Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Countdown to Christmas! Updated 12-5-2017

Christmas Sign UPDATE 12/5/2017:  Ben's Country Woodshop is currently under reconstruction.  Ben hopes to get things up and running again in the new year.  Stay tuned for details.  (Remember: You can click on each picture to enlarge for viewing)

Here's the latest new Christmas Signs created by Ben's Country Woodshop:

Keep watching for further updates!!  These are just in:

Ben's Country Woodshop wants to remind you that there are only (Click on this link to discover) days until Christmas!  If you want Ben to create a special sign or gift for you, now's the time to order!  He's getting geared up to create some new Christmas signs...keep watching for details!  Here are a couple of ideas...these are not Ben's creations YET, but we can do this or something similar if you are interested.... (see above for Ben's rendition of these items)   Tell us YOUR ideas!

Countdown to Christmas

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kitchen Cabinet Redo, Or, Making Mom Happy! Updated

Ben's Country Woodshop decided to try something different...and kitchen cabinet redo for his mother. Brave soul.

What got the ball rolling was a great deal  at the flea market on three old cabinet doors with glass fronts.  The only thing wrong with them was a few scratches and they were a dark brown stain, which didn't match anything.  But they were made of oak and solidly constructed, so Ben figured he'd find a good use for them somewhere.

When Ben's mother saw them, she had a good use for them right away...her kitchen!  However, her kitchen is pretty much white...with a lot of open shelves instead of upper cabinets.  Now we all know that if you look at the current home magazines, everyone seems to want open shelves instead of closed cabinets. They do look great...as long as you don't mind dusting frequently.  And anyone who cooks knows that eventually dust will mix with grease in the air (even if you don't fry food often, somehow it is still there...trust me!), and it creates a gooey dusty covering over anything left out in the open for very long without frequent use and washing.

Ben's Mom is a great housekeeper, even though she works outside of the home full time and doesn't have much time to devote to housecleaning.  Dust is one of her biggest bug-a-boos, especially in the kitchen.  So open shelves, even though they displayed her favorite tea pots, mugs, and other interesting items, became a frustration to keep clean and tidy all of the time.
Open shelves BEFORE the Redo

So, Ben's Mom claimed the new cabinet doors and cajoled Ben into creating a new closed cabinet for her open shelves.  However, Ben was not about to tackle this job on his own.  If Mom wants them, Mom can help!  Which, of course, she did with glee!

After much discussion, it was determined that a shabby chic style of cabinet door would probably be the best way to go for these particular doors.  First MOM sanded a good bit of the original finish off of the wood, and then painted the doors white.  After painting, she sanded the edges all the way around to give the doors an older, well used look that matched the look of her older, well used kitchen.

Meanwhile, out in the workshop, Ben was busily creating a face frame for the cabinet doors.

This took some time and careful measurements to be sure they would fit...and cover the open space of the shelves.
It was tricky, because the old shelves were very uneven, and therefore some interior work had to be done before the faceframe could be attached.
Oh, and by the way, MOM had to paint the face frame too, as well as repaint the inside of the shelves/wall because we had to move one of the shelves and revealed unpainted surfaces where the shelf had been.  Had to repaint the shelves as well.  Since we didn't have anymore of the original paint for the wall, we decided to go ahead and paint the interior white since it would be covered anyway and would be darker with the doors on it.

Next, Ben and MOM held up the frame with the doors (unattached) to see how it was going to look and to be sure everything would fit.  This took some strength and energy for both...especially Mom...

Take a good look and be sure it's the way you want it MOM, before we tack everything up permanently.

We finally got the doors on, and MOM couldn't wait to get her stuff back on the shelves!  We decided we liked the look of the doors better without the mullions (window grid), as they didn't quite line up with the shelves and blocked too much of the view.  Now we have to figure out how to put the glass back in the doors without the mullions, because they helped take up the gap between the glass and the door frame.  So until Ben figures it out we have left them glassless...but hopefully not for long, or that dust will start accumulating again and MOM will not be happy!

Thus ends another Ben's Country Woodshop event!
It was a lot of fun working together to get the job done!
And MOM is VERY Happy!!!

POSTSCRIPT:  Did I mention that there were THREE doors?  Oh yes! I almost forgot! There's the empty wall space in Mom's kitchen that has been just BEGGING for a cabinet ever since we moved to this house...or should I say that MOM has been BEGGING for a cabinet in that space ever since we moved to this house...

