Is there a way to make balsa wood stronger? I was thinking I could put a layer of wood glue on it and let it soak in but I wanted to know what you all think.
Posted by Pat Sowers 10 years ago
I've recently been doing research about how to make my own charcoal and I found that as a by-product that either wood vinegar or wood alcohol is made. One of the pages I found in looking for information was https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Wood-Gas-Wood-Alcohol/ and it led me to believe that what is produced i alcohol, but more research seemed to say it was actually wood vinegar that was produced. The problem is that Everything I've found is conflicting as to which it is that is produced. My understanding is that the two substances aren't the same, but that there is some methanol in wood vinegar. What I want to know is which it is that is produced, and if it's wood vinegar, can it be converted to wood alcohol, or burned as it is.
Posted by MadcatTLX 4 years ago
I made a vacuum chamber out off a mason jar, and attempted to infuse wood with food dye, using a brake bleeding vacuum pump. The results were no better than if I painted the dye on. All I got out of it was blue fingers (next time I will use rubber gloves). Anybody got any suggestions?
Posted by WazIt 5 years ago
Many sheet metal brakes were made of wood. I would like to know if someone knows how to make one.
Posted by blkhawk 6 years ago
Hi, I don't have a ton of experience with wood, but I saw this wine rack http://www.kukhaven.com/wine-storage/wine-staff and want to build something similar. Would a 4x4 work to make this out of or do I need a harder wood? Also what would be the best way to attach it to the wall? Thanks
Posted by shemway 5 years ago
Hi There I have a wooden chest that I was asked to restore. The chest is made of what appears normal pine, but it was painted over with a dark paint. The owner asked me to try and restore it to the original wood. My question is: 1. Obviously I would have to sand it, but what grit of sand paper do I use to get rid of the paint and to get the smooth surface? 2. What would be the best application after sanding, oil or varnish? The client is not a fan of a gloss finish so what would be the best option? Thanks Marcel
Posted by Temple Works 2 years ago
Hello, I'm new to working with wood, and I want to find a way to inlay pieces of copper into small pieces of wood. Can someone explain how I might do this. I want the copper pieces to be flush with the wood, and I like an element of spontaneity, so I'm wondering if its possible to pour molten copper into a crevice on a piece of wood. If it's not how can I at least get the piece of copper to stick into the wood? Thanks for any thoughts.
Posted by kpryce 2 years ago
This tutorial by Clayton Boyer covers how to make some really funky looking gears. Start with one odd shape and make a second gear that matches it. Really cool and great for anyone entering the Woodworking Contest who wants to add a special touch. via MAKE
Posted by fungus amungus 7 years ago
This crazy clock is one of several designs that Clayton Boyer makes and sells the plans for on his site. It may look pretty fiendish, but according to him: "As far as skill level required, I would suspect that if one has the tools necessary that skill is not as important as perseverance. When I started building these, I had almost no skill whatsoever, but that always develops after getting a little sawdust into your lungs. These are not difficult to build, but they do take some time." Anyone want to try making one of these? I'd love to hear some thoughts from others who have tried it. Link via boingboing
Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago
I am looking for a kit to do some pyro wood drawing, anyone has one that doesn't want it anymore?
Posted by pjfsdias 4 years ago
Can't get these glowing wood and resin chairs that Bright Woods showed off in Milan recently out of my head. I know that some glowing furniture wouldn't quite work in my house, but I really would love to make something like it. So instead I'm putting it out there to all of you. Please do something with this idea and post it here. Bright Woods’ Tables and Chairs Captivate with an Engaging Glow
Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago
So I've found this bike basket (http://bentbasket.com/) I really like but I don't feel like spending 100$ on it. I was thinking about building it myself but I have no idea how to bend wood like that in two directions Any idea on how to bend wood like that would be appreciated ;)
Posted by blacky94 3 years ago
Hi there. I don’t know if anyone can help me on this, but I was wondering on how much you would guess a napkin holder like this could sell for. The sides are made out of figured marble wood, and the base is purple heart. Figured marble wood is a rare and exotic wood sold online by the pound. I made this napkin holder as a gift for someone, and I am now wondering what something like this would be worth. I appreciate any comments or suggestions. Thanks!
