Band saw Box

I’ve only completed a few wood working projects in the past couple of years; my Oriental-themed bookshelf (that took about 80 hours worth of work from my uncle Bob and myself, the mahogany base for our dining room table, the vanity (still a work in progress) for our bathroom renovation, and now a band saw box that Steve over at got me turned on to. The part that really appealed to me is this: I watched a 30 minute video on how to build my Oriental-themed bookshelf and what I didn’t fully realize is that there are DAYS of preparation that goes into something like this! The band saw box, on the other hand, that Steve showcased on his blog should only take a few hours. My uncle Bob and I started this project by gluing pieces of wood together to have a big chunk of wood to work with. This is the cheapest route as you can glue scraps together and get some really cool designs.  We used pieces of curly maple, scraps, separated with thin strips of padauk (pa-duke) wood from a local lumber shop. I totally forgot to take a true “before” picture but here’s my oval chunk that I cut out on the band saw. We followed Steve’s instructions and sanded down the whole piece, cut the back off of this block; cut out the drawer, cut off the face and the back of the drawer, then cut a U shape in the drawer that will serve as storage space.

Here’s a shot of some of the pieces that we ended up. From left to right we have the drawer (with front and back being glued and clamped together, the inside of the back that will be glued on toward the end, and pieces that were sliced off the original block that we glued together earlier in the week. I really needed this project for a few reasons. First, it was a lot of fun to see how the strips of padauk would look in between the curly maple after we cut the sides off, second, I needed a project that had almost instant gratification. I’m trying to get better with needing this from wood working projects because as I have learned gratification from these projects comes days and even weeks after you start them. Lastly is the fact that as long as you cut the backs and faces of the box and drawer at the right step there’s really no way to mess up!

One of the steps in getting the drawer cut is that you have to cut into the box with the band saw. We finished up the evening by letting the glued entry point dry off in a wooden clamp:


A cool breeze

Since our house is from the 80’s we have a few dozen brass fixtures in our house. Well brass went out of style like blue eye shadow and cone bra’s. We are slowly working on updating our fixtures to reflect our style. We are going to get better on before pictures… working on that, but here is the fan going up.


Did you know it’s easy to put a fan up on tall slanted ceiling??? Nope, but that is why we have Winston to help us out. I thought it would be sooo easy to put a light kit on the fan I got for a great deal at the yard sale… well not so easy, that is why we had to call Winston in for his expertise.

So of course what do you do when your friend is hanging a ceiling fan… take pictures for the blog 🙂

The final product, what do you think? It seriously makes the room cooler, does a fan from the 80’s not work as well to cool the room? I think so now!! I did not know a fan could change the whole look and feel of a room but it does.

the little things

We need to add something to master bedroom….. it was lacking a strong focal point. I got a picture from IKEA while back but I wanted to make it a stronger focal point above our bed. My amazing designer friend helped with the picture and suggested we look for some sconces. If you know us, we don’t buy anything that is not a good deal, so I have been looking for a few months. I went into Hobby Lobby and found a few but refused to buy them till they went 50% off, because everything always goes 50% off at some point.

What do you think? Amazing!! Well I do, these gorgeous accessories add so much to the room, crazy huh! Now it’s off to find something to put in them. My sweet husband suggested getting LED candles, so we could actually turn them on and not have to have fire above our bed! Here is one more view just because.

Vainglorious Vanity

I’m not a bragger, however, I’m working on a new piece inspired by Ana at and two of my favorite DIY’ers John and Sherry at This project started a while back when Kelly and I had decided to basically gut, and re-do our master bath. If you’ve been to our house you know it’s not a bad bathroom it’s just dated. And WHITE everywhere so it looks a lot dirtier than it really is. We started purchasing little bits and pieces at a time in order to keep ourselves from sticker shock by buying everything all at once. We found some awesome tile (on sale) for the floor, some beautiful stacked stone (on sale) for the shower walls, a heated floor system (on sale) for those cold winter days, light fixtures (on sale) for updated lighting and a few other items. As you can see we’re trying to make sure that we’re as wallet friendly as possible; plus we do a lot of looking and very little buying unless the deal is just too good to be true.

Back to the vanity. We’ve been scouring Blue and Orange as well as some on-line sites for a vanity that would be a perfect fit for us. We found out that it’s pretty difficult to find a 34-inch tall x 7-foot long x 22-inch deep vanity at a bargain price. Enter Ana from knock-offwood.  Kelly found this site; and I fell in love with it immediately! I know that I’m not the best wood-worker out there, but, give me a purchase list, a cut list and a bunch of pictures that show me how it all fits together and I’m just as good as the next DIY’er. We used Ana’s plans for the Farmhouse Style Kitchen Island an modified them to fit our need. The best part is that this vanity should come in under $150 (not including the quartz counter top that we’re still pricing around for)! It’s a custom piece that is perfect for us and Kelly is already in love with it; which makes me happy 🙂

Stack of cut lumber, to Ana’s specs, to get me started on our new vanity! Here’s the frame all put together. Took me a while to get them all level and flush with each other but according to Steve from a good project has 10 steps:  Saw, Glue, Sand, Sand, Sand, Sand, Sand, Sand, Sand, then beer.

Me using one of my most favorite tools, a nail gun! A side-angle shot of what the bottom looks like now with a shelf attached, and last but not least a top view of what our new vanity looked like at the end of my shop-time yesterday evening. We still have a lot of wood-puttying, sanding, priming and painting to do. And I still need build and add drawers which I’ve been putting off until dead last.

6/7/2010 – I figured that I’d just update this post as we go along through this project. Over the weekend I was able to fill most of the nail / screw holes with wood putty and get them all sanded down. I also added the support boards for the drawers and the facing on the front as well. I really neeed to do a better job at taking pictures but I get into this rythm when I’m working on this thing and I just get too excited with how it’s coming along and forget. Kelly and I worked some more on the vanity yesterday and I had her using all my favorite tools like the mitre and jig saws and my new Kreg Jig. We were able to build and install the rails for the drawers too! Helps the whole piece come together. We used the air compressor to attach the bottom liner of the drawers and compressed air with “duster” attachment is always loads of fun! Here’s a couple of pictures of our progress:

6/12/2010 – Now that Kelly and I have finished the three drawers (about 4.5 hours of work) we decided that we should move the vanity out of the garage and into the house for painting. Here’s a shot of the finished product sans paint, counter top, sinks and faucets of course:

We also decided to move to move the vanity out of the garage for painting; unfortunately, this piece weighs in at around 100 pounds or so and there is no way that Kelly and I could move it upstairs into our loft area for painting. Lucky for us my good friend Uncle Chris came by to give me a hand. We had an interesting time moving this 6 foot piece but we finally got it upstairs. I was able to put two coats of Killz primer on over the weekend. Here’s a shot of the vanity after the first coat.