Hey guys! Back from the mountains (alas, too soon). First this quickie blog post about what happens when you order a pen turning mandrel without owning a lathe. Being a cheap skate, and a long-time reuse-recycle-minded guy, I of course built myself a wee lathe with all recycled parts: motor from an old printer (or photocopier, can’t really remember, I dismantled so many of both…), pulleys and timing belt also from reclaimed hardware, so for the bearings (hidden in the block ...
Great way to reuse materials. I’m doing this with a standard pallet.
I decided it would probably be boring to show each step from the previous ‘milling everything flat and square’ post, to the final board, so here’s the final board, all finished: It is 6-3/4”x8-5/8” and a little over 1.75” thick. Or, you know, about the size of the US hardcover edition of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” though the book is a little less than an inch taller in the longest dimension. Note the butcher’s block c...
From now on I think it will be easier to update the original post instead of making multiple posts in series. Video 1 is done and I will update as the project continues. Click the green “watch” button above this post if you would like to be updated as the project concludes. Thanks for watching! I found some great maple hidden in this headboard. Maple from this salvage, GREEN poplar from the mattress salvage, and some walnut from an old sofa salvage will turn into some cool look...
This is a few years old now, but I just found it last night, and thought it was clever and attractive in an eclectic way. The two-woman team of wis design shop flea markets for old, abandoned, and out-of-style drawers, then build custom melamine chests to fit them in a project they call Decades. More of their modern funiture here, with a project similar to Decades being Collect, but with newly created drawers.
I got some good suggestions in my last post about what to do with this block that I glued up from mostly reclaimed red oak pallet wood: One of the ideas I liked best was an end grain cutting board. I realized I had pics of each side of the block, so I made a block in SketchUp of the same dimensions, then slapped on textures from those pictures. It looked like this: Now I could cut that up by drawing lines at the locations where I wanted the cuts, then using the push/pull tool t...
This project is a great way to get the kids involved. They can do most of the machining, definitely the sanding, and then they can get creative with the painting. This is made with 2 used fence pickets/panels that are 5’ long. They sell new ones for $1.50 at the big box stores. This take only a couple hours to make (including paint drying time). Please like, share, and subscribe to my YouTube Channel.
One of my graduating students just finished up a mission style bookshelf. It’s 32” high, about 15” deep and about 15” wide. Put together with brads and screws. This picture’s from my woodshopcowboy blog. You can also follow along the design process there.
I’ve been noticing some press recently surrounding Arboform, a plastic-like compound invented by 2 German guys, and made from lignin, which they get from the pulp-manufacturing industry. It’s a byproduct of paper-making and related industries, so there’s tons of the stuff generated every year (130M lbs/65K tons). The first article I saw on it was over at Space Mart, which states that the lignin is “combined with resins, flax and other natural fibers” and “f...
Pictures can be found at www.woodshopcowboy.com Just missed my flight to Boston, but on the upside, I get a little me time. I’ve been working pretty steady this weekend. I re-organized the workspace. And then – a new storage bench and some rearranging: That new bench is a salvaged office door, ripped in half and cut to needed lengths. It weighs some 200+ lbs. I have three more planks to use, so I’m thinking a new version of my bench that you see, but this one will have the mass n...
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