Finding quality plywood has become really tough. Here’s my experience when looking for 3/4″ birch plywood for the TV Lift Cabinet project I’m building. Chinese made plywood is terrible quality so I recommend you don’t buy it. Here’s a close-up picture of this 3/4″ Chinese plywood that is awful quality. Please let me know if […]
Here’s a look at Baked Poplar or Thermally Modified Poplar and my thoughts on using it in woodworking projects vs. using walnut. Also, some info on the SOSS invisible hinge and the bit used in my router for the TV Lift Cabinet project.
Learn how to install hidden hinges for the automatic TV Lift Cabinet project I’m building. The Soss hinges are invisible and get mortised into the lid using a jig and plunge router.
Learn how to make and use encaustic paint to create a painting with white and red pigment that’s framed in aluminum. Encaustic is waxed based – made out of beeswax, resin and pigment – and it becomes molten when heated and dries fast so there is a lot you can do with it. My work […]
Here’s a look at my table saw molding head cutters that I’ve had for a long time and use to make different kinds of molding. Learn how to make bead molding on the table saw by first using the molding head cutter and then ripping the molding to width with the table saw blade. Making […]
It’s been about 15 years since I’ve made dovetails. These are not great but it’s nothing a little sawdust and epoxy can’t fix, I’ll make them better next time.
I made a four part video series last year on building a chess set. In this video I use the old footage to edit together a short video on the entire project. Tools used in the project: Tablesaw Bandsaw Chopsaw Grinder with a disc sander Belt sander Orbital sander Finish spray lacquer Here’s the complete […]
I made these guitar hangers out of black walnut. It’s a pretty simple DIY project easily completed in one weekend. These guitar hangers are designed for my son’s Yamaha acoustic guitars but the measurements could easily be adjusted to fit most guitars simply by changing the width of the back piece. This is one of those projects where it’s good […]
Here’s a quick pep talk video for any business owner, maker, or DIYer if you get in a rut with work or projects. There are two quotes I live by from the sculptor David Smith and from the artist Chuck Close. Check out the Wikipedia descriptions below for more on these artists and to […]
Here’s the video and design plans to make a wood frame to house an exercise mirror and chalkboard. The mirror and chalkboard unit will go into the exercise room I’m building for my kids and you’ll see the tools and tips needed to do this project yourself. Design Plans
MDF is a great product to use for crown, base molding and chair rail but I would not recommend using it for building a cabinet. MDF does not have the structural strength of plywood and it doesn’t hold screws as well. MDF also works great for padding furniture out but not as the main structural […]
Unboxing the TV lift mechanism is the first step for me when I start a larger project like this. Here’s a video of the unboxing. To help get organized, I like to take all the parts out of the box and spread them out on a work table so I can visualize them and can start […]
Here’s a video showing you how to cut and laminate aluminum to a skateboard deck and also how to paint and finish the deck. Check out the YouTube video description for a step by step description of the process. Here are some other pictures of the project:
Here’s a a fast-speed video of a last minute Christmas gift my son Michael make using the band saw. Merry Christmas!
Here are some great gift ideas for the Do It Yourselfer in you life. Check out the video and also the photos.
I noticed some rot at the bottom of the upstairs barn door that needed fixing so I waited until there were at least two dry days in a row in the forecast before starting the project. Here’s a how to video and description of the project First I dug the rotten wood out of the […]
Here’s a follow up video on making the ping pong paddle holder with a discussion on the epoxy I used and the lacquer and spray system I use in the shop and where I get most of my finishing products. Also, some thoughts on using Cherry in your woodworking projects. Check out Hood Finishing […]
We spent last Christmas in Vermont and on Christmas Eve Olivia and I walked across the hayfield towards the third branch of the White River to find a tree. We decided on a Hemlock, which is probably not a prized tree at a tree farm but we thought it was perfect.
Here’s a video showing you how to make a ping pong paddle and ball holder. The backing is made of Teak and Holly plywood and it’s framed in a Cherry and Sapele wood spine frame. See below for the cut list and design plans. This piece is available for sale on my store at this link: Ping Pong Paddle […]
Here’s a quick video update on last Friday’s Pop Up Art Show and a look at a big painting made for a client about 15 years ago. The painting is an example of “Propaganda Art” and is made on 169 separate panels that came together to make the piece. The client who purchased this piece […]