In March I moved in with my girlfriend and neither one of us had a dining room table. I told her don't worry, I'll make us one. She asked me if I knew how to create one, so I took her here to this site and showed her all of my previous projects. After she saw the pie safe, she basically said, "OK, if you know how to make one of those, then you know how to make a dining room table. I trust you."
I did have to tell her, though, that I'm not a chair maker. We'd have to find… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on March 28, 2011 at 1:00pm —
Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written, but I have still kept woodworking, trust me. 2010 has been a whirlwind ride, that’s for sure. A new girlfriend, a new job, moving soon into a new townhouse, you name it. I didn’t forget about anyone, just had a lot on my plate this year.
One of the… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on November 16, 2010 at 4:41pm —
It was way back in February when I was at the house of the newly married couple I gave the hope chest to as a wedding gift. Everyone was partying pretty well and occasionally admiring the chest sitting in the living room. One of the guests, Heather, was paying particular attention to it and said, "Badger," my paintball callsign by the way, "when are you going to make me something?"
You have to know that Rick and Heather have done SOOO much for me over the years that of course… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on May 11, 2010 at 4:00pm —
I got a call from my niece, Becky, who is going to college, and has a part time job as a dog groomer. You might remember the sign I woodburned for Dogs at Play. That's the place she works at in South St. Paul, MN. She called me because she said her grooming table is falling apart, and could her super-favorite uncle in the whole wide world come to her rescue? (I added the adjectives there, myself) I said sure, and would arrive after work on Monday the 22nd of March.
When I… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on March 23, 2010 at 10:30pm —
Last Thursday I received my Multi-Mark in the mail. I opened my package and pulled out the tool. I couldn't wait to open this thing up and try it out. It's a quick assembly of putting the metal guage slide to the plastic handle and screwing tight the brass knob. The tool allows for 90 degree square, 45 degree angle, and 0 degree straight edge. I was also happy to see that a leveling bubble was included in the plastic handle too. One can always use one of those.
I grew up… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on March 21, 2010 at 9:30pm —
After making the DVD shelf as far as I could take it, I wasn't done putzing around in the shop. A friend from work gave me some scrap 2x4s and 1/8 inch paneling. I had some caster wheels my brother Denny gave me, and knew that I was tired of "dancing" with my mitre saw every time I wanted it out of the way. Well, some ingenious afternoon thinking led me to this roller rack I made. This baby makes getting my mitre saw out of my way soooo much easier!…
Added by Don Grubish on February 8, 2010 at 11:09pm —
Recently I was asked if I was interested in making a shelving unit for a coworker. She has a son that is big into movies, and she needed him to keep his DVD collection nice and organized. She didn't have a large budget, so she came to me to design her something that fit her dimensions. She said it should be no higher than 64", and no wider than 18". Also, it had to have seven shelves. Well, I went to Menards and saw that aspen pine was on sale, so I told her the cost would be $40, and I… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on February 8, 2010 at 11:00pm —
My brother Dan can get a little bored at work, and yesterday was no exception. He sent me an email in the morning saying he visited craigslist.com and came across this band saw. It's a vintage 1953 Craftsman band saw being sold in Burnsville for $110. He sent me pics of it and said it was in FINE condition. I called the guy and sure enough, it was still for sale. I told him I'd be by after work.
It's a good thing I work in Burnsville because this guy was basically in my back yard.… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on January 19, 2010 at 11:45pm —
It was Christmas of last year when I was at my brother’s house celebrating with family. We were all sitting around watching the kids open their gifts. Near me was a rocking horse that my dad built for our youngest niece, Charli. I took the opportunity to examine how he made it, and what all went into it. My dad didn’t use the Kreg Jig for his rocking horse, so when I was looking at it, I was contemplating how I’d change it up to allow for pocket holes. I decided I wanted to try and build one of… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on January 15, 2010 at 6:30pm —
A while back I swapped out my desktop computer for a laptop. I'm very happy with this decision, and kept my laptop on my desk in the other room for months. Recently, however, my roommate opted for wireless Internet and set it up. Now that my laptop can utilize his remote hub, I can take my computer into my room for more privacy, and I found I love this. The only problem I faced now was the fact that my laptop can get really hot on my thigh when I rested it on my lap. I knew I needed to build… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on January 4, 2010 at 11:00pm —
In my neighborhood, there is a neighbor named Rachod. To look at him from a distance, you might think the guy is capable of tearing your head off without a second thought. However, once you get to know him, you find out that he's one of the biggest teddy bears ever to live in Oakdale. I quickly befriended him and over time, gotten to really know him. A few months back, he told me (first, before anyone else) that his wife Margot was pregnant. They don't have much in life, but are making do with… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on December 17, 2009 at 10:30pm —
OK, something happened to the first blog post about this project, and I'm tired of seeing a blank page here. Therefore, I'll explain my story again.
