Floating Wine Bottle Plank with Lichtenberg Wood Burning

I had some leftover wood after making a headboard with Lichtenberg woodburning. So I decided to make a few of these floating wine bottle planks.


Here is a quick view of the wood burning in process

Measure 14 1/8″ and mark


A chop saw is the best way to cut the foot of the floating wine bottle plank.



Set to chop saw to 27 degrees



Cutting the floating plank at 27 degrees. The long side of the plank should be cut to 14 1/8″


Measure and mark 3 1/8″ from the top of the plank



Measure from the edge to determine the center. Mark the center hole a 3 1/8 from the top of the board



Clamp to a solid surface



Drill the hole using and 1 1/2″ paddle bit



Hole drilled in the Floating wine bottle plank



Sanding the hole smooth with #220 grit sandpaper



Testing the bottle holder before putting on polyurethane.



Using clear polyurethane and a foam brush to put on 3 coats of polyurethane



Here are a few more pics of the completed wine bottle holder. It is surprisingly well balanced.


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How to Start Your Own WordPress Blog or Site

WordPress is free open-source software with a lot of powerful tools available to grow your site. Almost 25% off the web runs on WordPress. You can set up a simple Blog or use Plugins, like Woocommerce, to create a large e-commerce site with variable products. Google also prefers WordPress over other Content Management Systems.

Choosing Web Hosting

There are a lot of web hosting companies to choose from but BlueHost is widely considered one of the best for WordPress. It’s also the only hosting company officially recommended by WordPress. Here are some of the benefits

  • Premium customer service, reliability, and usability
  • Easy-to-use control panel
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Set Up Your Hosting Account

To get started, go to Bluehost’s home page and click “Sign Up Now.”


Next, you need to choose a domain name for your site. If you already own a domain name, you can enter it here, and you will just have to go through a few extra steps to make sure you get your DNS pointed to Bluehost. If you don’t already have a domain name, you can purchase one from right in the sign up process, and the best part is, it comes free with your new WordPress hosting account purchase.


Once you’ve entered a domain name, you’ll fill in your personal information.


Then, you’ll choose which hosting package you want. Normal, shared hosting is priced at 12, 24 and 36-month terms. To help save you money, the longer term you purchase, the lower the monthly rate will be. For example, by choosing a 36-month hosting term, you can get the great introductory rate of $3.95/month. And, because you’ve chosen to host with Bluehost, if you ever need more than a shared hosting account, Bluehost provides seamless upgrades to VPS or dedicated server hosting accounts from inside your control panel.

There are few other offers provided at sign up, which you can include at your discretion. One we recommend is Domain Privacy, a paid service that allows personal information to be kept private on WHOIS databases.


After you’ve filled in your information and chosen your hosting package, click the “Next” button to complete your purchase. You’ll then be asked to create a password for your account. You can use the Password Generator to create a strong and secure password, or create one yourself. It is required to have both capital and lowercase letters, a number, and a special character (?!#, etc.) in order to have a strong enough password to protect your account.

Now that you are all signed up and are able to log into your account, you can get started installing WordPress!

Installing WordPress

This may seem like the most complicated step, but Bluehost has worked hard to make this one of the easiest things for you to do by using the new MOJO Marketplace for installing WordPress and other applications. In your cPanel, scroll to the section titled “MOJO Marketplace” and choose the “One-Click Installs” button. This will take you to a page inside MOJO Marketplace called Scripts and Platforms. The blog section is at the very top, so all you have to do here is click on the WordPress icon.

This will open the installation window. Click on the green “Start” button that will start the WordPress installation process, which has a few easy steps.

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Step 1: Choose where you want to install WordPress. This can be any domain on your account, or a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains. Next, click on “Check Domain,” which will make sure the domain is assigned and pointing to your account. You may get a warning that you are overwriting files, but as long as you don’t have another website built yet, you can check the box and continue. This is mostly to make sure that you really want to install in that location. If you do have other sites built, you will want to make sure you’re not overwriting something important.

Check Your Domain

Step 2: Show Advanced Options. This section allows you to set up your own username and password for your WordPress install. IT is recommended to use a different username than “admin” and a very strong password. Make sure that the “Automatically create a new database for this installation” box is checked, unless you have a database already set up that you want to use.

Step 3: After you’ve read the terms and conditions, check the box indicating that you’ve done so, then click “Install Now.”

Install WordPress

Now you’ll see the progress page, which will show you how far along the installation is. Once WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your site URL, the admin login URL, your username, and password. You will get a copy of this information, except your password, in your email as well. Make sure to keep it in a safe place.

WordPress Install Progress Bar

Now you can log into your WordPress site by going to the admin login URL. Enter your username and password, then click “Log In.” This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. From here, you can control everything to do with your WordPress site, such as creating pages, writing posts, and changing the appearance. There are plenty of Youtube tutorials on WordPress. And feel free to call, text, or email me directly if you need help. I’m a full time web designer and  can help you past any sticking points.

Remember, if you sign up through this tutorial, you’ll receive a special offer of shared hosting at $3.95/month for 36 months, as well as a free domain name for a year!

Need More Help?

Check out this video that will walk you through the steps of installing WordPress: http://bluho.st/sfvBT

My experience with bus conversion insurance

I called Progressive and describe the bus conversion project. They agreed to insure the bus under a commercial policy with restrictions being that the bus would stay within a hundred miles of my mailing address and that there would be no passengers or trailers towed. The commercial insurance plan was full coverage but only covered the $3200 purchase price of the bus. The monthly cost for the commercial policy was about $80 per month. It was only an additional $10 per month for full coverage.

The Progressive commercial plan would cover me during the build process. My intentions were to get a National General RV insurance plan once the bus conversion was completed. At one point I was actually under the impression that this was my only option for insurance on a bus conversion. Once the bus was to a respectable point I made an attempt to switch to National General. I was denied because of a previous accident where I wasn’t at fault but my insurance company had to pay out money until recovering the money from the at fault insurance company. National General said this incident would make me ineligible for three years.

I saw someone in a forum mentioning a school bus conversion being insured through State Farm. I called State Farm and got a very helpful agent. She managed to arrange a plan where the bus was fully covered for a value of $27,000. The only catch was I had to insure my car with State Farm also. The total monthly cost for my car insurance(minimum) and bus conversion insurance(full coverage) is $180 per month. I was paying $160 per month to insure both vehicles through Progressive. Here is the State Farm agent’s email in case you are trying to get bus conversion insurance in Oregon shonna.pierce.smq0@statefarm.com.

Now I can tow the dingy car behind the bus conversion and there is no mileage restriction on the adventure. Also, it’s nice to have the peace of mind that months worth of work is insured. Makes me a little less hyper-vigilant about the bus conversion.

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