Quilt Square Stands

The world of quilting has so many different skill sets that there really isn’t just one piece that represents all the elements of “quilting.” Aside from the beauty of a full size quilt, the intricate work in each of the small areas called “squares” is really impressive and gives quilters an opportunity to display their work on a smaller scale. …

Turned Ornamental Lanterns

I learned (ok, maybe not “learned”) how to make these after watching some videos for ornaments. The ones shown at the beginning are prototypes for the design I want. The idea is to have them small enough to hang on tree or sit on a shelf. They have battery powered tea lights or lantern lights in them. The lights come …

Snow People

This is an easy project with only a few steps. OCD may not be your friend here but I guarantee that a little extra effort will set your snowpeeps out from the pack. I bought a bunch of maple from a baseball bat manufacturer. These are seconds, so they are not completely round and the grain differs from piece to …

17 Years to Life

I probably shouldn’t joke about this but I’m gonna any way. Unbeknownst to me, a zillion years ago someone sadistic soul decreed that each year of marriage is marked with a traditional gift. The traditional gift was to prepare the couple for their life together. Who knew? Certainly not me when Miss Thang announced that in honor of our nuptials …

The Letter Box

Over the years I save the cards and letters from “She Who Must Be Obeyed” but lacked a space to put them. While I enjoy making things for her, making something for me was not on the list. However…an excuse to ruin some wood was at hand. I started with some 1/4″ flat curly maple and highly figured walnut. I …

Queen Takes it All

I like chess and especially well made pieces and boards. It was obvious at a young age that I was more a “Boring Spastic” than “Boris Spassky” but my appreciation for the boards and pieces never waned. My girl plays chess and I bought her some Staunton pieces a long time ago be we could never find a board that …