Dynamite Chair Design

I love the ingenious creations that can result from having limited resources (tools, materials etc.). Here's a prime example. It was made by a miner at Independence Mine (gold) in Alaska from an old dynamite box. It probably dates to the late 1930s or early 40s.So...

DIY Floating Shelves with Pulleys

Hey guys!  Ash and I had the best time crashing our sister’s house a few weeks ago!  We took a 5 hour road trip with tools, wood and kids in tow to her house in Houston.  We spent less than 24 hours and completed 6 big projects for her.  We called it a “Shanty House...

Harbor Freight Foot Switch Review

I recently bought a foot switch from Harbor Freight for my scroll saw.  I thought it would be fun to try it out on other tools too.  Check out my video then read more about my thoughts below. Harbor Freight sells two types of foot switches.  The Momentary Foot Switch...

DIY Round Table

I am LOVING my new kitchen nook area! I had a larger table, that I built for this spot when we first moved in, that had six chairs and the chandelier was in the middle of the ceiling. This cramped up the space so much (sometimes you don’t know exactly how you will use...

Edge-to-edge joints, part 7

This discussion primarily applies to PVA glue, which most woodworkers use for these joints. I prefer Titebond III for its relatively long open time, ease of use, and dependability. Alternative glues with longer open times include special slow-set PVAs or liquid hide...

Punch, brothers! Punch with care!

Here's a small project from the shop before it went into hibernation. It's pretty self-explanatory, so I'll let the pictures do the talking... Complete, and... ...oiled - it will darken in time and match better. For me, there is something very satisfying in making old...
DIY Round Table

DIY Round Table

I am LOVING my new kitchen nook area! I had a larger table, that I built for this spot when we first moved in, that had six chairs and the chandelier was in the middle of the ceiling. This cramped up the space so much (sometimes you don’t know exactly how you will use...

Edge-to-edge joints, part 6

Clamping capacity Can small shop clamping methods generate enough pressure to make a good edge-to-edge joint? The short answer is yes. Let’s look at the details. The US Forest Products Laboratory in their very useful Wood Handbook, chapter 10, page 16 (2010 edition),...

How to Make and Install Sliding Barn Doors

My neighbor asked me to build a pair of Sliding Barn Doors for his living room/office doorway.  Check out my video below to see how I made them.[embedded content]Supply ListThese are the supplies I used to build and install the barn doors.  The key to building these...

Edge-to-edge joints, part 7

This discussion primarily applies to PVA glue, which most woodworkers use for these joints. I prefer Titebond III for its relatively long open time, ease of use, and dependability. Alternative glues with longer open times include special slow-set PVAs or liquid hide...

MWA Episode #98.5 – Phil Pinsky 5 Questions

5 Questions How did you get into woodworking? What’s your favorite tool? #5 1/4 jack plane Who has influenced you the most? Hard to say Woodworking - Hand tool guys What was your biggest stumbling block? How has the internet influenced your work? The everything One of...

Make Some Easy Wall Shelves!

My daughter asked me to help her make some shelves for her room.  Watch us have some fun in the shop while making these Easy Wall Shelves that anyone can make.[embedded content]This is a great project for getting kids involved in woodworking.  Going to the home center...

I was on the CNC with Dave Show!

Thanks to Dave Gatton for inviting me to be the guest on his "CNC with Dave Show" on Saturday, July 16th.  If you are interested in CNC machines, then you might want to tune into this show every Saturday night at 9pm on YouTube.  I talked about the Electric Guitar...

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