Choose a light-colored wood with interesting grain for the ball. It should be one solid piece, 2 1⁄2- to 3-in. square. I like to make more than one ornament at a time, so I use a rough blank about 8-in. long in order to make two balls. Make the cap and icicle from a contrasting dark wood that takes fine details. I like to use rosewood or ebony. You’ll need a piece that’s 1-in. square and 8-in. long.
Here is a look at the completed table prior to staining and sealing the piece. I also created matching benches to fit this table. The plans can be found by clicking here. I modified the width so they are a total of 69″ wide. Instead of using a 2×10 for the breadboards I use 2×8’s. Everything else was kept the same as Ana’s plans. The inside span of my table where the benches fit in is 73″ so that left 2 inches of wiggle room on each side of the bench so it can easily slide in and out.
For many beginners just getting interested woodworking as a hobby, the hardest part of the process is determining what tools and equipment you need and what you can live without. In this episode, we share our recommendations for the best tools and equipment to acquire when setting up your first woodworking shop, from a sturdy workbench to the right mix of hand and power tools.

Nearly every woodworking project in one form or another will require you to check some intersection, joint, or board end for squareness, or "square." In some cases, you'll need to confirm that an entire assembly is square. For small projects, you can use a squaring tool, such as a try square, speed square, or framing square. For larger projects, you can check for square by measuring diagonally between opposing corners: The assembly is square when the measurements are equal. You can also use the 3-4-5 method, based on the Pythagorean Theorem: a2 + b2 = c2.


When finishing (staining) softwoods, you will get better results by "conditioning" the wood before using the stain. Softwoods are like sponges - irregular sponges - and will have areas that totally suck up stain (like end-grain) and other areas that don't take it well at all. This leads to a "blotchy" finish instead of a nice overall color. Conditioning solutions can be purchased or home-made - I've had good results with both - and they are definitely worth the time and effort. Remember: Few people notice a perfect finish - only the imperfect finish stands out ;)
I used a #00 Steel Wool and White Vinegar solution to patina the wood and give it an aged look. Put a good handful of steel wool in a jar and add white vinegar. Let the vinegar dilute the steel wool for at least 3 to 4 days. The mixture will get darker the longer you let it sit. I let mine sit for a full week. Once diluted, simply brush the mixture on your piece. Oxidation will occur as the mixture reacts with the tannins in the wood to give it variations in color. It changed the Fir wood to dark blues, greys, browns, and black. Do not use white Pine because it will not darken much at all. If you'd rather use a stain, Minwax has some great choices to choose from. A couple of my favorites are Special Walnut, Dark Walnut, Provincial, Weathered Grey, and Golden Oak.

There are also project books that provide fun new ideas to play with on the scrollsaw, and the fun is made even better when you’re being productive by making gifts at the same time. If you’re a carver, there are many project ideas available to you, as well. There are also Christmas projects for the woodturner. One popular idea is to make ornaments for your tree—or someone else’s. There are several books that will provide help specifically for making ornaments. You’ll find that woodturning allows an opportunity for endless creativity! You can find a variety of kits available, and then you can use whatever material you prefer to turn and then shape and finish any ornament you can imagine!
Our existing color pallet includes 90 paint colors,  multiple stain color options and several wax color options.   Need a custom color?  We can do that too!    The possibilities are endless!   Check out our Farmhouse Tables FAQ guide and all of our dining table choices listed below for more information.  Want some advice?  Contact one of our table consultants.

This project turned out to be something incredibly special to our family… something we all built together. Normally, I try to keep the boys entertained with something while I work on blog projects, but this table was different. This is the place we gather for every meal. The place where holidays, birthdays, and Taco Tuesdays are celebrated. The place where we talk and struggle through math homework and compare biceps with each other.


