You Have To CNC It To Believe It!

The first Sheds of Hope Bench has been cut out on a CNC router. It was great to take all the pieces from 8 sheets of plywood and put them together to form the first Sheds of Hope Bench cut on a CNC router. Some fifty-seven parts went into making the workbench. The templates for the wall studs will allow all the studs to be cut in three passes – eighteen studs at a time, with no measuring or marking.

Now that this prototype has been built, I am making a few minor tweaks to the CAD drawing and hope to start production on four more benches in the next few weeks. This bench is going to Georgia next week for its trial run to build the first Shed-in-a-Truck, made with 4-ft-wide panels. The bench can also be used to make the Standard Shed (8-ft-wide panels).

Phoenix Rising in Rowlett


Blue skies and a beautiful day greeted Rowlett residents who came out of their homes on December 26 this year. Quite a change from last year, when they came out to a scene of destruction on all sides after a F4 tornado ripped through their community. This tornado damaged 6,000 homes and injured 23 people in Rowlett, one fatally.

After the tornado, the long process of cleanup began. The storm debris removed was enough to fill 3 football fields to a height of 30 feet. This is the height of the commemorative sculpture that will grace a reflection area in Schrade Bluebonnet Park in Rowlett. A model of the sculpture was unveiled at the Tornado Anniversary Remembrance this past Monday. It depicts a phoenix rising from a tornado, and materials will incorporate parts of the Rowlett water tower that was damaged beyond repair during the tornado.

Easter Egg-cellence

We had a great build today in Rowlett. Matt, Jake, Mike, and Tess did a fantastic job setting up this shed on the day before Easter, to bless families who suffered tragedy on the day after Christmas. In one of the photos, you can see 5 of the 15 Sheds of Hope that have been built so far.



Teamwork Triumphs!

Pictured are volunteers from Park Cities Presbyterian Church celebrating the completion of their first Shed of Hope. Well, for one of the girls, it was her second. More volunteers from Park Cities will be setting up a shed on Saturday, March 26, and pre-building sheds at the Tornado Response Base. We are planning to build six more sheds over the next few weeks. If you can help, please give me a call. We will be pre-building and setting up sheds on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring Sheds of Hope to our neighbors in Rowlett and Garland. Join with Bethel Church, as they are planning to build on April 2nd.

A Wee Stoaway!

Well I got a surprise when I got to the tornado response base today – look who I found stowed away in the truck!