Plans to build a "HIGH HEEL SHOE CHAIR" out off wood and material for a small project that i am working on in my shop.
Question by cbcs007 | last reply
I spray painted over a painted hutch years ago. The hutch is made of MDF. The spray paint has been scuffed off in areas. Should I sand the and paint over it or strip the spray paint? If the answer is to strip the spray paint, do I use a normal paint stripper or something designed for spray paint? Thank you to everyone who answered! I feel confident about repainting my hutch after reading your advice.
Question by Shippygirl | last reply
I saw a quite old "home improvement" show from the 80's the other day and was stunned to remember how much we gained in ready to use parts and tools these days.A part of the show focussed on a custom made dining table with a matching cupboard/sideboard.The interesting thing here was that no nails or screw were used.Tongue and groove systems, smart notches and such were used instead with just wood glue.I admit the professionals made it look easy to use a hand planer and chisels to carve out some ornaments and details but the result speaks for itself IMHO.We now mainly use power tools, ready to go parts like metal angles, easy screw systems and so on.Wouldn't it be great to have a contest where people actually build wooden furniture, even if it is just a chair, by using traditional tools only?To misuse the term call it "Organic furniture" ;)
Topic by Downunder35m | last reply
I'm about to build a small potting bench with timber. I'm planning to use screws to hold bits together. But then I saw a potential problem, do I stain the timber first then screw, or do I just stain over the screws? I'm worried about the stain filling up the screw heads and then making my project look amatuer. Thanks for your help :-)
Question by awang8 | last reply
Hi all, I have been thinking of trying to set a small fire pit into a patio table. Its a fairly solid low "coffee table" type outdoor table so is capable of holding the weight, but im not sure if I can just cast a fire cement bowl to hold the wood/charcoal and set it into the table or would it eventually catch fire through heat transfer. Thanks in advance for any replies.
Question by Squibo | last reply
I'm trying to make a flat pack interlocking chair but cannot figure out how to get the bottom pieces from falling out when right side up. If I want the chair to have a uniform square shape, I don't think I can make the locking cuts at any angle.....so, the bottom keeps falling down. Below are two examples of interlocking that confuse me. The first is a link to the table upside down. The second is a link to the table right side up.....Can someone please explain how the long pieces which are in the "under" position of the lock do not fall out when turned right side up? http://www.ryandartdesign.com/work.cfm?listPos=11 http://www.ryandartdesign.com/work.cfm?listPos=10 Thanks!?
Question by Chasingthesun73 | last reply
E-How describes several methods, but I'm reluctant to try any of them for fear of making the scar worse. Does anyone have a success story they'd like to share? Much appreciated!!!!
Question by bajablue | last reply
I see so many good things about PVC pipe used for building things. In America you seem to be able to get lots of sizes of pipe and specialist fittings. In the UK in bricks and mortar stores we are limited to just plumbing supplies. ie 21mm 32mm and 40mm pipe - we cant get corner 3 way fittings, 4 or way, or any of the many pipe termination specials. I have a project in mind for which 25mm pipe would be ideal, but i need 5-way connectors, as well as some simple end teminations that push INTO the pipes not OVER the end. I have googled until my fingertips bleed but can only find this supplier in the UK http://www.ixi-devices.com/index.php/PVC-Structure-Connectors-Fittings-Clamps-and-Kits/View-all-products/Page-7 Frankly the prices are ridiculous - almost 6 times the equivalent US price - what goes for $1 in the states is around £4 in the UK thats just nonsense. Does anyone know any UK or even European outlet that will sell smallish quantities to me in the UK without these prices and without astronomical shipping and import charges? Help please.
