The Craftsman

Merideth and Handy HubsHello, I am AJ, AKA Handy Hubs, Master craftsman for Rustic 307. My Lovely Bride, Merideth, has beautiful artistic vision. In 2018 she decided to start a business to embrace that vision thus Rustic 307 was born. That’s where I come in. Yep you guessed it, she dreams it up and I build it.  With full time jobs in IT and three boys outgrew the nest, we work hard to find time to build, create and refinish.  Living in the great plains of beautiful Wyoming with a dedicated craft/design shop on our property for anything she could imagine and a shop for me to build it in, there is never a dull moment.

Check out my builds, designs, plans, reviews, recommendations and just plain banter here at my Diaries of Craftsman blog. Drop me a line or even share your projects and stories! I look forward to hearing from you! Be sure to visit our store at Rustic 307!

Thanks for visiting

AJ (Handy Hubs)


What have I been up to?
January 13, 2021Custom FurnitureOne last project before we close out 2020 delivered. Our friends at Elevate Insurance were in need of a conference table to match the other pieces we created for them. Using  2X6 and 1X6 premium pine, we created this 8′  X 35″  V-legged Table. We ripped 13 2X6 X8’s down to 5 inches, taking the rounded edges off the table, then ran them through the planer to clean up the main surfaces. Using our Handy Dandy KregJig, we then added a series of pocket holes. Putting Gorilla Wood Glue in between the boards, we then pocket screwed the boards together making sure we reversed the grains on each board to avoid warping. Then clamped them to keep them tight while the glue dried. We let them sit overnight in a nice 70 degrees. Meanwhile, I assembled the V-Legs and lined them up on the support boards. Once everything was dry we took a special touch and hand plained the excess glue off and did several passes with various grits of sandpaper for a nice smooth finish. Merideth stained them with Minwax, Dark Walnut penerating wood stain, which really brought out the design of the grain. the table was sealed with our favorite poly, Polycrylic Protective Finish. Delivered Just before New Year, the Crew at Elevate was ecstatic! Visit our Friends Markese and Cherise Green At Elevate Insurance Agency! Located at 1800 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001 Email: Phone: 307-638-7770   #elevateinsurancewy #supportsmallbusiness #twineandtumbleweeds #customfurniture #farmhousetables #shanty2chicinspiredbuild Be sure to visit us on our social media Facebook: @twineandtumblweeds @Diariesofacraftsman Instagram: @twineandtumblweeds @Diariesofacraftsman [...]


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