Other Stuff I Like

When I’m not working, sitting in traffic, writing, editing, or revising, I like to do woodworking. Here are a few projects I completed that I’m pretty proud of.

COMING SOON: WALNUT BLANKET CHEST with Raised Panels

Since my other grandkids’ beds are on here, I thought I should go ahead and post my grandson’s bed. I think these nightlights outshine the others. Just a little, maybe. This one is about 140 hours of work, and it has twenty switches and a bunch of LED lights, the Millennium Falcon schematics, and a throttle so he can chase after the Imperial Battle Cruiser in the view screen. As you do.

This bed was probably the most fun thing I’ve built so far.

I made this walnut chest over the course of, well, a long time. First time for anything made of walnut, first time I’d even planed rough-cut lumber, first time for the fluted quarter-columns, the first time for the contoured bracket feet, and the first time for a spring-loaded secret drawer. Shhhh…

I made this out of rough-cut walnut as a gift for my daughter's wedding. The finish is hand-rubbed yellow shellac.
I made this out of rough-cut walnut as a gift for my daughter’s wedding. The finish is hand-rubbed yellow shellac.
This is a twin-size bed I built for my grand-daughter. It is done in the Tudor style, and the window features a night sky (with blue LED night light), and Tinkerbell peeking through.
This is a twin-size bed I built for my grand-daughter. It is done in the Tudor style, and the window features a night sky (with blue LED night light), and Tinkerbell peeking through.
The Castle Bed is for my other grand-daughter. As I was building this, my wife kept telling me it was too big, and would be too heavy. Okay, she was right, but now I know for sure. This one has the night light in the window too.
The Castle Bed is for my other grand-daughter. As I was building this, my wife kept telling me it was too big, and would be too heavy. Okay, she was right, but now I know for sure. This one has the night light in the window too.

If you’re a woodworker and you want to try one of these, just drop me a line. I don’t have plans, but I’m happy to share the experience.

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