Sold Our Home!!

Well we just put our house on the market yesterday and had a showing today and already entered into a contract to sell it. I was hoping for a little more time to sell it and get ready to move but it is good we are selling it. I am surprised that it sold in one day of being on the market. That is cool though.

So now the journey really begins. We have to get packing and work towards getting out to our land. This is going to make getting there a little harder since we will not have gotten a temporary building put up yet out at our property. I guess we will be living in a tent for a little while this summer. That wont be the first time, but it will be the first time with kids.

Whoo, I am feeling a little amped at the moment. Things are moving a little quicker than I thought they would. Time to get into high gear and finally make this happen.

I will give updates to let everyone know how things are going. I probably wont be doing any other kinds of post other than a quick update here and there because things are going to be crazy. My biggest concern is moving my machine shop. That will be fun!! :-0

I will post more later.


Still Here

Just a quick update to let all of you know that I am still here and alive. Life has been pretty busy and my blog has taken a back seat because of it.

We had a new baby this December and have been working to get the house ready to put on the market. We are hoping that the house will sell early summer and then we can move out to out property. The realtor seems confidant that the house will sell pretty easily so that is good.

I have a number of projects that I have documented with photos, I just need to get around to working on the written end of things. So don’t lose hope, I am still here and will be posting new content hopefully soon.

Thanks for your support.


Wooden Tool Chest


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Hey everyone. For some time I have been thinking about making a wooden tool chest.

There are three plans that I am looking at building. In order from easy to more difficult we have the following chests.

Woodsmith — Grandpa’s Tool Chest
Rough inside dimensions: 22″W x10″D x 8.5″H

Made by MichaelT77 on Lumberjocks

Woodsmith plans from Issue 161 — Traditional Tool Chest
Rough inside dimensions: 33″W x17″D x 15″H

Made by Bob Wolak

Roy Underhill’s Joiner’s Tool Chest
Rough inside dimensions: 31.5″W x16.5″D x ?”H (His plan shows 1/4 tall?)

Made by Bob Rozaieski from Logan Cabinet Shop

The main thing I have not made a decision about is the size of chest I would like. I do not want something huge, nor do I want a tiny chest either. The reason I want to build a tool chest is to transport my woodworking tools when we move out to our homestead this summer. It will also give me a way to store my tools and easily access them when we are working on building a shop and house.

I am leaning towards the Traditional Tool Chest from issue 161 of the Woodsmith magazine. I like the overall design and look, and it seems to be a decent size. I am also contemplating skipping dovetail joints and going with box joints or just a simple rabbet joint as in the Woodsmith plans. I like the idea of the dovetail joints, but skipping them would save quite a bit of time and still give me a serviceable tool chest. Besides, I have seen plenty of tests comparing the strength of dovetail joints against box joints and the box joints tend to slightly edge out the dovetail joints in strength.

This is going to be a user chest not a piece of furniture and will end up getting beat up in the move and on the homestead. When I have the time I can then make another chest that is more elegant. I think cutting all the dovetails by hand would a be a fun exercise, but I would never get it done right now if I went that route.

I am open for advice on building a tool chest. What have you guys built? How did you build it? Has it served you well and if you were to make another one what would you do differently?


Cherry Spoon for the Christmas Giveaway


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Things have been slow on this blog recently. We had another baby around Christmas so we are adjusting to having another child in the house and because of that I have not been doing much of anything else.

After much delay I finally got the Christmas Spoon shipped out. I received an email from Alan, the winner of the drawing, that he had received the spoon. So I am now going to post a photo here to show you what I sent out.

This spoon was carved out of a piece of Cherry.


Till next time, take care and do something fun.


Spoon Giveaway Results!


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I had hoped to get the drawing finished a little earlier than this, but I worked today and got busy doing things around the house when I got home and nearly forgot. Sorry about that. It’s a good thing that my wife was there to save the day. :-)

I am happy that there was so much interest in this drawing. It is nice to see that people reading my blog appreciate the work I am doing and would like one of my hand carved spoons.

Get ready for the results. Drum Roll please!

Drawing results

Alan H. was the winner. Congratulations. An email notification will be sent out.

If you entered the drawing and did not win, do not worry, I plan to start doing these and a bi-monthly basis. This will give you more chances to win and it will force me to carve more spoons.

Pictures of the spoon will be posted in a separate blog post after the spoon has been received by Alan. That way it will be a surprise when he gets it.

Thanks to all that entered the drawing and sent me messages of appreciation.