Here is how I spent my Sunday. With an old door I purchased at the ReStore and some scrap wood that I found in a dumper, I made this entry hall tree. I still need to add some trim, hooks and paint. If you click on the picture, it will enlarge.
As most families do these days, we eat in front of the TV and our dinner room table is the caught all for the items that we are too lazy to put away correctly. We had purchased a few of these couch tables a few years ago at a unfinished furniture store in Northern Kentucky. They worked great.
Before Christmas, I got the idea to make some items from tobacco sticks that have been planed and glued together. I have to give Ryan Corrigan at Woodcraft Lexington credit for giving me the idea.
After Christmas, my son, Daniel, found me a NEW planer for the low, low price of $100. That set in motion this couch table. I found the design on the Internet. I found tobacco sticks on Craigslist in Georgetown for $.10 each. Talk about a slow process. Planing two sides of a tobacco stick takes some time. The table is assembled by my trusty Kreg jig.
Here is the finished table. Bonnie claimed it right away.
Yesterday, Bonnie and I picked up a couple of headboards at Salvation Army. You can look at the photo gallery below to see how they started out. In just a few hours, we created this beautiful twin size bench. Bonnie isn't really happy with me because I told her that I'm going to sell it if anyone was interested.
Using the Kreg pocket hole jig, we connected one half of the smaller headboard to each side of the bigger headboard. I did some framing for the seat and put on some pine bead boards that we picked up at Home Depot.
We have primed it and will be painting in a few days. I'll post completed pictures. Our plan is to paint a ruby red with yellow accents.
End Table / Dog Kennel
Thanks to a great design by Ana White homemaker's website. I built this cool dog kennel for my niece, Jessie. It is made from inexpensive pine lumber, 1/2" MDF and 1/4" plywood. I have less than $60 in the project. It is a very large kennel (24"W x 36"D x 27"H). If you have never tried the Kreg Jig pocket screw system, it is a great tool. During the project, I did decide that I need a new table saw. The old $99 basic table saw would be sufficient if it wasn't 30+ years old and hard to get exact cuts.
Go the Ana's site, http://ana-white.com/plancatalog. Search for under the plans.
I'm a beginning woodworker playing with simple projects I can complete quickly.