Saturday, December 26, 2020

Because I Wanted to.

 I've been wanting to try my hand at this phase of woodworking for some time now.

Which is of course incorporating logs of various sizes on the front of the shop as well as hand railing and all the in between parts.

In order to remove the bark from the logs I needed a way to securely hold the pieces while using a draw knife to scrape away the bark, and shape the pieces somewhat.

Thus I built a Shaving horse.

I sit at one end, I can adjust the lower clamping jaw table by moving a block shim in or out to fit the size of the work piece.

My feet rest on the clamp arm pegs below, and as I push forward, the top jaw will clamp solidly on my work piece while I shape and clean it up.

I could cover a lot more in the use of the shaving horse but the main purpose was for cleaning up the necessary parts logs,  for the porch project.

                       Now just a few photos of the shop porch.

Now there were two other tools that had to be made once the bark was removed from the smaller log pieces.

Tenons had to be cut on the ends of the logs, { tenons are the profiling of wood for insertion into another } so one tool was built to do that in conjunction with the use of the table saw. Now because some log pieces were curved or crooked if the tenons were just cut on the ends, the tenons would be pointing off in different directions, and would not insert into the mortise { mortise is a hole or recess cut into wood to receive the corresponding piece= a tenon }

So in order to to take a log with curve and make the ends point at each other, I built a line boring tool, which in conjunction with a drill, I could drill a pilot hole at each end, and the pilot holes would be pointing at each other, which the above mentioned tool would work with for the tenons.

Enough said.

Thursday, December 24, 2020


 All right. An opportunity had come up where Robin and I could acquire some cedar logs, which in turn we would mill into lumber of various dimensions.

This customer had bought a peninsula lot in Crystal River which had to many Cedar trees on it and in the wrong places.

So it was agreed that we would drop the trees, delimb the trunk's cut up the canopy's and haul away the logs.

I have proven time and time again that a tree is a lot bigger on the ground then it is standing in the air.

So a LOT of work, and numerous trips to Crystal River we have acquired a small mountain of Cedar.

Country Style Set Of Tables

 O.K. I had a customer approach me on doing a set of tables.

She said she would like a coffee table about 54" X 54" square,

I said that's big, she said I got a  horse farm and the house has room for it.

Soafter a bit of discussion, and a photo that she texted to me, it was decided that 2" thick yellow pine was the wood of choice for this large country style coffee table.

She also needed 2 end tables to match.

Now what is different on these tables is the legs had to be a bit beefy, and that the end grain of the legs needed to be part of the show of the table top.

                                     The end tables of course smaller.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020


A while back I had a Customer who was a Nurse up in Gainesville

approach me about building a new door for her house.

It had been a while since I built an entry door, so this was a nice challenge I was willing to take on.

The door is built of cypress. 

The main frame is tongue and grooved with the T&G being 3/4" thick, which adds quite a bit of glue surface area, making for a strong joint and door.

With the cypress panel insert, I did a V joint tongue and groove on multiple pieces, then glued them up as one large piece, then cut it to fit the top section and the lower section, keeping the wood grain pattern running together from the top to the bottom.

The customer is beginning to apply there clear coat to there new door.

The door from the front porch.

Nicely installed too, with new hardware.

And of course from the inside too.

Be sure and click on the picture to enlarge.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


This one has been a long time coming.
A couple a years ago, I was recruited to head up the interior fabrication and design of this
 Tiny House.
Much of the fabrication I did but I also hired out some of the necessary 
work like the electrical wiring, Sheetrock and drywall, this was done because I can't be absent from my shop during the normal business week.
This Tiny House started out as a 12' x 30'  shed with an entry door only,
the interior was just studs. it has a 4' X 10' porch incorporated into it's lay-out.
There in the shed was a 12' loft on one end and a 10' loft on the other. I built and added an 8' wall and ceiling kind of inline with the porch layout on the left which connected the two lofts with a crawl way , but also created an area for the bathroom layout.
Be sure and click on the photos to enlarge.

I built all of the kitchen and note the base cabinets are 16" deep not 24' like your standered due to space constraints

Every thing was built and designed to scale, the sinks were little galvanized bucket's I found at Walmart. The 2 burner cook top worked out perfect and is recessed flush with the counter top. Of course I used reclaimed wood for the cabinetry fabrication.
All of the drawers have full extension guides except for the front under the sink.
All the doors have touch release mechanisms'

I built the stairs of old growth pine with a live natural edge on the bottom of the stringers.
Notice the 2 stairs come together with a common landing and a pull-out 1st tread or step.
In the one picture of the loft you can see the crawl-way that goes over the bathroom and connects the 2 lofts. Note the caged ceiling fan so little fingers can't get in, AC in both lofts.
You can eat at the bar which is a slab of oak with natural edge,looking out the picture window.
And of course the bathroom end wall is featured with reclaimed wood and a sliding barn door.

And here is a peek into the bathroom, a full 36" shower, cobble stone tiled floor,
a small but in proportion porcelain sink.

All the lighting in this little cottage is recessed L E D lights.
This project was a lot of work but rewarding with the final product.
There is much more to mention, but I'm done typing.

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.