In this instructable I'll show you how to make wood stuff by using wood directly collected from the ground (that is, died branches) and cortex (dead tree skin). The idea is to show you basic tips, convince you that you can do great things with no prior knowledge about woodworking, and provide some motivating examples.
If you want to do real woodwork and you're a beginner, check Some Basic Woodwork Skills, an instructable by Nachimir.
During the slides you'll see a few projects I've done so far:
- a test tube rack (in which I store species to cook with) using some cortex I found in an eucalipto forest (pic below) Can you tell me what's the name of that in english??? Is it "tube holder"???
- a table for "picadas" (in Argentina, a set of chopped salami, ham, and cheese, plus some bread and pickles, which are ingested right before lunch, usually before barbecue)
- a digital photo frame
- a rustic lamp (sorry, coming soon!)
- a spoon (sorry, coming soon!)
- a seat for my garden
- a plants holder
- my "real fake tree"
Step 1: Basic materials
- Some wood (can be logs, branches, recycled wood from ruined furniture, and cortex). The choice will depend on the availability of the materials and, most importantly, on what you want to do. In the examples here, I used eucalipto cortex (ca. 5mm thick) for the tubes container and for the food tablets, a v-shaped branch for the lamp, and a small log for the spoon.
- Some glue and nails when the project requires separate pieces of wood to be joined.
- Basic tools: One or more saws (look at captions in pic), sandpaper (may be a rough one and a soft one), a hammer, a plane, and extra things you may found useful at some point (like scissors for example, not shown in the picture).
- Extra things your project may need (like lamps and wire for the lamp, or a screen for the digital photo frame)