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Some more progress on the church lectern project... Finished building the main case with frame and panels, shelves and dividers, and applied spindles and caps. Next steps are the drawer, the top, scripture panel, and finishing. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Today we helped Jonathan with getting his new countertop installed on his re-assembled kitchen island. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I made some more progress on the church lectern: made rails with edge and back grooves and tenons; premium red oak ply side panels; and made the side assemblies. :) Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Update on our son Jonathan's house recovery after flooding... Now that the flooring has all been replaced, insulation/drywall replaced, and wall painting done, we were able to re-install cabinets in the kitchen and two bathrooms. Yay! :) Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I hired a neighbor to make these barn quilts for my sweetie's birthday. Then I made a frame to mount them side by side and hang them on the side of our shed. :) Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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So, in between some major family activities, I got underway with the lectern. Did some re-design, cut rough blanks for all the parts, and made the legs. Lots of joinery cutting! (design inspiration: Woodsmith Magazine) Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Making progress on getting Jonathan's kitchen island cabinetry restored, after his flooring was replaced. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Church lectern, take 2... After having cut out all the parts for modifying our church lectern to rough dimensions, it came to light yesterday that the existing lectern is actually owned by one of the member families who had graciously been loaning it to the church (for the last 5... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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So at our church we have a tall pastor, but a short lectern. This will not do. :) Time to make it a little taller and more functional. We plan to make a base that will raise it by a few inches, as well as make a new top and... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Working on repairing and removing mold from Jonathan's cabinets after severe water damage at his house; prepping for re-installation. Thankful for the Lord's grace helping him to persevere through this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Making a new batch of soap racks for Hannah at Pleasant View Soaps! Made of pine, finished with mineral oil and beeswax... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Doing some repairs and sprucing up M & K's hardwood cutting board. Re-finished with 3 coats of Tried and True Original Finish (polymerized linseed oil and beeswax). Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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We pivoted from woodworking to DIY mode... A few weeks ago our son found his house (which he has been trying to finish getting built) had flooded from a burst water pipe fitting in the second floor bathroom. Water had been running for about 4 days before he discovered it.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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The Entry Hall Coat Rack for our pastor's family - all finished, delivered, and in service! Thanks to Woodsmith Magazine, issue 86, for design inspiration. Thanks to the Lord for His sovereign grace. :) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Ridgid Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander - great for sanding/shaping curved and straight edges. Appears to be a newer upgraded version from their classic. It would have been really useful for the coat rack project, but it arrived a tad too late. More opportunities to come, I'm sure. Rockler Material Mate Cart... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Entry Hall Coat Rack project for the W family - construction complete! :) Next up: Final sanding & finishing, installing hooks, delivery and installation. "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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We made some more progress on the entry hall coat rack for the W family - made and installed cubby dividers and molding on the front and sides... Next up: Complete the build by making and installing back pieces, Stain and finish, install coat hooks. :) "Let us therefore be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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After a short hiatus for holiday visitors, winter weather, and such, we are back on the entry hall coat rack project. Made the upper and lower shelves, fitted and assembled onto the sides... Sola Deo Gloria "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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I recently made a pizza peel for our sweet daughter Hannah for her birthday! I think she likes it! :) I used some walnut and hard maple, and I finished it with 3 rubbed-in coats of Tried and True Original (polymerized linseed oil + beeswax). (Thanks to Mark Spagnuolo, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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We had a third rendition of Grampa's workshop with our grandson E during a recent Christmas visit.! This nice diligent young man did a great job making some smartphone stands out of cherry, red oak, and a hard maple/purpleheart combo. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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So, while we were visiting our friends the F family in Michigan, they treated us to a tour of the preserved/restored Victorian era Cappon House in Holland. Very interesting! While we were looking through one room, we found out that some of the chairs there had been re-upholstered during the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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While our family was traveling to visit some friends, we stopped along the way in Shipshewana, Indiana, an Amish community, to do a little touring and browsing. As we were going through Davis Mercantile, I happened upon this old Amish workbench on display on the top floor. It apparently had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Having cut out and milled the rough blanks for all the parts, I now moved to making and shaping the end pieces,which will hold the whole coat rack together. Cut the dadoes and rabbets. Counterbored and drilled shank holes. Cut the curved shapes on the bandsaw, cleaned them up with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Started a new project: an Entry Hall Coat Rack for the W family! :) First steps are cutting rough blanks for all the parts; face-jointing and planing all the parts to flatness and thickness... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks
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Final delivery/assembly of Jonathan's farmhouse dining table; praise the Lord! :) Hannah and Deb helped wrap up the table top to be transport-ready: Some visiting friends from the F family provided some much appreciated help to deliver the top to Jonathan's house: Assembling the apron and legs to the top:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2021 at Pleasant View Woodworks