Pencil and name cups for a local teacher, Mrs. Mann. It's hard to see, but there is an angled slit at the top for a name card. At the bottom is a half-inch rounded groove for a pencil. The wood is left-over oak, mahogany, and jatoba. December 2003.
Test-fitting a bookshelf made of African mahogany. Not shown is the face frame. All parts are mahogany plywood with solid edges. The top two shelves are set back slightly to allow light to shine down from an interior light (which I never ended up adding). It is finished with several coats of amber shellac, which looks amazing. November 2003.
Toy cars I cut out for a Relief Society humanitarian aid project. They painted the cars bright colors and installed wooden axles and wheels. The shapes are mostly silhouettes of Hot Wheels cars that I scanned and stretched on the computer to the needed proportions. August 2003.
A music or poster easel for the Primary room. My children broke an easel we were using during Cub Scout pack meeting, so I replaced it with this one made of poplar. The middle leg is hinged at the top and held in place by a brass chain. The other legs, cross braces, and ledge are all biscuit joined together. It has a light coat of honey maple gel stain and then a couple of coats of polyurethane. April 2003.
A shelf for the kids' pinewood derby cars. It's made of some redwood that I had laying around and was finished with spray polyurethane. April 2003.
A pinewood derby track. It is made of four sections that are 8 feet long and just under 1 foot wide. Each section is 1/4" plywood with 1/8" melamine hardboard glued to it. The track guides are hickory and were available at Lowe's in the exact size that was needed which saved a lot of time. The starting gate is spring loaded and uses a screen door latch. The finish gate uses flashlight bulbs, photo-transistors, and cheap digital watches to measure the racing time for each lane individually. The starting end of the track is held up by a fold-up tripod and was lowered to about 40" to keep the cars from running too fast. As it was, the fastest car measured 3.21 seconds on all three lanes. January 2002.
Pinewood derby car stands that I built for the Cub Scouts. I made 14 of them from left over pine 2x2 and 3/4" birch plywood. The scouts screwed them together and painted logos on the front. The car is Jonathan's and won 2nd place in the Best Design category. The theme was the 2002 Winter Olympics, so he made a bobsled. January 2002.
A doll bunk bed I made for Anne for Christmas. It is made of scraps of hickory, fir, birch plywood, and alder. I used the small face-frame biscuit size on my Porter-Cable joiner, which worked well. The finish is wipe-on polyurethane. December 2001.
A picture frame I made of lacewood. It is very similar to the frame below except that it is a little larger and doesn't have the bevel cut into the back. The finish is two coats of clear Danish oil followed by three coats of wipe-on polyurethane. This frame was made specifically for the drawing by Randy Rouse of our four oldest children with the Savior. December 2001.
My first hand carved frame. The rod and bead carving idea came from a Fine Woodworking magazine article and used two chisels that Janet gave me for my birthday. It is made of alder left over from David's desk and was eventually finished with two coats of clear danish oil and two coats of wipe-on polyurethane. The corners have biscuits to strengthen them. It was a Christmas gift for my mother. November 2001.
These are some of the 88 stars I made out of yellowheart for a Relief Society Christmas dinner. Here they are drying (they were dipped in wipe-on polyurethane). Some of the stars are smaller (including some made out of maple). These I made separately to give away as Christmas presents.
A play table for my cousin MeriKay's son. Since it's almost as easy to build two, I built this one for our family. The legs are bolted on so the table can be broken down and slid under a bed. The top can be removed and flipped over so one side can be painted with roads or other decorations. The material is paint grade plywood, MDF (side rails) and pine. The top parts are all joined with biscuits and gussets for strength. The finish is water-based polyurethane and brick red acrylic paint. October 2001.
A walnut box I made for Janet to commemorate our 10th wedding anniversary. The dovetails in the body have hand-cut pins and routed tails. The top has a small cove cut into and it floats in a dado in the lid. The bottom works the same but doesn't have the cove. It is held closed with a half-mortise lock and is finished in several coats of clear Danish oil. I spent somewhere around 30-40 hours on it and it has the first dovetails I've ever made.
I made about 15 of these Post-It note holders to give to co-workers after finishing a project. Most were made of jatoba (a beautiful wood also known as Brazilian cherry) with red oak bases. I ran out of jatoba and so made a few out of all red oak (including this one), with the base stained to highlight the dovetail. These were the first things I used my dovetail router bit to make. I think the sliding dovetail joint added a very nice touch without adding a lot of work. May 2001.
The first of two puzzles I made from padauk, yellowheart, and black walnut. There are four layers of puzzle pieces, each of which has about 20 pieces. This one was finished with water-based polyurethane and the pieces were dipped in wipe-on polyurethane. The other box was sold in an auction to raise funds for families of deceased military personnel. It was more oval shaped and was finished in Danish oil and a finishing wax. Spring 2001.
One of the first things I made with my new band saw. The wood is two chunks of alder glued together (it was left over from David's desk). The dark heart is a small piece of bubinga and it covers the screw that holds the lid on. The bottom is felt lined and the clasp is made of a piece of brass strip. January 2001.
A writing desk for David's 7th birthday. The legs are solid alder and the top and sides are birch plywood with the bad side out (I think the bad side looks a lot like alder). The angled lid lifts up and the drawer has a metal goldfish knob. The legs are doweled to the sides (the only time I've used dowels and the only time I ever will). You can't see the leg braces, but they are joined to the legs with mortises and tenons about 4" above the floor. The finish is several coats of water-based polyurethane. January 2001.
The new banister for our stairway. It is red oak with parts from Home Depot. The rails are set into mortises in the posts and the wall piece. These were the first mortises and tenons I ever made and were all hand cut. The finish is wipe-on polyurethane, which was the only reasonable way to finish all the intricate curves. Fall 1999.
A video/DVD/CD cabinet. The case and shelves are 3/4" birch plywood, the front is 1/2" birch plywood, and the back is 1/4" birch plywood. All of it is edge banded with iron-on birch banding. The base is way too small and needs to be redone to make it more stable (it is currently screwed to the wall to keep it from tipping). The hinges also need to be replaced with a full length piano hinge. The finish is water-based polyurethane.
A marble hockey game that I made for the kids for Christmas. The plans came from a woodworking magazine. It is made of stained poplar and pine, except for the playing surface which is melamine coated hardboard.