Learning to carve wood with a chainsaw begins with a steep learning curve, but is an ongoing process of experimentation and trial & error. When first starting out be sure to take all safety precautions with your chainsaw, including reading the manual and wearing proper protective equipment. Start with basic shapes to get the feel of carving. Pick a log that isn't too big to be overwhelming, … [Read more...]
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Large storage units are incredibly helpful for keeping all of your things in one place. Consider building your own with just a few short steps. All you will need are a few simple tools, such as a drill, circular saw, safety glasses and hearing protection. In addition, you will need a few wooden sheets, screws, and nails. The great thing about storage units are that they can be built according to … [Read more...]
Craig Thibodeau recently went viral after America was introduced to his rendition of a 'puzzle cabinet'. Thibodeau has contributed to the FineWoodworking blog several times, and he has once again return to discuss some frequently asked questions. He answers what the experience was like going viral, and also delves into who his favorite furniture makers are. Craig has been a professional furniture … [Read more...]
You don't have to follow the same rules you have always followed when it comes to matching different pieces of furniture. You can just go with what you love and go from there. Pick pieces that you enjoy having around you, and you can mix and match them. You will want them to mesh well, meaning you don't want furniture that clashes, you will want the styles and patterns, and colors to work well … [Read more...]
Mallets offer good opportunities for challenging and improving your spindle-turning skills. Typically, you begin with a 3″×3″×12″ block of seasoned or kiln-dried wood. Although more expensive, quarter-sawn woods are less likely to fail than flat-sawn wood. After planning out the design, mount the blank on a lathe. When turning the mallet, use a spindle-roughing gouge to create a cylinder from the … [Read more...]
I bought a mini skidsteer about six months ago. It is a Vermeer S800TX. This is a video of the machine including why I purchased one and why I chose the mini version vice the full size. I also give a tour of the machine and its corresponding accessories and attachment. If my thought processes do not interest you and you only want to see the skidsteer, you can skip to 14:48 in this video. Key … [Read more...]
There are some woodworking tips and tricks that you can follow to make sure that you know what you are doing. There are different parts that go into it that may have never heard of before, but their instruction will walk you through it. There may even be incidences that you think the blade broke when you are cutting a board, but it might just be that the setting is off, and you need to move more … [Read more...]
Making your own shaker bench can be very affordable when using yellow pine. The stair treads can cost around ten dollars and the wood has very little defects. This is quality without having to break your bank and the best part is that you get the satisfaction of making it yourself. If you don't have power tools their is an additional tutorial for using hand tools only. For experienced wood workers … [Read more...]
Workbench dogs can help prevent items from slipping around on the bench as a workman shapes them. A wooden dog can go into the round dog holes easily, and they are easier to install than square metal ones. Additionally, round wooden dogs leave less of a print on wooden pieces. Dog holes can be made with a plunger router and a drill. For an added touch, workbench dogs can be shaped at the top to … [Read more...]
Thermally modified wood is typically used for decks. The process involves heating the wood in an oxygen free environment, which makes it stable, rot-resistant and darker in color. Three 12′ long 8/4 boards of thermally modified ash were used for this garden bench. The wood was cut with a bandsaw, with a chisel and oscillating sander used for clean up. Joinery is mortise and tenons. Finish prep … [Read more...]