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New Woodworker Conquers Enormous Coffered Ceiling Project

There are a few ways to get a start at woodworking. One way would be to pick a number of small projects, gain some experience and confidence as a woodworker; then slowly graduate to more complex work. The opposite of this would be to pick a monster project and just go at it. Determined to pull it off, sticking with it until success becomes real. I know a thing or two about monster projects. Take for example the renovation of our foyer which took three years to complete (my fault – I over-engineered it; a recent photo of it is here). Another ambitious project was the construction of a coffered ceiling in our living room. This was 100% overhead work with lots of parts to fit. I once said that any project which involves frequent ladder work is automatically no fun. So it was with surprise that I got an email from Holly showing me photos of her coffered ceiling projects. Why surprise? I think I lost count of the number of rooms she has …

The Trundle Tornado Bed

It is so much fun to get the occasional email where a woodworker has downloaded one of my woodworking plans and has a completed project as a result. I received an email this afternoon from Jim of Mississippi, who had a significant connection with my queen size bed woodworking plan. I made the bed, known as the Tornado Bed, and donated it to tornado relief; the result of a horrific day in 2011 in which 63 tornadoes destroyed many areas of northern Alabama. On that same day, Jim was living in north Alabama and was an executive at a small hospital. When the tornadoes struck, his hospital went without power for about two days. Areas near his hospital were struck by an EF-3 tornado along with two EF-5s, the highest category for tornadoes. So when Jim happened upon my blog, not only did he have an interest in a bed woodworking plan, there was a connection between what he experienced and the bed I built. Jim included his phone number along with an invitation for …

A Project that will be Treasured Forever

Friday night, after an especially difficult day at work, out of nowhere, I got a present. An email was sent my way which said the following: Your woodworking plans for a queen size bed frame gave my 83 year old dad and me a wonderful project that I will treasure forever.  Your plans cut down on the brain work we had to do, and we just had a great time building it. Of all the comments I have received concerning my queen size bed woodworking plan, this is the best – “a wonderful project that I will treasure forever.” So, creating woodworking plans are fun and at times difficult; but they can also be just as rewarding as making a treasured piece of furniture. To Anne E. of Kentucky, I say a heartfelt thank you for sending me the email. I asked if there were any photos of the construction process and there were – see them below… Anne provided additional details about the build process: …we made a few alterations to the design but …