Misc. Projects


Here’s catch-all page for projects that don’t fit into any other category, so it’s a little of this, a little of that.

A friend of mine loves motorcycles, but is getting older. So I made this “rocking cycle” toy for him in 2018. The design is an amalgam of several different patterns I had on hand. And, yes, my painting skills are not very good.

Here’s a tumbling clown project I made in 2012. Once given a push, the clown tumbles back and forth, back and forth, for several minutes. I made several of these, and it tended to drive people nuts with its non-stop motion.

My wife wanted something for her desk that could hold her glasses and phone. I came up with this. The only change I would make would be to add “ears”, so the glasses could sit with the sides unfolded. From 2012.

One year I decided to take a metal shop class from a local community college. Lots of fun, and something I highly recommend to everyone, especially those who don’t normally do such things. One of the projects was the simple wobbler steam engine on the left. After the course ended, I made the smaller engine on the right from materials found at the local hardware store.

New bookcase

Here is a bookcase that I made in March of 2002 for “she who must be obeyed”, to fit a specific location. It is made from pine, and finished with an antique maple stain and polyurethane. It was designed to hold specific books & such on specific shelves, so I used dado’s to hold the shelves in place (the dado set I got for my circular saw works very well for this sort of thing). The bookcase is 8l-1/4 inches tall, with 4 * 9-inch shelves, 1*7-inch shelf, and 2*5-inch shelves, with a 1-1/2 kickplate on the bottom. I shaped the sides to match the shelf width, and used a router to put an ogee bead along the outside edge of the sides. This is the first time I’ve poly’ed such a large project, and it was an interesting experience. I now know why the experts recommend finishing in a separate room from any dust-producing machines!

Pen and penbox

Here is a wooden pen and a penbox that I made earlier in 2002. The pen itself is birch (I think), and the box is some oak salvaged from skids. To make the box, I took a single slab of oak, shaped it into the triangular cross-section, sliced off the ends, cut it in half, cut a dado in the bottom half, and glued it all back together. The top and sides are glued together, and the bottom part is hinged to the sides using 1/8-inch dowels. No screws, no metal. The design is my own, created to provide a nice box for the wooden pens. It was an enjoyable project to figure out a design and how to manufacture it, but it’s a lot of work to make (not hard, just a lot of steps), so I don’t know how may more I’ll ever do. I can put up a detailed plan for it if anyone is interested.

Nesting end tables

Here is a pair of next end tables that I made for my Mom in 1999. They are made from solid oak, finished with Minwax Provincial stain.The challanges for me were the glued-up top, the tapered legs, and the tenon joints … all of which were a “first” for me. The design is based on a set of nesting tables from the book “Better Homes and Gardens Furniture Projects”.


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