Past Projects

Examples of Past Work from the Shop

These are a couple of reclaimed wood wall projects I did for some friends. Overall, I’m pretty pleased. The mantle is about 130 year old Douglas Fir from a barn in Missouri. I had a local blacksmith wrap it with the iron bands. The wall is reclaimed cedar and redwood. After I did the first wall, the customer wanted another one. This one was challenging because of the items on the wall and the angle. Still turned out really nice.

This was an epic Christmas eve build I did for my daughter. Due to work commitments, I only had one day to make this barn for her toy horses. I got it done, but it was a little rough. She plans on using it as a coffee table in her house one day.

This was my first experience in “Make it look like (A certain 4 letter furniture store) made it.” I learned a lot building it, but in the future, I will just tell customers to go to that store if that’s what they want.

Octagon Coffee Table. This one was fun. friend of mine bought a very reduced price coffee table at a store because the original top had cracked. (You can see it in the background.) I made a top out of white oak to fit the existing metal base. It’s pretty stout, and now serves as the centerpiece of their living room. The wine holder is not attached, but rather balances there.

This one is a reclaimed cedar coat rack for a friend’s new house It was a quick and easy build, but still a ton of fun.

This coin holder started out as a scrap of white oak. One day, I just started working it with some hand planes, and above you see the result. I had it laser engraved and it serves as a reminder.

I like tea. I don’t drink coffee, so I drink tea instead. This has led me to start making tea display items as well. This one is also special because the box was made when I went to a hand cut dovetail class, and it’s my first dovetail box. The wood is cherry.

After our family trip to England, we needed a way to hold and display our keychains we collected. I found this block of walnut and it did the trick. This is Josie (That’s her hand!) and I figuring out the layout of the keychains on the block.

This was a small white oak and walnut spice cabinet I made for my wife.

Campaign Bookshelf

Campaign Bookshelf (Folded)

This is a gear holder I made for a very good friend of mine when she got hired as a police officer. It’s also my first project using a buddy’s CNC to cut the flag. I then filled the flag cutout with a blue mixed epoxy and sanded it to 2000 grit to polish it. It’s held on the wall by a french cleat. It’s made out of solid Oak. If I had to do it again, I would do a few things different, like rabbet the shelves, but overall I’m pretty pleased. She’s thrilled.

My wife goes through tissues like mad. She asked for a box to put on the counter to hold a tissue box and various other things like lotion, hand sanitizer, etc. This is when I came up with. Its hand cut dovetails, ( I like to leave the layout lines) made out of mesquite. She’s super happy and I think it turned out really well.

My daughter, (The “J” in “WoodthingsbyGandJ”) loves all things vintage, including vinyl records. She asked for a box to hold them. The wood is from the old dresser her brother had while he was growing up. I’m not sure what it is, but is soft and very fine grained. I finished it with shellac.

This is a simple timer framed mailbox post for a neighbor. It’s cedar posts finished with spar urethane. No glue is used in it, just the pegged mortises.