While metal machinists’ straightedges are ideal for setting up woodworking machinery, their high-tolerance accuracy and weight are overkill for most woodworking tasks. For centuries, shop-made wooden straightedges handled many layout and testing chores, and the tools are still useful today. Wooden straightedges are lightweight, simple to make in any size and can be easily trued with common workshop tools. While straightedges that resemble the machinists’ versions – essentially a skinny rectangle with parallel edges – are useful, these tend to go out of square quickly as the seasons change. However, by understanding a bit about the way wood works, you can make a wooden straightedge that is both accurate and durable.
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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 ;)
Have you heard about the wooden swords for decoration? If no, then I am sharing the picture of the wooden swords with you. This is an ideal gift for giving your loved ones. You can hang these swords on the wall and in the lobby. It looks great and gorgeous. Have a look at the pictures which I am sharing with you, I am sure you would like these pictures. These are the pictures which are best for wall decoration. So, you should choose these swords for giving the gifts to your loved ones.
You can also make wonderful variety of wooden boxes easily at home. It is actually very stress-free and interesting to make. You must know you should have a bit of woodwork skills to do this innovative and stimulating work. All you need are a few pieces of wooden boards, wood cutter, electric drill, hammer, screws and plates. You can easily make these wooden boxes by joining equal size wooden pieces of square shapes. You can also do easily.
This Welcome Farmhouse Sign 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. Farmhouse style wood signs are a fun way to personalize your space. They are fairly easy to make yourself … [Read more...]

From day one you've wondered how can you be both a tree hugger and a woodworker, how you can respect nature while also using and working within nature (not roping all of it off limits), as Wendell Berry professes. In Illinois, there is a family-owned and run company called Horigan Urban Forest Products that dries and mills old-growth wood from trees felled in the Midwest's awesome spring tornado season, and summer and fall thunderstorms. There are many sources of wood like this all over the world, and sometimes they're more expensive, but old-growth wood is going to be.
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.

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.


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You can create a simple and affordable eye catching frame for your artwork out of a great old wooden ladder. Simply turning the ladder on its side will allow you to display quite a lot of art in a row for so little money. This simple home decor craft project is an affordable way to introduce color, the vintage look, and even some architectural interest without costing a fortune.


Modifications: The only modifications I made to Ana's plans were to the overall size. I used an additional 2×10 to increase the width of the table. I cut the table top boards a little longer and enlarged the width of the table base. I show the table top modifications in drawings below. Feel free to modify your table from the plans to best suit your needs.

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9. Support the spindle with one hand as you cut icicle shapes. First turn a tenon at the tailstock end to fit the lower hole in the ball. Undercut the tenon’s shoulders so the icicle fits tight on the rounded bottom of the ball (Fig.A).Then turn the larger diameter cove, beads and fillets. Move downhill towards the headstock to cut the smallest diameters last. Apply a finish.
If you are looking to make a large table for dining or celebrating ceremonies with many guests, the J-pedestal dining table can be a great choice. The design was inspired by a Pottery Barn. This gorgeous table adds class to your space which your guests will also praise. Though the materials can be purchased at affordable prices (costing around $125), you need to have good carpentry skills to make it and also the process is time-consuming. Southern Yellow Pine is recommended to use for the top because not only it is inexpensive but also it is strong and durable.
The cost of being disorganized is time. It takes me ten times as long to work on a project when I am scouring the room looking for a drill bit, the right screws, or trying to remember where I last used one of my 10 tape measures. Workshop organization is an ongoing project. As you acquire more tools, you have to rearrange your shop to work in storage for those new items. So mobile and modular storage, wherever possible will save you time down the road. Here are some amazing Workshop Organization Ideas that I hope will inspire you!
Because the legs I used are rather large and chunky, I wanted my apron to be larger than normal so it looked proportional.  Typically, a 2×4 is fine for an apron, but I used 2x6s and cut them down to 4 1/2″ wide using a table saw.  A standard 2×6 is 5 1/2″ wide.  You could leave it at 5 1/2″, just keep in mind the chair height and make sure you will have enough leg room to slide under.  If you wanted a less chunky leg, Timber Wolf has many other options on their website 🙂
One of the most elegant farmhouse tables that can add to your space is this simple design. If you have a large dining space, you can make this rustic design. At least ten people can sit together at this dining table. The dimensions of this table are 96″X41″. The bench and the chairs add character to this farmhouse table. Simply, follow the instructions step by step and shop for the materials required to make this beautiful piece. Kiln-dried pine wood is recommended for this table.
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If you are in need of a big farmhouse table, select this plan to build your own. Though not a traditional farmhouse table, it is beautiful in the outdoor living area making it ideal for guests. Also, as the table is big enough to suit any size of family, it makes it perfect for large families or when quite a few guests join you for lunch or dinner.
The free woodworking plans are sometimes very straightforward and easy, and sometimes only for someone with a high level of woodworking artistry. When you find something you'd like to build, print out the free project and instructions while they are still available. Make a point of checking the material lists before buying your building materials for accuracy.
Yes Seriously! You can build an easy bed frame yourself without any other’s help. As everyone knows the starting point of any bedroom is a gorgeous bed. However, you also need something that lets you enjoy peaceful slumber in comfort and warmth, but since the bed took as the focal point of the room, you may need something that looks really good too.
Hand Tool Storage Cabinet 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 Ridgid Drill/Impact combo, Bosch multipurpose drill bits … [Read more...]
Most importantly you need to began by tearing the majority of the 2×6 sheets to 5″ and the 2×4's to 3″. This is not an important stride but rather it makes for pleasant straight edges and permits to shroud the creases on the stout table legs that individuals frequently assembled. The arrangements depend on tearing these sheets so on the off chance that you don't tear them, make a point to change the estimations as needs be.
This table is designed to be gorgeous. The table might look challenging to build, but if you follow the plan, it is very easy. If you check Step 1, you will find that cutting the joints can be done quickly and a 4 x 4 X-leg can be built with lap joint. This provides stability and durability. Moreover, the herringbone top makes the table even more beautiful.
Initially I thought a wine rack would be a finicky project to create, with the necessity of holding the bottles at a certain angle, etc. However, this ended up being a quick, easy and fun build. The shape of the bottles lets them rest on the rack at the correct angle (which is really only important when you are going to let your wine age). The simplicity of the design also allows you to see the labels on the bottles.
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.
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
East Coast Creative provides this DIY plan to make your farmhouse table which can be used for a picnic with many guests. This gigantic table can fit 12-14 people. Though it does not have benches, the top of the table spreads out like a traditional picnic table. You can add chairs of your choice and so, if you want to add a modern twist, simply choose chairs with modern styles.
We were so pleased that we bought a quart size to use on the kitchen cabinets. This is the ONLY stain that you can buy which will give you that lovely espresso color. I've tried an "espresso" liquid stain and a "java" liquid stain. I have no idea why they don't work but there is something magic about this gel stain that makes a difference. ... full review
This table is a little narrower than I would have liked for it's length (34x72), but it's perfectly sized for the space we are using it in.  At 72" long, I would have preferred something closer to 40" wide but this works for us.  The top is made from 16" wide soffet boards from a house I helped tear down when I was 10 yrs old (no, it wasn't the house we were living in).  The old boards have been in the barn for 40 years and needed to be used.  The center painted board is also from the same house.  
Creating custom picture frames for friends and family is a great gift giving project that's sure to please even those difficult to shop for gift recipients. Everyone has a special photo or keepsake they've meant to have framed. Making a custom frame to match may be the best gift of the season. Best of all, it's a quick and simple project to complete with the right tools and set up.
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