The latest happenings

Well the shop has been busy. Over the last couple weeks I have produced two custom tables. Both were rustic, beautiful, and functional in their own ways. Today Liz informed me that she has 5 or 6 custom signs to make. I currently don’t have any commissioned pieces of furniture to build so I may build a project that I’ve had in my head for awhile. I also wanted to let everyone know that we started a Facebook contest and encourage you to get involved. You can find the details here https://www.facebook.com/dovetailsanddadoesAndoverKS/posts/373103672881788

Feel free to contact us with any upcoming projects you would like to discuss.

Thanks for reading.

Steven

   
   

The big ball is rolling!

Round and round we go. Where we are headed no one knows. Liz and I have had several special requests for signs come in. It is exciting and fun to see the work. I am totally blessed to have such a great partner in all of this. It is awesome to see her craftiness and workmanship. As things go the boys are getting more and mor interested in the tools, ideas, and learning in the shop. I guess in my opinion it just feels right. 

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

The gang got busy..

A couple of days ago I had my youngest son (4 years old) in the shop with me. He pretty much walked around asking questions about this and that and making observations about my tools. He is a very sharp 4 year old and he seems to be a building type of personality. He goes crazy with the lego sets we have purchased. The other day we bought him a box of jigsaw puzzles that we figured would keep him busy for awhile. He blasted through them very quickly and Liz and I were amazed at how fast he put 4 puzzles together that had 48 pieces each. Anyways after I had got done building the sign blanks for Liz to paint he wanted to start building a birdhouse. I mentioned to him that we would need a floor for the birdhouse. We got busy and glued up a couple of pallet pieces for a birdhouse floor. We left it in a clamp overnight for the glue to dry. A couple days later I was leaving work and I saw a pallet down the alley that caught my eye. It was a simple pine pallet but it was sitting in a way that I could see a bunch of live edge wood on it and that it was in good shape. My mind quickly envisioned the outside of the birdhouse. I skidded to a halt and threw the pallet onboard for the commute home. Last night My oldest son and I spent some time in the shop figuring out how to cut 45 degree angles for the peaked roof and figuring out how to make the live edge lumber sturdy enough for the birdhouse while keeping the live edge. We got all of those issues figured out and it came time to cut the entry hole. I was stoked about this because the day before my lovely bride had presented me with a Porter Cable jigsaw for my birthday. It worked well and I wasn’t too careful because I didn’t want the hole to be perfect. After I drilled and sawed out the hole Kolton used the Dremel to clean it up and remove some splinters. We assembled the pieces and then called it a night. I have to say that I have know idea if the business will ever take off and be a success but it doesn’t matter. I am totally happy having my wife involved and being able to introduce the boys to the joy that can come from woodworking. As for the birdhouse pictures are below. I think with the efforts made by the boys on this one we will have to keep it around the house. I have enough of that pallet left to maybe make one or two more. I am really enjoying the fact that if you grab a pallet and then build something out of it you are not 100% sure what to expect. I have several pallets that are mixed species and have different levels of character. I have seen many pallets in dumpsters headed for landfills and I guess that bugs me a bit. Why throw it out if you can make something useful out of it while spending time with the people you love and doing mother earth well.

The live edge just adds a little something to it.

The live edge just adds a little something to it.

All we need is a twig perch and a way to hang it. It reminds me of a tiki hut.

All we need is a twig perch and a way to hang it. It reminds me of a tiki hut.

Snowy Saturday 

Yesterday morning Liz and I went to the hardware store early and bought some supplies for a few projects. When we got home she started on a rustic, reclaimed “Love” sign. As usual I think she did a great job on it. She used a Cranberry paint with Manila rope for the O.



 Later in the day I worked on a reclaimed bench that will be ready today. My original thought was a little bench for an entryway. It seems to be a very versatile sized piece. It seems like it would make a good coffee table or bench. Be sure to keep an eye on our available projects page for the latest items coming out of the shop.

The silver lining

As our morning routine progressed today our youngest son got sick. As the morning progressed I became bored and proceeded to the shop to work on a couple projects. I decided to build a project that my bride wanted to help on. It is a reclaimed welcome sign hand painted by her. It was very nice having her in the shop with me. I guess that is finding the silver lining out of a sick kiddo!

Hope you like it. Thanks for reading!

You all ready for this?

So we finally got the workshop organized and we are ready to start pumping out some fun projects. As I mentioned previously we have many ideas on items that will make your home feel cozy. I am super excited to start working on these smaller projects with my wife. We have been married for 14 years now and our hobbies are quite different. Now as we were looking at these small and fun projects I saw a little glimmer in her eye, she started talking about these neat projects, then we started talking about how we work well as a team. All of that aside, we spent many more hours than I planned on getting the shop organized but look out world because here we come! I am hoping that we can have 3-4 projects come to fruition over the next few days. Be sure to keep an eye on our website and our Etsy store. Etsy is a simple route to easy shopping. Our products can be found at www.dovetailsanddadoes.etsy.com

Thanks and I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Wow what a day

Well today My bride and I spent most of the day cleaning up the garage/workshop.. I am so ready to get things organized. We have a little more to do but while we were cleaning the queen and I came up with several neat home decor ideas. We are also going to try to get an e-commerce site going so our customers can have a cart and make payments on the site. Please bear
with us as we get the ball rolling! I’m excited to see where this adventure takes us!

Feb. 19

This is the day that I finished my first piece that I would like to sell. It was a fun little project that is sure to warm up a living room or bed room. It’s rustic and unrefined; it is simple (while building it I wondered if the shakers would approve), It has a touch of class being solid oak. The floating picture frame wasn’t stressful to build. I have been in the middle of woodworking projects and had to problem solve or work out a kink in a joint that can be stressful. I can honestly say I had a ton of fun producing the piece and I hope that these types of projects will help those that buy and use them remember fun times in their lives. It is always fun to get creative. While working on this project my lovely bride and I had a few ideas for other pieces that we think most people would love to have in their home. I hope you like the piece as much as I do.

Thanks for reading and I promise I will work diligently to get a few more fun projects out to my viewers.

The beginnings

As I take this adventure I have no idea where it is going. The only thing that I am certain about is that I truly enjoy working with wood. I find wood amazing as it is a natural product that seems to have almost eternal life. While a tree is in full life it is constantly changing, growing, providing shade, fruit, and a place for tire swings. Once a trees life is deemed over this fine medium still has life. It changes according to it’s surroundings and amazingly finds a place in our hearts by being used for building homes, furniture, treasure boxes, or a table that the family sits at to eat dinner. Like humans wood changes with age, it grows character, and as it ages it tells stories of days past.

I’m not sure where we are headed but I hope to keep my woodworking as alive as the wood I enjoy working with. When I get older I promise to tell good stories as well.