Well our daughter called me one day and said Daddy can you make me an axe? Or clean up an old one for me? She had joined several campfires / been camping and ended up helping the boys build the fires. One boy even commented how she had bested another boy in a kindling splitting competition. So I dug around the garage and found an old axe head & cleaned it up. Bought a hickory handle to re hang the axe but had to manipulate it to fit the head. A friend of mine, who worked as a ranger in Yellowstone, shared a US Forest Service Axe maintenance manual with me. It is super interesting and full of best practices. ( if anyone is interested let me know and I can email it to you.) I followed this manual and after fitting the handle into the head, I soaked it in oil. Sanded down the handle with graduating levels of sandpaper. Our daughter asked her name be burned into the handle & on the sheath as well. The cow leather sheath has a piece of thick horse leather at the blade & is lined with sheepskin to keep the axe snugly in the sheath. Snaps shut. She was pleased with the end result. Its rewarding to refurbish an old tool and bring new life in it. A bonus to meet a childs request. Hope to look into crafting a new axe handle next time!
My wife spotted this wagon in a catalog. She thought it was adorable and asked if I could make one like it. Besides a wagon it helps the child to learn to walk by holding on to the handle. I made a copy and got some measurements off of Amazon and went to work. I have about 12 hours in it but I started 3 weeks ago. Usually a project goes start to finish but there were a lot of interruptions on this one. I got it finished and my wife and I couldn't be more happy with the way it turned out. He won't be getting it till Christmas but while watching our grandson yesterday I decided to see if he liked it. Our daughter dropped him off so I went and got the wagon and put it in front of him. Instantly he crawled up to it, pulled himself up and started running all over the place with it. The bad part was taking it away from him before mom came back to pick him up. BAD GRANDMA AND GRANDPA. We took pictures of him pushing it and no one knows so it will be a good conversation on Christmas when he opens it. LOL.I entered some pictures below to show the build and progress. Thanks for looking.
So here is my latest project. There have been a couple others in between that I have completed that I haven't posted. I really enjoyed this build. I love how it turned out. Built this one for a sister-in-law. This one is made totally from pine. I filled the knot hole in the door with epoxy. My first attempt at doing that. I hope that this one is as appreciated as the others that I have built. I think I am finally getting better with my dove tails. I love all the different colors in this one. Dimensions are 20 tall (20 1/2 with the feet), 7 1/2 wide and 6 1/4 deep. Drawer's are 6 3/8 W x 5 1/4 L x 1 1/2 D. Enjoy.