I decided to make a marking knife from an old saw blade and some plastic bags. I really like how the blade turned out, but I’m less than thrilled with the handle. I will most likely figure out a different way to do it and then remake the handle. Leave me a comment if you can think of a better method. Here is a video of how I made it. View on YouTube
So as the series continues to play catch up with where I am at the minute, I next took on the challenge of a workbench. This was to be the centre of my hand tool workshop, in the same way the table saw is often the centre of a machine workshop. Again attempting this on a budget I decided to use construction 2×4s and a few left over 2×6s from my recent attic project (I had put in a floor, but first lifted 6 inches to clear the extra insulation). This project was a really great ...
My third dowel jig. This one for edge joining boards for table top glue ups. Simple, inexpensive and easy to make. https://youtu.be/MLMpO8BQfFk
I finally got around to editing and completing the video series on the essential oil cabinet that I made for my son for Christmas. Lightworks is still a bit of a chore and will be for a while yet, but it is not locking up and being frustrating like Windows Movie Maker was. I still have a long way to go, but it is fun learning. My son liked the cabinet and most people who have laid eyes on it do to. It was a big complex job and I find that shooting video while working makes it go almost ...
It is a good idea to clean your blades every once in a while. I try to do it every 6 months or so, unless it needs to happen sooner. We had a rare winter rainstorm and it blew open my workshop doors, drenching everything, so I also cleaned the rust off of my cast iron tabletops. Enjoy! Clean Your Tools!
here’s a good video explaining how to clean cast iron tables.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X9XlQMRKKE
This is a set of tea light candle holders that I made: This was my first documented build, so if there are any comments or suggestions, please let me know. I recorded the whole process and it can be found here: View on YouTube
Now that I had a workshop I needed to build the facilities to use my tools. I have been doing this with a relatively low budget, that means making what I can, if not then buying second hand or saving up if I needed to buy new. I always planned to start with hand tools to build up some core skills to base my woodworking on. Therefore I entendres to build a variant of the English workbench based on the Paul Sellers YouTube videos, but before I could do that I needed to build some saw horses....
This is by far my most popular video on Youtube. Funny thing is that I almost didn’t upload it because I didn’t think anyone would be interested. I was wrong. From my channel: Getting the nails out of pallet wood can be the most time-consuming part of salvaging the wood. The pallets I have come apart pretty easily, so I wanted to find a faster, easier way to get the nails out. This is what I came up with… Pallet Wood De-Nailer
Hi everyone, I’m very new to lumberjocks and fairly new to woodworking. I intend this blog series to show how I got started and the first projects I took on, which were all about setting up my workshop. Then I hope to update the series each time I update the workshop, which as we all know is a never ending project. I’ll start with a little history, my wife and I converted a van into a campervan. We loved the project and I got bitten by the woodwork bug whilst building the ca...
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