Twin Bunk Beds

bunk beds for homestead center
Construction grade lumber (LOTS of sanding). Standard twin size frames. Both ends double as ladders. All slats are 2x material with a relief cut on the bottom to only take up 3/4” on the rail. Solid as a rock. No finish. EDIT: I recently completed a detailed set of plans for this bunk bed. They are available HERE. ...

Farm Table #3

Farm Table for homestead center
L7’ x D32” x H36” Complete pocket hole construction. Laminated legs to 3” x 3”. All construction grade SYP from local lumber yard. Customer to apply finish. Sketchup file available HERE.

Ferret Cage

Ferret Cage
My wife wanted a ferret. I wanted to make some sawdust :) We ended up getting two of them. The cage is 5’ long 6’ tall and 28” deep. The entire bottom is a tray that slides out to the left.

Weekend Wall Shelf with a twist from TheWoodWhisperer

Wall Shelf
Taken directly from the WoodWhisperer’s website. Only change is that I am using 2x construction pine and threw some horse shoes. All from one piece of 2×10x10 from Lowes. Anyone can build one of these. Only tools used were a 12” speed square, sliding miter saw, and a circular saw. I messed up on the middle dado. As you...

Horse Shoe Theme Trash Can

Horse Shoe Theme Trash Can
Solid Pine. No plywood. The front and back panels are glue ups of random width boards. The sides are a straight cut of 1×12. First panel glue up without pocket hole screws and I love it! Also, I finally got SketchUp working in Linux so this one went together quite well :) Side note: the chest in the background...

Simple Key Holder Shelves

Key holder shelves
Outgrew the old one…or should I say over cluttered the old one. Just simple shelves out of a scrap 40” piece of 1×12. Wanted to throw something together to test out the new router table and try out Target’s EM6000 I just got. The table is a tank and the finish is sweet! As with any small project it...

Farm Style Table #2

Farm Table 2
I liked the last farm table I built so much that I decided to build one for myself. Total Cost $58.27 + 10 hours labor. Solid construction grade pine. Amber shellac stain with 5 coats of Polycrylic. 70” x 32” surface area and 29.5” high. Legs are laminated 3.25” x 3.25”. I was in a hurry to finish for...

Farm Style Table #1

Farm Table 1
I built this farm style table this week. Everything was ripped out of left over 2×10 Lowes Top Choice lumber from a remodel last year. The last picture shows why I built it. This is for our laundry room on site and hopefully will last longer than the table I replaced. All the top pieces are 8” wide with...

Kitty Litter Cabinet

Cat litter box
I didn't build this per say. I had a oak base cabinet given to me and decided it would be perfect to conceal our cat litter. This naturally calms the odor and keeps my pesky dogs out of it. The cabinet has a shelf in the back which I used as a guideline to cut a hole in the...

Second Woodworking Project

Jamies box
This is a simple little box I made some years ago. At the time I had just acquired some woodworking tools and had the itch to make some sawdust. I had previously made a box for my shop and wanted to make something to as a gift. This was a valentines gift to my wife. I tried to freehand...

Makeup Vanity

Makeup Vanity
This vanity was built for my wife. She wanted plenty of storage, a mirror, and good lighting. I mounted a surge protector power strip in the top right drawer for her hair dryer and other items. I also mounted a light under the top which plugs into the power strip. Like most of my other projects, the stain is...

My Very First Woodworking Project

First Box
This is the very first project I made with wood. Its more of a keepsake now. It was home to my router bits and tools for a while. Now it just sits in the corner and collects dust. Its nothing special but I cant get rid of it. First mortised hinges (more of a hack job), first rabbets, first...

Curtain Rod Shelves

Curtain rod shelves
Since this post I have made a step by step tutorial with build video. Click here! 7’ long. Because it is too high for anyone to see the top surface it is secured to the wall with pocket hole screws drilled on the top. Completely changed the look of the room for less money than a night out to eat...

CD Cabinet for my Dad

CD Cabinet
This is a small cabinet I built for my dad for Christmas. It is a CD cabinet with the bottom shelves sized for a CD case. The top shelf happens to be perfect height for DVD cases. If I knew how technology was going it would have been a lot easier to make a single MP3 holder lol. It...

Chest of Drawers, Computer Desk, Dry Erase Board

Dresser desk dry erase board
I built this dresser for my wife (girlfriend at the time). We were looking to buy one but didn't want to buy any cheap China dressers so we decided to build a cheap pine dresser. This was my first take at making solid panels. I glued and pocket hole screwed 3 pieces of pine to make the sides and...

4′ x 7′ Bookshelves

bookshelf
I ended up building 2 of these for a store in Memphis, TN. They are a full 8’ tall, 4’ wide, and 18” deep. They have a drilled peg system running the length of the sides. She wanted it painted but also wanted the texture of a deep woodgrain to be visible. Cheap CDX plywood is perfect for this...

