June 21, 2014

Explorations of the sawmill toy

Filed under: film,projects — howarth frank @ 10:54 pm

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My dad reintroduced my kids and I to a toy he had had when he was a boy.  It has a few names: sawmill, buzzer, and whirligig to name a few.   It is usually made with a big button and a string.  The string is looped through the button and you can make the button spin at the center of the wound up string.  I thought this would make a good woodturning project.

June 14, 2014

Bathroom Cabinets Part 3: Medicine Cabinet

Filed under: film,house projects,projects — howarth frank @ 7:58 pm

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Our medicine cabinet was in desperate need of replacement.  It had been hacked together by a previous owner and it did not fill its full potential.  Our house is in the mid-century modern style and has no trim on the interior.  Each door and window is just an opening in the wall. This is the design language I wanted to use for our new medicine cabinet.  I removed the old medicine cabinet and cleaned up the hole in the wall with corner bead and plaster.  This gave me a clean opening in the wall.  I wanted the new doors to the medicine cabinet to be flush with the wall and be framed in the newly made opening.   Each door frames a mirror I cut from salvaged mirror. Behind the doors are two birch plywood boxes making up the body of the medicine cabinet.  I added adjustable shelves.

June 12, 2014

medicine cabinet

Filed under: house projects,projects — howarth frank @ 5:35 pm

the medicine cabinet doors are coming along.