Software Developer By Day, Woodworker By Night 👨🏻‍💻

Shop Update!

I haven’t posted any pictures of the shop in a while so I thought I would! I’ve now officially been in this garage for a whole year, and wow things have changed a lot. I have most of what I need to make the things I enjoy making the most,...

Wooden Christmas Tree! 🎄

I recently saw a really neat little table/desk accessory that I thought I’d recreate in my own way, and here it is! I used some scrap 1×1 cutoffs that I’ve been holding onto for a few years (you can never have too much scrap) and they were perfect for this...

Walnut & Poplar Smartphone Stand

This blog post will be getting an update in the next few days while I refinish the stands! Walnut and Poplar smartphone stands with about a 15 degree angle tilt. Fits all iPhone models.

Succulents Desktop Planter

Ever since I let a little bonzai tree die because my apartment doesn’t get enough natural light (rest in peace, little tree! *sniffle*) I’ve wanted a second chance at keeping something green other than bamboo alive (which is apparently very difficult to kill, even in the dark). I walked over...

Modular Power Tool Carts

I needed some more bench space, and I wanted some moving carts that would serve as a work surface and some extra storage too whenever I need it. I tried to come up with a very simple modular design that would also allow me to link these together and add...

Wall Mounted Lumber Rack

So I think this project deserves its own blog post just because I love how space efficient it is, and how fun it is to see all that lumber up on the wall! I got two of these mounts on sale 50% off, and decided to go ahead and use...

New Woodshop!

So I’ve lived in Texas for two years now, and I’m finally ready to get my own work space to pick back up my woodworking habit ;P I’ve rented a little 20×10 garage with one power outlet and a dim light, and I hope to turn this into a pretty...

Texas Ramp Project #2

A small group of guys from Improving‘s Dallas enterprise got together Saturday to help out a community member in need of a wheelchair access ramp to their home in Frisco, TX. I took a few pictures while we were on site and wanted to share them with you! We all...

Office Ping Pong Paddle Rack

My friend Kevin Baker put the idea in my head that we needed a ping pong paddle rack for the office break room last fall, and I finally got around to putting one together a few weeks ago. Here are the pictures of the build! The Improvers at the Dallas...

Pachinko Board – Instant Challenge Setup

This season’s shiny new Instant Challenge setup! I built three of these over the past week for Louisiana Destination Imagination’s “Super Saturday” Instant Challenge weekend. I’d say they were a success! I’ll do some more writing-up when I’m not so exhausted. Hope you like them. -Ryan See it in action...

Holiday Sneak Peek

Lots of new builds in the works right now. I can’t post pictures of everything I’m making quite yet, but I’m excited to get some more shop time after Christmas. My tools have been sadly underused lately. Here’s a sneak peek of a few pieces of a build I’m currently...

Leaning Shelf

This is the finest thing I’ve ever built. The idea was inspired by a shelf of similar design that my great grandfather handmade and handed down to my grandfather. I grew up seeing it in his office, and I thought I’d make one of my own. It currently holds all the...

Heavy Shelving (V3)

These are the latest version of the heavy duty shelving, built for the new 10×20 Louisiana Destination Imagination storage shed. The design is exceedingly simple so hopefully the pictures speak for themselves! I decided to split up the original 2x8ft design and instead make two identical 2×4 foot shelves instead...

Box & Frames

A box for a ceramic mould, and some inserts for handmade frames. (frames by bob turek)

Scrap Cutting Boards

My brother and I chopped up a few boards to be sold at a craft fair this fall, and I thought I’d share a few pictures of the prep work I did on them. In the picture below, you can see some pine boards on top that were glued up...

How To Make Wall-Mounted Bottle Openers

I’ve been eyeing this project for a long time, and I finally made it happen! The openers pictured below were gifted to friends and family – I just wanted to enjoy making them and to teach myself how. I’ll be making more of these to sell in my store soon! First...

How To Build Easy Flower Box Planters

This project was a blast! I think they turned out well. I built these for my mother as a mother’s day gift one summer during college, and she was thrilled to have a nice place to plant and care for flowers on her front porch, where she didn’t have to...