A wreath of wood slices will look handsome on a front door at any time of year. But add some burlap and holiday greenery, and you'll have an excellent natural alternative to an evergreen Christmas wreath. Screw the first layer of rounds to a wood wreath form, glue the second layer on top, and accessorize accordingly. See this one from Finding Home for inspiration.
Hybrid saws are essentially built like the old contractor saws, but with the motor in the cabinet, just like a cabinetmaker saw. They are much cheaper than cabinetmakers saws and not as heavy. The saw at left is my first table saw, a 40-year old contractor saw, which I enclosed on the bottom to keep the sawdust inside. At present, I use a hybrid table saw
This woodshop photo is the outdoor Florida woodshop of Woodworking Guide Chris Baylor. This woodshop photo shows a portable miter saw stand, temporary shop table consisting of a pair of sawhorses with plywood as a table top, a contractor table saw and band saw on portable bases, and an Adirondack loveseat glider rocker that is a current woodworking project in progress.
Two children who visit me several times each summer are very fond of trains, both riding on them and playing with them, so I came up with this design. It is not meant to be an authentic model in any way. It is just for the children to play with. The engine and cars feature dovetail joinery details. When someone mentions the words “dovetail joint,” my mind automatically conjures up boxes. A dovetail jig is one of the best ways to make dovetail joint boxes, but a dovetail jig can actually be used to join any two pieces of material together at right angles. This may well be on a box, but it could also be a drawer or, as in this case, parts for a toy train.
This snowman kit post is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product. All ideas and opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. The snowflakes are falling softly on the ground. You grab your hat, coat and mittens and head outside to test the snow. … [Read more...]
With a little woodworking knowledge and use of some basic items, you can build a wonderful tissue box holder of your own. You can easily build them in bulk and then sell at good rates. Although easy, a wooden tissue box is an equally important and useful item for households. You can also make wonderful variety of wooden boxes easily at home. It is actually very easy and interesting to make. These wooden items give a classy look to your interior furnishing. This is the easiest way to spice up your tables with beautiful wooden tissue boxes. By doing this you can give style to your table settings.
I can't really make good recommendations as to what specific brands of tools are better than others. Most of my tools were opportunistic purchases, with relatively little regard to specific brands. More often than not, it's price and a quick inspection to gauge the solidity of the tool that are the determining factors. My tools are usually not among the best that can be had, but good enough.
If you’re looking to show off you’re woodworking skills and you have a piece of wood with a beautiful linear grain pattern, then this box project is a great choice. It’s a more refined box design, and as you might expect, it’s a little more challenging to build than the simple keepsake box presented earlier on this gift list. The sides are constructed so that the wood grain flows smoothly across one face, around the corner and into the adjoining face — and all the way around the box without a break — the grain itself becomes a major part of the design. The design is also enhanced by tapering the box sides, allowing the eye to more easily take in the continuous run of grain at the corners.
After the second coat, I let the table dry completely. Then, I took a 400 grit sanding blog and quickly sanded the top surface and legs. This smooths out any bumps or dust that may have dried in the finish. After sanding, take a damp rag to clean off the sawdust. Lastly, use a clean rag and wipe a very thin 3rd coat on all of the parts you sanded. This will give the table a final shine. Let the table dry and air out for awhile.
After we got all our aggression out on the table, I applied a coat of Minwax pre-stain wood conditioner followed by a custom stain I came up with. I’ve purchased several “gray” stains that are supposed to give the wood a weathered, rustic look, but no matter how many coats I add, the gray barely colors the wood at all. I wanted the table to still be light enough to show all the wood grain, but have that old, weathered look to it, and this is the perfect mix I came up with:
Often when working with wood, after cutting it up and drilling holes the surface will be unfinished with unsightly burs and splinters. This is a simple fix with a quick sanding, but with a seemingly endless amount of types and grits of sandpaper and sanding equipment this can get confusing. The main types of sanders we’ll cover are belt sanders, orbit sanders, and hand sanders.
Living in South Florida gives me the ability to work under the bright Florida sun by simply rolling the woodworking power tools out from under the roof. On days like the one when this photo was taken, when rain is expected later in the afternoon, most of the tools can be kept under the roof, and rolled away into large lockable storage rooms in less than five minutes.
I think you can see from all of these choices, the best solution is the one that works for YOU and your home. Just make sure you create an environment that makes you feel creative and excited to work. And while there are amazing workshops online for inspiration, don’t go crazy thinking your work area needs to be a renovation in and of itself! Use bits and pieces of inspiration, then get going on your projects!
This tutorial shows the making of stylish wooden wall hangings which is one of the easiest ways by using basic tools like wood cutters, hammer, drill and measuring tape. I made it at home for my creativity in easy steps. You can also make by cutting, assembling, add mesh and plastic, then attach to boundary and fill with your favorite light to flowers.
Here is a look at the completed table prior to staining and sealing the piece. I also created matching benches to fit this table. The plans can be found by clicking here. I modified the width so they are a total of 69″ wide. Instead of using a 2×10 for the breadboards I use 2×8’s. Everything else was kept the same as Ana’s plans. The inside span of my table where the benches fit in is 73″ so that left 2 inches of wiggle room on each side of the bench so it can easily slide in and out.
So, what is a warping board? It is a very basic frame (that can be joined together by any number of methods) with a bunch of pegs poking out of it. Weavers use it as a quick and easy way to measure out a great many pieces of string or yarn, all of the same length. These are then installed into the loom as the warp, hence the name warping board. It all sounds very simple, and looks that way too, unless you approach the design scientifically – my usual mistake.

Backpack storage and organizer Plans and Tool Review is sponsored by The Home Depot. I have been compensated for my time and provided with product. All ideas and opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. During this build, I'll be reviewing the Milwaukee hammer drill/impact combo, Diablo … [Read more...]


There are different grades of tools available at different prices. Salesmen will probably tell you to get good quality tools that last a lifetime. But the price difference between a cheap tool and a good quality tool can easily be a factor of four. My advice is to get cheap tools first and use them until they break. Once they break, it's time to consider getting something better. But unless you are a professional who uses the tools every day, even a cheap tool is likely to last a long time.

This project turned out to be something incredibly special to our family… something we all built together. Normally, I try to keep the boys entertained with something while I work on blog projects, but this table was different. This is the place we gather for every meal. The place where holidays, birthdays, and Taco Tuesdays are celebrated. The place where we talk and struggle through math homework and compare biceps with each other.


So I thought this would be the perfect project to try out my new sprayer on and, I’m telling you, friends…LIFE CHANGING.  I mean, I’ll be honest, there is a learning curve to spray painting.  There were some spots that I got a little too much paint and spots I didn’t quite get enough the first couple coats.  But, even with my amateur skills, this still saved me hours of time and looked WAY better than if I had brush painted.
Though this farmhouse table is extremely basic in design, it has a modern twist with the seating which makes it very attractive. You can modify this table to be trendy or rustic as you prefer and as this design is simple, it is very easy to make. The table is large with the top measuring 51 3/4″ in width and 8’5″ in length. Also, the table is taller than a standard farmhouse table measuring 31″ from the ground.
There’s a lot of space above the shelf in most closets. Even though it’s a little hard to reach, it’s a great place to store seldom-used items. Make use of this wasted space by adding a second shelf above the existing one. Buy enough closet shelving material to match the length of the existing shelf plus enough for two end supports and middle supports over each bracket. Twelve-inch-wide shelving is available in various lengths and finishes at home centers and lumberyards.
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