Question by Brandlin | last reply
I'm a bit of a newbie, looking to make a table kind of like this: http://ab.weimgs.com/weimgs/ab/images/wcm/products/201525/0565/img95o.jpg. (image attached also) The wood top isn't a problem, but I'm having a world of trouble locating materials for the frame part, particularly in customizable specs so I can keep the table narrow. If any seasoned builders know a good source, or have any other useful tips about my hopeful project, I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks :)
Question by ivysaurus | last reply
The Corinthian Capital Glass Floor Lamp is an amazing lamp by Restoration Hardware. Just look at its picture and tell me its not! I can reproduce the corinthian sculpture part. What I need your help with is the glass cylinder that makes up the body. Its dimensions are 12" by 87", but I'm estimating the glass cylinder needs to be at least 45" (barebones minimum), but would prefer it to be much taller, like 60" to maintain the same powerful presence, and about 5-9" wide. I need a source, size, and price for a clear glass cylinder 45-60"+ tall and about 5-8" wide Showed my dad the design today and he fell in love with it, so I'm hoping to surprise him!
Question by nizzo | last reply
I have a traditional couch and a pull out couch (sofa bed). Both are great, but the traditional couch is more comfortable. Can I take the internal part that is the sofa bed and put it into the frame of the other couch? Anyone have any suggestions on how I can do it if that's possible?
Question by abcommendatore | last reply
I would like to make a dining table that when not in use can be split in (2) two down the middle of the length of the table and can then be separated into sideboards and used separately as half tables or sideboards. I have quite a small outside deck. the tops of the tables would be purchased as slabs. i would purchase the table tops x2 and the legs x 8 ready made. the dimensions of the table when it comes together would be to seat 6-8 people when we have family over. I think 6 foot long or 180cm I was wondering would anyone be able to sell me the plans as a pdf for the list of items required and a DIY of how to put them together? I am hoping to be able to take the list to the hardware store and get everything cut to shape for me. I can use a drill and a hammer and am not very proficient at either but am keen to make an effort.
Question by sparklelarkle | last reply
I've just finished a Garden Arbor project. A 3D sketch would make it easier for others to follow and build but I'm such a computer dummy. Here is a picture. Can somebody please help me?
Question by cloudifornia | last reply
Hi All, I am new to the site and need some help. Is it possible to make the above three or two out of the sheets ,I can get more aswell. I had these for a partition which I took down. Is it possible to get them made purely out of the chipboards? and how do I colour them so they look cool. I will appreciate any kind of help.
Question by Novice Craftsman | last reply
I am looking of making a entertainment stand and a desk. I went to a speciality wood shop and bought 3/4 inch red oak plywood. I am having second thoughts thinking I probably should of gotten the 1 inch. Do you think I will be ok with the 3/4?
Question by twin8885 | last reply
I want to be able to paint a black evo desk to a white color that would look nice with an LED lit room. Please give me some suggestions or advice as I attempt to do this :)This is what I currently have. After going through the options at checkout.Evodesk Shape :Ergo Edge Renew Recycled Wood Finish :Carbon Black Desktop Edge :Ergo Edge ($79.00) Desktop Size :30x84 ($349.00) Frame Color :Carbon Black Storage Pods :No Storage Desktop Highrise :No Highrise Controller :Programmable Memory ($59.00) Keyboard Platform :Carbon Black ($139.00) Freeport :No Freeport Cable Management Tray :Carbon Black ($99.00) Warranty :Standard Warranty NOT SELECTED Harman Kardon Speaker System :No Monitor Arm :No Treadmill System :No Metalix Glass Chair Mat :No CPU Mount System :No Anti-Fatigue Mat :No EvoFlex Cable Management :No Evodesk Casters :NoThere is also water damage mark on the desk. Is it worth fixing it? it is water damage left over from a cup with no coaster. Any advice on possibly fixing this would be much appreciated. :)
Question by aquerol | last reply
I restored an old wine barrel and will use it as a kitchen island. I cut a door out of it, but am now stuck on what hinges to buy for it. does anyone have any suggestions on what hinges, and how to mount? The best I can think of right now is to mount inside hinges that flex out allowing clearance for the doors edge. But that seems bulky. Keep in mind that the barrel is rounded and so just straight mounting two simple cabinet hinges won't allow for the curvature and clearance. Any tips is really appreciated! Thanks!
