Wife’s Cross Project

I had gone through making several iterations of crosses for my wife to wear before settling on the final one. I carved our crosses out of oak and both originally started out quite small but the final ones are a little larger than normal. It’s my gift to her for the after-life, this old Irish guy to my beautiful Filipina girl.

My wife was holding her cross at the viewing and it will follow her into the next world as the Mortuary assured me she would be cremated with it. I have finally finished mine which I mounted her wedding ring on and that will ultimately hold some of her ashes once I get them, as well as some of her hair. I opted for something a bit more simplistic in design but still used the cross I had made.

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Earthquake School Project

One of my boys had a science project this past year on Earthquakes where he had to create a building and show why his building design would be better than any others. I suggested he create two buildings on a shake table to show one building that wobbles and one that stands firm.

Living next to a crafts store supplied the bits of hobby wood and foam necessary for the project. I supplied the project technical support for him, a couple of hand tools and some glue. He got an A+ on it.

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Little Christmas Project

Found a sand card that one of my boys did back in 2008 in their class and decided to mount it and make a little stand. Its a bit Christmas-y so it can now be a seasonal item we put out with everything else each year.

The Napkin Rings


My wife forgot to buy napkin rings for the dinner table so while she was at work this morning I made a couple out of some bamboo I had that I normally make flutes with to surprise her. It’s not really a matter of telling a tale of making these but just pointing out that it’s the little things like this that mean a lot when it comes to family. Plus I have table time bragging rights. Holidays are especially for family whether here with us or not, so remember them all, even for those little things. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!

Popsicle Farm

Sometimes its not what the project looks like its just about doing something and working the imagination. My kids have great imagination and that’s what started the Popsicle farm. Early stages of course…

Homemade Ice Cream Yuuuuuuup!!

Saw that Ice Cream Magic thing on TV so applied the principal to do it in a baggie. Worked out quite well actually and took about 10 to 15 minutes of shaking. I missed a few pics but essentially the measurements are:

In small ziplock bag:
1 cup milk or whipping cream
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sugar

In large ziplock bag:
Put in small baggie with ingredients above
Put in ice, enough to be able to comfortably shake
1/4 to 1/2 cup of table or rock salt
4 tblsp water
Remove the small bag and wipe off the salty water


Nexus 7 Cover Project

I never got around to posting this project before but I see all those cases online that cost a lot so I decided to try and make one myself. Not too bad really for a first try. If I make a second one I will certainly use this one for the template. The materials I used were a small writing notebook I had got from a bookstore a long while back, some hobby wood from a crafts store and a map of the titanic from a National Geographic for the backing.

I do’t have a lot of power tools but a jigsaw would have been great for this. Instead I used my cordless drill to drill around the frame and a hand saw to cut out the holes. The jigsaw would have saved me, oh I dunno, an hour or more. So once the frame was cut out I used a wood rasp to knock out the rough parts and then course to fine sandpaper to smooth the frame out and then when I was satisfied with it I stained the frame with a mahogany stain and a coat of varnish.

For the backing of the cover I used a map of the Titanic from a National Geographic and glued that in place which looked good. Last I added an elastic band around the book to help keep it closed. I have some magnets but this looked a bit classier. Not bad for one afternoon and a little imagination. All-in-all this project cost me less than $5, just for the wood really.