Just a friendly reminder to put finish on your bare-wood IKEA furniture. Not only will it help the pieces keep longer, it gives them a warmer look. You might not be able to tell as much from the photos here, but the second one does have finish on it. It does look warmer. And it […]
If we all stopped and thought about it for a moment, no matter how terrible the pandemic was (is?), there was some sort of highlight for everybody. Maybe it was more time with family, less spending on take-out meals, or more time outdoors. Whatever it was, I’m sure if you looked, you’d find it. For […]
I think it’s pretty accepted by woodworkers that if you want clamps fast, and in quantity, without paying through the nose, the best option is going to Harbor Freight. Certainly, Harbor Freight gets a bad rap in some circles for being cheap, and is why your snootier woodworkers, who aren’t me, will clutch their pearls […]
A couple years ago I bought a 9-inch Ryobi band saw off facebook marketplace. I won’t tell you what I paid for it, but let’s just agree I paid too much for it. This overpayment proved especially true when you consider the thing never properly worked, even after I replaced the tires and bought a […]
There are some projects I take on because of a particular need. Or, if not a need, then a want. For instance, a couple years ago I upgraded an old Sauder media cabinet with this beauty. It was not the easiest thing to build, and it certainly has lesser capacity than the old cabinet, but […]
This is a coffee table. Like all things wood it started as a tree. Although, if we’re more precise, it started off as a seed that fell off another tree, at some point became a tree, and finally ended up as this. Or, it started out as multiple seeds, on multiple trees, because the parts […]
So, last year I built a chair. You probably remember it – the chair I didn’t actually need and built on a whim just to give me some experience at building a chair. As if I was magically going to switch careers and go into chair-making and needed the experience. Anyway, I built that chair […]
In college I had a ‘cool’ history professor. This guy wasn’t cool in the way he’d turn around a chair and sit down to ‘rap’ with us. No, he was cool in that old-style laid-back way. He wore turtlenecks and had a beard. That sort of cool. Anyway, I took something like three history classes […]
Last year, at the start of the pandemic, I had some time on my hands, and decided I’d try making boxes with something other than right-angled miters at the corner. I’m not entirely sure what I was going for, other than it seemed like a challenge. I decided on trapezoids, and these were mostly successful, […]
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