Toy Box May09

Toy Box

I think I might have overdone it here. The idea was to make a sturdy toy chest that could help us organize the living room toy disaster. A simple box, right? Well, this thing weighs in at about 35 pounds and has 60 pocket holes joining all of the panels. The panels are maple-trimmed oak ply...

Walnut and Maple Serving Board May08

Walnut and Maple Ser...

This cutting & serving board was a super easy project that took just under an hour to cut, glue and plane. As with all my cutting boards, the finish is a simple beeswax & mineral oil treatment. This was a very fun project for two reasons: (1) maple and walnut is one of my favorite...

Kitchen Helper Mar14

Kitchen Helper

While having a dedicated child’s play kitchen is fun, sometimes you’ll want them join you on the main stage. That’s where this kitchen helper comes in handy. Inspired by a design by Marc Spagnuolo, aka the Wood Whisperer, this design has three height settings to assist your...

Shapes Box Feb11

Shapes Box

Consisting of three layers, each with differently shaped holes, this box is a fun and simple puzzle for young children.  It’s a straightforward design that was easy to prepare for the CNC.  Since I used a small bit, I was able to use the cut-out shapes as the puzzle pieces instead of...

X-Carve CNC

This past Black Friday I jumped on a great offer from Inventables and picked up a new CNC setup.  Inventables is a company out of Chicago which offers just about everything to get started in manufacturing.  Aside from their great CNC machines, they offer slick design software, materials, and...

Cozy Coupe Retrofit

Hot Dog! http://www.brentmorelabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/hot_dog.m4v   Concept The Little Tike Cozy Coupe, a children’s classic made of soft hollow plastic (LPDE), is a blank canvas for tinkering and customization.  While the car comes with some entertainment options, such...

Holiday Boards Dec21

Holiday Boards

This season’s holiday boards are a pair of cherry, maple and walnut mixes.  The longer board is about 1.25″ thick and the more square of the two stands at 1.5″ thick.  I didn’t try any new techniques with these – I just did what’s worked for me in the past:...

Star Topper

This tree topper shows that the holiday season is always a good opportunity to practice one’s making skills.  Usually I’m focused on woodworking because cutting boards are always in style, but this season presents a new opportunity for learning.  Combining a number of skills and...

Farkle Arena

I recently discovered Farkle, a dice game that’s part luck, part skill in probabilities.  I didn’t have a proper training environment for my new interest, so I thought I’d build a box to make it all happen.  The bottom is hardboard laminated to MDF and topped with black...

Desk Mounting Brackets Dec03

Desk Mounting Bracke...

No matter how hard I try to keep it organized, the top of my desk is a constant clutter of ongoing projects.  I’ve accepted this and to make more room for more strewn about parts, wires and tools, I started thinking about what I could put on the other side of the table top, the...

World Maker Faire 2016 Oct30

World Maker Faire 20...

Earlier this month my buddies and I took center stage at the World Maker Faire to talk about a number of maker initiatives that we worked on over the past year when we were all together on the faculty at the U.S. Military Academy.  Although I’ve moved on to another job, I didn’t...

A Monday Addendum Oct17

A Monday Addendum

It took only a night to realize that I missed a key component of the Weekend Bed for a stress-free night.  While it occurred to me that my little engineer would move around in his sleep, I didn’t think that it would be as much as actually occurred.  Waking up to find him asleep in the...