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They call it labor day for a reason...

I finished the kitchen cabinets on schedule and my brother and sister-in-law came up this weekend and attacked the project with gusto...

First the sheet rock came down, and then most of the wall studs came out. …


Added by Kerry Drake on September 6, 2010 at 3:09pm — 2 Comments

It's time for a cabinet meeting!

The great cabinet build started in earnest on Thursday. Before any cabinets got built, however, I had to wait for a little help to show up to cut the full sheets of plywood down. While waiting I gave the shop a pretty good cleaning and even managed to organize my sheet good pile.…


Added by Kerry Drake on August 28, 2010 at 7:22pm — 1 Comment

One Project Down, Another Project Ready To Go

Finally finished the face frames on the built-in bookcases, and they are now done except for painting (and my lovely wife is going to take care of that).

Here is the "finished" product that still needs some "finish".…


Added by Kerry Drake on August 23, 2010 at 2:44pm — 6 Comments

Going, going, gone...

Sunday I went to my first auction. My wife spied an article in the local paper about an estate auction being held nearby and part of the estate was a wood working shop!

The auctions started at 10:00, and I didn't get there until nearly 9:45, so I didn't have as much chance to walk around and scope things out as I would have liked.

I got a little electric sharpener (by craftsman) for $10.00. This will be good enough to hollow grind a set of junkie bench chisels, but I don't… Continue

Added by Kerry Drake on May 24, 2010 at 12:57pm — 3 Comments

The 2 hour project

After working 1/2 a day on Saturday, I cam home and installing the top

the Bedroom Built in. One more step in finishing this and its a big

one. Now everything looks finished (except for the handles, and the big

gouge I took out of the wall installing the top) and adding the two

bookcases to each end are just "add ons".…


Added by Kerry Drake on May 3, 2010 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

New Tool - Part 2 - The Tax Return

At the end of last year I was kind of hoping that our tax return would be enough to let me buy a new big ticket tool for my workshop (I define “big ticket” as over $200.00). I knew I wanted to that tool to be a bandsaw, the question was really WHICH bandsaw to get.

I googled, I did searches on You Tube, I visited manufacturers websites, I posted questions in woodworking forums. I created a comparison chart of 15 different band saws from 10 different manufacturers, comparing resaw…


Added by Kerry Drake on April 16, 2010 at 12:09pm — 6 Comments

New Tool - Part 1 - The Birthday

Well I just had my birthday and my lovely wife went out and picked me up a little something.…


Added by Kerry Drake on April 13, 2010 at 9:55am — 6 Comments

A counter top you can count on...

Got to spend quite a bit of time the shop this weekend and made a bit a progress on both of the pending projects.

The Cherry Counter Top for the Built-In

I got out my Kreg Mini and set about drilling 20 pocket holes in the center board of the counter top (10 on each side). I got the Mini free when I ordered on of the Kreg clamps I got, and this thing is a joy to use on big pieces like this and I don't have to take my regular Kreg apart.…


Added by Kerry Drake on March 15, 2010 at 10:26am — 3 Comments

The Phantom Woodworking Show

Saturday my wife and I got up early (for us, on a Saturday) and hit the road to drive down to Marlborough, Massachusetts to attend a woodworking show I had found online a few weeks ago. We made the 86 miles drive in bright sunshine and good spirits, arriving at our destination 10 minutes before the show was scheduled to start that day (the website advertising a 3 day event, Fri - Sun).

Imagine our surprise to show up and find an empty ... nay, a…

Added by Kerry Drake on February 22, 2010 at 11:40am — 4 Comments

Life's a Birch ... with a Cherry top.

Monday my beautiful wife and I went to Goose Bay Lumber to pick out lumber for the top of the built in. I wanted something a little thicker than you find at a big box store, so we were looking for 6/4 material (that's 1 1/2" thick to you lay folk).

We ended up with 3 nice pieces of Cherry all 10 feet long, 2 pieces about 7 inches wide and one 4" (25 board feet). Here is it stacked up on the work… Continue

Added by Kerry Drake on February 16, 2010 at 4:32pm — 2 Comments

Putting up a Fasle Front can be a good thing....

