the fun in that.  So, I set out to build one.  I wanted to make it a little unique and one that would fit her needs.  I accomplished neither.  Well, the unique part is debatable, but suiting her needs, not so much.  Either way, it is a box that holds jewelry so we are going to call it good enough. 

This is my first attempt at corner splines on mitered corners.  If nothing else it did strengthen the joint.  This one is made from red oak with sections of Brazilian cherry.  Simple trays made out of red oak and lined in felt inside.  Here it is prior t the finish being applied.


Here it is after the finish of Danish Oil and Minwax Paste Wax.



Toy barn

March 14, 2011 § 9 Comments

Here is the scenario:  Kami and I are out Christmas shopping with the kids.  We make a stop at Toy’s R Us and Eli spots this barn on the shelf and goes half crazy wanting us to put it in the cart.  Kami and I look at each other and both know that he is getting a toy barn for Christmas.  He is a complete animal nut and will literally play for hours with those stupid little plastic animals.  Then we take a closer look and find this for $119.

Yeah, not paying $119 for a barn that he will destroy in no time.  Not to mention that this thing is tiny.  He has accumulated what seems like hundreds of these little animals from playing the con man with both of his Grandma’s while at the dollar store.

That was when the thought popped into my head… I think that I can build that thing much cheaper and much sturdier than this piece of crap.  Turns out, I can.  Started with a concept in my head and went from there.  Some 1/4″ birch plywood from one of the local big box stores, some hardwood I had laying around, some wood glue and paint.  Only took a couple of nights of building then a couple more nights of painting and final touches and here we go.

This photo was after most of the building and finishing was done.  Just need to add a few finishing touches.


Finished product:


End result was that we saved $120 and Eli was thrilled.  Total cost of the project for me was $32 with paint and hardware.  The trim pieces that I used were from some scraps that I had in my shop, so there wasn’t any cost there.  Other than that, we ended up with a quality product for Eli that works much better for his huge collection of animals.

Mission accomplished.

Back to the blogosphere

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well ladies and gents… it has been quite some time since I’ve blogged.  2 years to be precise.  I intend to make this blog primarily about my hobbies which include technology and woodworking (for the time being…).  I will eventually migrate this blog to my primary domain name after I get some DNS issues worked out.  I will also be posting about some of the woodworking projects that I’ve completed recently and the projects that I’ve got queued up.  Some of the upcoming posts will include:

  • Toy barn
  • Jewelry box
  • New table saw (at least for me)
  • Loft bed(s)
  • Serving tray
  • Work bench
  • Workshop reorg plans
  • New phone!
  • Vacation
  • My health

For the woodworking projects, I will try to include links to the SketchUp files if I have them available.  I will also be using the widget from LumberJocks to include some pictures of the projects that I post.  Most of the above posts will be in the past tense at this point, but I’ll get caught up at some point and post some more “in-progress” projects.  Not sure what other widgets I will put on at this point, but I’m sure there will be a few.

From a woodworking perspective, I’m fairly new to this hobby but really enjoy it and spend a good majority of my free time thinking, reading, planning or executing my next project.  This hobby has allowed me to break away from the computer for a while, which is a good thing.  I’ve gotten pretty burned out on the technology stuff, but it still keeps me interested, just not so much in my free time.  I work in technology every day and when I get home, I really don’t have a lot of motivation to sit down and bang away at the keyboard.  I’ve also been doing technology consulting for 11 years which is also an area of my life that I’m getting burned out on.  I’ll get into this in more detail in future posts.

I will try to get into a regular posting schedule, which will help me stay focused on blogging.

Thats all for tonight folks.

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