Mike40

My Favorite Tool

I have many tools I really love. Normally my favorite tool is the one which best suits the work I’m doing, or which I enjoy using, but there is one tool which I constantly turn to where other tools would require too much set-up time to use or...

Clamp Storage

This is the system I came up with to store my clamps many years ago and I still find it quite convenient. It is cheap, quick and easy to make from scrap with a drill and bandsaw and it is compact enough to be space saving, especially for the...

A STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GAS GRILL #5: Roofing

Laying the Shingles Just a short update. I got the asphalt shingles for the roof. The shingle substrate is 3/4” tongue and groove panel boards on the top. The boards run from the back to the front. I left enough room on both ends for molding so...

A STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GAS GRILL #4: Assembling the structure

In the shop Today I first nailed woodstrips from the top to bottom on the front and back legs. These are thin strips used to cover the cut ends of the panel boards and act as a platform for nailing on the corner trim later. Next the strips...

A STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GAS GRILL #3: Stretchers and Siding Panels

I am back on the job after celebrating my wife’s 75th birthday yesterday. We are now slightly over 150 years old combined. We have learned a lot over our lifetimes, but much of it is outdated and we are too tired to use the rest. That’s life. ...

A STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GAS GRILL #2: Sizing the shed

You might be wondering why I am going to all the bother with such a heavy construction. Well, the weather gets pretty hairy here in the Fall and Winter, wet and wild! We are very close to the coast and we our house also sits on the highest point...

A STORAGE SHED FOR MY BBQ GAS GRILL #1: CONSTRUCTION - THE SIDES

The reason My wife doesn’t like storing our big gas grill in our garden shed because it takes too much space (and she keeps buying more outdoor furniture to store in it over the winter). My solution to keep her sweet is to build a small shed to...

My Woodcarving Adventures #1: Getting started

My purpose for this blog is to encourage anyone who has thought about taking up woodcarving to give it a try. I outline below my beginnings and progress so far. I am a complete novice, so I can’t teach you how to carve, but I have some ideas how...

Making a Viking Candy Dish

You may have seen my project post here which explains the background for this design. Several readers expressed their interest in a blog to show how to make one of these, so here it is. Background Since this is not a replica of any genuine...

CHRISTMAS GIFT BASKETS #8: Completing the project

At the end of the last blog the sides and bottom had been glued up and the foot frames and top rim frames had been each glued together in preparation for gluing them onto the basket. A RECAP OF THE BASKET’S COMPONENTS There...