Yes, I believe you will see that Ben's Country Woodshop's NEXT project will be a "Cabinet DO", not just a "redo", so there will be some place to put that jar of peanut butter out of sight...

So the story really isn't ended after all!  Stay tuned for further developments, because you see that blank white cabinet door on the right of the wall space...yep, that one's on the list to be "redone" some time in the near future as well.  

Monday, December 30, 2013

Yes! Ben's Country Woodshop Has Corn Hole Games!

Yes! Ben's Country Woodshop specializes in creating Corn Hole games!  
We also have the corn-bean-bags custom made locally, using authentic dried corn and your choice of fabric designs to color coordinate with your game design.  Contact us for details on how to order your custom designed Corn Hole Game.   You can also order replacement bags from us.  Our games/bags are created by real people...local craftsmen/women who are self-supporting and determined to give you a high quality product just the way you want it!  If your business, organization or family has a custom logo or design in mind, let us know and we will work with you to reproduce that on your personalized games.

 Great for families!
Corn Bags are designed in any color you desire...as long as the fabric meets our rigid standards for durability.
 Outstanding team sport/game for youth groups, rec centers, community centers, camps and conference centers!

Great fun for people of ALL ages!
Contact Ben's Country Woodshop today to order your custom set!  You can can also contact us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BensCountryWoodshop

Saturday, December 28, 2013

When does a sign become a tray...or a tray become a sign?

It started with an idea we saw on Pinterest...a DIY tray that holds a 13" X 9" casserole dish and becomes a carrier as well as a buffet server/trivet for hot dishes.  With Ben's Country Woodshop penchant for creating interesting signs, the tray idea soon evolved into something more...a tray that could also serve as a decorative sign for the kitchen, great room, patio...wherever you need it or want it!

That great idea soon developed into an even better idea...why not build these tray/signs as gifts for our family members who would be gathering for Christmas? Soon Ben's Country Woodshop and Santa's elf got busy:

 After Ben cut the pieces, Ben's helper got to work sanding and staining the framework for each tray.
 This was a bit time consuming and tedious work, but it became a labor of love since we were planning to give these to our loved ones for Christmas.
 Hey! You need to warn me when you're taking my picture...
Uh-oh...here comes Mr. Ben's Country Woodshop himself to check on the progress!

Soon the pieces were all stained, and then came the part of stenciling the letters for each sign, and creating unique colors/styles for the people for whom the gifts were intended...

Finally the day came when we could reveal the gifts to the recipients...at least to some of them.  

They were all very pleased with their gifts...and even the 90 year old Grandma of the group got a special sign..."Count Your Blessings"...another creation from Ben's Country Woodshop!

All in all it was  fun and successful project, which has potential for a lot of other applications in the future!

Thank you, Ben's Country Woodshop!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Does Your Business Need a Sign?

The Craft Shack  (click for link)  is a craft studio owned and operated by Ben's talented cousin, Debbie Hutchinson Helton.  Debbie says it is "A little 'ole place where we can craft together!"  
Not too long ago she requested that Ben's Country Woodshop create a special sign for her craft shack, designed after her logo:   (which was originally created from old license plate letters)
You can link up with The Craft Shack on Facebook here:https://www.facebook.com/thecraftshackstudio

Here is a closer view of the sign right after Ben's Country Woodshop finished it:

This is just one of the great ideas Ben can create for you or YOUR business...Just let us know what you need, and we'll try our best to make it!  You can link to Ben's Country Woodshop on Facebook here:https://www.facebook.com/BensCountryWoodshop

Be watching for some great new Christmas signs coming soon...

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ben's Country Woodshop is so much more than just signs!


Ben's Country Woodshop can now be found on Facebook!  www.facebook.com/benscountrywoodshop
Mr. Cardinal visiting the "Little Church in the Wildwood"

"Little Church in the Wildwood" Bird Sanctuary!
Check it out!    Here's something brand new:

Ben's Country Woodshop has been busy this past fall and now winter!  Hope you enjoy this gallery of new items!

I love this  little accent table, don't you?

He built the table with some repurposed legs, and also designed
the sign, which is unfinished.

Some new bedside tables, along with the peg shelf above

I absolutely love it!  Please don't notice that I spelled
"friends" incorrectly...I've fixed it since.
Thank you, friends.
This new hutch/cabinet was built for me by Ben's Country Woodshop.  It is new, but it
has been 'distressed' to look old.  The doorknobs are antique china porcelain knobs found in Ben's Grandpa's workshop.
The finial on top is also an antique, also found in Grandpa's shop. Everything else is new. and beautiful.

