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

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One Last Top

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One Last TopThis is the last top I'm making this season and I got it made in time for the sale today…and it sold.
It is made from 32 pieces of osage orange and pecan. The launcher is made from pecan and the base is mesquite.
The top body is 3/4” thick and 3” in diameter and runs 3+ on a stainless steel pivot. It is finished with Danish oil.Cheers, Jim



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Queen-sized Headboard

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Queen-sized HeadboardIt has been a while!
Life keeps me very busy these days and woodworking for Fun has become an elusive thing…
The House requires plenty of work (not complaining!) and upgrades and renovations happen as time and money allow…
Sometime in October of last year, plans were made to have Debbie's Brother and his Girlfriend spend a night or two for the Holidays… It became a priority to finally finish one of the two upstairs bedrooms… Since we moved in 5 years ago, both bedrooms had been chiefly used for storage and were a mess! The process began with the larger one being emptied into the smaller one, floor, walls, and closet were repaired, all of the woodwork was sanded down almost to bare wood, and finally the room was painted top to bottom…
We decided to put our “old” Bed (7 or 8 Years old, but in new condition) up in the Guest Bedroom…
For ourselves, we bought a brand new Queen-sized for our own bedroom downstairs… The local Sears was having a “Going out of Business” Sale (aren't they all?) and so we got a very plush mattress and box spring @ 70% off, a huge savings!
After the bed was assembled and on it's frame, two things became apparent, #1) The Mattress and Box Spring were SO plush, that the bed was difficult for a couple of short people like us to get in and out of! and #2) Because there was no Headboard, the pillows were always wanting to squirt out and disappear behind the bed…So, before the Headboard could be delineated for size, the Bed had to be lowered a little…
I was loathe to put the Mattress on the floor, decided instead to make some quick “shoes” for the frame's legs…
After the wheels were pulled off and these were placed under, it was the just the ticket! Though the Bed was only lowered a little less than 3”, it was perfectly enough, we no longer need ladders to get up and in, nor a parachute to get up and out…
It was then a simple matter, to cut 4”x4” to size for the upright posts and then to shape and fasten Oak to the Posts… If you notice in the third picture, I took the time to do a cutaway at the bottom of the posts to fit over the Baseboard…
That has always seemed a problem to me with Headboard design, in that they do not fit flat against the wall, this one does…
Also, while it was still readily accessible, some brackets were added behind…
This, was to facilitate the addition of a couple of hidden, pocket shelves behind…
These have become a great place for our glasses, cell phones and whatnot…And that's about it for that, another project completed out of necessity rather than for enjoyment, but… truth be told, I enjoy the heck out of still having a pillow under my head when I wake up!Thanks for reading, Be Well and Be Safe my Friends! :)7 March 2020



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the homestead, on barn wood

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the homestead, on barn woodI have done these a few times and now I have request for more.



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