The Woodshop Shed

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

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Air Plant Holder - Brisbane Box Wood

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Air Plant Holder - Brisbane Box WoodWe planted a Brisbane Box tree in our front yard several years ago that never did very well – it never fully died, but never really grew. We finally gave up on it and I pulled it from the ground last year (I literally pulled it out of the ground in 30 seconds). Since it was such a terrible tree I was compelled to make it do something useful for once. So I took the root ball and about 5 inches of trunk, flipped that upside down, and bored out a pocket in the middle to display this air plant my daughter got me for my birthday. That dumb tree is finally beautiful.



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Scrap Bots!

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Scrap Bots!Having just wrapped up a big stressful project, I wanted to have some fun in the shop. I also really want to teach my boys the joys of woodworking, working with your hands, problem solving, and creating. Well the stars aligned and they actually showed some interest today so we spent the morning in the shop and had a lot of fun!Oldest boy's bot was “Pokey 200.” He's a dog relaxing on the ground, but don't let that fool you. It has a laser nose, ejectable bomb ears, a cannon tail, and a level on its back for precise targeting.Middle boy's bot was “Laserman 2000.” He has laser eyes, a laser nose, and mega-ultra-2000-infinity arm lasers.Dad's was “Dad Bot 9000.” He's got an anti-laser, anti-bomb ear, anti-cannon tail force field generator onboard, and a secret spinny bow-tie attack that wins every time – to be used in emergencies only.I let the kids do some simple cuts on the band saw and some shaping on the edge sander, with lots of supervision (so not many photos of that obviously). These boys are messy, full of energy, hard to focus, and a joy to be around. They're proud of their creations, and I'm proud of that. Everyone had a great time on this project, and I'm sure they'll have fun destroying these in due time. Then we can make some more :)



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Go Fish

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Go FishThe two carvings were made years apart, and tied together (literally) when I completed the “fly”. The fly was designed when I felt the “rising trout(bass?)” carving looked too “alone”and small to make an interesting display. The links are brass rods. Admittedly the fish was from a carving book image, .. but I made modifications, including the (subtle) coloring of the water. The fly is entirely my design! The hook took considerable effort to get right. It's a brass tube (filled with fine sand while creating the bend to prevent crimping.) I'm currently working on a mobile of fishing lures, 10-20 times larger then the actual lures. We'll see what become of the final project in a year or two.



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Clocks

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ClocksI wasn't going to post these, but we seem to be in a project slump so I will just submit something. I'm sure you all have made a, or some clocks in your time. Here are a few of mine.
That first one is of course a book match set. If you look real close you'll see a figure in there. Hope it doesn't freek anyone out.
Enjoy…



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