Archive for September, 2018

Outdoor Swing Set

We recently adopted a child and I wanted to build a swing set in the back yard. Since I already had made the frame previously for our bench swing, this one was very easy to build.

I bought pressure treated 4x4s for the frame and brace, and 2xย  ย 2″x6″x10′ pieces for the top support. I glued them together with a good water proof glue, then drilled holes for the swing set clips.ย  I used 6″ structure screws to connect the 4x4s and the 2×6 header. In the future I plan to add a slide so I didn’t add any side-to-side bracing right now.

After installing the 2 swings I opted to switch out the rope for chains for a stronger support.

It only took a few hours from start to finish. Very happy with the results and my son loves it as well!

Swing Set

Computer Room Desk

As I mentioned in my previous post, I bought a new 3D Printer and wanted to move it downstairs to keep the noise to a minimum. They are not loud, but since some prints take 12 hours, or more to print, I thought I would move the computer room downstairs and build a large desk.

The desk is made up of 2 x 3/4″ pieces of Oak Plywood wrapped in solid Oak Wood for a total of 1 1/2″ thick. It is almost 11′ long and made into a single piece. There are no sides, only braces on either side and the middle to support the top. I then added a 3′ piece to make a “L” shape to hold our printers.

To support the middle of the desk better, and to provide better storage, I made a cabinet of 4 x 6″ high drawers (14″ wide x 20″ deep). The cabinet is Oak plywood wrapped in solid oak. The drawers are all solid oak. I was going to make dovetail drawers, but ended up doing box joints again like I did on the toy boxes for my nephews. I planned on putting drawer fronts on, but I like the look of the box joints. So I will leave it for now.

Computer Desk

Solid Oak Floating Shelves

It has been quite a long time since my last update. I have been working on a few things, but didn’t find the time to update. First project I thought I would share was all of the floating shelves I have made.

I created 7 more floating oak shelves in various rooms in the house. They are solid Oak and used a combination of floating shelf supports from Lee Valley and Amazon. I preferred the Lee Valley supports because they fit on a single stud in the wall. But I bought 8 supports from Amazon for $30 compared to 2 from Lee Valley for $20, so I just added an extra bracket for support. With 2 of the Amazon brackets a 4′ shelf was still a little wobbly. But with 3 it was pretty good. I only had to use 2 from Lee Valley.

First addition was a 2nd shelf under the last one I created in our bedroom. This one was a little longer.

2nd Shelf

Next up was some shelves in the computer room that I moved downstairs. I bought a 3D printer and wanted to move it out of the way so we wouldn’t hear it as much. Especially when I left it overnight to print. So first up was some shelves to hold my little figures.

Computer Room

Next is some shelves for my Son’s room. We wanted some shelves to hold some stuffed animals so I created 2 shelves and made it into a corner shelf. It worked out nicely because I ended up putting a Nest indoor camera on it to view into his crib. ๐Ÿ™‚

Owens Room

I had some more “junk” to display in my computer room so I opted to create 2 more solid Oak shelves. For this one I decided to leave the natural edge exposed on one of the shelves (bottom one). This was because I didn’t want to waste wood when I could use 100% of a board and have a natural edge showing on the right side. I love the way it looks.

Computer Room Shelves


I am out of floating shelf supports, so hopefully this one is the last one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got really good and efficient installing them though by the end. I would route a single groove down the centre for the support, then line up where the studs would be and drill the 1/2″ holes for the support rod.