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Friday, March 29, 2013

Wood Pallet Projects

160 Pages, 275 Full Color Photos.
ISBN # 978-1-56523-544-1
#B645  $19.95

Lumber prices are soaring, and deforestation is a rising concern. Yet millions of pounds of perfectly usable wood are dumped in landfills every year. Wood Pallet Projects shows how anyone can up cycle salvaged pallet wood to create truly one-of-a-kind projects. Maverick craftsman Chris Gleason combines sound woodworking techniques with a hip designer’s sensibility to unleash the limitless possibilities of the common skid. Inside you’ll find 15 of his inspired projects for rescuing and repurposing pallets. Some of his pieces celebrate the rough, edgy character of the material, while others are crafted as fine furniture. He shows how to construct both indoor and outdoor furniture in a variety of styles, along with other useful items such as a birdhouse, a toolbox, and even a ukulele. There’s plenty of nitty gritty here on working with pallets, including where to find them, how to process them into usable lumber, fasteners, sanding, and the best finishes (if any) to use. The author provides important advice on how to make sure that your pallets are safe, and not sprayed with harmful chemicals. A colorful gallery of finished work provides further inspiration for green crafting.

Wood Pallet Projects Book #B-645  $19.95  Click here.


Wood Pallet Projects Book #B-645 $19.95 Click here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Bear Family Lodge Plan

A family of bears live in this charming cabin at the base of the Teton Mountains. The log cabin, masonry, log furniture, a massive rock fireplace and a bear family are outlined in a comprehensive woodworking plan package.

After hibernating through a long, cold winter…

The family is back fishing for salmon and gathering honey for a meal

The bear family shown in assorted hardwoods

The family enjoys an evening of reading by the fire on log furniture fashioned from limbs from a real Birch tree. Mom reads to baby bear about Goldilocks and The Three Bears. The twins listen nearby.

Kindling is prepared for next winter near the Wyoming Buck and Rail fence

And the kids check out their family tree

A moose stands guard in the nearby woods while the family relaxes inside.

The plan covers everything including how to build the custom notched logs, a real rock fireplace and front porch pillars, dormers, a gable, a log truss, shingles, door and window construction, a staircase, two lofts, a simulated plank floor, log furniture and furnishings, a wood stove, lodge pole pine trees, fence, benches, a porch swing and the attention grabbing layered deer head over the mantel, and of course, the family of bears with moveable head, arms and legs. It’s the most compelling project ever on display at our shop in four decades of designs. Twenty one- 11" x 17" pages outline construction with two pages in full color. The completed project is 43" long, 28" deep and 24" high. Papa bear is 5 ½" high.
Plan sells for just $24.95 
Click here for more information on how to buy this plan.

Monday, March 25, 2013