Posted by th3_jungle_inv3ntor 4 years ago
Going to be refinishing some wood floors. Sanding off all the old finish, then applying an oil based stain, and finaly polyurathane. My question is can you use a water based polyurathane over an oil based stain? If so, how long do I have to let the stain dry before applying the polyurathane?
Posted by etcmn 6 years ago
Does anyone know an effective way of removing the plastic coating on gym floor wood. I have managed to remove the plastic once, using a belt sander and many, many, unfortunate, coarse sand belts. Also occasionally using a chisel. This did work well, just very time consuming. The result was a very nice, strong wood. I would be very interested in any information on this.
Posted by Zorro Anno Domini 3 years ago
I recently got into wood burning and don't know what to use as a finish wax, oil, etc the project is a piece of drift wood with some words burnt into it so the finish needs to stop the ash from being weathered away any help is appreciated ill make an instructible on it soon
Posted by MakeShiftMaker 3 years ago
Mike Rea makes amazing wooden sculptures of items that recreate the form and absolutely none of the function, but that doesn't stop them from being wonderful pieces to look at. Whether it's a set of musical instruments, a tank, a mech walker, or many other things, his work deserves a good look.Fecal Face (a great art site from SF) does a nice interview with loads of pics here.via Make
Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago
I am 16 years old and attend St. Thomas High School in Pointe Claire, Quebec. As a student in the International Baccalaureate program, I am required to complete a 'personal project' on a non-academic topic that is of interest to me. I have always enjoyed woodworking and design, so I decided to build a functional wooden bicycle. There was to be no metal used in its construction, only wood and glue. I wanted a project that would be a challenge.Read More...Just goes to show you, you can do anything you set your mind to!EDIT: It seems a few of you think this is me? If so...it's not. I just found this on the interwebs and thought you'd be interested.
Posted by Weissensteinburg 10 years ago
I need to remove a propane heating stove and install a woodstove that I already own. I'd like to install the woodstove in the same spot as where the propane stove sat and I'd llke to use the same venting pipe if possible. The problem that I see is that the propane stove uses a 4.5" vent pipe off the back of the stove and it continues to be 4.5" pipe as far up the chimney as I can see (only a foot or two) also, the propane vent pipe is thin, flexible aluminum pipe that goes up the inside of the chimney, while the woodstove connecting pipe is 6". I don't know if the woodstove can be used with 4.5" flex vent pipe from the propane stove or if it needs bigger, steel pipe for wood fires. Does anyone know? Thanks. Peter Norwell, MA
Posted by menemsha1 6 years ago
Not long ago, someone was lookin for solution to waterproofin wood box. Can't find it at the moment. Maybe someone else can find that thread. My experiment: Hot clothes iron  4 layers paper towel ------------------ ---------------- ---------------- ------------------- 1 layer wax paper ____________ 2 layers clear plastic tarp ============== Block of 2x4 [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ The layers of plastic fused pretty strongly together. Bond to the wood was moderately weak. This could be done with multiple layers, and only the lowest layer stapled to wood. Thus achieving strong bond to wood, yet no leak at staples since only 1 layer is punctured.
Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago
This was sent to me and I thought it was well worth sharing. An impressive project. http://
Posted by Vyger 7 years ago
Hi guys! I found a beautiful charcoal iron at a flea-market and grabbed it up without giving it much thought. Now I have no idea how to bring it back to it`s former glory. The base is iron, and pretty damn corroded iron at that. The good part is that it isn't chipping. The bad part is that the whole thing is orange... The handle is made of wood and there's no way that I can see to take it off. Any ideas?