This sofa table is repurposed and new...the legs are from an old table,
and everything else is new.

 Some other custom items:

Sofa Table

Coffee Table


This was the Christmas gift for our families this past year...made one for each
family, each one was uniquely finished. This one is finished with some dark
stain on the letters and Formby's Tung Oil for the final finish.   Based on I Corinthians 13:13
"Now abide faith, hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love."

Here's a sign for the bear watchers:

This is in our front yard...Why? Because it is true!!! Come and see!

Fall is on the horizon...and Ben's Country Woodshop will be getting busy again with new ideas and articles for sale at our local flea market and whenever anyone shows interest in something in particular.
Here's a few of the birdfeeders recently made:

We are trying to discourage the Doves from hogging the birdfeeders
so we are trying some different designs, thinking they may not be
able to land on them.

Doves are supposed to be ground feeders...but somehow they've
forgotten that!

This smaller, sleeker  feeder is designed with the Univ. of Florida Gator Fan in mind.
The Cardinals must be fans.  They jumped on this one right away! The Chickadees
loved it too, but they are too quick for my camera!  Someone said that they
can actually see bright colors and are attracted to them!  That's news to me!

If you'd like a bird feeder or birdhouse designed especially for your favorite team,
let us know!  We are taking orders!
Here's a few more colorful birdfeeders:

I love adding new projects/products to Ben's Country Woodshop! This latest addition was made especially for Mother's Day...a Garden Tool Tote, which was built right here in Ben's workshop!  Thank you, Ben's Country Woodshop!

This Garden Tool Tote can also be used for
woodworking tools, household tools, or anything
else that strikes your fancy!  This was built using
reclaimed wood from Ben's grandfather's workshop, which makes it

Here's the latest item built by Ben's Country Woodshop, with a little help from his brother:

Gotta have some fun after all the hard work is done...

Steiner Brothers Clowing around  after building the first
picnic table...hopefully this is the first of many!

Is this one for ME?????  I love it!!!!! Thanks, Ben's Country Woodshop!!
By the way...they are for sale...let me know if you want to order one!

That's more like it...A little "saner" view of the builders...

Latest update:  We have recently moved to a new home...our "Camp in the Woods" house in the Ocala National Forest...and Ben's Country Woodshop had to get a new place as well.  Check this out:

Now that he has this wonderful new workshop, we are anticipating many new things to develop.  He is already working on some interesting stacking benches.  He's also been creating things for the house that needed to be built...and that list will continue to grow as time goes by.  So stay in touch...we hope to add a lot more to this page in the near future!

Christmas Gift for Ben's Mother...  Thanks, Ben's Country Woodshop!

Made a great addition to our new television console!  Thank you!

 New cabinet in the laundry room! I love this
because it can hold lots of things in a very handy way.
The drawers help me to not have to squat and reach into deep dark
cabinets to find things like plastic bowls and lids! The upper part is for other
heavier items that I needed to have at arm's length instead of stooping and squatting to pick up.
This was lovingly created for me by my son to help "save my poor old back".
Thank you, Ben's Country Woodshop!!  (notes from Ben's Mom)

Adding something new again!

Newest item: a DVD/CD bookcase, sized
especially to hold CD's and DVD's.

this was a special order item! Great idea!

Here are a few more new additions...love these country benches...

This is a great little Shaker Step Stool!  I love the fact that you can hold on to it when you step up on the step! Us "older" folks need all the help we can get!

It's exciting to see the new ideas coming out of Ben's Country Woodshop everyday!  Now if he could sell a few of these we'd be really on the road to something big!

A stackable shelving unit/cubby for a kid's room or crafts...
An adorable mini-bench...for the workshop, bedroom, kid's room, or wherever!

Ben's Country Woodshop hasn't been totally idle lately...just busy with other things and not much time to spend on woodcrafting.  But these great new items could be a great hit...simple ideas to decorate the original items and bring new life to what could be hum-drum.  Got any ideas you'd like to share with us?  Have workshop...will build!!  We are hoping to add some new items very soon...that are actually reclaimed, repurposed, renewed antiques and "old classy junque"...Keep watching!  Got any ideas for what to do with a basket of antique china doorknobs...and old table top and mismatched wooded legs...and other various sundry items?  Share your ideas with us and we will try to make it work!
Remember to click on individual pictures to enlarge for details! Then back arrow to get back to blog. Enjoy!