Question by stunami | last reply
I'm beginning the process of doing some pretty major remodeling projects in my home, and was looking through the Furniture category, in the hopes of finding some ideas. Maddeningly, it's arranged alphabetically by the title of the Instructable! https://www.instructables.com/sitemap/instructable...That makes zero sense, unless you are looking for an 'able whose title you already know. I mean, honestly! -WTF is a "20KRKR", and why would anyone think to click on it to find an 'able for a *rocking chair*?! ( https://www.instructables.com/sitemap/instructables/furniture/ )So I'm wondering how one could go about either re-organizing the category, or providing an alternative browsing structure based upon the actual categorical function of each piece of furniture. Taxonomically, this should not be a problem. Seating is seating, lighting is lighting, work surfaces are work surfaces, etc., and each could logically be subdivided. For example, the Lighting category could be split into Task lighting, Area lighting, multi-function lighting, and Seating could be divided into Group seating (sofas, love seats, etc.), Single seating (arm chairs, side chairs, stools, etc.), and so on. I think that this would be vastly easier to use than the current alphabetical structure. Any opinions pro or con? Any suggestions as to how to make this happen? Is there anyone at Instructables whom I could contact and propose this to?
Topic by Bricology | last reply
Has anyone added casters to black pipe furniture or shelving? Ideally this would be without having to add on a wood base for a good clean look. Welding is also out of my skill set.
Question by fancyjo | last reply
I have a tower compute that I have put in a enclosed desk that I cut several vent holes but want to instal a fan as backup with a thermostat to insure proper ventilation. I was thinking buying a small desk fan that fit the space connected to a thermostat inside the enclosed space where the computer sits.
Question by Richard Breffeilh | last reply
I tried to make the question as descriptive as possible. I have six large, and quite old walnut trees in front of my house. They need cutting down because they are starting to grow over the house and will soon quite seriously interfere with the power lines, and are quite old also ! Otherwise I wouldnt think twice of cutting such beautiful old tree's down ( I will be replacing them also:-) ) Im also a semi skilled carpenter and starting to learn woodturning , so I am thrilled at the chance to keep this walnut, and make some beautiful things with it, especially with how beautiful the color and grain of walnut is , not to mention how expensive ! I was wondering if it would be better to take it to a small local mill and have it all cut 1st , then stack and dry store ??? I guess the pieces I would need for woodturning can be left in log form ??? Im just after any general tips and advice on how to go about it all , if leaving the logs as they are until dry , or having it professionally cut into planks 1st is ideal.
Question by jkurucz | last reply
Im trying to make the mario pipe fir my cat but am lost as to how to secure the rope inside suffiently enough so my cat can safely climb jump and attach himself to it
Question by lacybeck111
I know this has been asked for before, but I'd like to send it in again. I would LOVE to know when a new contest is created, the earliest the best. Being busy I don't always remember to check Instructables, especially if I haven't been doing any project work lately (dang work!).Getting an email for new contests would be awesome.Thanks
Topic by gdufford | last reply
I have a pvc bar made from 1 1/2" pvc schedule 40. the longest vertical pieces are 18" or less...I have a fishtank on it a 1/4 full and having 2nd thoughts.. Any guesses,estimates,educated insight on whether this will hold 0hh 450-475lbs ie 50gallon tank minimal gravel and deco plus fish lights etc...I'm still elaning towards I think so but i have a lot of electronics in the same room right now i dont need soaked.... And obviously I'm not holding anyone accountable for their opinion...
Question by needadvice
I want to create a two layer coffee table. I've got the idea in my head, but haven't found the right materials. The fiberglass layers both have 4 holes (approximately 3/8" diameter - I can be more exact if necessary) drilled in each corners. The two layers would be separated by 4 metal tubes/pipes (~ 18"?) made of stainless steel or brushed nickel or the like. The top layer is held onto the 4 tubes by some sort of screw with a flat head that's bigger than the hole diameter. The bottom layer is held on by some sort of furniture "feet" that screw into the tube from the opposite side. Any ideas on what I can use for the top screw, the tube, and the foot? One such assembly for each corner, of course. The more exact the answer the better. Thank you, Chris
Question by caj9064 | last reply
I would like to use wood from pallets to maybe make furniture and a fence but it's a pain to get the nails out before destroying the wood. Does anyone have some clever ideas to get the nails out the easy way? Or other uses for pallet wood? Thanks.
