Author: AJ (HandyHubs) Kinney

Good Bye Old Shop Dog

Good Bye Old Shop Dog

Good Ol Royal Remington Steele, Remi has been by my (our) side for 14 years now. So loyal and Happy. We have had many adventures together. Some not so good but, most were amazing. Today I had to say good by to my best shop 

Elevate Office Build

Elevate Office Build

Big project in the books! This was a fun and exciting Build with Merideth’s creative designs and my tools. This project turned out beautifully. We started with the L shaped desks, to make the frames, we used pine 2X4s featuring a two-tire shelf on one 

Painting Fun!

Painting Fun!

Swinging Solo Cup Painting
Swinging Solo Cup Painting

My oldest boy is quite the creative person, we have built some cool things over the years, and he comes up with some awesome Ideas for Art, tie-dying, painting, melting, burning setting stuff on fire. Any way he has great Ideas.

He spent some time with his mother this week exploring a new kind of painting. A swinging Solo Cup!

Swinging Solo Cup Painting
Swinging Solo Cup Painting

Suspended with Twine, they took a drilled 3 holes in the bottom of the cup. Added their mixture of Elmer’s glue, water and, acrylic paint then swung it over the pre-made Canvas ( Walmart special).

Mom, Son, and Girlfriend Each did there own, and hey turned out pretty awesome. What a great evening or daytime project to do with family or friends. Maybe even a wine night!

My Fav is the one on the left. it reminds me of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!

String Painting
String Painting
Pickem up Truck!

Pickem up Truck!

Well, it finally happened and was much needed, My Beautiful bride,  Merideth ( #twineandtumbleweeds ), went and bought me good ol Pickup Truck. I am so excited! I love it and got a screaming deal on it! We have been needing one for so long 

LOVE Knick-Knack Shelf – and of course just Love!

LOVE Knick-Knack Shelf – and of course just Love!

My Beautiful Bride, Merideth, and I celebrate 18 years of marriage this year,  June 22nd to be exact (almost 25 together). For our anniversary I made this  LOVE Knick-Knack shelf to accompany her Cow painting and display her Willow Tree Figurines. The Build was quite 

Love and Old Wood

Love and Old Wood

Quick little project during or COVID Quaranteen,

Not only do I love old wood but finding love in old wood is cool.

The Love In Wood
The Love In Wood

This piece came from a very special (To Mer and I) tree that we had cut at a friends home. We searched all day for a tree that had passed but was big enough and tall enough to cut a beam for our home.

I saw a pattern online that o really like and thought this leftover board would be perfect. It is Beetle kill pine from Southeast Wyoming just north of the Colorado border. I love the two-color tones in the piece.

Shaped with a bandsaw and cut out tool,  we decided t leave the natural color and just cover with Polly.

Stay Healthy my friends Enjoy the slowness it won’t last forever!

~ AJ

Red Oak Blanket Trunk

Red Oak Blanket Trunk

Good Afternoon on this Day of COVID-19 Quarantine! I hope your day is well. We are still busy at the lol Twine and Tumbleweeds. This past week, I took some time to make a little something for the beautiful lady in my life. She has 

Busy Weekend!

Busy Weekend!

Whew,  I had a busy weekend, got a few projects wrapped up around the house and of course starting new ones. Oh and the kids got their drivers license this week so Add worried dad the list! High points (I know I did a lot 

Heart Shaped Box

Heart Shaped Box

No not the Nervana song although it is a fantastic song!

This is an actual Heart Shaped Jewelry box that my lovely bride, Ms. Merideth, wanted me to make for her dear friend. Valentine’s Day being tomorrow was just a Qwinky Dink.

Quick Note: I love making Jewelry boxes!!!

I stared with some scrap butcherblock wood I had from my last project. Gluing two pieces together to make it thick, then some planing to get it to my working thickness.  I used a single board from the same scrap for the lid.

I drew out the pattern then headed to the Drill press to clear out the middle as much as possible. For this, I used a cabinet hinge countersink bit. the smoothed out the in-betweens with a thin straight router bit

Off to the Band Saw!!! This is the first project I have been able to use this saw on, I’m happy it finally happened! and it worked like a champ hardly took any time all of course when you follow a line can’t be that hard can it right? LOL.  Also, cut out the lid. I attached the lid to the bottom and headed over to my brother-in-law’s house to use his new belt sander on it, smoothed it up just nicely. Cat Dog Tobi was my supervisor.

Placing the magnets
Placing the magnets that hold the lid on
Heart Shape Jewelry Box
Heart Shape Jewelry Box

I struggled a little bit on how I was going to attach the lid, I really didn’t want to do hinges and Merideth didn’t want a swing open kind of thing, so after a little hemming and hawing, I decided to go with Magcraft® 1/8″ x 3/8″ Rare Earth Round Magnets. Man are these little suckers strong. I drilled a little 1/8 inch deep whole, whipped up some Gorilla Glue epoxy and pressed them in letting them dry overnight.

After a little finish sanding, I stained the whole thing inside and out with General Finishes Gel Stain and sealed it with our trusty Polycrilic urethane!

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Gun Powder Therapy

Gun Powder Therapy

So Craftsman, I do more that just make stuff in the garage, Shooting has always been one of my favorite things to do. Since I was very young I got to go shooting with my Dad and my Brother. My dad would actually do splatter