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adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Kennel Topper

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Kennel TopperOne of the newer trends on a popular internet DIY site is custom pet kennels and kennel toppers. A friend of ours asked if we could make a topper for her dog kennel. Last spring we made a FarmHouse Desk for her and she asked for a kennel topper to match the wood of the desk.Nothing fancy here. No ornate routing or jointery. Just a flat board measuring about 45×31 inches. The top is made of thirteen each 3 and 4 inch boards glued up alternating the grain to resist warping. We made the top 3 inches wider and longer than the kennel. Then, centered 3/8 inch larger than the kennel dimensions, we routed a 1/4×1/4 inch dado into the bottom side. Into the dado was glued a 1 inch x 1/4 inch strip of wood extending down as a 3/4 inch skirt to keep the top in place should the topper get bumped into, or the dog were to get rowdy inside.Breadboard ends were installed to cover the end grain of the topper. The breadboards are secured to the top by four pocket hole screws installed from the top into each breadboard. (Breadboards are typically not glued in place to allow for different rates of expansion between the top and the breadboard. This way they can expand at their own rate without cracking or breaking anything. There are several typical methods used to secure breadboards, screws being one method).A 1/8 inch round-over bit was run around the top edges to break the sharp edges.As with the FarmHouse desk, the new owner will complete the finish sanding and apply a finish to match the FarmHouse desk.First time to do breadboards. Thanks for looking.



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Mobile stand key ring - less is plenty

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Mobile stand key ring - less is plentyMobile stand key ring
less is plentyHi LJ's,
Here a small project you can make with the kids, as Christmas gifts, to use small scraps, or just for the fun of it, as I did.A simple mobile stand key ring, any piece of hardwood scrap will do, cut to fit your mobiles width, I gave the rabbet a small angle, so the mobile stands firm in the stand, then shape ut how ever you like and give it some finish.Here a piece of bog oak, from the Danish viking museum Sagnladet Lejre, a woodworking friend had the luck to get a few pieces and gave me one, so every little off cut gets a use.
I gave it Danish oil and polished it up, after shaping it on a sander.
Made a handful of these, in different woods, my wonderful friend Claus got one and a few other friends as well as my daughter, will get the rest.
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1. Mobile in stand.
2. Less is plenty.
3. Side view.
4. Handy…
5. No more lost keys or mobile…
6. From back.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even a few mobile stand key rings.Best thoughts,MaFe



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Outdoor Cooking Island

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Outdoor Cooking Island A few months ago I had a hot tub here. The wife and I didn't use it much anymore so we sold it and I built this cooking island. I utilized the 50 amp service I had for the spa for 4 dedicated 20 amp receptacles for all the crock pots the wife could throw at it. Will make large family gatherings much easier once this COVID BS is over with. The Island has storage for tubs of dishes etc. drawers for all my cooking utensils and a cupboard for foil pans. Lighting is track lighting LED on a dimmer. LED mood lighting under the edge of the countertop all the way around. A 2 burner propane gas cooktop. Challenge was finding heart redwood vertical grain for the doors. Finished with 2 coats of tung oil followed by 3 coats of spar urethane.



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