This is a great rendition of the previously shown blanet/hope chest, painted
in a deep cranberry/burgundy...great accent piece as well as very functional for storing
extra blankets, pillows, towels, or even toys!

This beautiful taller bookshelf is
deeper and has a beadboard back. It would look
absolutely fantastic in any den, study, or office...
and is also nice enough for the living room to show off
your collections of special books!

This is a really neat Shaker 3-Step Stool, which
makes a great plant stand too!

The latest addition: a Potato or Onion Bin!!!
This newest member of the Ben's Country Woodshop family is really cute!  It can be stained or painted to match any decor.
This could also be used as a dog food bin

Full ventilation to keep the potatoes fresh...

A Rolling Cart for the kitchen...everyone needs one of these!!

Makes a great kitchen island to help with baking and

Doesn't take up much space, and when you are done,
just roll it back to wherever you want to keep it!  Very handy!!
(Don't forget: You can click on the picture 2x to enlarge picture for
a better look at the fine details!)

Great place to store cookbooks and baking essentials!

Even the back of this cabinet is beautiful...stained beadboard, so it can be placed anywhere and still look great from all sides!!

And another great little rolling cart...perfect for
microwaves, or anyplace you need mobile storage!

The latest addition: a beautiful blanket or hope chest!

Can't wait to show you the latest new additions to "The Workshop"...now known as "Ben's Country Woodshop"...The saws just keep buzzing and the ideas keep coming! Thank you, Lord, for this "Open Window" in response to a former "Closed Door"!

Here are the latest addtions:  A Mission Style Plant Stand, a Large Blanket/Hope Chest, and a custom  made hamper!

Doesn't this make you want to start working in the garden? I love this garden tote,
tool caddy, magazine tote...whatever you want it to be!
(Double click on pictures to enlarge view, then back arrow to return to the page)

All American Country Pantry Shelf...so versatile
and a fun way to display your favorite
crocks, pitchers, teapots, you name it!

The Country Bookshelf...

something for the bird lover in you...in pine or cedar

A sturdy little footstool, to help you (and the grandkids) reach those
places that are just out of reach!

A sweet little foot stool to rest your tootsies at the end of the day,
or a great little seat for the kids to sit upon and play.
This narrow shelf is so unique...you'll want one
for every room in the house.  Perfect for small books,
knicknacks, dvd's, cd's...collectibles....I don't think this
particular shelf could be duplicated...it's design is so unusual.
But we could try!

And the ideas keep coming! 

History of Ben's Country Woodshop:

 There once was a young man who couldn't find any work to do...no one would hire him, so he thought, "I'll just start making things with my own hands...learn some new skills, and make gifts for the family and friends."  So, he started accumulating some scrap lumber, some borrrowed and some purchased tools, and built himself a workbench and a workshop.  Day by day the ideas started flowing...he started out with birdhouses,
 a workbench   (click on pictures for close-ups, and then use back arrow to go back to blog page)
 A Baby Doll Cradle...

An Old Barn bird house

A Log Cabin Birdhouse

Another Baby Cradle

A "Bird Sanctuary" Chapel

A Garden Cottage Birdhouse

 and some Laundry Room Cabinets for his mother...

An Oak Bookshelf
Another bookcase, a DVD bookcase...

                                And another bookcase...

And last, but not least...
 a Bird Feeder for the backyard birds...

And more Birdhouses for loved ones and friends...
"Home Tweet Home"

The End...No...the Beginning!!!

  The DVD Shelf Unit...holds DVD cases, CD's , knicknacks and paddywacks!!!  Slim lines fit in narrow places...
Keep watching for further "developments"!!

For more information about these projects and others ideas, please contact us below!
All items are custom made just for you...You tell us what you want, and we'll do our best to build it!
Prices based on cost, shipping and
how much love has to go into it!!

Book Shelf or collection display case...
Can be stained to match any decor...
The possibilities are limitless!!!

A Bathroom Space-Saver Goes Above the Toilet for extra storage...can be stained or painted to  match any decor

A Game/Coffee Table

A Laundry Room Bench

A Kitchen or Dining Area Window Seat

Anyone for a game of Chess?

A Foyer Bench

Unfinished Bench/Window Seat, Coffee Table- Great little bench for the workroom, laundry room, mudroom, kitchen, bedroom, den, you name it!!! Lot's of ways this can be utilized in any home!

Have a  Happy Gardening Kind of Day! 

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