Question by Dimitrios | last reply
My dad signed up recently for Instructables, and he's entered into 2 contests (ShopBot and Furniture) with this project. Is there any way of seeing how many votes he has? (I'm still new here too).
Question by canucksgirl | last reply
Im the designer for a plastic/wood furniture shop. I'm having problems keeping dust from computers, even with equipment not in the workshop. (office on the side) what would be the best design to keep airflow for computers and hardware but minimize the dust. Thansk. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/19129520/Photo%20Jan%2016%2C%202%2035%2047%20PM.jpg
Question by ebaltierrez | last reply
This office is constructed by using common products such as corner modules or plastic pallets, exploring the concept of “Open Source Furniture.” http://nosigner.com/case/mozilla-factory/ ... and I'm searching for the metal fittings of the Twin Carbo System: blob:http://nosigner.com/1305e817-a31d-47fc-bf03-1dbc68b679fd Can I buy it somewhere?
Question by bmeunier | last reply
Hello! Somehow a small 9mm steel BB found it's way into a piece of wooden outdoor furniture. I know how to repair wood, but I can't seem to get the BB out. I've tried digging it out with a small knife, but that only resulted in me damaging the piece further. Do any of you have any experience with this, or ideas on further courses of action? Anything is appreciated.
Question by TheMike25 | last reply
From the title, I'm sure you can tell that I'm absolutely ignorant about what this part is or how to replace it. Basically, I have a few gliders with broken bits that are supposed to make the gliders glide. And because I have no idea what this part is, I've taken a few pictures. I'm wanting to fix these parts, but I don't know the name of the part and, consequently, where to find them. Brah!!!!
Question by AngryRedhead | last reply
I have a canopy bed that is made of round wooden poles, varying in diameter from 2 1/2" to 5". I'm really not very fond of the wood grain look and it doesn't match my room at all. I really don't want to paint it because the wood grain will show through and it will look terrible. (In this case, trust me) My original idea was to cover the poles in white heat shrink tubing (similar to what's used for electrical wiring) This idea was squashed because I couldn't find anyone that sells white shrink wrap tubing big enough to be used over 5" poles, and without selling it in a massive bulk. My next idea was to slide furniture grade pvc over it, which would give it a strong, glossy finish. And the wood would basically act as a support for the pvc. But again, I was unsuccessful. This time I came to realize that I can't find anyone who makes furniture grade pvc larger than 2" ID. I'm now drawing a blank. Again, I really don't want to simply paint it, because I don't want the wood grain to show through. I'm sorry, I don't have a picture because the bed is currently disassembled. It's too hideous for me to assemble in my room right now.
Question by gossumx | last reply
I’m trying to repair a folding camping bed. See picsIt has a number of feet and other blocks made of some form of HDPE or similar. I want to recreate these blocks. How can I do so? The material needs to be rigid but not brittle.I can find plaster or gel to make a mould but what material should I use? Is there some sort of binary mixture such as a flexible filler ?I have access to basic tools and power tools but not a lathe nor 3D printingAnother option is to buy a block of HDPE and drill and carve the holes, but where to buy the block (in UK)?
Question by big-bill3 | last reply
My name is Joel Chidi. Thanks for having me in this forum. I am super grateful for the opportunity.I am a furniture maker. I have a CNC 3 axis machine,I generated a basic profile toolpath, to cut simple 16mm plywood but when i uploaded it to ncstudio and automated it, the CNC was not moving. i clicked on F9 and i got the error message "line 0): invalid token. PLEASE WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM? because i followed through, every step that was explained in the instructable manual. I will be so glad to hear from forumites. THANKSfrom your expectant and anxious friend JOEL CHIDII attached the screenshot from the monitor if that will help.
