Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Alright,  had a customer come in and had several printer pictures
of benches in hand and wanted me to pick a design.
Well I usually don't stick to printed design and never really build anything by plans. 
Now I may incorporate certain ideas but most of the  I get on a roll and do my own thing.
This customer is building a water garden with water falls so ta speak where they can sit and relax.
 They wanted a bench about 8' long, well it's hard to get a finished 8' product out of 8' stock,
 however I did manage to get the bench to clean up nice at 7'
Be sure and click on the picture to enlarge.

 I don't know what happened here but I got the camera tilted on the one below

 The customer will be doing the finishing on the bench,
when it was picked up they mentioned they would like a coffee table and 2 end tables.
Will see.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


O.K. Here is a lil project that went out several weeks ago.
An older gentleman stopped in and was intrested in a table
 something not of the ordenary, so after a bit of talking over ideas, it was decided on a cedar table.
 He was excited about it and new it would be a table he could leave to his kids.
Enough of that, here's the table, be sure and click on the image to enlarge, and there not great, took pictures with me cell phone. 


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lil Red Bridge

It,s been a while and time to update.

I had a returning customer come into the shop with his wore out bridge.
This old bridge was used at one end of there pool and the old bridge was made of cypress.
It was loose and rickety. After talking a bit we decided that Aromatic cedar was to be used.
I didn't have 2x12 stock for the main arch frame, so the customer  went to the local home center and acquired three 2x12x8's for the main arch frame.
Now the reason the 2x12's were used, he wanted to push it up higher, as he has a Lil troll he attaches to it underneath, because of the grand-kids excitement. 
 Now coated deck screws were used in securing the cedar boards to the frame as well as the railing. 
Stainless steel bolts and washers were used on the support post. A fun project to do.


Monday, June 6, 2016


Alright This customer stopped

by with this 
naked metal bench, badly in need of wood.
 Now the reason I call this a Government style bench 
is usually our money is no object for them to spend
and most people couldn't afford a bench of this nature.
This customer found it at a yard sale for a very good price
and wire brushed it and gave it a good coat of paint.
It was decided Southern Cherry was the wood of choice
and would go well with the bench frame color.
I cut and processed the 21 Cherry slats and he picked them up
for the clear coat, this was done to save money.
 when brought them back he also supplied the fasteners which was
 84 bolts washers and nuts, YIKES,
That was a lot of hole drilling.
Anyway it turned out well and become a bench anyone would be proud 
to own.
Don't forget to click on the photo to enlarge.


All right It's been a while and time to update here.

Had a customer stop by the shop and told me he had bought a komoto cooker
 also known as the Big Green Egg, some time back But didn't want the table they offered with it an option, because of price. So after looking and studding the cooker a bit
 It was agreed I would build the table for him, but he would have to go shopping 
for the pressure treat wood and wheels etc.
I also decided I didn't need the lid to it as that would be just something else to handle at the shop.
 I gave him the list and soon the materials arrived and I got started.
As I built the table I decided to make sure all the fasteners {screws}
were on the bottom side

away from the weather as much as possible { no screws on top}.
This would help the wood as much as possible weather Florida's ever changing 
Well when it came time to install the wheels, I discovered they where gigantic.
 I had to cut and install a type of skirt around the base of the 3" legs to 
create the necessary  surface area for the castor plate to mount to
but it looked fine and will do the job. this is the only area where 
the fasteners are exposed to the weather. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Well it's been a while again sense I updated here.

Had a customer stop by and was interested in having a dinning room table made.
As we talked I learned they wanted sort of a rustic table with character
 and they would like it about 36" wide, no problem, and 10 feet long, Problem.
If the stock was available 10' in length,  that's doable, but the species of wood 
decided on was Turkey Oak, More on that in a second.
 The majority of hard woods in my shop are 8' in length, tho I do have longer in some species.
The Turkey Oak was 8' in length and random width, so I told them I could stretch it 
 to maybe 9' by doing a bread board end technique which they were happy with that.
  Now Turkey Oaks around here are mostly a scrawny/spindly Oak  that many people mistakenly call Blackjack, However Blackjacks tend to grow more from the panhandle north.
 The turkey Oaks tend to die out at around 6-8" in diameter or at an age of 30 - 50 years.
 I was able to acquire some Turkey oaks that were mill able which were 14" up to 18" and up to an age of around 125 years old. Oh and by the way, since they are so slow growing they have a very tight growth ring, and lots of character in the wood.
 Now all the joinery techniques were tongue and groove.
The legs were glued up to about 3" thick and then a slight taper cut on 2 sides
 to give them a bit of a splayed look.
 The table had a nice radius edge around the parameter and was sanded and ready for the customers finish.
Don't forget to click on the pictures to enlarge.

Friday, August 7, 2015


This little project was a fun one, where the customer wanted a drop leaf on the right side.
   But once we got started on the job she came back with perhaps we better add a drop leaf 
to the left side also. my reply was no problem, what ever you want.
With that said, she had one more request.
Robert can you build me a hidden compartment into the cabinet ?
I told her that I would sleep on it, and actually the construction had already begun
and no design was figured into it,  for a hidden compartment.
So with a little thought I came up with an idea for what limited space I had.
The face frame rail below the drawer was the only space available, and the rail was only 
2" wide. So I started by installing a permanent 1/8" dust panel just under the drawer space.
That gave me an 1 3/4" to play with and so it goes.
Oh and I don't believe in hidden compartments in drawers as they can be stolen.
Now this lil cabinet was being built for a 27"wide wall so keeping the drop leafs tucked in as close as possible called for off set hinges which allowed the leafs to lay slightly under the top when down and
to roll up right around the profile when lifted into position, once in place a slide pulled out to keep them level.
Oh and this was an oak construction cabinet with a Minwax golden oak stain and clear coat.
Now some of the pictures of this cabinet are during construction, but self explanatory.