Cedar Wood Hot Tub Build

I finished building the cedar hot tub around mid-April and here is the video: https://youtu.be/WlVN8s-Uvi8

Time to build the tub: About 2 weeks

Plumbing, electrical, misc: About 2 more weeks (mostly waiting for parts to arrive)

Cost: $4000 total—Clear, vertical grain cedar wood: $1800; Misc wood for benches: $200; Spa pack 240V Balboa: $1000; Plumbing parts, GFCI breaker, filter: $500; Misc: $500. (Not included: Electrician to install 240V service to lower deck.)

This was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve worked on. Cedar is nice to work with, soft to cut. Though I tried to be exact with the angles and the cutting, the wood was still quite forgiving and the tub did swell up as promised. No leaks now.

Plumbing and electrical gave me a lot of anxiety because it was relatively new territory for me, but I hooked up the wires the way I thought they should go, and cemented the PVC pipes and plumbing parts according to my best guess, and when I turned it on expecting an explosion, everything worked as it should.

There’s a lot of information on the Internet about how to build a hot tub or how to hook up a spa pack, but it’s scattered and sometimes conflicting. I hope this video helps you with your project.

Drop Leaf Table Video

The 4-Part video on how I built this drop-leaf table is up on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/E1QaGkU-Smw

I spent about 4 weeks building this table and now i get to have a real table in the house. I decided to make a drop-leaf table because there isn’t much space for a big table to hang out in the house, plus we rarely need a formal dining table, so it’s nice to have the option tucked away at the edge of the kitchen.

DROP LEAF SM-2.jpg

I really like how the beveled table top turned out, as well as the swooping curves in the base, even though they were a pain to make.

DROP LEAF SM-3.jpg

MCM Nightstands

Here’s a pair of nightstands that I built for my sister and her husband. It’s been a long-time coming, but I’m proud to make it this year’s Christmas present.

MCM NIGHTSTANDS JUDY SM-1.jpg

The nightstands are made from walnut with hand-cut dovetail drawers. (That was my first attempt at cutting dovetails.) She finished it off with brushed brass knobs from Anthropologie.

I wish I could have video-taped this process, but I started so long ago, before I began filming YouTube videos. I’m also hoping to get better photos when I find a sunny day.

MCM NIGHTSTANDS JUDY SM-2.jpg

Honeycomb Shelves are Hung

Today I finished hanging six honeycomb shelves.

Honeycomb Shelves-6sm.jpg

I began building these one week ago, spending at least 3 full days in the woodshop cutting the wood and building the boxes, and several visits to paint the finish and finalize assembly.

This project was definitely a stretch for me in terms of getting perfectly fitted angles and cutting glass mirror for the first time, but it was worth the patience.

Honeycomb Shelves-1sm.jpg

Right now I’m working on the video that details how I built this. It will be a three-part series because there is a lot to go over as well as some repetition of steps where I made improvements.

My First Video

I put my first how-to-build video up on YouTube today! It took me a week to edit and I hope to be getting faster at this. Please check it out and check back frequently. I’m working on my second video currently and I promise it will be even better than this one.

Planer Cart

I built a stand/cart for my Dewalt Planer. That heavy beast lived on my floor for almost a year and I’ve had to drag it out every time I wanted to plane a board. Video coming soon!

Planer Cart-6.jpg

This basic cart was built using scrap 3/4” plywood from other projects, $5 worth of douglas fir wood studs, extra hinges that I had lying around, and four nice $10 locking casters that I felt like splurging on.

It’s very simple: an open box on top, a box on bottom, four legs and a fold-out shelf. It’s sturdy and doesn’t tip over. I chose the height such that it would spit out wood right onto my assembly table, which is around 3 feet high. The width is about the same as the planer and the depth is longer than the base of the planer, about 2 feet, for stability.

Planer Cart-2.jpg

Wall Mounted Media Console

We just moved into a new house and needed a place for all of our karaoke equipment, speakers, cable box, wireless router, etc., so I built this media console in a day.

20180805_174935.jpg

I had been researching wall-hanging units, because I wanted to float it above my partner’s wrestling mats, which took up most of the living room and was also our only sitting area at the time, but they were expensive! I was looking at $1,000-$2,000 units and they probably wouldn’t fit our stuff anyway.

My media console cost under $100. I built it out of poplar wood using pocket hole screws and glue. I measured my equipment the night before, bought the wood the next morning, and built the console in a day. It took a couple more days to stain and topcoat, though. I screwed it directly into the wall, not bothering with any sort of cleats or brackets.

20180803_175710.jpg

If I could do it again, I would have been more careful about the glue squeeze-out. Part of the reason for the dark stain was to hide the dried-gluey parts where the stain couldn’t penetrate. Also, I would have cut larger 2-inch (instead of 1-inch) holes in the divider panels to allow electrical wires and plug ends to slide more easily through. I had to make the holes larger after installing the console, which was awkward.