Check out my most recent YouTube video, showing the decisions I made concerning my garage heater and the assembly of the ventless propane heater from Mr. Heater.
You can see the full blog post HERE!
Up until a few months ago, my attached garage was mostly unfinished. There was drywall on the adjoining wall and the ceiling, but it was in terrible shape. I started by removing the drywall from the ceiling, and replacing with new 5/8" thick drywall. The saving grace was the drywall lift, which made a world of difference! I had also added some R13 insulation to the walls in preparation for the addition of drywall.
After finishing up the ceiling, I threw up some 1/2" thick drywall on the walls, which went pretty quickly, compared to the ceiling. I also added some insulation to the aluminum garage door. This insulation came from kits I found at Menards.
Here's the link:
Menards Garage Door Insulation Kit
All of this was done with my new Atlas 46 JourneyMESH Vest, and I couldn't have been happier with how it performed! Check out Atlas46.com here!
After working in the garage last year during the Winter, I knew I was going to take some action and try to warm up the garage this year. As the weather started to turn this year, I was ready!
I had some vacation time schedule for the end of June this year, so what better to do than refinish our deck! We had built the deck in early 2016, left it unfinished all Spring and Summer long, with a southern exposure, which baked the wood to needing stain rather quickly. I used the water drop method to decide when the neck needed to be finished, and it was ready (Use a drop of water, if it beads up, then the original wood treatment is still working. If the water soaks in, it's time for stain).
At that time, we used a good (or so we thought) Olympic Elite Semi-Transparent stain to put down. The stain went on well with a nice light coat. The rest of the Fall the stain worked really well for us. Then came Winter, and eventually Spring, which is when we realized we had made a mistake...
After receiving the Ridgid table saw for Christmas, I knew I wanted to create something special for my parents. You can check out the blog post here describing the table saw gift! I decided to make them a cutting board from walnut, padauk, and purpleheart. I have three kids, so I wanted three stripes in the board to symbolize my parent's grandchildren!
In February 2016, 2017, and 2018, I've been fortunate enough to be a part of a medical/construction mission team that traveled to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.
Puerto Cabezas (Port) is a beautiful place, full of some of the most amazing people I've ever met. Their smiles, kindness, hard work, resilience, and general love for life is something that I'll always keep close. During our time there though, between medical clinics and other travel, I was able to check out some of their wood work and their wood shop.
I was completely shocked when my parents rolled a gigantic box, wrapped in the typical Christmas wrapping paper! Most Christmas's I have an idea of what my present could be from my parents, but this year I was in the dark. I've found, that since having kids, most of the attention is focused towards the kids and their Christmas Season, so when the big box was rolled out, I was lost!
I had mentioned to my wife a couple times that I'd like to find a used table saw at some point to help on some woodworking projects I had wanted to do. I had tried a cutting board, blog post found here, and had some difficulties due to not having a table saw. I unwrapped the edge of the paper when I saw the famous Ridgid orange! Holy cow! My parents had bought me a table saw for Christmas (and my birthday, upcoming in February)!!! I couldn't believe it, I was completely shocked! It was a Ridgid 4513, contractor saw with a rolling and collapsable stand!
I couldn't wait to get it home, get it assembled, and try it out! I was my first table saw, and I couldn't have been happier to receive it!
So for quite some time, my wife had been trying to convince me that she needed more counter space and we needed to buy a new microwave and hang it above our range. The overall goal was to get our old microwave off of the counter.
I had been resistant to this change, seeing a little too much effort and too much tearing into the kitchen... But I knew I was in trouble when my parents bought a new house, and ended up with a brand new microwave, that would fit our space. The deal was struck and the microwave was going to get installed.
So my wife commissioned me to make a box for her to showcase her Lipsense products when she's going out on demo appointments. She had another box that was the appropriate size for what she wanted, but there were a couple changes that needed made. I grabbed the pencil and paper and got to work! Below is what we came up with.
Even though this wasn’t my first real project, it almost felt like it. This was my first cutting board, my first glue up, my first that I needed to sand like crazy and the first I needed to oil. I was excited for the task and ready for the challenges (which were plenty).
What I started with
I started with a clean, fresh plank of curly maple. As you can see, it was 2.64 square feet of 3/4”. I spent the $47 and used 2/3 of the board, more on that later.
I picked maple because of the look, the hardness, and the price. I was looking at some other more exotic woods, but landed on curly maple. Look at this grain! I loved the tiger like cross grain!