Fly Tying Workstation

Here is an awesome way to re-purpose  antique furniture and get an awesome Fly Tying Workstation in the process.

We had an old Singer sewing machine and stand sitting in a corner of the house as a decoration and over the holidays it occurred to me that this would make an awesome Fly Tying bench.

I had always wanted a roll top desk for my fly tying and just never considered anything else. So far I have found this sewing machine stand very accommodating and have been able to stow away most of my fly tying equipment in the side drawers.

I love giving new life to something from the past and feel some how connected with the original owner creating or repairing clothes for their family. Now I get to give it purpose creating art and fly’s for myself and friends.

If you have one of these beauties lying around I hope this inspires you to give this wonderful piece of furniture a new lease on life.

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Happy Holidays

I would just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best over this holiday season.

I am sorry that there hasn’t been much activity on the site recently and I plan to remedy that very soon. We have been struggling with getting back to a regular routine after dealing with a break-in and robbery at our property.

These last few months have kept us busy dealing with the insurance company, contractors to repair the damage, the police, and the research and installation of better security systems.

I have replaced what tools I lost in the robbery and am itching to get back to the projects that were put a side after this terrible thing happened.

So bear with me and I promise that there will be some good content posted shortly.


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The other day I was looking through the surplus section of a local hardware store and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw these Footnote amplifier board assemblies.

I figured at the very least I could part them out for the control knobs and input jackets. Then I realized they are fully intact working units that only need a 9 volt power supply and a speaker.

I realize that they are to big for a cigar box amp, but got to thinking that they would make a perfect drop in assembly for a home-made stomp box.

So stay tuned to see what these surplus Footnote board assemblies end up becoming, it’s going to be exciting.

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Acid Amp 2

Well I finally got a chance to finish wiring the Acid Amp build. It turned out great and sounds amazing.

With these amps, I like the fact that they can be sitting on your coffee table or bar top and nobody suspects that they are nothing more than a box of cigars. Then you flip it open and plug in your favourite cigar box guitar and start jamming, it blows them away every time.

Hopefully this build has inspired you to take those cigar boxes that are not suited for guitar bodies and re-purpose them into a really cool Amp.

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Flor Fina Amp 4

Here she is in all her glory.

I have been test driving it with several of my cigar box guitars and the sound is so amazing that I think I just might have to keep this one for myself.

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Flor Fina Amp 3

Next I made the insert that will hold the speaker and the controls.

This was from some Birch panelling I had lying around.

Here is a shot before I solder everything together.

Here is a shot of the speaker installed and its ready for its new home.

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Flor Fina Amp 2

I felt this cigar box was just to beautiful to cut speaker holes in and wanted to keep its original parlour look, so I knew I needed to mount everything inside.

So my first order of business was to figure out how I was going to support the speaker and control board assembly inside the box.

I decided to use corner mouldings from another project.

Just remember to cut them short enough to allow room for the lid to close over the volume and tone control knobs.



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Flor Fina Amp

I came across a really nice cigar box that was just to small to turn into a guitar, so it made perfect sense to create a Flor Fina Amp build.

Not only is the outside nice looking the inside is very unique as well.

This should make for an awesome little amp……..stay tuned.

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Acid Amp

“Acid Amp” already sounds like a super cool build.

Here is a pic of the antique brass corners I custom fit to the lid of the amp.

Next I needed to add inside corner supports that will hold the instrument panel in place.

Stay tuned…….this is going to be a very cool amp build.


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Log and Siding Stain

I figured some of you  might be doing more outside chores during the summer month’s so figured this would be appropriate.

Which brings me to my latest project of staining our deck chairs. I had used what I thought was a good stain last year only to have it flake and fade in less then a season. So I decide to do some research and found an awesome log and siding stain that I figured that I would pass on to the rest of you.

It is made by Sikkens and is the “Cetol” Log & Siding line of products. At the end of last season I did use some on my garden shed and it has weathered well through winter and still looks like the day I put it on.

So until I find a better product Sikkens Cetol Log & Siding stain will be my go to stain of choice around our property.

This stain also works well on other wood working projects like bird houses and carved wood welcome signs to name a few.

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