Upcycling Wine Crates

Upcycling Wine Crates

Late 2018 I was approached by our local boutique wine store Baseline Wine to upgrade their existing counter tops by using wine crates. After talking with Ryan and Che about the design I immediately accepted and got to work. They had been storing a lot of wine crates from some special places, as well as wine crates that just looked cool, and with that I started breaking them down so they could be shaped into a somewhat mosaic with the interesting parts from the crates.

The job was unlike anything I had done before, but was easily my favorite project of 2018. It’s 100% unique and nothing I’ve seen before at least in the Alberta market. The best part, we were able to upcycle boxes that would otherwise just get tossed into the garbage or burned. I learned a lot on this job and would do a few things differently, but overall I enjoy seeing it every time I stop in to pick up some wine .

Before Pictures

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Left Counter Before.jpeg

Glue Up

The glue up, no problem having weight!

The glue up, no problem having weight!

After

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Left Counter After.jpeg

I think you’ll agree the new counter top coverings really add an extra dimension to the rather boring counter tops before. Finished with a layer of epoxy for protection, over time it just needs to be buffed to remove any hairline scratches over time.

A quick shout out for a contest and someone I follow on IG.

"Check out Professional Wine Teacher - Cristie Norman’s Wine Course For Beginners: https://www.cristienorman.com/onlinewinecourse

Workbench Con Recap

Workbench Con Recap

Community over Competition was a resounding theme this year for Workbench Con and really in my opinion the theme about the maker community. I’ve never been part of a community that is so willing to help each other without worrying about something in return. It’s not a perfect community, there is still a tad bit of drama here and there (On Instagram) but for the most part everyone at this conference was genuine and helpful.

Starbond CA Glue - The Secret to Filling Knots

Starbond CA Glue - The Secret to Filling Knots

I’ve been a long time supporter of using Epoxy to fill knots in wood, it’s worked quite well but the process is SLOW. Back in 2018, Starbond sent me some CA glue to test out and see how it would compare. Without question it’s a game changer for those smaller knots, cracks and voids.

My Audio Visual Setup

My Audio Visual Setup

Looking to see what my audio visual setup looks like? Check this blog article out for a bit more in-depth review of what i’m up to from a content creation aspect.

Collecting Dust

My Lungs are Much Happier

For the last 5 years I’ve been working out of a garage shop, over two different locations. At each of those locations I’ve done exactly what most do when starting out, they get a ShopVac and use that to connect to the 2 1/2” ports on things like table saws, and alike. This is good to start but for long term woodworking, the ShopVac’s are just not setup to deal with dust of that magnitude. Case and point, I’ve burnt through 3 different ShopVac’s during this 5 year period. Side note, ShopVac has been very accommodating and has great customer service and all of them have been replaced. Regardless, it’s not a long term solution.

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Fast forward to today, I’ve partnered with Busy Bee Tools to review the CX404 1HP Dust Collector which is 110v and important for this review. Important because most people have 110v in their garage and I find this would be a very relatable to someone in a similar situation. So far I’ve unpacked and setup the collector in my garage with a connection to my Grizzly 6” Jointer which as a 4” dust collection port. I’ll produce another video showing the use along with all the other attachments I plan to get. For now, enjoy this quick video on how to setup the CX404.




Fuming with Rubio Monocoat

Fuming with Rubio Monocoat

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll have likely seen my video during Christmas time where I re-enacted Chevy Chase cutting the newel post saying “Fixed the Newel Post!”. If not, check this link out. At that point I decided the banister that separated our kitchen from the sunken living room had to go. It created this unnecessary division between the two rooms that really made things appear smaller. So we ripped it out on Christmas Day and called it “Christmas Day Reno’s” the latest hit series on HGTV!

20V AXIS CORDLESS RECIPROCATING & JIG SAW

20V AXIS CORDLESS RECIPROCATING & JIG SAW

I was recently approached by AXIS / WORX to review the 20V AXIS Cordless Reciprocating & Jig Saw (WX550L) and at the start I wasn’t quite sure what to make of a 2 in 1 since I already have dedicated single use tools already in my shop.  First impressions the tool is a lot more compact that I had originally thought as my existing reciprocating saw is at least double this size alone.  The device is well balanced and I was able to use it with one hand when using the reciprocating function.

CNC Collaboration

CNC Collaboration

I was recently commissioned to create a circular serving tray, something like this from Crate and Barrel, however, make it out of Walnut and with a 24” diameter. I thought I might do this with a router jig and cut it but thought it might turn out better if I could cut it with a CNC. Only thing is I don’t have a CNC machine yet; something I’m looking to get later in 2019. I do know a few makers in the Edmonton community that have CNC’s and have helped, however they needed to have a 24” cutting capacity and that narrows it down considerably.

Video Session in the Shop

Video Session in the Shop

I’ve been wanting for sometime to get some decent video of me in the shop and perhaps a little interview of who I am and why I do what I do. I was approached by Raoul Bhatt who I’ve known in the Edmonton IT Community for a few years, approached me as he’s looking to add more video to his portfolio. I was happy to oblige and what I got in return was pretty awesome.

A Little Kitchen Upgrade

A Little Kitchen Upgrade

t’s not very often that I get a chance to build something for ourselves. You might think out of all the things you could built, you decided to build a new utensil drawer? I thought the same, however, the old plastic utensil holder has been a pain in the you know what for far to long. My wife bought it, and it wasn’t a cheap utensil drawer, but the sides never stayed connected and it wasn’t full width so it always moved. Enough was enough, I had some time in my project schedule, and built this almost all out of scraps.

Educational Workshop via Busy Bee Tools

Educational Workshop via Busy Bee Tools

Late this past November, I was approached by Busy Bee Tools and asked if I would be interested in doing a demonstration in their facility. I was both excited and nervous at the prospect of “teaching” or showing my hobby in front of people who likely know much more than I do when it comes to woodworking….

