Homemade Wooden Headboard

So the wife asked me a few months ago to make a DVD shelf. So I did. Next she started showing me headboards on Pinterest and wanted me to get cracking. So I started collecting pieces of pallets and tried to figure out the best way I knew how to construct a headboard for the wife!

Here is the journey I went on in this woodworking endeavor…

Here is the pile of wood I started out with.

Here is the pile of wood I started out with.

As I looked at each piece, I had to kind of lay them out and think about if they'd fit or not. Luckily, most of them did.

As I looked at each piece, I had to kind of lay them out and think about if they’d fit or not. Luckily, most of them did.

So I had to start cutting them so they would fit snug and flush with each other.

So I had to start cutting them so they would fit snug and flush with each other.

Here the pieces are after cutting and sanding.

Here the pieces are after cutting and sanding.

Then all of a sudden the puzzle fit!

Then all of a sudden the puzzle fit!

I got a 1/2 inch sheet of birch wood from Home Depot and my foundation.  Then I laid out my pallet pieces on it, saw where the gaps were and stained those spots underneath.

I got a 1/2 inch sheet of birch wood from Home Depot and my foundation. Then I laid out my pallet pieces on it, saw where the gaps were and stained those spots underneath.

I drilled through each piece into the birch wood, and then nailed them down with a big headed roofing nail.

I drilled through each piece into the birch wood, and then nailed them down with a big headed roofing nail.

Another close up view of what the nails looked like.

Another close up view of what the nails looked like.

I hung it up with a french cleat. I've never done a french cleat before, but after about 10 minutes on google I figured out how to do one.

I hung it up with a french cleat. I’ve never done a french cleat before, but after about 10 minutes on google I figured out how to do one.

Here it is hung up and ready to be admired.

Here it is hung up and ready to be admired.

And for me one of the most satisfying parts.

And for me one of the most satisfying parts.

Thanks for checking this out. I’m looking forward to sharing my next woodworking adventure with you all!

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Pallet Wood Shelf for DVDs

I’ve tried my hand at it again. I’ve made a shelf for our DVDs because my wife has asked me to. Currently we had let our DVDs pile up on the floor on the landing of our stairway. They were hard to see and the piles kept falling over. So I agreed that we needed something. And with that request I headed out to the garage to try my best at building a shelf for the first time.

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Here is the start. I began with this part being just the bottom. It took me about 2 hours to get this first stage done.

Here is the top part. It was around an hour for this one to take place. This was, of course, after the stain.

Here is the top part. It was around an hour for this one to take place. This was, of course, after the stain.

During the process of adding clear coat.

During the process of adding clear coat.

Latches added to the side to ensure that the 2 parts are connected and not going anywhere.

Latches added to the side to ensure that the 2 parts are connected and not going anywhere.

Done and ready to go on the landing.

Done and ready to go on the landing.

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Doing what it was meant to do – holding DVDs.

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A Year of Reflection: Friends

It has been a year since my family and I came up to Kansas City to check out the community and work that Midtown Community Church was involved in.  We had come to the place at our church in Tulsa where we felt like it might be time to move on.

Funny thing is – we never even wanted to move back to KC.  I actually had told a church member weeks before we came up to KC that nothing in me wanted to move back to KC.  And now here we are back in KC doing ministry and loving it.  It is kind of like the young person who tells God that He can send her anywhere except for Africa, and sure enough, she ends up in Africa.

But I digress.  I grew up reading the Bible.  After I had grown up I continued to read the Bible.  And still to this day I read the Bible.  And in the course of me reading the Bible I read all the stories about Jesus interacting and hanging out with people who needed Him and weren’t what you would call your typical “church goer.”

I read about how He interacted with these people who were not His followers; how He had meals with them; healed them; spoke to them; gave them dignity.  He actually spent quite a bit of time with those who we might call “lost” today.  He actually sought them out – e.g. the woman at the well, Peter the disciple’s restoration, the little children, and Zacchaeus.

But for some reason when I was growing up – what seemed to be modeled for me by the traditional church was that we only need to make friends with those who like us – i.e. other christians; or maybe even go as far as to make friends with those who aren’t necessarily like us, but are more than willing to start living like us.

Over time I began to know in my mind that wasn’t right.  It wasn’t logical.  It didn’t seem legit when I looked at what people did in scripture.  Dan Kimball says that when someone becomes a christian they have lots of non-christian friends, but as time goes on the number of their non-christian friends seems to drop off until they are barely any.  That type of life really makes living out the Great Commission (“to make disciples”) pretty difficult if you ask me.

I am thankful for the gospel and the grace of Jesus because a year after we have been here I have way more un-saved/non-christian/not-yet-believing friends than I ever have before in my life.  In fact I simply know more people outside of the church now than I ever have before.  And I think that is a really good thing!  And I’m doing my best having Jesus help me out to make them some of His disciples.  I hope they make the jump someday.

The gospel has worked on me a lot to change my mindset to being one that wants to be friends and spend time with not yet believing people.  The past year has been good.