Entertainment Center

Entertainment Center
This is my first commissioned project in 2008. It was for my uncle and more of a learning experience than anything. It is simply 2 bookcases bolted to a center cabinet with a crown that sits on top. As you can see in one of the pics the crown bowed a little bit. It was later screwed to the...

Blanket Chest #3 – Nichole

Blanket Chest Nichole
This is my third chest to build. It is a wedding present for my sister. I went with the same design as my last chest as it was just easy to build. I do not have a band saw anymore and did not want to arch the base with a jigsaw so I decided to leave it solid and...

Blanket Chest #2 – Jamie

Blanket Chest Jamie
This is my second chest to build. As you can tell its just a pocket hole skeleton with panels attached to the inside. At the time I did not have a decent setup to do mortise and tenon joinery or floating panels. This is a cheap way to get the look of floating panels. This was made for my...

Blanket Chest #1 – Ruth

Blanket chest
This was my first chest to build. At the time I did not have a reliable way of making mortise and tenon joinery nor floating panels so as you can tell this build is with pocket hole screws. This is simply a pine skeleton with fitted panels inside giving the appearance of floating panels. This chest was made for...

Leecraft HT-1 Zero Clearance Insert Plate for PCB270TS

leecraft ht1
Anyone who has the same saw as I do (PCB270TS) knows how dificult it is to fabricate a zero clearance insert plate for it. I ended up buying two inserts for the saw. At $24.99 each they are a bit pricy but for me it's totally worth it. Increased safety and acuracy. Here is a video covering the initial...

Fancy Picture Frame

Picture Frame
My first attempt at a decent looking picture frame. I learned a lot from this build. Ended up using keyed miter corners. I agree the dentil molding could have been aligned a bit better but oh well. Maybe next time. For now, my wife has a frame for her print she got this christmas. Poplar with walnut keys. 16”...

Rustic Style Picture Collage

picture frame collage
Build a Rustic Collage Style Picture Frame. Here are a few previous projects and 2 videos covering how to build one.

How To Build A Pocket Hole Blanket Chest

Pocket Hole Blanket Chest
Size: 18"x18"x32". Species: Pine. Cost: About $60. This is a super simple way to get the nice floating panel look without the complicated joinery and tools. Obviously if you can build a chest with floating panels I would reccomend you do so but not all of us can. All the pocket holes are covered by the interior panels so...

How To Build A Pocket Hole Step Stool

I went into the shop today to finish up a blanket chest. I ended up making a step stool.... Here are some pictures and a video to guide you through building one of your own. The design was slightly modified from something I saw on Google Images. I wanted to go a little longer than a typical step stool so...

Cutting Board #3

cutting board
I found another sofa next to a dumpster waiting to be picked up. I happened to have a sledge, prybar, and a utility knife in the truck so I started to dismantle it. To my surprise I found some beautiful walnut and oak. After cutting off the staples and bad pieces I was left with enough usable wood to...

How To Build 2 Outdoor Arm Chairs And A Side Table

Spring is here and the smell of fresh cut grass is in the air. Life just feels better this time of the year. A few pieces of outdoor furniture makes it all more enjoyable. But STOP! Don't even think about buying pre-made, overpriced imported furniture. Instead, MAKE IT! The best way to enjoy the great outdoors is by making...

Push sticks – The good, the bad, and the ugly (but also good)

Push Sticks
Everyone has their opinion on push sticks. I have read some arguments in forums on what push stick is better. Bottom line if they attribute to more safety then use them. Each situation may require a different push stick. Here are a few of the push sticks I have in my shop. The Good: Recently Metthias Wandel posted his favorite push...

10′ Picnic tables

10 foot picnic table
A while ago I was asked to build a couple large picnic tables. They were to be used under a carport for teaching classes at the Mississippi Modern Homestead Center. The design I came up with was going to be pretty strong to last a long, long time. UPDATE: Thomas Storzuk was kind enough to put together a set...

Modified Harbor Freight Dust Collector

This is going to be a long picture and video filled post. Hopefully a one stop shop for those who want to do the same thing for their woodshop dust collection. Shop Dust Collection I didn’t want to spend any more money on a nice can filter for the unit so I decided to vent outside. This creates a negative pressure...

Adding a table saw extension wing

I have a list of “to do” items for the shop that seems to be getting longer daily. One of which is to make some extension wings for my table saw. Eventually they will be used as router tables. I decided I wouldn’t cut any holes in the tops until I made up my mind for what to put...

My Apartment Shop

Shortly after getting married I had to pack up and move 2 hours south. While my wife is attending Mississippi State University we figured it would be easier for us to get a place there in Starkville until she graduates. Long story short; I am maintenance at an apartment complex and use a vacant 3 bedroom apartment as my...

My First Shop

The old shop was fun. It was back in the bachelor days of my life. I had recently purchased some land and found a free trailer (mobile home, manufactured home, redneck mansion). It was free so long as I paid to move it. After moving it to the land and setting it up I quickly realized it was too...