Outside Bench

This is the bench I made for my parents. I printed out several different styles online and they chose this style. It’s made of Hemlock. I wanted to use Hem-Fir but the place I get that from was out. Mainly because it’s less expensive than the big box store Hemlock.


This was pretty easy to make and I got to use my nail gun which I love! I used pieces of poster board to set the gaps between each one of the slats. Also, I have no visible screws on the outside, other than tiny nail gun holes towards the bottom of each leg. The plan for this particular bench had the 1×3 slat supports underneath going vertically and I wasn’t sure how I would attach the slats that way. Definitely didn’t want to do that many pocket holes. So I decided to turn them horizontally and screw up from the bottom. Everything is glued for extra strength.

Now lets just hope they don’t ask me to finish it!! Up next…..Industrial Style Coffee Table!


TV Cabinet and outside bench

Hello and Happy Spring! The sun is finally starting to stick around here in the northwest, which is great, especially since we’ve had a very wet winter!

So I was able to route my TV cabinet doors but I ended up getting a new piece of glass and getting both pieces of glass cut professionally. It was easy and not expensive so I’m pretty sure I’ll use this local frame shop again if I need any glass cutting!

Then a tricky part was how to mount the glass into the doors. I researched different ways of doing this and decided to go with clear silicone. I have temporarily placed the glass in the doors so we are using them but I need to get the silicone to adhere them properly. But I’m happy with it and moving on to my next project….

The bench for my parents.

I’m going to use hem-fir for the whole thing because it’s so straight and smooth and even has mostly rounded edges. My parents will paint or stain it themselves once they decide what color they want. That’s absolutely fine with me as I can not stand doing finish work. I’ll post again once I start, which will hopefully be next week!!

Happy woodworking!





Folding workbench!


I just finished my folding workbench and I love it! It’s going to be great having a nice big table to work on rather than the garage floor! I found this design from Ask This Old House. It was on an episode about small workshops.


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Now I can finish up my TV cabinet update. Got the glass cut at a frame shop this time! More soon…… ~m

TV cabinet update

I had to replace the glass in one of the cabinet doors and I started that process today. When I first made this cabinet I hung the glass with mirror hangers. I wanted to do a rabbet cut so the glass would fit perfectly in the door frame but I didn’t have a router or table saw. I now have a router and today I finally got to put it to use. It was awesome! I thought I would have to get a piloted rabbeting bit. Which at the store cost about $25! But after doing some research and I realized I could use a straight bit and clamp some boards down to run the router against. And it worked! It was so great. I did mess up a bit but that’s ok. I had a replacement glass all ready to cut but as I was taking it out of the packaging it split! So good news, I got to use my router. Bad news, I have to get a new piece of glass and try to cut it perfectly!

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Once I do that though, it’ll be onto the next project! Building a backless bench for my Mom and Dad and making a folding work table for my garage workshop! More to come…

loft bed update

So hopefully this is my last post on the loft bed but you never know!

Since I’ve made the loft bed, it has become a bunk bed (sorry no pictures) and now, hopefully finally, a junior loft bed. My daughter did not like being up so high, it was too high and hot for her. As you can see I simply cut the legs, readjusted the cross brace and added curtains so she has a fun area to use under her bed. So far it’s been great! Although I have a feeling it might become a regular bed in the end! 🙂






Loft Bed

This is a loft bed I recently made for my daughter. It was from Loft Bed plans I got from Ana’s website. The bed works great. I used mostly pine or common board but I did put some Hem-Fir in there for strength. The long boards in this bed slide into slots on the head and foot board so you can take it a part pretty easily. To make that process easier I sanded down the ends that went into the slots and I didn’t paint them.

Here are some unfinished pictures of the bed.

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I did change it up a bit and put a ladder on the end instead of the side and

added a cross brace in the back to help prevent wobbling.

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All Done!


Lego Storage, nesting boxes

My son’s legos are a storage nightmare! I had multiple plastic containers and they were never organized. At one point we tried to sort them but that didn’t stick. So I decided to create boxes that I could just throw them in. No sorting allowed. Although I have to say, I do love sorting. I came up with a plan to have them be nesting boxes so they neatly stack and I put it on wheels! It can easily be moved around the room and when it’s clean up time we just fill up the bins. I was going to make a lid for the top one but I’m not sure if I’ll do that. It’s working out so far!! I put an ipad next to the containers in one picture so you have an idea of the size. Also, if I make this again I will do it with mitered butt joints. It will look a lot nicer that way.


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