Some cold weather last weekend kept me from staining the adirondack chair as quickly as I had hoped.  But the temperatures warmed up a bit this week, allowing me to finish the last bit of staining yesterday afternoon.  This morning, the chair moved to my front yard. This was my first furniture-making project and it […]


The first post on my adirondack chair project left off with the cutting and assembly about 3/4 done.  Since then, I have finished the remaining construction items including the back and seat. On these last construction items I also made a few adjustments to the Rockler plans to suit my own taste and standards.  The […]


Closet Framed Around Chimney

by Josh on April 2, 2009 · 0 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

The end of the framing work in the south upstairs bedroom / nursery is in sight.  This new framing replaces the uncompliant work I had done before I got my plan approved that had the wall directly against the chimney. Now there is a gap of at least 3″ (code requires 2″) between the chimney […]


Building an Adirondack Chair

by Josh on March 24, 2009 · 5 comments

in furniture,Projects

Since I moved in to this house, I thought it needed a pair of adirondack chairs for the yard.  Recently I decided to activate that project and work on it in the garage in the evenings after the kids are in bed. There are countless sources for adirondack chair plans, but I chose to buy […]


Where My Wall Went Wrong

by Josh on February 16, 2009 · 2 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

Over the past week, I have gotten back to my long-delayed nursery/bedroom project in the upper level.  Unfortunately, I had to spend my time removing some framing work I had done earlier that will not pass inspection. Here is where my wall went wrong:  I framed a wall directly next to the interior of the […]


Design Inspiration

by Josh on September 6, 2008 · 2 comments

in Ideas,Projects

A day after I finished building the trellis next to the back steps, I decided the design still needed a little flair.  I considered a few different ideas for adding some more character to the top of the trellis, but in the end I found my inspiration just glancing up at the roof.


Building The Trellis

by Josh on September 3, 2008 · 2 comments

in garden,Projects

Although you’d never know it by my blog output, I have gotten a few things done around here this summer.  Still, my output has been far less than I had hoped, and that is putting some pressure on me to make the most of the remaining mild days this year. More on that later.  For […]


Raising The Garden, Part III

by Josh on May 28, 2008 · 5 comments

in garden,Projects

Finished. That’s a word I don’t get to say or write often enough around here. At least not without conditions like “finished for today” or “finished part ‘x’ of much larger project ‘y’.” But today, I can say that the raised garden bed project is really completely finished. In Part II of this story, the […]


Raising The Garden, Part II

by Josh on May 23, 2008 · 12 comments

in garden,Projects

Work on the raised garden bed continues, but isn’t finished yet. Since my last post, I have finished framing the fence rails and applied two coats of forest green solid color stain to all the new lumber. I have also begun to work on the soil improvement, though I haven’t done anything more than dump […]


Raising The Garden

by Josh on May 20, 2008 · 6 comments

in garden,Projects

The calendar reads May, but I have already “raised” all my summer garden vegetables. That’s because I spent my Saturday project time building up the garden plot. I took on this project for two reasons: the corner posts were no longer strong enough to properly support the chicken wire pest fencing, and the soil level […]