Friday, September 4, 2015


What started out as making a new table top to set over my old dining table
(I wanted a more old looking table)
turned into making a whole new table.
After examining the legs of my old table I was unsure if they would
securely hold the weight of the new table top.
My old table was an old antique that my dad had made longer for me.
It was also very dark and I wanted to lighten up my dining room.
And since basically the only thing missing after the table top was constructed
would be the legs I just went for it.
New table it was.
And here it is.
Since I started from scratch I could make it not quite as wide as my old one.
Which I had always wanted and I made it a touch longer.
It's now 11 feet by 42 inches. 

Here's how my dad and I made this table.
First we got our lumber from our neighborhood sawmill.

We loaded it up in his trusty "old" truck.
Man it was a hot day that day.

We ran each board through the plainer over and over to get each
one the same thickness.
That was a dirty job.
And VERY noisy.

A lot of shavings were produced.
But not wasted.
I bagged them up to use in my chicken coop.

All stacked up.

We then proceeded to make the frame for the table
and attached the legs.
We did this in his shop.

We then loaded it in his trusty truck and took it to my dining room to finish.
That was quite a site.
 A really old man and his skinny old daughter manhandling that frame.
But we got her done.

Well here it is, all laid out in my dining room
ready to be assembled.

After pre drilling holes in the cross braces I attached them to the boards
for the table top.
I used a metal vice to pull the boards together
 before screwing in the screws on the braces.
Then we turned it over ( it was HEAVY)
and evenly cut off the ends to the proper length.
Talk about a mess, I had one.
I also had to sand down the top (again) with a belt sander
in my dining room.
My house needed cleaning anyway.

Before I turned it over I wrote the history of this table on the underside.

And here it is.
Before having the finish applied.

I decided to use tong oil on the top to bring out the richness of the wood.
Here you can see the difference on the left side where the oil has been applied.

I decided to stain the legs a dark walnut to match the chairs
and contrast with the floors.

Here's the side of the table with the bench my dad and I made last fall.

Since I had so much cleaning to do after all that sanding
I decided to go ahead and decorate for fall.
I love fall.
Here's the final result.
My new/old farm table.
Hope you like it.

Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is,
and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls...
Jeremiah 6:16

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


I had a left over slab of the stump that I made into a table.
I kept looking at it trying to figure out what I could do with it.
It was a interesting piece of wood.
This is what I came up with.
A planter.
Below are the details.

 This was the slab cut off the top of my stump.

I used old screen and a plant tray to complete the planter.
Pretty stuff, huh?

I decided to use succulents because they don't use much water
plus they are slow growing.

I stapled some screen over the hole on the bottom,
then secured the tray over the screen.
I added holes to the tray for drainage.
I used the tray on the bottom for two reasons.
One to hold in the dirt and two, to elevate the planter a little.

Now just turn it over and add dirt.

Here's the finished planter.
Of course sweet Maggie had to photo bomb the picture. :)

I added a few stones in the bare spots.
I ended up putting it on our open back porch.

It will get sun but no water when it rains.
I think it turned out really well.

And one called to another:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;
His glory fills the whole earth.
Isaiah 6:3

Sunday, July 19, 2015


What you see here is the after shot of a lot of work.
Below tells the before story.

A while back a friend ask me if I wanted a cedar stump.

Of course I said yes. I immediately thought I might make a table out of it
to go on my back porch.
It turned out to be quite a big stump
plus it had a lot of rot throughout the middle
from top to bottom.

But I persisted on my quest to conquer this for a table.
I had a vision.
Here's the top. First it had to be leveled off.

Here's a look at the bottom.
A very pretty shape.

The next step was to start chiseling out all the rot.
From top to bottom.
It was amazing how much came out of this stump.
This took days and days of work, plus spraying for little bugs
that had made their home in this delicious wood.

After getting all the rot out, the stump rode on my golf cart for a couple
of weeks riding in and out of the sun.
This helped with the drying process.
Here's a close look at the inside.

After it was cleaned out it had to be cut to the correct height that I wanted.
I had my son in law do this and he did a great job of cutting
a very level surface.

Here it is cut to size.
The bark has also been removed and the outside sanded a lot.
And I mean a lot. It had to be silky smooth.

A couple of times during all this process
I would enclosed it in plastic and set off a bug bomb inside.
Trying to make sure anything that was living was now gone.

I wanted to make sure the bottom was enclosed as the top would be.
So I cut a thin piece of plywood to cover the outline of the opening.
I also polyurethaned the inside to seal it.
The outside of the stump has about three coats of poly in a gloss finish.

I cut a small circle to cover the top of the stump.
This will also give the final top piece something to be screw into.

It was secured on the top of the stump with screws.

The finished top was then secured underneath attaching it to the small top.

I made the top out of an old 36" round table top.
I cut it down to 30", sanded the fire out of it,
then put 2 coats of a dark stain on it.
Then three coats of poly in a gloss finish.
I wanted the edges to have a rustic finish so I chiseled around the edges.
Then sanded it to make it a smoother edge.
Here's a closer look.

The finished product.

As you can see it did not end up on my back porch.

Here's a close up of the bottom.
It reminds me of animal hoofs.

Here it is being enjoyed in our great room.

It took a lot of work, but it turned out just as I had planned.
I think it's quite a unique piece of furniture with a great story.

Commit your activities to the Lord
and your plans will be achieved.
Proverbs 16:3

Friday, July 3, 2015


Wishing everyone a


Maggie turns 9 months old today.
My how she has grown.
She's such a sweet girl.

For nothing will be impossible with God.
Luke 1:37

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Thirty some years ago when we built our house we had
a bath upstairs and one downstairs. The one downstairs 
had an entry for guests but it also had an entry from
our bedroom also. The bath was two rooms. One room had the sink and toilet
the other had a bathtub and closet. We always wanted our own private master bath.
So fast forward 25 years. We added a master bath on one end of the house connecting
to our master bedroom. We love it. So I decided to turn the older bathroom into a powder
room for guests. The tub room was turned into a closet for me.
Below is a picture of how it has looked for the last eight years.
Well I was ready for a change so I decided to repaint and add a wood accent wall.

So once again I decided to recycle my old fence pickets.

After removing all the screw, nails and staples
( there was a lot) I scraped and sanded some of the old paint off.

I then took them down to my dads shop and cut the tops off
and some of the bottom. Some ends were rotting from being
stored outside for so long.
My dad ran one side through the plainer
 to make sure they were all the same thickness.

Here they are ready to install. I did paint one side of the planks first.

Over the years this bath has had a lot of wall paper.
You know how wall paper is when you remove it. 
Normally it's not a pretty site afterwards.
 So when I turned this room into the powder room eight years ago
I decided to roughly skim the walls
with joint compound. I painted it with a light orange and glazed it with a burnt umber.
I really liked the effect.
This time around I wanted it to look like denim.
So I first painted it a light blue.

Here I've added the dark blue glaze.

Here's a close up of the finish.
I really like how it turned out. It's even prettier in person.
Look close and you can see the chalk lines I've added to show where the studs are.

Here's a look at the progress.

Another look see.

Here's a look at the wall before I added a trim piece.

Here's after the trim was added.

And here's a few pictures after it's all finished.

I decided to change artwork.
So here's a few more pics.

It turned out just as I had planned.
I hope your enjoyed the update.

Believe it or not I've finally used up all my old pickets.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God.
1 John 3:1

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