Monday, August 8, 2016

British Phone Booth Lamp and Charger - 2x4 Woodworking Project

This project goes out to all of my UK friends and relatives!  I made a British Phone Booth Lamp and Phone Charger out of a single 8-foot 2x4 for a woodworking contest.  Check out the video below!


I made this project for our local Gwinnett Woodworkers Association's 2x4 contest.  There were lots of great entries this year.  I got 3rd place and won a gift card for Peachtree Woodworking Supply.  Below is a picture of the entries.  The amazing segmented Lighthouse woodturning won 1st place, and the folding TV Table won 2nd place!  It was great to see everyone up their game this year!!!

gwinnett woodworkers 2x4 contest

This phone booth will be easy to make if you are not limited to using a 2x4.  It's basically just a box with windows and a door cut out of it.  A scroll saw is a must for this project, but you could also make it with a CNC machine.  Click here to download my PDF cutting templates.

british phone booth lamp charger

The LED lights (affiliate link) really make the phone booth look awesome.  My initial idea was to make it just a lamp.  The phone charging station was kind of an afterthought, but it makes sense considering it does say "Telephone" on it.  You should try to make something out of a single 2x4 sometime...it's a fun challenge!

british phone booth lamp charger

Monday, July 25, 2016

Twine Picture Frame and Coat Rack Combo

I combined two woodworking projects into one with this Twine Picture Frame & Coat Rack combo.  I made it out of scrap wood that was left over from my previous Sliding Barn Door and Easy Wall Shelves projects.  Check out the video below.


I made this project for my daughter's room, so I took the opportunity to add some pictures of inspirational ladies in the DIY/Woodworking community to give her a little motivation to make stuff too.  Visit these ladies and subscribe to their newsletters and YouTube channels!
The next time you are planning to make a project, think about making it a combo!  It's a great way to turn a small area into a multi-functional space.

Twine Picture Frame Coat Rack

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I was on the CNC with Dave Show!

Thanks to Dave Gatton for inviting me to be the guest on his "CNC with Dave Show" on Saturday, July 16th.  If you are interested in CNC machines, then you might want to tune into this show every Saturday night at 9pm on YouTube.  I talked about the Electric Guitar that I made with the Inventables X-Carve and you can watch the playback below.  Thanks to all who watched, joined us in the chat room, and asked questions.  I had a great time!


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Make Some Easy Wall Shelves!

My daughter asked me to help her make some shelves for her room.  Watch us have some fun in the shop while making these Easy Wall Shelves that anyone can make.


This is a great project for getting kids involved in woodworking.  Going to the home center and picking out the wood is just as fun as making the project.  Be sure to involve the kids in this initial step as well.  Teach them look for defects and how to sight down a board to see if it is warped or twisted.  It's easy to find examples of warped and twisted wood at the home center.  Make sure you pick out good boards to avoid frustration during assembly.

Let Kids Select Wood for Projects

You can easily make these shelves while teaching a kid how to use a hand saw or jigsaw.  Or, you can do like I did and cut all of the pieces for them, then let them glue them together and paint them.  Each child is different, so use common sense and good judgement to determine when they are ready to use dangerous tools.  There are many other ways for kids to help in the shop.

Cutting Wood With Miter Saw

I encourage you to involve kids in the design process as well, but if you would like to use our design, click here to download the free plan.  We were able to make four shelves using one 1x10 and two 1x3's.  Make sure you attach them securely to the wall by screwing into studs or wall anchors.

Easy Wall Shelves Woodworking Project

When working with kids in the shop, the most important thing is to have fun.  You want them to have a good time.  Tell jokes, talk about family history, talk about the future, listen to them, and laugh a lot.  I know you will end up with a lot more than just a cool project out of the experience!

Having Fun Woodworking