Well it has been a productive month in the shop for my daughter. She has tackled some pieces for her dollhouse that she wanted to make on her own. The first was a small easy chair and yesterday we worked on two beds. The chair was her idea and came straight from the scrap bin, at this point the miter box is the easiest way for her to work on cutting the scraps she has been using and she is happy to be using it, just working on those muscles. :) The chair consisted of just two pieces...
Sometimes I just want to make something. I get the woodworking bug so bad I just gotta do something and it doesn’t matter what. Am I alone in this? Luckily, I’ve been able to do a few woodworking things lately. I made lumber racks for my shop; I made a little platform that my lawnmower can fit underneath and that I can store my wheelbarrow on top of, thus making more room in the shop. I also just finished one of those pallet signs like you see on pinterest (for my sister-i...
Use up a few scraps and the rest of the 10” table saw blade for this easy made marking knife. Check the video out HERE! As always, please subscribe!
During this Sketchup show I go through a balancing wine bottle holder. This has my most recent measurements that I use and also a link for my actual “How to make a wine bottle holder” video. That video was my first ever on YouTube. Check out the Sketchup video HERE.
Don’t waste your money buying a marking gauge. Make your own gauge and use up some of those scraps in the shop. Please subscribe to my channel and share my videos. Click here to view video (videos still aren’t embedding).
As most of you know it is usually a good thing to have a happy wife. Well I am just finishing up a few projects that are helping to make my wife a little happier. Some of you know I have a basement workshop, I keep some of my wood though upstairs in the garage (same place my wife parks everyday). Well the wood was getting a bit out of hand. Note my sheet goods on the far right side. One of my drying piles. So a few weeks ago I tackled the sheet goods side. I got rid of a few ...
When I gutted the bathroom in my house I just couldn’t just hang the mirror on the wall again. Plus I didn’t want to drive the 6 mile round trip to spend $5 on a tube of Mirror adhesive only to use less than a dollars worth on a 24”x30” mirror. I spent a few hours and cleared out a bunch of scrap pine and leftover pieces of crown molding to cobble together a mirror frame for the mirror I pulled down during demo. Close Up of Mirror It doesn’t show in the ...
I have always been interested in punky wood, the discoloration and lines caused by the decomposition of the wood makes it much more interesting to me. And since I do a lot of work with repurposed wood, including firewood, it is part of what I get for raw materials anyway. So when we converted our wood-burning fireplace to a gas insert (that’s another story entirely) I figured I had a whole pile of future punky wood. That was two years ago. Unfortunately, it looks like that is a ye...
After a month of development based on the feedback I got here, I finally managed to release Carpenter Pro, this time, it calculates how many plywood sheets are needed to finish your project and get detailed cutlist diagram for each stock sheet needed. It allows you to specify the dimensions & grain direction for your stock sheets material, specify the dimensions and the required grain direction for each part you need to cut for your project, and set the kerf amount, then watch this app ge...
I’m pretty frugal. I had it drilled into me by my parents, who are also extremely frugal. Most of the time I’m grateful for it. Every now and then I’m just the tiniest bit ashamed. I’m not sure yet which category tonight’s escapade falls into. Maybe you can be the judge. ;) I wanted to get some calipers to measure diameters of whatever I’m turning. I looked on craigslist, and the only thing they had was a Starrett 36 for $575! (Click here for proof...
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