Reviving a Tired Oak File Cabinet

I have had an old oak 4-drawer file cabinet in storage for a number of years waiting for the right time to restore it, or perhaps make it better than it ever was. With a little sandpaper, some wood glue, stain and sealer, what was probably a file cabinet in a 1960’s office turns into…

Barnwood Picture Frame

My sister successfully won the internet auction of an old painting of sandpipers on the beach.  The media….oil on plywood.  Just my style! The painting is intended for either the mantle or a hallway wall at Cricket Cottage.  It just needs a frame.  The painting style and intended destination lead to a rustic frame solution.  Did I…

Treated Window/Railing boxes

Railing boxes…not very exciting but practical and convenient.  Every year when spring rolls around, we break out the gardening tools and begin the process of bringing back o life to our planters and window boxes.  Inevitably, one or more of the boxes has warped, split, or rotted.  So we tear them apart or replace them,…

Scooter’s Aquarium Stand

My buddy Scott has helped me with nearly every project that I have undertaken.  Rarely do we do any projects for him.  I was bored, he needed a table to hold a 20 Gallon aquarium, and I had some birch and Douglas fir that I was interested to see how would work together with a neutral stain. This…

How I Built My Stitch and Glue Canoe – Updated

For a number of years now, I have been studying/messing with boat design to better understand construction elements and techniques.  I probably have a dozen books on the shelf on different kayak, canoe, and small boat designs but never had an all-season place to work on a longer-duration projects.  I ended up starting a number of one-meter yacht models to…