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Camp Stool

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People are getting out more during these times enjoying hiking, camping, and boating. You might want to take along this nifty folding camp stool which can also be used as a side table. The overall dimensions are: 17" x 16" x 18 1/2" tall. Folded: 16" wide x 3" deep x 22" tall and weighs 8 1/2 pounds. If you want to build this stool this tutorial is for you. If you want to buy it, go here

Here are the different parts. This stool is made of cypress and plywood, but any wood is fine.

Here is the folded stool, nice and compact.

You will need 4 seat support pieces and 4 leg pieces. One end of each is rounded and the other end is cut as shown. Measure 1/2", cut 45 degree angle as shown.
4 pieces 14 3/4" x 1 3/4" x 3/4", 4 pieces 22" x 1 3/4" x 3/4" with 2 holes - 11" between hole centers.


You will need 2 - 1/2" plywood seat pieces 8 3/8" x 15 3/4" and 2 bottom supports 3 3/4" x 15 3/4" x 3/4". Th…

Buckle Display Box

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I was called upon to create Buckle Display Boxes for prizes for rodeo events, so I thought this would be a great project for this blog. We decided on a 3 buckle box. After studying a friend's display box, these are the dimensions I chose, but they are not firm, so you can use this as a base to work from. This project is fairly easy to make. The hardest part is choosing paint colors and decoration.

Red Oak pieces were cut out. Pictured is a strange rasp that was in the wood shop which I thought I would use to distress the wood. Instead I used a wire brush on the drill press.

Distressing the wood.


I painted all the pieces an acrylic vintage white. I didn't worry about complete coverage.

This is one of my favorite brushes. I took and old fan brush and trimmed it with scissors. I dipped the brush into the paint and removed the excess.


I lightly spread on the second color (acrylic aqua). You can see the detail of the distressed wood.

I applied a little glue and nailed it all together wit…

Side Table with Cowhide

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This lumber was just sitting there waiting to be turned into a table.



Sometimes I have a project in mind and go looking in the shop for the pieces I need. Other times I see a wood scrap and know what it's going to be. I saw this piece and it screamed tabletop for a side table.


Yes, and trim too! I saved all of these mahogany pieces at the beginning of the year to build a side table, and envisioned cowhide on top with silver upholstery nails.



This looks like a drawer but it will be turned over and become a shelf.

All the pieces were cut to the chosen size and sanded. Now time to glue it up.

Glued and clamped. The shelf was clamped in for support. After this dried, the shelf was glued in place and clamped. Brad nails were also used.

I glued 1/4" trim around the tabletop.

To attach the tabletop, I placed the legs and traced around them. I drilled a hole through the tabletop and into the legs and inserted wood screws. The tracing also shows where to glue the cowhide.

All glued together! …

Highchair Tray

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I walked into my husband's shop and found this discarded maple highchair tray on the work bench, destination: trash. In the past he had made a few highchairs, and this was a remnant of that.

I grabbed it up, knowing I could use it for the blog. I decided to make a tray with tooled leather or pyrography and Steer Drawer Pulls.


After the tray was sanded, I drilled holes for the Steer Pulls and installed them, then removed them to do all the finishing.


The screws were counter sunk on the bottom with a 3/8 Forstner bit. This was done before the wood finish.


Close up view of the Steer Pull sprayed with metallic silver.


I carved this checkbook design which was taken from a book written by a friend of mine. The plan was to repeat this design across the tray, but that seemed boring to me. After much thought, I decided on a star in rope in the center. You can't get more western than that!

I made a paper template for the inside of the tray, transferred it to veg tanned leather and cut it out.…

Dogwood Belt and Cross

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I hope everyone is healthy and safe in this time of the corona virus. For Easter I used this down time to craft two Dogwood items, my first leather carved belt and a leather carved Cross. I used our Horseshoe Buckle on the belt.
I'm sure everyone knows of the legend of how the Dogwood Tree is related to the Cross of Christ. We are surrounded by wild Dogwoods here in East Texas and I have taken many photos. This month's project is more of a "show and tell" rather than a tutorial. Enjoy!





Round Coat Rack

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A few years ago I bought a couple of old corbels from Old Texas Wood in Dallas.
We cut them up into pieces to hold up the bar in our kitchen. I had these two left over and they were thick enough for this project. I drew a half circle and cut it on the band saw.

My idea was to glue tooled leather to the front of this round piece and screw hooks to the leather.

I drew the tooling design and traced in the hook bases.

I tooled the leather and put on a finish to accenuate the cuts.


I went to the "Wood Store" in my husband's wood shop and found this cypress piece. It was thick like the round piece, so it was perfect for the look I wanted, and it was the perfect size!

I screwed in Z clip hardware and sprayed a clear sealer on all the wood.

After I glued the leather to the round piece and let dry, I glued the round piece to the cypress and let it dry. The extra clamped board was a guide for gluing the round piece.

The round piece was screwed to the cypress.

I spray painted a horseshoe, a…