Office Shelving

In our continued effort to get our tiny house situated, I finally completed the office shelving. We wanted something to go around the bar, and after going through many plans for the shelving, we finally decided on a combination of wood shelves and steel brackets to hold everything into place.

Since we’re renting, I didn’t want to invest in permanent shelving that we couldn’t reuse. By not building the entire thing out of wood, it’ll be much easier to take apart and reassemble.

I built the left side and right side separately and anchored each into the wall, with one metal bracket on each side touching the floor for added support. The trickiest part was putting in the top shelf for our large collection of game boards.

full shelving



Because two brackets prevented the top shelf from easily sliding into place, I had to carve out a notch to fit it in.

shelving notch




Tiny House – Sneak Peek

While there’s still a fair amount of work to be done after a month in our Tiny House, it’s starting to feel like home. Everything’s moved. Our bedroom is done. Our living room is done. Kitchen needs some fine-tuning. Office is still a room of boxes.

We’ll have some better pictures once everything is finished, but with our one-month Tiny House anniversary occurring yesterday, I’d thought I’d post a little sneak peek of our new home.

glass bottles

stairway pictures




Tahquamenon Falls

One of our favorite places to visit in when we are in Paradise is the Tahquamenon Falls. They are probably best known from the Longfellow poem, The Song Of Hiawatha. The tannin from the forest trees give the falls a lovely amber ale color. Speaking of ale, there is also an awesome brew pub at the Upper Falls.

lower tahquamenon falls

We visited the lower falls and by the time we drove to the upper falls it was raining and the brew pub was closed for the season. I was disappointed and cold, but Trevor insisted on walking to the upper falls anyway. When we got there, he said he had a question to ask me. I was listening, but also taking a picture of this neat stump.


When I didn’t hear a question, I turned around and he had a ring. So… surprise… we’re engaged!

engagement ring

I wish I could write some romantic metaphor about water falls and falling in love, but I’m not TLC and I’d rather be honest than poetic. It’s fitting that I was wandering away to look at a stump and had no idea I was being proposed to. Afterwards we had a celebratory beer and burger at the Yukon Inn and played a ton of Pac Man.



This weekend, I finally had time to go to TechShop and work on my first welding project; a pair of table legs for my soon-to-be-completed end table.

First, I cut a couple of longer square metal tubes into six separate pieces. I took one piece and laid it horizontally, and then welded two pieces vertically on each end of the horizontal piece. These three pieces, now welded together into one U-shaped piece, made the legs for one side of the end table.

U-shaped Leg

I did the same thing again for the other side to make a U-shaped leg for each end of the end table. I also welded a thin piece of metal with pre-drilled holes on top of each of the four vertical pieces to make it easy to attach the wood to the top.

end table legs

I’m sure any welder could tell me how terrible my beads look (where I joined the pieces), but they’re holding together well and so overall I consider it a successful first welding project. I’ll be sure to post a picture of the finished product once I find a piece of wood I like.

tanks and helmets



Designer Love: Sean Woolsey

I recently found and became obsessed with the work of furniture-maker and craftsman, Sean Woolsey. As I get ready to take my first welding class on Friday, and with plans to build a nightstand, kitchen table, and desk in the near future, I know I’ll be drawing a lot of inspiration from his work.











All images from Sean Woolsey


Southwestern Coasters

Mary and I collaborated on a project recently, making some Southwestern-themed wooden coasters. Mary designed them in Illustrator, and then I laser-etched them and cut them out. I only made an initial test-batch so far, but we’ll soon be making more for our Etsy store.

coasters - full set


coasters - arrow and triangle


coasters - zig zag and filled triangles