September 20, 2014

Woodworking Camp: Making Stilts

Filed under: film,projects — howarth frank @ 8:03 pm
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I made stilts with my kids, Calvin and Claire. We started with two 2x4s 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
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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
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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.