Jon Peters Art & Home

Build & Paint a Small Cocktail Table – Design Plans

The design for this small cube-shaped cocktail table was inspired by the German-American artist Josef Albers who was famous for his use of geometric...

Recent Projects

Free Design Plans – Modern Cabinet Project

Here are the complete design plans for the Mid-Century Modern Cabinet project. Thanks to Brian Benham from Benham Design Concepts for his great work on putting the plans together. You can download the PDF by clicking on the link below and print the plans to help you...

Testing a 60 Volt Battery Powered Cordless Chainsaw

I test out the Greenworks 60 Volt battery-powered cordless chainsaw to clean up a big branch that fell from a tree during a recent windstorm.    This is a relatively small job and a good way to test out the power and battery life of the chainsaw....

Build a Modern Cabinet – FREE DESIGN PLANS

Here are the complete design plans for the Mid-Century Modern Cabinet that was made using Garnica Plywood,  Walnut Veneer, SOSS Invisble Hinges and finished with Waterlox.   Click on each of the 3 pages of design plans below and you can drag the images to your desktop...

Electrician Tool Box – Tool Suggestions

My friend Tony the Electrician talks about tools that every homeowner should have as part of a basic tool box for electrical jobs around the house. https://youtu.be/fqK7YYmjSDg Here's a short list of tools everyone homeowner should have in a dedicated "Electrician...

How to Hang Cabinet Doors with the Soss Invisible Hinge

Learn how to hang cabinet doors using the SOSS Invisible Hinge. I'm using the Model 204 Invisible Hinge for this project and It helps to use the jig that SOSS provides. https://youtu.be/hVNRBVU4yMY Video about using the SOSS Jig:...

TV Lift Cabinet SHORT – Free Design Plans

Here's a shortened version of my recent TV Lift Cabinet project. I used the Touchstone Whisper Lift II TV lift mechanism, which is quiet and easy to install. https://youtu.be/uRvikC6qo_4 Here are the design plans for the TV lift cabinet and also a link to Touchstone...

How to Make Lap Joints & Base for the Modern Cabinet Project

Learn how to make lap joints and the walnut base for the Mid Century modern cabinet I'm building. I like to start a furniture project with a small design drawing and then make a full scale drawing to get the dimensions and cut list. I always leave the design plans...

Why Use Veneer? It’s Great for Mid-Century Modern Projects

In this video, I explain why I use veneer for this Mid-Century Modern furniture project and answer some questions that you have about using veneer in your woodworking projects. Learn about different types of veneer, how to apply veneer, where to buy it, and some other...

Bedside Table – How To Build & FREE Design Plans

Here's a simple woodworking project on building a bed side table or end table. I talk about the basic tools you'll need and show you how to build the project step by step.   Be sure to check out the free design plans for this project below.  Just drag the image to...

Fall Seeding – Lawn Tips & A Few Updates

Here's a Fall yard prep video which is the best time of year to seed your lawn. I spread a load of topsoil to fill in some bald spots and use a Craftsman slicer to aerate the turf and then seed. I also give some updates on other outdoor projects including the bees...

Assemble JET 18 – 36 Drum Sander

Here's a step by step video guide to setting up the the JET 18-36 Drum Sander.  The sander will get a lot of use and it seems to be really sturdy, easy to use, and it looks great in the shop. https://youtu.be/dGJ7Zxr7h5o

Running my Dust Collection Under the Floor

Here's the first in a series of videos on running my dust collection system under the floor of the wood shop.  It will be nice to have the table saw, new sander, joiner, chop saw and band saw hooked up to the dust collection system and I'll keep everyone posted as the...

How to Build a TV Lift Cabinet – Free Step by Step Plans

Here's the video along with complete design plans for the the TV Lift Cabinet.  This project features the Whisper Lift II  TV lift mechanism from Touchstone Home Products and it's the most sturdy, quiet and easy to install lift  I've used.  Also, see below for a list...

Load a Grease Gun + Grease Bob-Cat CRZ 52 Mower

Learn how to load a grease gun and use WD-40 Multi-Purpose Grease to grease my Bob-Cat CRZ 52 inch riding mower. Thanks to WD-40 for sponsoring this video. Check out the link to the product I used in this project:  WD-40 Specialist Superior Performance True...

Serving Tray – Design Plans

Here's the material list and design plans for the serving trays I made and painted with colors and a high gloss finish using Plutonium aerosol paints.   Plutonium paints are great to work with,  dry fast and are only premium paint made in the USA.  Here are the colors...

Upcycle Stacking Tables – How to Make & Finish Small Table Tops

This week I up-cycled a few old stacking tables that my wife bought at a garage sale. I clean the metal with a wire brush, then prime it with rusty metal primer and spray paint the tables black. The tops are made of Sapele wood and are finished with the Waterlox...

Lathe Project – How to Make Cheese Knife Handles

I use the lathe to turn a set of handles using Bubinga wood to create a set of cheese knives.  This is a pretty easy project and a great way to improve your skills on the lathe.  Follow along with the how-to video and description below. You can but the cheese knife...

How to Make Grass Grow Fast & Fix Bald Spots

Here's the recipe and how to instructions to make grass grow fast and fix bald spots in your lawn. It's been working great in my yard and the key is to let the seeds germinate in the saw dust or peat moss and to keep watering until the grass takes hold.  I use the...

Painting Lesson – Tips on Mixing Color

Paint along with me in how to painting video.  Download the images below or drag and drop it to you desktop to print.   The finished painting is called On the Way to Huber Woods and is oil on wood,  6"x 6". ...

Make a Simple Track Saw Jig

Learn how to make this simple jig for a circular saw.... it's definitely one of the most used jig in my shop and is easy to make and costs very little.  You can make the jig with scrap wood or MDF like I did.   Making this jig was one of my very first YouTube projects...

Flower Box Planter -Design Plans

Here are the design plans for the flower box planter.  Click on the images and drag them to your desktop to print.  This flower box planter was inspired from a recent trip to the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts. It's a great place for woodworkers to visit and...

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ART Projects

Build & Paint a Small Cocktail Table – Design Plans

The design for this small cube-shaped cocktail table was inspired by the German-American artist Josef Albers who was famous for his use of geometric shapes and patterns and the use of color.   I built the cube with Garnica HDF engineered wood, which is great for...

Painting Lesson – Tips on Mixing Color

Paint along with me in how to painting video.  Download the images below or drag and drop it to you desktop to print.   The finished painting is called On the Way to Huber Woods and is oil on wood,  6"x 6". ...

Painting Daffodils – 4/18/2017

You can follow along with me by watching the how-to video as I paint this still life of daffodils   Print the images below:  The first is a drawing that you can glue or affix to a board using matte medium.  The second is a photograph of the still life which might help...

How To Make a Magnetic Chalkboard – Smooth Finish

Learn how to make a magnetic chalkboard with a smooth, natural slate looking finish.  I use a sheet of 2' x 3', 22 gauge steel and mount it on 1/2" MDF using contact cement and then paint it with black chalkboard paint. Here's the how-to video and some additional...

Famous British “Colorist” Howard Hodgkin: 1932-2017

Howard Hodgkin: 'Once I stop painting, they should start measuring my coffin' Well known British artist and abstract "colorist" Howard Hodgkin, considered one of the most important artists of his generation, passed away in London on March 9th, 2017.  Like many art...

How To Mount, Frame & Present Your Artwork – Works on Paper

Here's a how-to video and step-by-step photo guide showing how to mount a work on paper, make a frame, and finish the frame with gold leafing.  The result is a finished piece of artwork that's ready to hang on the wall, which makes selling artwork a lot easier and...

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