How you can tell that you are a real woodworker. Do you have any other ideas?
Topic by blkhawk | last reply
Part-way through my current Valentine's project, I realise that my woodworking skills are not as good as I might wish, with or without power tools.Can I suggest a round of woodworking and carpentry 'ibles?How to make a mortice jointHow to hang a doorWhat the heck is a biscuit joint anyway?etc.Some clarification: I don't have an actual woodworking problem that needs solving, I am just aware that my skills are lacking.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Anyone have any experience working with Ironwood (Casuarina equisetifolia) ? It's density and color are appealing, but I don't know how it ages / weathers. Haven't found anyone here who works with it for advice. Majority of references I've heard mention it is primarily used for firewood. Any thoughts / experiences?
Topic by CrLz | last reply
In woodworks class we are turning pens and pencils. We are also making boxes to hold them in but I am trying to find an alternate to the style of box the rest of the class is making. I have found another style I like but I am not sure how I would make it. Our shop has a lot of tools so I don't think finding the right tool should be a problem. Below I have attached pictures of the style I have chosen. Any help would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance!
Question by ginger snaps | last reply
Newbie here... I am new to this, and new to woodworking too. Having put up a few shelves lately to house my many books, I decided that a nice prectical hobby was what I needed, and now I am 50, I have a bit of cash to spend on some decent tools. I have in mind to make some small things at home, and intend to keep some for my own use and donate the rest to charity shops to raise funds for good causes. I have in my possession a cheeseboard, and want to make my own. It has a cambered edge, not a flat one, and I wondered how to go about making one. how do I get a cambered edge? Any tips on useful tools and techniques appreciated.
Topic by Minto Grubb | last reply
Hello, I'm working with some plywood to create the Swords used by the Character Kirito in the Anime Sword Art Online. I've done some woodwork before but my main trouble is that i don't know how to create edges on the wood so that it actually has a blade-edge of sorts. so does anyone have tips to go from having you wood like this: _________ <---top of wood ................| ................| <---side of wood ................| _________| ^-------bottom of wood to this? ___ <---top ........\ ..........\ <----edge on side ........../ ____/ ^--------bot all comments appriciated
Topic by CryoFireProductions | last reply
The situation:I (will) have a disc of plywood roughly 20cm across. I need to cut a spiral notch in the ply, from edge to centre, around 3mm wide, so that I can hold a spiral of flexible ply in place and close off the end of the spiral at the same time.The perfect tool for the job is, of course, a router.The problem:I don't have a router.Short of buying a router just for this one job, what can I do to cut the notch?Plus:I've been saying "plywood" - is there another material that can be shaped the same way?
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
The Woodworking Magazine blog had a contest for tools made out of Altoids tins and the results are pretty amazing. Besides the coolness factor of using an Altoids tin, many of the entries are great for being a good tool on its own. Check out link for the router plane, bevel gauge, drilling jig and more.The Winner of Our Altoids Tool Contest viaMake
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
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Topic by bmezzo | last reply
Hello, I took 2nd place in the woodworkers contest. I did receive my T-shirt and patch. Just wondering when I get my Irwin's tools prize? Have not received any prize yet. Anyone have any ideas? I don't believe the 1st place winner have not received there's either... Hmmmm... thanks for reading, Greasetattoo
Topic by Greasetattoo | last reply
Is there some aspect of woodwork that you would like me to explain in an instructable? I'm by no means a woodworking oracle, but I do like a challenge, so have a good discussion amongst yourselves and see if anything comes out on top. I'll keep my eye on things, but I don't want to interfere.
Topic by WOmadeOD | last reply
How do you build a jig for different size picture frames, for example, 8x10 or 5x7 or bigger?
Question by binayshi | last reply
I want to add additional holes for the shelf brackets in my entertaiment center. The current holes are either to high or low for the placement of the TV. Please let me know if and how I can add additional holes for the brackets?
Question by ighome | last reply
I am in the process of building a coffee table out of Tassie oak wood and I am wondering if I will need to put the table top through a thicknesser after I biscuit join the top together. The only problem the max width the thicknesser can handle is 600mm wide and I want to make the top wider but then I won't be able to put it through the thicknesser so can I just sand the top to make it nice and even since it is hardwood or thickenesser it in two sections . Open for suggestions thanks for your help.
Question by Aglife4930 | last reply
My grandfather did a lot of very fine woodwork -- the man was an expert. We inherited a bandsaw and some blades a while back and we replaced the blade (a wood blade) with a blade that appears to be a metal blade. I'm certain it is a metal blade. Has anyone heard of a metal blade being used in fine woodwork?
Question by The Ideanator | last reply
But dont know how to make the joints in the frame.It would be 12ftx9ft I need to make the uprights fit into the cross members and then join in the roof timbers to the sides.