Shou Sugi Ban - Fire and Wood

Shou Sugi Ban - What is old is new

There seems to be a resurgence of a wood finishing technique called Shou Sugi Ban which essentially is charring wood to waterproof it. Shou Sugi Ban (焼杉板) originated in Japan in the 18th century primarily as a way to treat cedar siding to make it weatherproof. The finished result (called Yakisugi) creates a unique texture and colouring that cannot be achieved with stain.

What is old is new

I’ve just recently started applying this finish to a few different projects and I am absolutely in love with this technique. After brushing away the charred wood, you are left with a texture of the harder grains that give the piece a textured feel unlike sanding a finished product to 220 grit. The colouring on woods such as pine is something you cannot achieve with stain, it has it’s own unique colour.

Over the last few weeks it seems to me that this method of finishing is being rekindled and is showing up more and more on sites like Instagram. When done properly, this can bring a unique characteristic to any piece of furniture or wood product.

Process

Below is a quick video I did on Instagram of the process. It is a simple process yet I’m finding people are not completing the whole process and calling wood they’ve just burnt “Shou Sugi Ban”. Wood burnt and left on is just that, bunt wood. It’s important to brush away the charred soot that’s left on the piece so that oil can be properly applied to the wood and allow the real texture to shine through.


How it all Started, Tragedy, Necessity and Passion

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Over the last four years, Cask Woodworking has been bringing custom handcrafted objects of wood to its customers. I’ve always believed in quality and investing in things that will last the test of time. Cask Woodworking was created four years ago when tragedy struck our family and something that started as an outlet has quickly turned into a passion. That journey is shared today.

How I Got Started

Shortly after Mother’s Day 2013, my brother Michael died in a drowning accident at a high alpine lake in British Columbia. This news shocked our family to the core as my brother left behind a wife and three young children. My brother was a family man and loved his wife and kids with such passion and it was this same passion that he had for his work and part of that work was mill work. My brother wasn’t necessarily a woodworker, he had a lot of tools and collected a lot as he was a millwright by trade. However when he built things, it was with quality and precision and I always admired that about him.

Not long after the tragedy, we were looking to move into a new larger house as our family was growing and at the same time we needed more furniture. My wife started looking on Kijiji for coffee tables and side tables and came across what I came to find out was an Anna White X-Coffee table. We’ve all seen it over Pinterest, Google Images, etc… everyone has built this table. When my wife showed it to me, I quickly said “I could built that”, and at that point I’ve been making things out of wood ever since.

It was at this point I started collecting tools, very much like my brother did. When I build projects, I know he’s looking down on me supporting what I do, laughing at my mistakes, and just being with me even though he’s not physically here with us today. It’s just one way I feel I can connect with him and what continues to drive my passion for building things.

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Now I’m not really inventing anything as the saying goes, however as I mentioned we were moving into a new house and we needed more furniture. I build the X-Coffee table but couldn’t just built it as cheaply as possible, that’s just not my taste. The corner brackets which could be cheap brackets at Home Depot wasn’t good enough. I ended up getting in touch with Shaun Cunningham of Front Step Forge and had him make me some custom brackets with nails used from the early 1900’s. It was this additional flair that gave me creative outlet that I could apply to any project.

I started making little nick knacks like iPad and iPhone holders, cutting boards, charcuterie boards, etc. My next biggest build was a barn door to block out the light from our ensuite at the new house. Made from pallet wood and steel edging, this project further solidified my need to make and it exploded from there.

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Growth and Community

Being a self taught woodworker/maker, I knew in order to grow beyond my first few projects, I needed to get around others that were better than me. Really it’s a success principal I’ve lived my whole life. I got connected with Instagram and boy was I shocked at how many amazing people were on there creating beautiful things. The maker community is one of the most diverse and friendliest communities I’ve ever been apart of online. It’s rare to find that online these days and it just seems this maker community is in a bubble of it’s own.

I’ve used this community to learn from others like Brad Rodriguez @fixthisbuildthat, Ryan MacDonald @macnwood, and of course my cousin Rob Purvis @stonecitywoodworks who has become more of a brother to me than a cousin. There are many more amazing people in this community so I highly encourage you to watch and reach out to them if you are just getting started.

What’s Next?

Continued growth, continued support of this maker community and continued making of amazing wood objects. This is a passion that I’ll carry with me until my days are done and I look forward to sharing my version of it over the years.

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

— Benjamin Franklin

Children's Blanket or Toy Chest

Daughters First Fine Furniture

I have finally had a chance to venture into the fine furniture side of the game.  I was looking to build my eldest daughter something for her room and was inspired by a blanket chest that Jon Peters has up on his website.  I took this inspiration and made some minor tweaks to the design to make it fit with my daughters room and the result is what you see below.

I've learned a lot from this build, from the basic frame of plywood, to the assembly of all the aspen molding which really makes this box shine.  Fine furniture takes time and precision to ensure a great looking product and while this box here is not perfect, I feel it's a pretty darn good start and I look forward to building this box again for the next two daughters.  I'll just make sure they know that each one was made with love while we will all know the next two will be even better.  

If you like what you see in the picture below and want one for yourself, go ahead and click the Get Started button in the upper right corner of the website.  In the meantime check out the video below along with the images on this beautiful project.



Live Edge Console Table

Live Edge Console Table

As a Woodworker / Maker it's not very often I get a chance to make furniture or "Wood Objects" for myself.  Today I am quite pleased with this latest project which was a collaboration with another maker and someone I use often for my metal work.  Mike at Forge 53 or Forge_53 on Instagram is someone you need to check out for any of your metal work.

Without further adieu, check out this latest creation along with my first product video.