DIY Kids Remote School Desk | Woodworkers Fighting Cancer 2020

I’m once again joined by my son Ian to help build this year’s Woodworkers Fighting Cancer project – A simple to build DIY kids remote school desk made from 1/2″ plywood and 2×4 material. You may notice that he’s now a taller goofball!

Thanks to Marc & Nicole Spagnuolo at The Wood Whisperer for once again putting together this year’s Woodworkers Fighting Cancer. To learn more and if you’d like to help, visit https://thewoodwhisperer.com/wfc/.

Shop Tour 2020

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a shop tour, and much has changed. While I did a live stream a few weeks ago, I thought it would be a good time to do a more structured tour. Thanks for watching!

I Did a Livestream Recently: “Social From Afar” – Hang Out and Informal Shop Tour

So my first live stream had some tech glitches. This was a very informal shop tour, and being live stream is a little rough around the edges. A more produced one is coming! At the end the YouTube chat didn’t refresh for me so I wrapped up thinking no further questions. Thanks John and Josh for letting me know. I got back to them after we wrapped up.  Stay safe folks!

Turning a Honey Dipper Handle

Shop time can take a bit of a downturn during the summer. But now that we’re getting back into fall, and I had some time after dinner in the shop, I figured it would be a great time to turn a honey dipper handle that my wife and I had wanted.

What I find with turning is the design somewhat evolves while it’s on the lathe. I was going for a handle whose texture resembled the dipper portion.

Turned with Easy Wood Tools – http://www.easywoodtools.com/
Stainless steel honey dipper hardware from Stainless Steel Bottle Stoppers – https://www.stainlessbottlestoppers.com/

Enjoy!

Toddler Sitting Bench

This is a toddler size sitting bench that my coworker friend commissioned me to build for him as a gift to his niece.

There are a couple of firsts for me on this project. I used milk paint for the first time and I’m really happy with the results. Poplar takes milk paint well. It gives color without a thick layer, keeping a nice “close to the wood” look. I also for the first time did carving using a trim router. After many practice pieces using a template and spray paint, I found the lines weren’t the most crisp. That’s when I went with adhering a printout to the board covered in blue tape, which I felt gave better results. Cleanup was done with a Dremel and then some sandpaper taped to a pencil’s eraser.