When I moved into my current place, there is a nook just inside our front door, immediately to your left as you walk in. Next to that is our front entrance closet, but it's way too small for me, my roommate, and his two kids when he has them over. Something needed to be done, and that nook area was just too barren. I decided to make a… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on November 20, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Not long ago, a Facebook friend of mine let me know that she was going to organize a silent auction fundraiser dinner for the St. Paul Winter Carnival. She's an active Royal Guard member, and takes her role seriously. During this last summer, the Royal Guard and the Vulcans decided to have two paintball matchups. The word went out and they tried to recruit as many paintball players as possible.
Well, on both occasions, I couldn't make the events. I felt bad, leaving her to deal with… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on October 12, 2009 at 9:30pm —
I get a lot of members on this site asking me about how I incorporate woodburning to my projects. The people at Kreg Jig even suggested I make a blog post on here. So, after completing a woodburning project last night in my garage, I thought I’d take that opportunity to take photos and describe how I do it.
This first picture denotes my surface. I chose to do a smaller version of the hope chest as a donation item for a silent auction. This chest will measure roughly 24 inches long,… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on October 2, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Remember a while back when I made that Treasure Box for my roommate's daughter? That was a precursor for a hope chest I wanted to build for friends of mine getting married on Labor Day weekend. Well, that day is almost here. This Friday, in fact. I'm almost done with my project, but here's how it all started.
My brother Dan used to build these things as toy boxes for our nieces when they were turning one year old. Dan used a dovetail joiner to make his sides and lid frame. While I… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on September 1, 2009 at 12:00pm —
It was just this last weekend, and I was a bit bored. My roommate was in his hometown and I had a rainy/cold weekend to look forward to. What to do, what to do...
I went into my woodshop and thought about what I could make next. It was too rainy and cold to drive to Menard's for more wood, so I thought I'd see what scrap wood I had left, even after the treasure box project. I still had some wood left over from the podium/light table project.
Then it hit me.
Added by Don Grubish on June 9, 2009 at 6:30am —
Eventually I want to get around to making a hope chest. My brother has made a few as toy boxes for our nieces and nephews, and they look relatively simple to build. He, however, uses the dovetail method to build his sides. I would like to simply use the Kreg Jig to join the sides and bottom.
In order to understand the concept, I decided to make a smaller version and build a treasure box. Since my roommate's daughter's birthday was coming up (June 2nd), I thought I'd use the previous… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on June 8, 2009 at 9:41pm —
So my friend Odin Gilbertson wanted to redo his pontoon boat. Since most on the water are of the aluminum construction variety, he thought he would do his differently. He always wanted a pontoon boat in the style of the old sailing vessels, so he decided he would construct his deck and rails out of wood. I then introduced him to the Kreg Jig. He was admittedly a little skeptical, but I reassured him this would be the way he should go. Since the cradle I finished was done using the Kreg Jig, he… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on May 30, 2009 at 12:07pm —
Craigslist can be a wonderful thing, when it comes to procuring quality tools at a low price. In this economy, who doesn't love a good deal? (By the way, I've noticed you can't ever find a used Kreg Jig. It seems no one wants to part with theirs.) A while back I found a Delta bench top drill press in my area for $55. The pictures looked impressive enough, so I made a phone call. Within minutes, I became a proud owner of a drill press! I picked it up that afternoon after work and shoved it into… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on May 27, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Throughout my paintball career, I've met some really nice people. Two of the nicest people ever were on my paintball team, Kristina Jager and Odin Gilbertson. These two married years back and were trying very hard to have a child together. They had two unsuccessful tries before, but this third one stuck. Gabriel was doing fine and on his way this last April. I wanted to celebrate their success the best way I knew how.
Kristina and Odin do OK, but they could use any help friends and… Continue
Added by Don Grubish on May 13, 2009 at 10:35pm —