About a year ago, when I finally decided a hammer and chisel wasn’t enough to remodel the house, I drove on down to our local Lowe’s and plopped down my hard-earned (credit card) money on the counter for a Skilsaw model 3410-02 Contractor Table Saw. I forget the amount of damage done at the time—it can be considered a foregone conclusion that this was the beginning of a huge tab to come—but while it was a lot of bananas for me for the cheapest of the table saws offered...
Recently, I saw some pieces of wood with holes cut into them for sale online. The asking price was $70. This seemed totally outrageous to me. I decided to spend $0 and make some for myself and show everyone how easy it is to make these. Make some for yourself and sell them at your local craft show for $50. When people ask why so much, tell them that the wood is reclaimed and that they are actually getting a deal compared to the $70 ones online. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.c...
In this video, I attach the top of the headboard, then I show the painting technique we chose, which consists of two different colors, and then distressing the outer layer. I posted the final product on my projects page: view it here. Watch part 2 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjDxyTyYbJ8
We were given a king size bed frame and mattresses. We previously had a queen, but with two kids hanging out in our bed before bedtime and sometimes even sleeping in the bed it was getting too crowded. My wife’s birthday was approaching, so I asked her what she wanted she said she wanted a king size headboard. Watch part one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2BpQSzr7Rg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9QzZ1xVC51s I’ve been kind of slacking with this bandsaw. I had to redo both wheels because the first time I did not glue them up nice and flat. I lost interest/got busy for a while, and put it off. I’m now determined to get it finished!! I shot this quick video of it running after I remade the wheels. The wheels aren’t balanced yet, so there is some vibration – you can see the Nickel is standing...
My first blog. I’ve just recently gotten into woodworking and quickly realized that even small projects create a lot of dust. And since I have two little girls in the house and I have asthma, I decided that I couldn’t keep working without some sort of dust collection system. I don’t have much space, and I didn’t want to spend tons of money, so I decided on the Dust Deputy DIY. It’s pretty basic: Shop-Vac, large plastic bucket (I was going to use a 5-gallon ...
The current craze for reclaimed furniture, or primitive furniture, means unique opportunities and challenges for woodworkers. The main benefit is that interest in reclaimed is tied to a desire for handmade furniture, and that’s good for woodworkers. People are tired of prefab, off-the-shelf design and they are yearning for more authentic and unique expressions in their design. We’re seeing major market furniture makers from West Elm to Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware rolling out “re...
We left off last time and I had a hole in my table with a blank insert, getting me back to a functional dining room table. Step 1: Install some T track. I originally thought I would just make a long fence and clamp it to the edge of the table. It would be a pain in the neck, but I didn’t think it would get heavy use. Instead I saw a lot of videos and commercial fixtures that use T track, and it looked amazing. I would be able to use hold-down clamps, using a fence would be easier. Ba...
I live in a small apartment but love woodworking. Thinking my old dining room table could be used for dinner and woodworking, I’ll try to convert it to a general workbench, router table and maybe even a table saw. For the first step, I made a frame to cut both the hole in the table and the insert. I used a 1/4” bit with a 1” bushing for the hole and a 1/2” bushing for the insert. Unfortunately one of my clamps slipped while I was working and took too much fro...
My new (to me) Unisaw didn’t come with any safety equipment, and I’ve been having trouble finding a splitter that I like, so I decided that until I find one I really like, I’ll just make one and add it to my new ZC throat plate. I laid in bed last night racking my brain over what material I might have that would be easy to work with and I remembered some old shelf brackets I wasn’t using. I popped the end cap off, cut the dog legs off, did most of the filing and shapin...
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