Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Well it's time for another project from the old faithful piano.
This time it's a bowl. 
Made by my 92 year old father.
This is the finished bowl.

Here's what he started with. 
Some wood from the old piano cabinet.
Planed down and ready to use.

 And in case you forgot what the piano looked like,
here's a pic of the old beauty.
She has produced a lot of beautiful items.

First he starts with this pattern.

 He cuts the pattern apart and attaches the pieces to the wood.
He then cuts out the pieces with a band saw.
Here's a look at the pieces that will become a bowl.
He then glues them together.

And then a bowl is born!
He then sands out the rough edges.
Here's a look at the inside.

Another pic.

An outside look.

A little history recorded on the bottom of the bowl.

I think this is a great keepsake from that old piano beauty.

Thank you old piano.

Hope you enjoyed this.

May the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight.
O Lord, my Rock
and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I still had another project I wanted to make from some
left over piano parts.
This coat rack is what I came up with.

 Just a reminder of the old piano I had to work with.
Be sure and notice the legs.

Here they are removed.

This is wood from that old piano that was ripped 
and run through the planer.

 I wanted a coat rack for guest to hang there coats
because we didn't have a coat closet at the front door.
This is what I came up with.

Following are pictures of a few different angles.

A close up.
I painted it white, then sanded it a bit
to distress it.

I thought it needed a bench
and I just happened to have one.
I just recovered it in some fabric I already had.
I'm a fabric hoarder in case you didn't know that.

The hooks are iron. I got them at Hobby Lobby.
They of course were 50% off so they only
cost me $2.00 each.
That's a great deal!

Isn't that a pretty piano leg.

It sits at the bottom of the stairs right by the front door.
Very handy!

If you'd like to see more furniture made from that old piano
you can see a piano table here and a piano island here.
Hope you enjoy.

The Lord will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.

Psalm 85:12

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