A New Life For Old Wood

When I had the chance not long ago to haul away several oak boards from old beds, I never hesitated. Hundred year old boards have a unique flavor that new wood simply cannot duplicate. And I knew that with a can of Minwax® Wood Finish™ in “Gunstock” I could make a few small Arts and Crafts style tables. See how they turned out in the next picture.


The woodworking aspect really was pretty simple, as Arts and Crafts designs were meant to be. The Gunstock stain really made the grain of the century-old oak come alive. So, if you ever have the chance to gather some old wood, don’t pass it up — even if you’re not sure at the time what you might make from it!

Thanks for stopping by! Bruce

Organizing Your Collection of Clamps

You can never have too many clamps, but keeping them organized and easy to reach can be a challenge. I find inexpensive used clamps at yard sales and flea markets. My method is to mount them on a board I attached to one end of my workbench with a few wood screws. Now whenever I need to apply pressure to a freshly glued joint, I can reach for whatever size clamp I need. Give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by! Bruce.

Oops! Black Water Mark.

So, I thought the ceramic saucer under the house plant Leigh Ann had placed on this alder stand was waterproof, but I was wrong. Really wrong! This is what happens when water is allowed to soak into wood. Unfortunately, there is no simple solution, as the black stain is in the wood. But it can be saved! It will have to go out to the workshop, where I’ll sand it off, re-stain it to match the base, and apply a couple of fresh coats of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane. And next time I’ll make sure we have a plastic saucer under the pot!

Thanks for stopping by! Bruce

Grandmother’s Antique Hatbox


I walked into my garage this week to find a new project waiting for me: an oak antique hatbox that had been Leigh Ann’s grandmother’s. It had once sat atop an oak dresser, but we don’t know what happened to it. The hatbox has a few issues: the glass knob is not original and the finish is extremely dirty. Not to mention ……

the reproduction pull on the drawer has come loose. This won’t be a quick project, but it is certainly one worth doing, especially since it came from her grandmother. I’ll take my time on it, and give it the love and care it deserves. I will post a picture here in the coming weeks for you to see how it turns out.

Thanks for stopping by! – Bruce