I'm real sore today, but that should be expected as I spent almost 4 hours on my knees yesterday (no, get your mind out of the gutter). I finally got all the drawer fronts finished with a final coat of stain and poly and it was time to install them.

For those who may have forgotten, this is what we started with way back when:…


Added by Kerry Drake on February 8, 2010 at 3:06pm — 8 Comments

A tale of two Kitchens

WARNING**** No where in this project did I use any kind of KREG product.

One Kitchen is a soothing, well laid out, modern, cullinary workshop, and the other kitchen is the one we actually have.

Step one in the transformation happened this weekend.




Added by Kerry Drake on February 1, 2010 at 11:29am — 3 Comments

3, 2, 1, ... 0 Clearance

I've had a zero clearance insert sitting around my shop forever (a few years anyway) that I never go installed into my table saw. While working on the raised drawer fronts it became quickly apparent that I was going to have to do SOMETHING to keep the short end of the small drawers from falling into the blade opening of my standard insert while they were being cut, so I finally bit the bullet and figured out how to get the inset put in:…


Added by Kerry Drake on January 27, 2010 at 1:28pm — 6 Comments

Raised Panel Drawer Fronts

FINALLY, I'm starting to work on the next stage of the built in project. Spent several hours in the shop Sunday (no football for me) making up panels for the drawer fronts and cutting them down to final size.

All the drawers are 25 5/8" wide, the top row is 8" tall, middle row 11 1/8", and bottom row 15 5/8". 4 Drawer per row. They are going to get attached here:

So… Continue

Added by Kerry Drake on January 25, 2010 at 12:27pm — 2 Comments

"Do you want to build me something?"

I don't really remember what I was doing when my wife uttered those words to me, not that it really mattered, whatever is was it was dropped like a bad habbit and I followed after her to see what she wanted.

"I want a box with shelf to go here in between these two windows so I can get some of this stuff off the kitchen counter."

Out came the tape measure (there is one in the kitchen for just such an emergency). We looked and discussed overall dimensions and off the… Continue

Added by Kerry Drake on January 11, 2010 at 3:01pm — 6 Comments

I'm not normally a fan of old tools...

That's right, I generally prefer the newer shiny tools. I like fighting with that clear plastic vacuum packaging that is nearly impossible to open. I like holding the instruction manual and thinking "how hard can this really be.....?"

Recently, however, I had an offer from an extended family member to purchase a large lot of tools that were in her basement (she had just sold her house is moving south). I went over and looked everything over and walked away $100.00 poorer, but loaded… Continue

Added by Kerry Drake on January 7, 2010 at 3:50pm — 1 Comment

Shop Funiture - Maybe the most fun thing to build

Shop Furniture creates no pressure on the builder, you can try new stuff if you want. You can build for you the way you think it should be.

I designed this to fit my little router table because the router table USED to live on top of the wood stove, but that became impracticle when the snow started to… Continue

Added by Kerry Drake on January 4, 2010 at 8:27pm — 1 Comment

Christmas Mission Accomplished

It might have helped that was $20.00 in the drawer...

Added by Kerry Drake on December 30, 2009 at 10:35am — 7 Comments

Vanity Finished and What did YOU get for Christmas?

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even in the workshop, cause the Vanity was finally done.

As it turns out our Christmas with the neighbors (and the little girl who is getting this piece) has been postponed a little bit (maybe tonight). We are very happy with the end result, just hope she is.

So for… Continue

Added by Kerry Drake on December 28, 2009 at 12:04pm — No Comments

It begins to take shape, 2 days until delivery...

Thanks to The Wood Whisperer and his advice on finishing, the base of the vanity is all put together and I think it looks great!

The mirror support got a final coat of varnish just this morning, and I set the actual mirror:

I had to set the mirror this morning so we can perhaps join… Continue

Added by Kerry Drake on December 23, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments

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