I’m sure others have posted a project similar to this, so I’ll be brief on the description. This is just another great, simple way to get some use from those cut-off strips that accumulate in the shop. I start by gluing up several pieces side to side, first making sure that the sides are square and parrallel for a good lamination. I make each layer just over the sized of the width of what I want for the coasters’ width. ok. After they dry, I run them through the p...
Out of the scrap pile and into a gift #1: Convert random scraps into end grain boards (cut first - design later)
OK. This blog stuff is new to me. I’ve got a couple projects going where I am forcing myself to leave the large stock alone and work with material that ends up getting burned after I have too much of it. I have been using CBdesigner from jayman7. He posted a project on this here. I have searched through blog entries and I think I am using this in a little different way. Another big resource for me has been dewoodwork’s blog on how to make an end grain cutting board. Clearly,...
We’ve seen it before – scrapping over grease boxes, smallest bandsaw boxes, and even coffee spoons. Yes, indeed, some scrap wood plus some ingenuity and the results were masterful with a whole lot of fun in the process. Now, the challenge is on to get your scraps together and, with a day or less time in the shop, create some balance: something that balances (from spinning tops to bottle balancers, to … whatever your scrappy little heart desires! And what are we sc...
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.
When I go to the lumber yard I’m always amazed at the price of wood. When I finish a project and look at my scrap pile I think to myself that’s probably 50 bucks right there, and being cheap I can never make myself throw any of it away except for the smallest pieces. With scrap lumber piling around the shop I’m always looking for projects to use my scrap on. I had some long skinny pieces of cherry sitting in the shop that were about 3/4″ thick by 7/8″ wide by 4 foot long. I decided that ...
So I’m making a small side table from some scrap I had lying around. Some zebrawood left over from the box and some walnut from the console table I started building before these renderings but figured the blog would flow better if I started with these. So this is the plan I have the top made, and the legs. But I’m having a hard time adding the small rail on the short side, it’s only about 5/16” wide so I’m not exactly sure how to join it to the l...
Well I have decided to challenge myself this year in order to work at my woodworking more and get my shop in order.. yeah, yeah I know I was suppose to be doing that as part of ShopQuest 2010. But, really I am going to do this this year, and to keep me on track I have decided to post a blog each week in order keep motivated. Some of the blogs may be posted as projects but more then likely not all of them. I have a few shop ideas I am planning to work on including a parts storage cabinet and a...
I recently finished working on a cutting algorithm app for the iPad and iPhone called Smart Cutter, and wanted to share the app with every one hoping get some feedback from carpenters and wood workers. Smart Cutter finds the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper with minimum scrap. It employs a state of the art algorithm to generate the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper, wood, cloth or any other material, with minimum waste. Whether y...
Hello all this has been the most fraught day of this make and the most exhilarating. The cramp from my arm died down after about the fourth beer so I wasn’t too bright this morning when I started again. However I set about making the border for the top. I cut each piece roughly to size, with a knife. Like cutting matchsticks. Then shaped the mitred ends on the disc sander (180 grit disc).You can just about pick out one of the side pieces nearest the disc on the lefthand side. Before ...
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...
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