Outdoor Bench (in YELLOW!)

I was so happy to paint this bench yellow! Finally, not white. 🙂 It’s a nice pale yellow and I think it will be a great outdoor bench. This bench did not take long to make. I did do something different however, so that set me back a bit. I decided to use my router to cut out sections on all four legs so the main seat would rest on the legs for added support. And this thing is very sturdy! Which I love.

Not sure what my next project will be. It’s been busy around here and in December very cold. It’s hard for me to get out in the garage when it’s so cold. My husband keeps telling me to buy a heater but I have a feeling it won’t warm it up enough!

Anyway, here’s the bench and hopefully it will warm up soon so I can get back out in the garage! 🙂 Happy Building! ~Michele





Children’s Table and Chairs

Here are the pictures of the table and chairs. They are not completely done yet. I did some staining, tung oil application and painting before Thanksgiving. My goal was to keep this table as natural as possible. I did stain the tops of the table and chairs with coffee, which works great. I also tried staining the base with beets and it made it a nice pinkish color but splotchy because it is a color stain. It was nice but not the effect I wanted. So I ended up painting it a nice pink! I think I need to do more test staining with natural colors before I commit to it! 🙂

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I have one more coat of tung oil and I also might do another coat of pink before it’s completely done. It was a lot of fun doing this project. I loved making the chairs! Can’t wait to make more. I’m not 100% on what my next project will be but I’ll post that update soon.

Happy Holidays! ~Michele

Chairs are done!


Yeah!! The chairs are done and super cute! I am onto the staining, sealing and painting stage. While I do that I might whip up another bench! 😉

Everything went pretty well with the chairs. I definitely need more clamps!  I need to start making a list when I work of the things I would like to have. Christmas is coming!! Right now I’m going to finish typing up the instructions for my bench. I’ll try to make one page instructions that I can hang on a clip board in my shop (aka garage.) So if I want to go back and make something I can just put it on top and get to work!

I will post my final pictures of the table and chairs hopefully by Friday!



It’s a Chair!

I know it’s a pretty simple thing, the chair. But it was so satisfying to turn it upright after assembling the legs and aprons and seeing a chair!


I love it and I think it turned out great! I have some gaps to fill since I didn’t use my router for the notches but that’s ok. I also adjusted the height of the table and the back of the chair and now I’m working on the second chair. I also have to decide how to style the back rest. I’m hoping to have this work done by Monday. Just in time for my Tuesday post! 🙂 Stay tuned…. ~Michele

Update to my update…

So I JUST realized, I have a router. Remember those notches I was talking about? Yeah, I have a router. So I could feel like an idiot because I totally forgot I could use a router for the notches OR I could say, I wanted to show people how to do notches if they don’t have a router or table saw. Aaaannnnd that’s what I’m gonna go with…. 🙂

But seriously, part of the reason I do this website is to show that you don’t have to have a bunch of awesome power tools and expensive equipment to make decent furniture. But it would help if you remember that you own one! 😉

Table and chair set update!

Happy Wednesday! I really wanted to get this post out yesterday since I was on a roll with Tuesday postings but unfortunately it didn’t happen. 😦

On the upside, I’ve done a good amount with the table and chairs. The table is all set except I have to make it a wee bit shorter. So I am going to us the circular saw to take of an inch or two and hope I don’t mess it up! 🙂 I cut the chair seats out with my jigsaw, they don’t match exactly but that’s ok. I used a template I made out of a brown paper bag  and that worked fine. Here’s the table and seats, sorry, it’s hard to get a picture without dogs in them!

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I cut all the legs for the two chairs and figured out how I would assemble them. I actually decided to make a notch in the back legs for extra support. I started to use my jigsaw but then tried my miter saw and it actually worked pretty well! The only issue I had was how to sand the middle part. I didn’t have tool that would work, so what did I do? I made one! 🙂 And it worked perfectly! I was so excited. Anyway, so now I just have to finish one leg and I can attached the legs and aprons! I’ll post another update on Friday! ~Michele

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Children’s Table and Chair set

Wow, I think I always post on Tuesdays! I just realized that. Happy Halloween! Not one of my favorite holidays but oh well, let’s move on….

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I started making the table yesterday, got all the pieces cut and today attached almost all of the legs and aprons. I was hoping to have that part done but I ran out of time. It went pretty well, just making sure it’s square before attaching the last leg. Then I’ll attached the table top. My pocket holes seem to be working well, so that’s nice. I am counter sinking and screwing in on two sides because I don’t trust using only pocket holes for that. And then I’ll cover up the holes with the button plugs. I just love those things! I will also reinforce the connection with wood corner braces. More soon…

Have a great Halloween!