Question by joelchidi | last reply
Hello All, I need help in constructing a microwave based termite eradicator using parts from a old working Microwave oven. I understand that this is a project involving serious voltages and the effect of Microwaves is also there so without compromising safety how this can be done.The idea is to eliminate/ kill all termites which have affected some parts of cupboards (made out of Ply board), without having to remove or reconstruct the same. We create this gadget and keep the magnetron or the required electronics inside the cupboard near the affected areas and after due precautions, it is powered on from a long/safe distance, only for a few seconds, which I believe would be good enough for eliminating most termites. This method repeated at say 3 months would ensure termites would not attack the furniture ever. Eradicating a colony may not be possible in our area as there are large open spaces all around and exact location of their origination is difficult to locate. Beside repeated chemical treatments is not yielding the desired results. I have read at a number of website specializing on termite or pest removal about the microwave technology for the same. I hope we would have enough guidance here and this kinda project would help a lot of people getting rid of a huge menace in their living spaces. GSK
Question by GSKhurana | last reply
I'm sure me and Skunkbait aren't the only ones who have kept car or motorcycle parts in odd places.I hear my dad kept a motocycle in his living room for years, because the place didn't have a secure garage. For a little while, if you wanted to sit while watching TV, you had to sit on the bike or the floor, because there was no other furniture. Plus, it's just priceless to be able to ride out your front door.I know some folks who keep spare electical bits like turn signals and partial wiring harnesses laying around the house. Hanging on doorknobs. Apparently, bachelors, those aren't just for hanging underwear anymore.There have been a few times that the chainsaw and lawnmower had to live in the house so a visiting motorcycle could live in our shed.Generally, whenever I get a new part or tool home, it has to spend some time just sitting around while I try to figure out what the best way is to use it. Or just figure out why it looked like a good idea to buy another timing light.I've been known to hang particularly sexy motorcycle parts on the wall. I spent a lot of time trying to get a 10-120 speedometer from a Volvo to work as a clock one time. That didn't work, but it did make a good paperweight.Where have you kept parts, and why?
Topic by Rishnai | last reply
Global warming, climate change, jelly fish attacks, changed ocean currents...We all know the highlights from the news but what is the real deal behind all of this?It can't be denied that burning fossil fuels with no regrets has an impact on our globe.CO2 and other gasses or elements have been trapped for thausands of years.We release them all into our atmosphere and while doing so keep adding more harmful stuff.So, of course it is easy to say that if we would have nver used our fossile fuels to this extent then our world would be unharmed and a happy place throughout.Even if we would ignore the impossible task of making it where we are right now without having used any fossile fuels: How much would it be different?If we trust the offical climate data that has been collected then it clearly shows a rise in so called climate changing emissions since our industrial revolution started.Be it data from the ice, core drillings or just sample taken from old canyons - the results are all the same.Since the late 1800's there is a steady rise in emissions, CO2 and all the other things we don't really want in our air.And for good reasons all these green advocates try their best to stop us from doing more harm.Since the 80's we started to actually care more, better engines, catalytic converters, cleaning mechanisms for our industiral waste and chimneys.But did it make any change or difference?About 40 years now some countries try hard to do it right, so this must show up somewhere?!Well it does not.You see countries like the US never really cared about climate or the enviroment if there was a cheaper and easier option.Just check how long it took them to even acknowledge that our climate is changing due to our interference...Then there is China and as we have seen with the olympics they literally have to shut down production so you can see for more than a few km...But the same is true for so many other countries.Like everwhere else the industrial revolutions comes sooner or later and as always the cheapest way is done first and for far too long.And with the delay in reactions and consequences it is now certain that the worst is yet to come.Of course there is also another side to the entire story - nature itself.We destroy it where we can to safisfy our need for being cheap.Ever wondered where all this cheap furniture is coming from?Or all the wood used throughout the world?Rainforests are disappearing, flora and fauna is destroyed.In most cases with a lot of fires as it is still the easiest way to clean up when done.Now add the vulcanic eruptions that increased over the past 20 odd years around the world.And if you dare all the bushfires or natural causes.Combined this causes a higher impact than all our burning of fossile fuels - and it adds to the mix.And this brings us back in time.Taking the records of climete