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October 25, 2014

Above Bar Light Frame

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 8:08 pm

I was asked to build a frame to hold paper lanterns above the bar in a new Japanese restaurant. The frame is constructed from 2 by 2 cedar lumber. I made small rabbets and dados at each intersection of the frame to help align and hold the frame together.

October 18, 2014

Repairing Commercial Sushi Cutting Boards

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 8:50 am

This past summer, I restored a few commercial sushi cutting boards for the restaurant, Bamboo Sushi. Two of the cutting boards had developed cracks along the grain of the boards. I removed the cracks by cutting the boards along the crack and reattaching them with wood biscuits. I also sanded the top and bottom surface of the boards to remove some of the knife marks.

October 4, 2014

Rail and Stile Marker Board

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 8:04 pm

I have made a marker board to hang on our French cleat by our side door. The structure is a rail and stile frame with two infill panels. The upper panel is the marker board. The lower is plywood. It also has two shelves. One is for the pens and one is for things we need by the side door. The rails and stiles are made of oak.

September 20, 2014

Woodworking Camp: Making Stilts

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 8:03 pm

I made stilts with my kids, Calvin and Claire. We started with two 2×4s and made the posts. Then we made the foot holds and attached them at 20 inches above the ground. This was too high, so we moved the foot holds down to 6 inches above the ground. With some practice over the summer, Calvin was able to walk for 9 steps. We decided to round over the handles on the shaper and make a large platform for you feet. This helped, and Calvin can walk across the lawn on the stilts. Claire needs a little more practice.

September 13, 2014

French Cleat Coat Hooks

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 8:01 pm

This is the second part to the Shoe and Laundry Storage Bench build. Here I hang a French cleat with no visible fasteners and make four coat hooks. The coat hooks are segmented wood turned circles that mount to the French cleat.

September 6, 2014

Shoe and Laundry Storage Bench

Filed under: film, house projects — howarth frank @ 8:59 pm

At our carport door, we have our laundry room and storage for things that we use when going outdoors like shoes, coats and backpacks. It was not very well organized. The project is to take down the existing upper cabinets and build a storage system for the outdoor things and the laundry. The storage system consists of a horizontal piece with shoe storage inside and a bench on top, and a vertical piece with adjustable shelves for laundry storage. The cabinets are made from prefinished birch plywood and the bench is oak.

August 23, 2014

Bathroom Cabinets: Part 4 - kids bathroom

Filed under: film, house projects — howarth frank @ 10:31 am

Here I am showing the final install of the cabinets and mirror in the kids’ bathroom. This is the end of the first half of a bigger project to replace the plumbing system in our house. In this video, I make the back splash and show the mirror being installed by A-1 Glass & Mirror.

August 16, 2014

Wood Turning Grinder Stand

Filed under: wood shop, film — howarth frank @ 5:13 pm


I have made a stand for my grinder that I use for sharpening my wood turning tools. The stand is a plywood box with shelves on the inside. On the top, the grinder sits on an old growth fir cap that is flush with the box. Two bolts hold the wood cap and grinder to the plywood box. On the front is a door to access the shelves inside of the box. In the bottom of the box is a space I have filled with drain rock to give weight to the bottom of the stand.

August 10, 2014

Small Walnut Bowl

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 1:13 pm

Cutting up a walnut branch and wood turning part of it into a bowl blank.

July 26, 2014

Wood Turned Sun Clock

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 10:56 pm


I have had some maple wood set aside to make a mid century modern sun clock. I started this clock by wood turning 12 spindles. I then made a segmented hub from wood of the same maple tree. I drilled 12 holes in this hub to receive the tenon on each spindle. This allowed the spindles to radiate out like rays from the hub. I did a final turning of the hub and spindles together on the lathe to make a space for the clock. I think this helps to tie the whole piece together.

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