The Woodshop Shed

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

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Pair of white planters

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Pair of white planters Unfortunately I didn't take more pictures of these two. Same design as the first one, with an added trim detail around the inside of the opening. The center panels are made of old weathered fence pickets that were hit by sprinklers and bleached in the sun. The main frame is painted cedar. I used spray paint thinking it would give me a better finish and was disappointed in the results even after carefully sanding everything. Lesson learned. I think I had about 6 hours of time into these, and my customer was very happy.

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A Solitary Bee Hotel and the Joy of Just Drilling

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My son Asher likes gardening. He loves digging, planting, harvesting, and building makeshift bug habitats for earthworms, beetles, moths, and ants. A few weeks ago, he asked me if we could make a solitary bee hotel for our garden's bumble …Source

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Lee Valley Glue Pot & Tabletop Warmer Review

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Tool: Glue Pot & Tabletop Warmer Shop Now  Manufacturer: Powermatic MSRP: $39.50 This stainless steel replica of a late 19th-century double-boiler cast iron glue pot from Landers, Frary & Clark is both cute and useful - despite its diminutive …Source

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Cedar and Ambrosia Maple Box

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Cedar and Ambrosia Maple BoxWell, I had an idea, so I finally broke down and got myself a new tool… a propane torch.I did a little research and found out that cedar can produce a nice effect when seared a little bit.I bought an 8-foot board of cedar and cut from it an 8.5” x 5.5” frame for the box. I decided to have the rough side out and the smooth side in, figuring that the rough side might take to the torch better.Once the glued frame was dry, I took to the outside with the torch, just passing the flame back and forth. I like the effect that it gave.The bottom is a fitted piece of Ambrosia Maple as is the top. I had a piece of twisted tree left, so that became the handle.I put little square dowels in the corners again for the lid to rest against.I know charred wood can be its own finish, but my fingers were smudged every time I picked this thing up, so I decided to finish it with a spray-on, satin poly.It was fun to work with a new kind of wood… the cedar.We'll see what people think.

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