Picnic Table #2: Building the Form

In keeping with my pledge to only use leftover and recycled material, I decided not to buy the construction plywood to make the form but to use some saved MDF IKEA closet from the days I had the apartment. That decision will prove to be costly… ...

Workshop safety #1: Workshop fire -- averted . . . and a "whuf" question

In the process of making a jig, I routed a dado for T-track in recycled plywood. Since my trim router was already set up with a ¾” straight bit, I used it – making four shallow passes 9” long and a total depth of 3/8”. After each pass I...

Morris chair restoration #2: The frame

The wooden frame was much worse than I had realized. Boards had been nailed to the bottom to keep the springs from falling through. The burlap was recycled from a Burlington, Wisconsin Murphy Products feed sack which still had a portion of the...

Backyard bling

Just getting around to this now. I made my bling a couple of months ago. Been busy out of the shop since then. First up is some stars made from fence pickets I recycled. Creation here:...

JIGS #1: Jig for corner keys

Since this seems to be the week for jigs, here’s one I made recently for corner keys in boxes and frames. There’s nothing fancy about it but it does work quite well. I used some recycled materials and wasn’t all that precise but it does the...

FANTASY MARQUETRY #8: Working through the unexpected problems

My cutting didn’t go so well today. I experienced the same problem with the pattern lifting off the packet as I cut. I finally figured out that it was because I had used a recycled cabinet backing for the packet and it was lacquered, preventing...

My Workbench – My Best Workshop Buddy

OK Trendsetters here is my workbench, as I do not have a workshop as such I work in the drive way of my home and my “Trusty” Workbench sits in the grass area next to the clothes line and drive way. Fully exposed to th elements, so I made a...

Morris chair restoration #3: The back cushion

I removed the mid-20th-century gray marble vinyl to reveal more of the chair’s history. The top cushion’s original upholstery which was under the gray marble vinyl appeared to be an early attempt at Naugahyde – almost like a painted coating...

Plane Jack #1: Opening scene: Rescued from the back shelves.

I was able to convince Pete, who runs the workshop where I spend time refurbishing tools on Tuesdays, that I could find this little fella a good home in my workshop. I have no idea if it’s collectable or not, I just hate seeing tools heading for...

RECALLS #6: Dremel Rotary Tool recalled Due to Burn Hazard

Recall Date: August 26, 2015 Recall Number: 15-227 Robert Bosch Tool Recalls Dremel Rotary Tool Due to Burn Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Robert-Bosch-Tool-Recalls-Dremel-Rotary-Tool/ Recall Summary Name of Product: Dremel®...

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