Stained Glass Chess Set

I’ve never been more proud of any project I’ve worked on. There have been many of all types but this is and always will be my favorite! A previous co-worker loved the game of chess and tried to teach me on several occasions. I made this set for him. He was always so kind to me and had been very supportive when I started working in Chatham County. It took over a year to completely finish the project.
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Lights change quickly

Lights fade in and out

Dharma clock

I loved the show “LOST” which aired on ABC from 2004 to 2010.  I had already originally watched the pilot episode when the show first aired but with my schedule, I wasn’t able to watch weekly.  Believe it or not, I never did watch the show while it aired on TV.  I actually started having some medical issues that required surgery.  At the time, I wasn’t allowed to work and wasn’t really able to do much at home either.  So, TV has always been a good way to waste time.  A friend mentioned that I should get the DVD’s and watch the entire series while waiting to return to work.  Needless to say, I was hooked!!  I watched the whole series (at least two times) and couldn’t get enough.  Since then I’ve probably watched the series at least another 4-5 times.  There never has been and never will be another show like it.  I can’t describe the reason why, most people that love it can’t either.  I decided to combine my love for the show and my hobby of woodworking and this is what came out of that.  I picked the security logo because of my current profession.  What do you think?

I’ve attached photos of the process as well.  I had to draw out the design and then transfer that over to the main piece of wood.  Then I had to start placing the square dowels to make sure each section was in the right place.  I had to add spacers in between each one so that they would all line up.  Once everything was in place and I removed the spacers, I was able to paint the whole piece.

Army Wives

My cousin, Mollie, worked as a set painter for a well-known tv series, Army Wives. She knows that one of my favorite actresses is Catherine Bell (she played Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie in the television series JAG from 1997 to 2005 and also plays Denise Sherwood in the series Army Wives). Mollie had an awesome surprise for me at campmeeting- an autographed photo and t-shirt from season two. Such an amazing gift! I just had to figure out a way to display it (used my love of wood working and new found talent of mat cutting for frames). There’s no way to express how appreciative I am! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!

My wooden signs

When it came time to rebuild our cabin (“tent”) at Pleasant Grove Campground, I told my family that I would like to make the sign.  I’ve always enjoyed working with wood and saw this as an opportunity to try something different.  The wood was taken from the original cabin and was sanded down to a smooth finish.  The lettering was created with a special type of vinyl and was cut out by hand.  After attaching the lettering, the wood was finished with several coats of polyurethane to protect everything from outdoor elements.

This second sign was for the back of the cabin.  It didn’t need as much detail.  Both really came out nicely.  I was very pleased with the results and believe that my family was impressed too. 

Fish tank stand

Definitely not one of my best woodworking projects but it’s kept my fish tank supported for over 6 years now.  
Most of the photos are horrible quality and I did an awful job of documenting each step along the way. But, at least the project still turned out ok.

Frame for stained glass

I’ve always wanted to incorporate my love of stained glass and wood working.  This project gives me the chance.  After finishing the orange/yellow flower stained glass pattern, I realized I had not gotten the edges even.  What to do?  Well, I decided to build a wooden frame to go around the outside (to hide the imperfection).  Turns out to be a great idea.  Now, I just have to decide whether to paint or stain the frame.  I currently have it held in place with clamps.  Once I decide on the appropriate finish, I’ll complete the project and post an “after” shot here.  Feel free to post your advice on how I should finish the wood…paint or stain?

Wooden Glass Rack

I’ve been wanting to build a wooden glass rack for quite a while now. I’ve needed the space to store all my stained glass until it was needed for each project. I had tried all kinds of “free” or “cheap” solutions…they just didn’t work. I could never tell what colors of glass I still had to choose from. So, I decided to build my own rack. I’ve included the “before” and “after” shots. Honestly, I’m quite impressed with myself. I ended up being a few dowels short, but can always pick up a few more at Lowes or Home Depot. Overall, this rack should work out nicely. Things really can be easy if you just put your mind to them…

Unique Wooden Plaques

This is a plaque I made to symbolize my appreciation for my parents efforts in rebuilding our cabin at Pleasant Grove Campground.  It was made in a similar fashion to the signs I made for the cabin.  Something like this can make a unique gift for someone.  Let me know what you think…

New Sign

I finally decided to work on a wooden sign for one of my co-workers. She had been asking for a long time and I promised her one for her birthday (we share the same day). I’m a few years late -yes, I do mean “years” – and she has never let me forget that. Anyway, I knew she wanted a sign for her yard with her last name and house numbers on it. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate my love for stained glass into the sign. Several different ideas came to mind, but I never could figure out how to put it all together. Then, one day, it clicked.

I had the design idea and was ready to start building. Here’s where my hopes were squashed. I just couldn’t get things to fit. I spent a week in my shop trying to come up with a better way to get it to hold shape and still look good. It caused a lot of frustration (mainly because I’m a perfectionist when it comes to these things). Another co-worker helped me figure it all out (thanks go out to him). After so much effort (plus some trial and error), I completed the project. I’m not really sure if she liked it or if it will be impressive to anyone.  All the time that went into it really seems like overkill since the design ended up being so simple. But, I can definitely say that I learned some things that will be helpful during my next wood working project.  Either way, I’m pleased with how it turned out and that’s what matters in the end. Let me know what you guys think!