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So I like to make stuff, lots of random stuff. I am a 28 year old recent college grad, and soon to be graduate student. My main hobby is woodcraft, and I spend more time in my workshop than just about anywhere else. Projects can range from kayaks, to solar powered (anything) to writing computer programs. oh yes and did I mention I was a business student, confusing I know, but I love my life. This is what I do.

Introductions are in order, I am Matthew Hill, and I am one of those types that has to take everything apart to find out how it works, then try to build a better one myself... most of the time they end badly, like my exgirlfriends "upgraded" hairdryer that became a single use flame thrower. But every project is a learning experience and that is what this life is all about.

I tend to stick to woodworking projects, and do commissioned work on occasion. Well most of my real successes have been woodworking projects, but in the last 2 years I have been toying with electronics and basic circuitry. This is my Project Journal, my successes, my failures, and the most fun a boy with a workshop can have.

Enjoy it, because I already have.


Aug 6, 2011
@ 10:16 am
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It was my girlfriend’s and I’s One Year anniversary (still not quite sure if it was when we met, went out, or changed our Facebook status, but regardless, a year has passed together) So I decided to make her a “Year One Anniversary Box” that contained pictures of all the little trips that we went on, as well as highlights from the last year.

The box itself was  alot of fun to make, and I think it turned out well. I used wood strips that I had cut for the Kayak I am building, a collection of Walnut, Golden Oak, and Red Oak.

The Parachuting Bunny was something that Megan had drawn up when we were on one of our first dates, we had been talking about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we both came to the conclusion that if they airdropped bunnies, that would solve all the problems. Who can fight with cute little bunnies coming down all over the place? Right? I mean, really, airdrop bunnies, the big floppy eared ones. Problem Solved. It has since become a logo of hers in her design work. I really like it, it has a fun story.

I took a proof of the image, and used carbon paper to transfer the image to the top, and then took out my carving tools…. and a week passed while I worked on it. I then used oil paints to color the image, and then used epoxy to cover and protect everything. I want this box to last a Very long time.

The rest of the box was pretty self explanatory, I laid out a pattern, and interlocked the pieces for reinforcement, and proceeded to sand for  another week, story of my like, sand, repeat with higher grit, and once done, Cover with epoxy and hope it doesn’t run.

On the interior lid of the box, I wrote a letter to Megan, then photocopied it onto transparency paper, and inlaid it into the lid, and of course covered it with epoxy. I had done something similar when I built my telescope, and I really like the effect, it looks like the letter was printed directly onto the wood.

And Finally, I went to a drugstore and printed off 580 pictures from over the course of the year, and had a bit of sticker shock. It had been years since I had actually gotten pictures developed, and now I know why…

I am really happy with the final result, Enjoy. See, not all the stuff that I make is for me. I can be a sentimental little girl sometimes, but its fun.

Come get some

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