Porch Swing

From the beginning boards to the finished porch swing with drink holder.  We cut the boards to length, stained them, assembled the swing.  The customer picked up the swing and then put it out on the porch with their decorations and it looks beautiful!!


High Chair & Chair re-glue

Another project from August!

A gentleman brought us an antique high chair & chair to re-glue to make them sturdy again and reusable.  We took them apart and re-glued them and put them in clamps to make sure they didn’t move while the glue dried.  They turned out really strong.

Vanity Repair & Refinish

In August, we had a vanity come to us to be repaired & refinished.  This was a cute vanity that had had water damage, needed to be re-glued and given a new lease on life.  We stripped it of the old stain & polyurethane, re-glued it,  now it is a beautiful piece for everyone to see and can be passed down from generation to generation!!

Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services – Lafayette – Refinish Doors

We were asked by Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Service at 914 Columbia St, Lafayette, IN 47901 to remove the paint & refinish their doors that were once natural oak doors.  We stripped the paint, polished the handles, found out that the handles are copper not brass and put helmsman polyurethane on the doors to protect the finish.  When Jonathan Fisher found out the handles were copper, he got copper door kicks to match.  Below are photos of the doors when they came in, during the refinishing and completed.  This was a fun project and the doors look great!!

Here is a little history about the doors from Fisher Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services:

In the 1940’s, our funeral home was owned by two funeral directors who had formed a partnership. We’ve been told that while one of the directors was on vacation, his partner had all of the natural woodwork painted. When the vacationing director returned, he was very upset and the partnership was no more. Follow along as Halsema Custom Crafts helps us restore the blue front doors!


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Wheelchair Ramp


On Monday we started building a wheelchair ramp for one of our old neighbors. We had already replaced the railing on the steps for the steps but, it was still hard for her to get in and out of her house due to her recent knee replacement surgery on both knees. She wanted to keep the steps so we built it off one side of the porch. We started with a pile of wood, then the skeleton of the ramp and and then the completed ramp.  We hope this helps ease the burden of going in & out of her home.

Supplies to build a wheelchair ramp

Beginning to look like a rampRamp skeleton
getting closer to completedCompleted ramp
Completed ramp

Grow Lafayette Rolling Garden

We were presented with a trailer to turn into a rolling garden.  We we made the bottom from treated 2×4’s and hardware cloth.  We then used treated plywood for the sides and added slide locks to  the tailgate so it can open.  What a fun project.  Hope it gets many years of use.

Trailer in the beginning.


Trailer after we completed it.
The Rolling Garden finished.