Our house has a large empty loft with a dormer. We don’t use this space as of now. The loft will one day be a play room for our children. This is a sketch of what I have planned for the dormer. This is a day bed with shelves on either side and a trundle drawer pull out. It will be a great space for kids to sit and read, take naps and have sleep overs. Below is a sketch of a mural that will be painted on the underside of the arch. I want this to have a very whimsical but ti...
My grandiose ideas gave gotten me in trouble again. I am NOT a blacksmith. I have little or no metal working tools. So what made me decide to make my own hinges out of cast iron? Who know. I do this all the time. I get these great ideas about something I’ve never tried before and without even thinking about it decide to try it. Sometimes this pays off, sometimes not. All i know for sure is, i spend 4x the amount of time making “forged” looking hinges, instead of just...
Several people have inquired about the Pochade box I am building for my wife. A Pochade box is a painter’s box that can be transported out into the field. Varying in size, shape and style they can contain any, all or none of the following: paints, pallets, brushes, solvents, canvases, etc. What a Pochade box really does well though is holds a canvas while one is in the field painting. Mine is made of walnut sides with a bookmatched maple top. The base, sub-base and drawers are ma...
In this episode of the tool life audio podcast I do a review of the fine woodworking archive dvd and I talk about some project that I am working on. If you want to be interviewed or you have any tips links or any questions send them in. www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com
I am searching for Nativity scroll saw patterns. Now I have looked in all the traditional places; Shelia Landry, The Winfield Collection, Berry Basket and I have all of these. I want them to be table top and traditional in design. This is an ongoing project I have started and not just for this season. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Yo whats up everybody I just bought a skil 10 in 15 amp table saw from lowes and it will probably be at my house by friday. It comes with a stand and I will do a table saw setup video when I get it. I compared this one to the ryobi and what really stood out was 2 things it has more power and it also has a dust port. This week I have spent about 5 hours total cleaning up the shop and I made a dust port for my miter saw basically what I did was I put a small piece of wood on the back part of th...
Hit the Busy Beaver today and bought all the lumber I need to make the 14 minute sawhorses. Right now it is all stacked up in Bill’s shed—tomorrow I will go over and use his table saw to cut all the lengths I need. It’s all pine, construction grade 2×4s. The guy in the lumber yard and I went through it all piece by piece picking out lengths that will be decent. Two of the pieces are really nice—I’ll use those for the I-beams, so that the tops wi...
In need of a new TV stand for a flat panel. Currently I have a BIG MDF cabinet form Target. I have created a 3D drawing (as I usually do before any wood buying/cutting) that I have attached. Wood is going to be Cherry 5/4 for top and bottom with 4/4 frames for the paneled sides, doors and drawers. Will include a cooling fan in the component cabinet as well as a power strip and arched cut shelf backs for cable running. Cherry veneered plywood for panel inserts. Glass inserts for the two ...
With a lot of help from DaveR, I have started to learn a little bit about using sketchup. After finishing my fence layout in sketchup I decided to try my hand at designing a little rover robot. This was a much more challenging project than my previous one. It was a fun experience, and I plan to start getting more complex in my designs as I am slowly learning how to create my Army of digital minions! Har Har Har! This little one is a roving video bot. The two antennas on the back are for co...
This week’s question comes from Sylvester in Illinois’. Hey Cody I’m building a dresser for my wife’s birthday coming up out of hardwood and have been running into some problem with tear out. I was wondering if you had any advice on how I can prevent tear out there have been many articles I’ve read online but several have countered it did themselves I’ve experimented with it a little bit but really can’t afford to waste any would do to the fact the hardwood is very expensive. Any advice ...
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