conditions all the way back to before the dinosaurs showed us that we had periods of much higher temperatures than what we might see soon.CO2 level at some periods were so high that the earth literally was a green house.So why did we humans amke it anyway onto this earth if chance were so bad?Species adjust, evolve or go extinct, new ones appear...Well, unless you are a croc or so and really don't care about Darvin and evolution ;)Does that mean we are on the way to become a new species?Sadly no, because we are the cause of all our problems.We now use technology and science to adjust nature and the enviroment to our needs.It gets too hot? Well add an airconditioner, will you!?The ground water is too contaminted to drink? Well, why do you think we invented bottled water?!You need room for new homes? Don't mind the flood planes, just drain them and build, there was no flood in over 30 years...See, even if we would go fully green and honur nature around the world from today on.Even if we try to clean up the mess we already created.The effects of what we did over the last 40 or more years are still in progress and far from over.Like a good stew it keep cooking until it is ready to serve.But strenght comes in numbers!Like a virus we keep multiplying even in areas with very limited ressources.After all, we just import what we need..Natural selection is being eliminated so pharma companies can make a living too.From just over 40 years our "natural" life expectency increased now to well into the 80's.You are not fertile? No problem we have means to fertilise your eggs with the sperm from hubby!Already suffering badly from diabetes, asthma or other chronical illness? No problem, have some kids anyway.And just to top it always make sure to avoid natural foods in favour for processed and artificial ingredients.In nature the weak, the sick, the old, the malformed and incapable are a food source.We took this food source away, keet them around, care for them and make sure really everyone has the same chance in life.In life - but not in nature anymore!Social evolution meant that natural selection was no longer a requirement to ensure a strong "tribe" or hunting party.We compensated the drain on ressources and all pharma companies are still very grateful for this.No this is no weird rant on humanity or the idea of some mad person, it is just the naked reality we like to ignore.A horse breeder will not accept a weak and constanlty sick horse for his breeding stock.A broken leg, like for a cow usually just means the animal is put down.Some dog breeders still prefer to cull a few pups just because the color pattern is not nice enough or the ears are too short.Even if you just breed fish you o through all sorts of troubles to ensure you have the best genes available in your tanks.You think this is already going to far with the ideas, I know :(But we have real world examples highlighting the results of the exact opposite: Inbreeding and ignoring the defects in genes and health.The british royal family destroyed the italian and russin monarchies the same was the spanish and protugise, even impacted on the french.In times when there was no clue about genetic defects or deseases that can be dormant in females but very active in males, the british royalty simply kept providing tainted bloodlines to the other royal familes.No offsprings that are male and of good health meant the end of their monarchies.The british survived by allowing the common folk to join the blue blood lines and now it is common in all the monachrchies left in the world.Remove the carries, provide fresh genes to get a better diversity.Really no offence, but just look at Charles and Camilla ;)Jokes aside: the story of the european monarchies shows what happens if things go too wrong.From hunters a gatherers that either kept healthy or died out we eveloved to having a gene pool that is full of nasty surprises.Again no offence meant in any way or to any person!If we compare our world with a big aquarium than it might have eveloved like this:Once there was a bowl full of plants, guppies and lots of other fish and creatures living on each other.Over time the guppies learnt when the feeding times are and made sure they get most of the food.Slowly the other psecies had not enough room and food anymore, only the hunter had a good linving with the huge supply of guppies.Then the guppies managed to reduce the dangers from all predators around and started to really take off.Soon every guppy had only conerns about having a good life and enough food.The waste got more and more, the sick and ill too.The last hunter able to fight them died off as he too suffered from the wasten the changed enviroment and gnetic defects transfered.Now there is little plants left, guppies everywhere, crap everywhere and even those guppies only living a few months still manages to find a partner to ensure their tainted gene pool spreads into the general population.We have no tank owner getting the balance right again, removing the sick and weak, we humans just keep going strong and if the crap pile gets too high we put grass and houses on top of it....We humans don't like to be compared with fish, a virus or any other lower being for that matter.These hings just don't affect or concern us.And anyone who dares to do so anyway has a long list of nasty words thrown at them.Is it because we humans can't tolerate the truth?Or is because deep inside we all know but refuse to think about it?
Topic by Downunder35m | last reply