Posted by TashaDax 6 years ago
Hi everyone, I don't know if I'm posting in the right place, but I figured I'd try anyways. So I'm working on a project, but I have little experience with woodworking tools and methods. I found some nice scrap sheets of pressed wood that are about 1/8" thick that would be perfect for an idea I had to make some tiles for a game. I need to cut these sheets into 1"x1" inch squares and the squareness is important for the pieces to fit together in the long run. From what I've seen "Rail Saws" would be appropriate for something like this, but it's such a small project that I don't think spending that much money on renting one would make much sense. I also considered making my own tool using some kind of sliding mechanism using raisl and an xacto knife since the wood is so thin, but I figured I'd ask here before! I have access to a circular saw and a jigsaw and so was thinking maybe some kind of rail system using them would be appropriate as well, but I'm not quite sure as to how to go about doing it. I appreciate any help! Thanks!
Posted by adjeprado 7 years ago
Sorry if it is in the wrong section of the forum. If it can be moved to a better place then do so. This is a quick mention to anyone that is playing around with any burners such as: wood gas generator bio-gas wood gasifier 'hobo' stove I am not severely concerned but it did happen, I think it needs a mention, as it is for everyone's safety. After playing with wood gas and attempting methanol creation from a small gasifier unit for a few weeks, I had started to realize that each day I had a most annoying headache / migrane in my frontal area of my brain / head. They ended up getting so bad that my body could not tolerate them anymore and started to go into shock, causing a rather painful, endless throwing up session for many hours each time even. It came to a point where after 3 weeks of playing with a bio-gas generator for about 4 hours a day had started to lead me into temporary blindness an hour and a half at a time. This was when I was concerned as I could not read any more instructables :( After a quick jot to the local doctors, I explained what I had been up to and I was correct. I had given myself the rather classic, and very close to death, carbon-monoxide poisoning where my doctor insisted I go to emergency at the hospital ( 2 hours away ) immediately and have someone else drive me. Pretty much equivalent to staying inside a garage with your car running for 5 hours, all the doors closed. I was very close to severe carbon monoxide poisoning and death. At the hospital, blood was taken, analysed, and they had discovered large traces of C02 that they attempted to flush with some oxygen, but this only works to a point and they mentioned that nothing else could be done apart from telling me not to use or be near any smoke sources for at least 3 weeks and I should recover fine. I am still playing with my wood gas generators, and attempting to make methanol, but these days, after 3 days ago, I take further safety precautions to make sure it wont happen again. Such as: ventilation / exhaust fan ( I WAS OUTSIDE WHEN I WAS POISONED! DONT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY! ) keep a distance, find a better way to ignite / extinguish the burner keep your face and body out of the smoke dont watch the flames / smoke from above for any longer than 2 seconds do not taunt the Criosote by-product of wood. I am not sure which is more toxic. The smoke or this. ( criosote / bio-crude, whatever you want to call it, it is the condensate of the burner unit containing more chemicals, very stinky) do not store criosote indoors withough a sealable container ( the smell likes to soak into things, like my kitchen ) if you know what you are doing, keep oxygen tank nearby use all protective clothing and masks, etc. There was a small arrogance in my head when playing with these units. And that is simply that I was thinking 'it is just smoke'. Wood gas generators are generating a much more toxic smoke than just sitting around your camping fire and should not be considered to be something to play with, without proper valves, pipes, burn off points etc. It contains on some scale: carbon-monoxide, methane, acids ( acetic ), tar and many other defects that will cause you issues if you are not careful. Keep it safe guys, this was a rather difficult one for explination, but I do not want someone other than me to be in that same sickness / position as I was with the poisoning, as it is the most painful experience I had yet had. Worse than me hitting a tree head on at 80km/h. Worse than falling 2 stories off a cliff onto rocks. Worse than being hit by a car and thrown over it's windscreen. Worse than the feeling of an unsuccessful home made rocket launch. All of these above I have had happen to me, and the poisoning was by far the worst and I was scared more for my life than than any above accidents. It is not a very nice feeling, it is a deathly, sickly, useless feeling, blindness is not far away from death if found in this situation. Oxygen / fresh air is the only thing to help you if poisoned, even if in hospital. Keep it safe guys. If you want me to write up a full on poster on wood-gas / wood-heater safety I can or even just a propper write - up on general safety with this smoke and the wood gas units etc. Ask please and I will. Hospital staff will most likely give you 'items of interest' for instructables if you just ask them too. I have a heap of things from a stethoscope to vials to 'red dots' for homemade ECG machines. They tend to like crazies like me that make weird stuffs .. i hope ive gotten the point across anyway.
