Double Bunk Beds

I love building custom furniture.  However, it’s rare that I get orders for custom builds.  These bunk beds were built for Peach Creek Ranch, a wedding an event venue serving the area.

It’s no secret that I post videos to Youtube, but Youtube is also where I go to learn new skills and gather inspiration.  Jay Bates is one of the Youtube Woodworkers I really enjoy following.  His projects are well thought out, not overly complicated, and he uses materials that everyone reasonably has access to.  I used his plans for my bunkbeds.

I modified his EXCELLENT plans to squeeze a double “L” shaped bunk bed into the space available.  I was downright scarred about halfway through thinking that it wasn’t going to fit.  (I forgot to allow for the posts, and the thickness of the baseboards, but with a few modifications it all fit).

Dimensional lumber is cheap and easy to get.  I spent an hour at Home Depot digging through the pile to find the best boards.  Furniture built with 2x lumber seems “blocky” to me so I planed it all down to 1 1/4″ thick and ripped it a little narrower.  2×4’s and 2×6’s can be quite beautiful after 3 passes through a thickness planner. This made six bags full of shavings.

I tried to use my shop vac but ended up rigging a box and drop cloth up to catch all the shavings.

The ladder was very easy to make.  I used my miter saw to cut some dados and then glued and screwed the rungs to the rails.  It’s very strong.

This project was a lot of fun.  And the couple I worked for are some great people.  If you live in the Brazos Valley and would like custom furniture or built-ins made contact me.

 

 

 

Rustic Display Shelf with Adjustable Shelves

I made this display shelf for a repeat customer who has purchase several of my projects.  I used reclaimed southern yellow pine and used a vinegar/steel wool solution to age the wood.

For this project I purchased and used for the first time the KREG Shelf Pin Jig. It is a straight-forward and simple jig for small projects.  If you drill shelf pins for a living then you’ll want something different.  If you’re a DIY’er or a small-scale shop like me this is a great tool to have for occasional use.

The dimensions for this project are 4ft from the base to the top shelf.  I staggered the sides 2-4 inches above that.  It is 3ft wide and 12in deep.  The center section is 18″ wide the two sides are around 8″ wide.  I forget the exact measurements.

A Shelf for a Wipe Warmer

My son has become very active recently.  He’s now crawling, pulling up on things, and pulling the dog’s tail.  He is also kicking the wipe-warmer off of his changing table.  I’m sure it would break if I didn’t do something about it quick.

My wife requested (for a few weeks) that I build a simple shelf to hold the wipe warmer out of his reach.

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Farmhouse Style Window Seat Dresser, From Trash

My son and I were headed home and I decided on a whim to drive through the neighborhood instead of taking the main roads.  I pulled up to a stop sign and out of the corner of my eye I saw this dresser sitting on the curb a block away.

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Two-Step Step Stool

This project was another one of those “for family” projects.  My mother-in-law just became a licensed massage therapist and rented a small office space.  If you’re in the Bryan-College Station area (TX) you should check her out.

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Making A Headboard Bench

Back in October I came across an old headboard and footboard.  I am quick to pick up free furniture because I can normally repair, remake, or reuse the parts.  I’ve seen quite a few “Headboard Benches” on Pinterest and the like so I decided to make one.

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How I Set Prices For My Woodworking Business.

While working on a post about a project I’m finishing up, I managed to wonder off onto the rabbit trail of pricing.  I had to come up with my own system since there isn’t much online.   After some debate, I managed to come up with a “formula” for setting prices.  Using a formula isn’t a perfect solution, but it’s the best I have for now.  I think it’s also important to note that it’s not set in stone, I actually built some flexibility into it so that I can keep my income managed and working for me.

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Picnic Tables Made to Order

I’m a youth pastor and one thing you should know about youth is they break stuff.  At church our picnic table finally had enough!  The supports started to give out (splitting up the middle) and it was unsafe to sit on.  I decided it was time for an upgrade.  I built two heavy duty picnic tables that are abuse proof.  And should last well over a decade with pressure treated lumber.

$300
$300

If you would like a picnic table or two, let me know.  I charge $300 per table.  I build upon your order and therefore I charge a $100 deposit per table.  Given my work schedule I have about a two week turn around time.

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