Building a Parallelogram Style Baby Gate

Recently my wife and I discovered that our two year old was able to climb our baby gates and access our stairs.  Obviously, not a good thing.  So I set out to build a new gate.  During my research I came across a video by Matthias Wandel of and found the inspiration for my build.

And here it is.  The gate is made from walnut and maple and instead of opening out from the bottom of the stairs it can open in, towards the stairs.

Building a Table from Reclaimed Lumber

Recently I completed this dining room table.  It is made from 150 year old heart pine that was once a floor in a Baltimore Brownstone.

Reclaimed Heart Pine Top Reclaimed Heart Pine Whole Reclaimed Heart Pine


If you’d like to see how I built it, check out the video below.

Despite the relatively simple construction of this table building it was a surprisingly large amount of work.  Most of the work was upfront in preparing the lumber to be worked.  It was riddled with nails, staples and other dirt from being walked on for 150 years.  Before I could mill the lumber all of that, or at least as much of it as possible, needed to be removed.  This took a significant amount of time.

Once I was able to mill the lumber the rest of the build process was pretty simple.  Actually even more so than usual.  Because the lumber already had nail hole and other character I was able to use brad nails to attach the pine to the plywood substrate.  This isn’t something I generally do.  The natural character of the wood disguised the small blemishes created by the brad nails.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this build leave them in the comments below.