Posted by AtomRat 5 years ago
I recently moved into a rental home that has no grass, rocks only. My two large dogs are used to having a grass yard, so I am looking for a way to make them a raised bed-type grass area that I can deconstruct when I move in two years. I'm thinking a wood frame with a plywood bottom, fill it with topsoil then adding sod on top of that. The only problem is that I would like it to be fairly large, at least 25' X 25'. Any suggestions would be appreciated. (Sorry the photo is weird, it was taken through a screened porch.)
Posted by Luny 2 years ago
A while back i saw an instructable that was a wooden robot arm it had a main arm and a second smaller one. the smaller one had a handle that allowed you to move it. you moved the smaller arm to program the larger one. anybody know what i am talking about?
Posted by pattyshaw 6 years ago
It's sitting on a shelf in a coffee shop in Bristol, UK, and the owner of the place has promised my dad a free coffee if he can tell him what it is. Apparently it's about 6 inches long by about 4 inches high by about 3 inches deep. Any ideas anyone?
Posted by kathmonkey 8 years ago
Hi, After cutting my own wooden lacrosse shaft using the tutorial on Instructables, it snapped within half an hour of use. Now I know this was because the grain was pretty poor and it was not a strong wood, but someone suggested that I wrap a shaft in carbon fiber so that it is slightly stronger, limits horizontal movement and reduces denting. I just have a few questions about trying this; Would this carbon fiber be appropriate for the project. http://compositeenvisions.com/raw-fabric-cloth-2/carbon-fiber-97/carbon-fiber-fabric-plain-weave-3k-5-7oz-tape-605.html if not where should I look? The biggest problem I see is somehow packing the carbon tight around the shaft so there are no bubbles and it is consistently straight all the way down the shaft, there is a vacuum packing basics tutorial on instructables but I'm not sure if you could use that for a lacrosse shaft. Instead of making my own bag as per tutorial would just a plain bag (http://compositeenvisions.com/vacuum-infusion-equipment-71/nylon-vacuum-bagging-film-500.html) be fine then clamp off the unneeded extra, although are those bags re usable? Because I don't want to have to pay $5 USD every time I would like to wrap something. I saw something called bleeder cloth as well, would this be needed to stop excess resin sticking to the shaft? When it comes to the carbon, I know someone who sails a lot and has some experience with carbon fiber but none with vacuum packing who said I should lay it up like the image attached to decrease horizontal movement while allowing vertical flex. Would this have the desired affect as if this is successful I plan to make a ton more for a high school team I help coach. I've attached a image to give you some idea of what I'm talking about. Then for the actual laying of the carbon itself, a shaft is not a flat surface so you can't just pour it on like the Youtube video's I've found. I'm not sure how to pull this off. Then afterwards, is there a simple way to test the properties of the shaft; specifically flex and impact strength. Because even if I don't end up wrapping the shafts I still need to test the wood to compare it to alloy. Sorry about the small essay, but I would really like to give this a good shot. Because shipping shafts from the states is quite expensive, being able to make my own and then put graphics on them would be amazing.
Posted by Thatkiwiguy 5 years ago