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DIY projects make a personal statement. There's something very special about a custom project that we create ourselves.

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Latest Activity: Apr 18, 2013

Ultimate Firewood Rack
To get this discussion rolling, I will add a project I created last year....

By profession, I'm a geek... there, I said it. But when I do pry myself away from the computer, I like to spend time in my shop building rustic furniture and creating DIY projects for our home. Here's a recent example:

We use a woodstove to heat our home most of the winter and it works 24 hours a day keeping my family warm. Personally, I like everything about using a woodstove. I cut, split and stack my own firewood because I enjoy the exercise and I like the ritual of starting a fire and nursing it back to life in the morning from the overnight coals. I also happen to like saving thousands of dollars each year on LP gas.

We keep an ample supply of firewood just outside the door, but hauling it across the room to the woodstove was a chore. If you keep the home fire burning 24/7, you're talking about a lot of trips to the door. I had been pondering a solution to this dilemma for quite some time and finally hit upon an idea. I decided that the best way to address my problem was to increase the amount of wood I stored inside - and improve my method of firewood 'transportation'. I simply needed a bigger firewood rack - mounted on wheels! An oh yeah, it had to look good to please my wife's fastidious taste in furniture, and it would be nice to have a place to store matches and fire starters.

I call it my "Ultimate Firewood Rack - Butler - Storage - Time Saver - Furniture - Thing"!

If you are the DIY type and would like to build such a piece for your home, I have posted complete step-by-step plans with pictures and all kinds of tips and helpful hints on our website here.

In fact, you can even download a PDF file that gives all the dimensions and helpful tips... this way you don't have to take your computer out to the shop for your project. Enjoy!

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Making level cuts on post butts 4 Replies

Is there any other way to make a level cut on the bottom of tree, other than eyeballing it with a chain saw ?

Started by Greg Beck. Last reply by Greg Beck Apr 18, 2013.

Green lumber shrinkage ? 1 Reply

If a guy had a 1 x 8 piece of green eastern red cedar fascia board, how much do you think the height ( 8" ) would shrink after cureing ?

Started by Greg Beck. Last reply by Ken and Lara Williams Jul 19, 2010.

Platform Beds

I'm planning a couple of platform beds for our cabin.  Does anyone know where I can get some plans to build platform beds.Continue

Started by Wes Apr 9, 2010.

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Comment by Ezekiel Easley on March 12, 2011 at 2:59am
How would I determine what type of logs my house is build from?
Comment by Paula Steady on May 22, 2010 at 8:17am
Ugh! just noticed a small pile of fine sawdust on the floor in my upstairs bedroom last night. Ant, powder post beetle? Any one have any ideas what I should do? HELP!!!
Comment by Joe on April 18, 2010 at 3:51pm
http://www.woodsmithtips.com/
Here is a site where you can sign up for simple weekly tips for use in the shop.
Joe
Comment by Greg Beck on February 10, 2010 at 1:39am
Its all good Martin, thats how I roll too. Learn it hands on, theres something new and interesting to learn and build around every corner.
Comment by Greg Beck on January 21, 2010 at 7:35pm
Do any of you guys know were I could get info on scribeing logs, I'd love to learn how its done and give it a try, but am clueless, Thanks
Comment by Paula Steady on November 15, 2009 at 12:55pm
I am interested in constructing my own concrete counter tops. How do I go about doing this? I want them to be stained after they are poured.
Comment by Jon Dowell on April 5, 2009 at 9:05pm
You can also make your own tenon cutter, I have copied the style of the logman tenon maker you bolt your router to. I works rather well with some tuning. Also I have the option to make different size tenons. Yes us moden log craftsmen use draw knives, but we use power tools to get it done, I have used my drawknife all weekend skip peeling, but my router is my best friend in the shop.
Comment by Glenn V on April 5, 2009 at 7:35pm
I was looking at 60 degree tenon cutters and have a couple questions. If you get one that has a max of 3 1/2 inch logs can you use it on smaller logs like down to 1 1/2 to 2 inch? It makes a 1 " tenon. Also do you need to use the 60 degree counter sinks or is that just sometimes for a sturdier tenon. I like the looks for furniture of the 60 degree part of the tenon showing as in railings. Do you use forstner bits to cut the 1" tenon hole or is just a spade bit acceptable. I see a German draw knife also for $59 a 1" forstner for $13 and a tenon cutter for $259 all from lumberjack tools. I'd rather have a good quality too if it isn't too expensive. Thanks, Glenn
Comment by Tim on February 10, 2009 at 2:13pm
I,m new to the site, and DIY as well. I hope to add to the group and help if I can. Having computer hook up problems, so can only log on at work for now.
 

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