Question by feelsgood | last reply
This was sent to me and I thought it was well worth sharing. An impressive project. http://
Topic by Vyger | last reply
Can anyone suggest how to remove hairspray (off spray) from painted wooden surfaces (doors) as we have tried all proprietary household products and white spirit without any success and it would be nice to have to avoid repainting the doors..!!
Topic by Briarswood | last reply
I've been wanting to make a small mallet out of a tree branch, And I recently spotted a small olive tree branch that fell. Since I'm pretty new to woodworking, I thought I'd google the wood to find out it's properties, This is the confusing thing that I found: Here, It says that Olive Wood is commonly used for "kitchen utensils, carved wooden bowls, cutting boards, fine furniture, and decorative items", Which means that it should barely be something allergenic, Aka safe to use, Since it's used with food. But here, It says that Olive Wood is "Olive trees are extremely allergenic, with an OPALS allergy scale rating of 10 out of 10" aka "9-10 Extremely high potential to cause allergies, should be replaced with less allergenic species". Now I'm confused... Does anyone know what really is true?
Topic by Yonatan24 | last reply
I did it once and it seemed to semi-work. I have no idea what the properties of a wood finish are and am limited in my woodworking skills
Question by Sir__Walter | last reply
Hello, Thanks for stopping by. I've looked on the woodworking fora and I cannot see anywhere where they show how to join 3 equally-sized pieces of wood, perpendicular (right-angles) to each other. I have to make a skeletal wood frame, about 1m3 (1m each side). At each corner 3 pieces of wood will meet. I would like to join these in such a way that is easy carpentry-wise and which gives equal strength to each 'arm'. Each piece of wood is 25mm x 25mm x 1000mm long. Ideally I would like to allow for maximum face-to-face grain rather than butt/dowel-joints - otherwise the job would be simple, but too weak for my needs. Normally in woodwork such weak joints would be supported by sheets of wood or shelves to lend strength, but in this case I can only have a skeletal frame and all the strength is in the joints (approx 15 kg). Thanks.
Question by kevinhannan | last reply
Can anyone guide me to a site where I can find the basics of wooden window construction? I need to get the basics right since I am looking at making my own windows rather than pay $$$$'s+ for factory-made stuff to fit my requirements. Thanks!
Question by hsahrc | last reply
Im 15 and looking will be looking for a job for the winter, i want to go somewhere that makes stuff but im not sure where to go... i also want to get skills out of the job... i want to be making stuff not going to peoples houses and mending things.. i live in quite a small town so my options are limited... i love the idea of restoration but there's nothing near me, maybe like blacksmith or wood carvings?
Question by Chumlee | last reply
I want to make and then sell various images printed onto log slices about 20 cm thick. I am happy with the printing method i have settled on but am aware that they do shrink and crack. I have ordered some polyethylene glycol but understand that i may have to soak the log slices for up to a week. Can anyone tell me if this is correct or have any other methods that i could try ? Thank you for you help, Kevin...
Question by wonderfulwoodenthings | last reply
I am moving into a former jeweler's office loft. Awesome! Not so awesome: everything was built for MAX security. This means these jewelers installed concrete on walls around their safes. This includes my new "bedroom" which is on the other side of a 10 foot safe. I am attaching a pic with some notes on it to show you the challenge I am having. Since I wanted to use a murphy bed, I found this tutorial here: https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Murphy-Bed-Installed-Sideways/ However, I do not have a murphy bed frame with which to do this. My bed weighs about 100-ish lbs and is a queen sized memory foam bed. For the masonry/concrete issue, I am considering mounting the murphy bed to the floor, as shown in the aforementioned tutorial. Here are my concerns: 1) How do I drill into concrete and masonry? What tools are best for this job? 2) Since I don't have a murphy bed frame, how do I properly build one? 3) Can I get shocks or springs going on this thing to make it easier to fold into the wall? 4) How can I get the folding-action just right? This room is SMALL, it only really is going to fit my bed.
