Woodworking Fun


With my father having run a carpentry firm for as long as I have existed (founded the same year I was born, in fact), working with wood has always been a part of life here. We made wooden swords and shields for playing at war (4 wounds, 20 seconds countdown when killed before back up, hands, feet and head not counting for hits) as well as tanks, planes and lots and lots of naval ships to play D-Day in Normandie on our gravel garage driveway together with lots of plastic soldiers. Now that my mother has got new inhabitants in her home, life for me has turned even more childish and playful than it usually is, and I have served as my stepsiblings’ (aged 10 and 12 at the moment of writing) playmate slave regularly for over a year now.

This has included whipping out the best of our old wooden creations, some of those I built can be seen here. Most of our wooden armada had to be burnt a few years ago since it occupied too much storage and most of it was ramshackle were hastily built, but we saved the better pieces. As I have helped my stepsiblings with building wooden tanks, cruisers and amphibious limousines out in my mother’s workshop, I also took the chance to dabble in wooden toyships again. In the middle of this picture can be seen the new creation, from summer 2020, surrounded by the better of my non-weapon wooden creations from around 1998-2001:

These, on the other hand, are some simple, and most importantly cheap Christmas presents made out of plywood for various family members in four intense days of work before Christmas eve 2020.

Receivers of presents in top row, from left to right: Younger brother, maternal grandfather and grandmother, father.

Receivers of presents in bottom row, from left to right: Stepfather, stepsister, stepbrother, mother.

Note that the rightmost piece in the bottom row is based on this lucky photograph:

Also, as mentioned elsewhere previously, some Star Wars woodworking occurred:

Wood is such a nice material to work with. Just some quick non-Warhammer projects from last year.

Have you done any fun things in wood? Please share stories and pictures.


Well, does music instruments count? Then, yes as it’s my second line of work:

This is a swedish traditional instrument called ‘Nyckelharpa’, this being a historical version common in the 1700-1800s built by me.


Impressive on both counts! I dabble a little in wood burning signs made of live edge cedar. Almost all for gifts, family farms, camps, etc so I don’t think I have any images on hand.


Unfinished sign before poly applied to seal it up. This one being for my parents camp that has had this name since it was built loooong before they owned it.


So, any plans to make wooden Man o War Chaos Dwarf ships in the same scale some time soon Admiral?



@Admiral some lovely work here. Also sounds like proper wholesome fun sharing what you enjoyed as a kid with your younger step siblings - lovely.

I’m no wood worker but my dad, since his retirement, has taken it up. I’ll have to see if I can dig out any pictures of his work and post here :slight_smile:


My dad has been scooping up fun tools in his retirement as well. Got a nice router table with new fancy bits. Hoping to make a nice vaulted gaming table this summer using mostly salvaged parts. Got cracking on it last year but winter has sidelined hopes of doing an epoxy pour for the table topper. Need to practice that on some sample pieces too.


@Reaver I’d love to see this!


@denelian5 : Magnificent! Highly skilled work, I lift my hat to your crafts mastery here. Please share more. :hatoff:

My paternal grandparents had a nyckelharpa on display, though no one knew how to play it. Beautiful instrument. I’m so glad to see that new ones get built.

@Reaver: Neat work! And thanks! Please share your table build somewhere when you get around to it. I’d love to see it.

@Lord_of_Uzkulak : We shall see! :smiley:

@Oxymandias : Thanks! It’s great fun to do with kids. Please do share his work!

Ah yes, and this wooden horse was also made during summer 2020 at the same time as the ship:


We’re having a contest in pumpkin growing at my mother’s place. Made some pompous namesigns for me and my brother:


Got a chance to do some fun vacation epoxy projects this weekend. Experimented with a new planar and router table on some cedar pucks.

This piece is a silhouette of the lake my parents have a camp on, indicated by the wood-burned owl. Filled it with smooth stones from various journeys.

Mighty Empires tiles haven’t been used in ages, so in lieu of selling them all, I decided to put some of my favorites to good use.

Several pours later we have a topper to protect an old whiskey barrel from pooling water.

And also some lids for old metal milk jugs. All good practice for my future game table.


These turned out great, a seriously cool project


I think the witcher series has reinvigorated interest in these old instruments recently. I’m glad, I hate seeing these slightly more old-fashioned instruments falling out of favour. This is absolutely stunning by the way.


Stunning. What you’ve done has really highlighted the beauty of the wood, it’s turned a few cast off bits of wood into something fantastic.

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Mightily impressive, @Reaver ! Lovely work there!

Christmas Presents and Other Gifts 2021 A.D.

These are some simple, and most importantly cheap Christmas presents and other gifts made out of plywood and wood for various family members and friends during 2021.


Note that the two wild cat presents are based on this lucky photograph.


Sassy confused carrot for quick holiday decorations. Posting here in lieu of taking credit on my BATG, ha. I was chastised for not creating a happy carrot.


As a fan of Disney’s Hercules, I praise you for choice of sass. Excellent wood carrot! I couldn’t make something that clean and crisp.


Not exactly woodworking but it’s perhaps adjacent enough. Turned my grandfather’s old saw into a lamp for my aunt. It turns on via the trigger and only stays on if you use the trigger lock, all original to the saw. Springs are from broken alpine ski bindings that blew apart from heat cycling in a garage.

Just need to find an old shop looking metal shade.


Very cool!

One of those huge bulbs with large thungsten filament would be cool too!

Sometuing like these


Lamp update. Good recommendation on the bulbs! Also found a rack for the ol shade that suits it pretty nicely I think.