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




Joining and Planing

In the midst of all the craziness of moving, I also managed to finish the table I’ve been working on. It was my first project using a joiner and planer, but I really like how it turned out.


The table top is all salvaged oak from The Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit, finished with Swilley’s Beeswax Wood Rub. The legs are just black iron piping I got from a hardware store.

I have some other house projects on the horizon that I’m sure my new joining and planing skills will come in handy for.

metal piping legs table top



Lumbering in Ypsi

While at my parents’ this past weekend I found a 1959 catalogue for a Fingerle, Hollister, and Wood Lumber Co., an old lumber company that once existed on E. Michigan Ave. in my hometown of Ypsilanti, MI.

lumber co. cover

While the Fingerle Lumber Company still exists in Ann Arbor, the Fingerle, Hollister, and Wood joint store has been gone long enough that my Dad is the only family member who remembers it, having grown up in the area in the ’60’s.

I loved looking through the catalogue to see the ads, illustrations, design, tools, and lumber of the 1950’s.

man and woman tools furniture design


Wood Rub

I bought some Swilley’s Wood Rub to finish the night stand I built earlier this winter. It’s all natural and both protects and enriches the tones of the wood. I was skeptical about whether it would work, but it definitely seems to have brought out a little bit of color in the wood.

night stand - before
The night stand before applying the wood rub.

night stand - after
And the end result.


Children’s Circus Blocks

An addition to the A-Frame dollhouse I built for my niece, the other Christmas present I spent some time working on this year were these wooden circus-themed blocks for Mary’s nephew, Henry.

I made similar blocks for my niece last Christmas, but this time I used an orange wood so the lettering and pictures would stand out more against the wood. I also laser-etched them to save myself some time and give them a much cleaner look. The laser-etching allowed me to do much more detailed images too.

Henry Blocks blocks - close up



A-Frame Dollhouse

We’ve had an unplanned absence over the last week as Mary’s move back to Michigan and the holidays have consumed most of our time.

Now that the holidays have passed, I can finally most about my main project over the last month or so, building an A-Frame dollhouse for my niece.

I used all recycled wood from The Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit and started with cutting out pieces for the frame. I also decided to hand-carve the roof shingles so it had a sort of sketched and rustic look to it.

frame exterior frame interior

For the interior, I left the downstairs the natural wood and just added a door frame and hung a small picture. For the upstairs, I glued some paper down for a faux-wallpaper. I also bought a little bunny family to go in the house.

finished interior finished upstairs interior

For the outside, I added a porch, door, some frames for the door and window, and some landscaping. I decided to make the porch and frames a forest green.

It’s still unfurnished, but her birthday is just around the corner in February.

finished exterior


Detroit Metro Times

Last week’s issue of the Detroit Metro Times included a gift guide that featured What Good Have I Done Today, displaying both our Phrenology Puzzle and Buildings of Detroit Puzzle!

The link to the online article is here and I put a photo of the magazine below. Thanks to Detroit Metro Times for including us!