Topic by gigijiji | last reply
I need to do a medical procedure and I want to get it out of my bedroom. I salvaged some 3/4 inch plywood and need to find a way to securely attach the plywood temporarily for the procedure and then be able to quickly take apart and store for 2 days latter I realized that working with the smaller plywood pieces was better for my spine. Once I do a couple of procedures I will see if I need to attach them together with a quick release hinge or plate. I need to lie down and need to be able to work the water controls ,so I will leave a space open by the controls and spigot . I can put a pillow there if I need to. I also found out by accident that the home depot orange buckets are almost the perfect size for use as stabilizer columns, with lids or a shim underneath and filled with water, they would make great stable columns. So that really helps. The problem I need help with, is every time I think I found the answer a day later I realize it wont work. I am not a carpenter. I need to secure the plywood on the far side of the bath tub so I don’t have a flip over or collapse into tub. The far wall has ¼ inch of curved bathtub and then the tile wall. I think I need to make a wedge device to keep the board into the tiles and not let them shift or back out. The buckets maybe enough, but I have to move my body a lot during the procedure and don't want to take chances. 2 of the boards have 4 inches overhang on the bathtubs entry side, The lip for the bathtub in that side is I think 4 or 6 inches wide so plenty of support for the plywood. I have 4 inches extra overhang , I could cut that off . Or if it would be better attach some quick release wood for legs or even 2 inch PVC pipe if I could figure out an attachment with quick release. I was thinking of attaching a board perpendicular to the plywood to fit in the tub and keeping the plywood from shifting, and maybe a wooden wedge and notch system to push the board against the wall and keep it from backing out or shifting. I just had a brainstorm , put wooden perpendicular strips on both sides of the plywood . If exact and with the pails it maybe non shifting. Someone would have to help me with how to measure correctly, as my measuring skills are horrible. I may have a tool that would carry the measurement over. I did get a book on my new kindle that is all about measurement tricks, but I have not had time to even load it up
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Question by dcatalystmx | last reply
Can you make the swing boat shown in our Vintage Toy-making Instructable? https://www.instructables.com/id/Vintage-Toy-Making-challenge/
Question by Wordstothewise | last reply
Can anyone shed some light on how this is built ? It looks like 2 8ftx4ft plywood panels sandwiched together with some 2x4s and a hinge on the back. I am trying to find out how to sandwich the sheets together so it looks seamless like the image below. Thanks in advance. http://www.wwd.com/images/processed/wwd/2009/07/20/landscape/01-large/fs_cdg_black.jpg
Topic by svioletta | last reply
I'm about to enter a woodworking program at Hennepin tech in Minnesota and you are allowed to buy the cabinet, table, or whatever that you have been required to complete for the class at the cost of the materials you used. How can I sell these things for a profit to supplement my income? Will I have to start my own small business?
Question by MatthewB78 | last reply
Alright! So I'm starting a new personal project to create a gift for someone. I want to create a heart shaped home-made picture frame. I want to cut out the heart, have it stained, wood-burn their photos onto the heart, and chisel lettering and enamel that and give the whole thing a finish. Individually I can do each of those tasks, though I'm at a loss as to how to tackle this and which steps to take first. What process should I take for these steps? Should I burn first, or should I stain first? Should I chisel/carve before or after staining? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Question by BastardlyDungeon | last reply
Hey world, i was wondering if any carpentry buffs out there could give me a hand, i have a very simple project: a desk using only 4 pieces of straight board, one for the top surface, 2 for the sides/legs, and one for support. (if you're having trouble visualizing it, look at the pic below). what i need help with is what kind of wood to use, i was thinking some hard wood, but i dont know what would be most cost effective (not goin for beauty here, it'll all be painted in the end) I plan to make a bunch of cut outs in the surface so i can incorperate things like an ipod dock, slots for papers and holes for wires to be hidden. I dont know if that would help determine what kind of wood to use, but i assume every bit of info i can provide would help :) thanks in advance! ADRENIHOLIC
Topic by Adrenaholic | last reply
I need to recreate a piece of decorative oak from a door. I have other doors on the property that match but I do not want to rob them off. Someone clearly removed a piece from our front door before we bought the property. We are trying to restore it so I want to do this as accurately as possible, but need some ideas/help on the how to go about it.
Question by BalticAvenueStudio | last reply
Im not very good at drawing plans, so i was wondering if anyone could make an instructable on how to draw good plans, i want them to be good so if i gave someone them they could make my creation, send me links if you have made one or if you've seen a good instructable already explaining this Thanks Joe
Question by Chumlee | last reply
Factory made mills can cost 1000s of $. These mills can make great valuable lumber from what otherwise might be firewood. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQT4meL1L-Q This one seems to be an adaptation of an existing bandsaw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQT4meL1L-Q Several videos show machines with car or trailer tires. Although I've used bandsaws, belt sanders etc quite a bit, how they track the blade or belt remains a bit of a mystery to me. How can such mills be made at home? I found an -ible for a _CHAIN_saw mill, but I'm thinking of a BANDsaw mill.
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Question by xproplayer | last reply
Can someone please help me identify this tool? I believe it is a tool for wood turning possibly. Wheel is approx 3-1/8" diameter. Length of tool is approx 17" from butt to wheel shaft. Wheel has small, flat cut teeth. Parts appear to be steel and brass. There are no mfgr stamps or hallmarks.
Question by stephenj007 | last reply
Build a workbench a few months ago, 95% finished Can be find on my ible page. Had a heat wave for 5 days, temperatures above 40 degrees. Broke all recorded records here in Victoria Australia Water boils at 100 water freezes at 0 Temp in shed must have been at least 55, Is the bow from bad construction or just heat. Will it return to its original shape or is it $#@!#$
Topic by broken board
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