This is a blog of a build of a coffee table that I have been mulling over for about a year and finally started building it as my wife likes the idea so far, I build a some what crude model to give her a better picture then I could draw.!OK this is the basic concept but the final design will be done in the shop and be different then what you see .To start I build a form for the two base arches and I did not take pics of the build but it is simply five identical curved 1/2” plywood ribs o...
I started this project because I saw a really cool contemporary rocking bench on the internet, and wanted to tweak the design a little so it fit my wife’s needs. The original design was a bit low to the ground for our taste. Here is the original design: http://www.designwoo.com/2010/11/d-van-dirk-rocking-chair/ So I thought about how I would do the same chair, only a little higher off the ground. I knew I wanted the grain of the plywood to show vertically as you are looking at the...
This post will show you the way I finish the boards. I will not be painting these yet but I have included a link at the bottom for customization help. I just want to show you how to build the boards and prepare them for paint or stain. The first step in finishing the boards is flush trimming the plywood to the frame. If you don’t have a flush trim bit, you can just sand it down if it’s not too far off. I also like to adjust my flush bit to smooth out the inside of the hole....
I decided to burn through some more of my scrap wood, this time stuff left over from when I built the miter saw/router table station. There was some pretty good sized 1/2” plywood left over cut at odd angles (which was itself scrap from our shelving project). I have been mulling over what to do with this odd sized (about 2’ x 4’) wood and finally hit on an idea: a saw till. For a while now, my master plan has been to get the tools that I use regularly (that is, the h...
Cut the last 4 foot piece three times. Cut two one foot legs first, then measure and cut the top piece. It should be about 22.5” or so. Put the legs in the leg slot. Make sure to leave enough room for the legs to slide in and out even after they are painted. Predrill, countersink and screw two screws per side. These are the legs. I find that it’s best to simply sand down the edges instead of using a round over router bit. I’ll cover sanding and routing i...
This lesson will complete the frame of the boards. Measure the distance between the two side frames. This will be the measurement of the end pieces. Make sure you measure this correctly, too large can be trimmed down, but too short will be waste. I use 4×4’s to hold the boards up. Make sure to flush up the end piece with the plywood and not the side piece. It’s common that the sides can be longer but these will be trimmed down with a router or sander later. Predr...
The next step is cutting and installing the sides of the frame. This method includes building the frame to the top instead of building a frame then adding the top. It makes for perfectly smooth sides. The link to these pictures is not working but here is a link to the entire gallery. This is a great way to see all the pictures in one place. Cornhole Tutorial Measure the length of your boards, some boards cut by big box stores aren’t perfectly 48” and therefore you may ne...
In this section I’m going to cover the tools and materials needed and the first step in making the boards. Here are a few examples of boards I’ve built. If you’ve never played cornhole before, it’s essentially horseshoes. You toss bean bags on to the boards and you get three points for making it in the hole, and one point for making it on the board. You play in teams and throw against the other team. I’ll include rules in the last post. Tools: Power DrillPower DriverJig Saw or ...
Hello Everyone. I have been enjoying lots of posts and classes on this website and I wanted to contribute something as well. I have built many cornhole sets over the past 7 years since my father, sister and I built our first. I believe our current design is great for a portable, regulation sized set. I know there are many tutorials on the web for building sets but this is mine. They are easy to build and when you get the hang of it, you can turn out a two boards in about an hour. I...
I haven’t been blogging much lately – too busy. But I have made progress on the shop as you will see if you read this and the next blog I got tired of tripping over my clamps and having them all over the shop. I saw a couple of clamp racks on the web that looked good. Initially, I was going to go with one that was very simple but used a fair amount of wall space. Then I saw one that Stumpy Nubs created. I thought the general idea was good, so I copied his. Actually, I bou...
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