Thursday, September 16, 2010

Summer Island Chair

Over 4th of July weekend my girlfriend and I were invited to join our good friend Emily and her family to their cabin, which happens to be on an island right outside of Door County, WI. The trip turned out to be a lot of fun...filled with great island food and of course...drinks. It was a nice escape from all the school work I had been swamped with.

While at the island I decided to take the time to build a quick chair out of some found driftwood. We patrolled the shore and rounded up a couple of boards that would become the back and arm rests. The seat itself was made out of firewood that i chopped in half and pieced together. Kudos to Mr. Grelck for putting up with the mess that I created, and for letting my use his tools.

The Final Product.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Salvaged Wood Project

Over the summer I discovered a couple of old fence boards in our shed, which had to have been in there for over 15 years. I decided to put them to use and in the end managed to make a birdhouse along with three picture frames.

The Birdhouse ended up becoming a Mothers Day gift for my sweet ol' Ma. My girlfriend was kind enough to paint it for me using old paint found around the garage.

One of the frames I made specifically for a picture that was given to me on New Years Day 2010. While at a local McDonalds, New Years morning, an elderly lady sketched a picture of me, which turned out to be a quite an interesting way to start the New Years.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tiled Coffee Table

I designed this Coffee Table in the fall of 2009 with the intent to match the scheme of the new apartment my girlfriend and I were moving into. It is mostly made of Aspen wood, due to my little to no income, with the exception of the legs, which is made of Oak. Also, to help match the apartment I ended up using a cherry stain. Lastly, I decided to give the coffee table two 14" x 14" square areas which would later be filled with matching glass tiles purchased from Great Western Flooring in Geneva, IL.

Being one of the first major woodworking projects I am fairly happy with its outcome. I've learned quite a bit from my mistakes...

Pre-Stain/ Disassembled Pre-Stain/ Assembled

Complete Table Table Top w/Tile

Living Room of our new Apartment!

- John I.

Woodworking Projects

Currently I am in the midst of completing three different woodworking projects.
- Pocket Humidor
- Bookcase
- Lamp (FLW inspired)

In the next week I am planning to post each projects progress..(pictures and all!)