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How to Cut a Nylon Belt or Strap – Quick Tip

Use a hand torch to heat the sharp edge of a metal pry bar or heavy duty scraper to make a clean cut in a nylon belt or strap.   Using the heated metal edge seals and cuts the nylon in one shot.   You can use the same technique to cut and seal...

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How to Build Plywood Drawers With Screws

In this video, I show you how to make cabinet drawers using screws for the queen sized storage I’ve been working on.   I show you how to properly measure for drawers to be sure you get the right fit. Once you measure and cut all the parts of the drawers, I lay out the door sides and fronts and take my time and stay organized to make sure I’m making the right cuts on the grooves to be sure they fit into the drawer bottoms.  Follow along with the video and see how I put the drawers together with...

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A Few Cabinet Building Basics

I talk about some of the basics of cabinet making in this video along with the tools and supplies you’ll need to make a project go smoothly.  The first thing I like to do is to make a full-sized drawing of the cabinet or piece of furniture I’m building which allows me to check all measurements before I start cutting any wood…it also helps formalize the design of the piece. Once you have a design model nailed down, you can start creating a parts list or “cut list” before you go to buy your materials.   Breaking down the plywood is a...

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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 trailblazers, Hodgkin was a relative late bloomer to fame and his unique, abstract paintings often puzzled audiences who hadn’t seen anything like his work before.  He often painted on wood with color spilling over the surface to the reclaimed frames he used which became part of the painting itself.   “I never expected anyone to be interested in my pictures,...

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Working with Quality Plywood – Where To Find Garnica

I’m gluing up dividers for the Queen size storage bed which is my next furniture project on YouTube and am using 3/4″ Garnica Plywood for the build.  I’ve used their poplar core plywood before and have to say it’s a pleasure to work with and really makes a difference….pretty nice when 16 pieces stacked up equals 12 inches. Click on the link below to find a Garnica Distributor in your area: Garnica North America Distributor List Also, here’s a link to a video about Garnica’s sustainable poplar farms in Spain and their plywood...

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What’s Killing The Bees? A Bee Mogul Confronts The Crisis In His Field

On February 16, 2017, the NY Times ran a full length article in the Business section about the puzzling decline of our honeybee population.  We’ve seen hive loss with our beehives in NJ, but the article’s focus was on large commercial beekeepers who rent their bees to farmers during crop pollination season in what has become a $1 billion+ a year business.  It’s estimated that “of the 100 crops that account for 90 percent of the food eaten around the globe, 71 rely on bee pollination.” “Whatever the reason, in the year that ended in April 2016, 44 percent...

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Simple Sheetrock Repair -How to Make a Blow Out Patch

This is a great way to repair a hole in Sheetrock. When I was taught, we called it a blow out patch but they are also known as an Elephant patch, California patch, Hot patch, Soul patch, Newfie patch, Butterfly patch and just a Patch. All the same thing with one thing in common… a great way to fix a hole in a wall.   Here’s the how to video and a step by step guide:  ...

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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 more appealing to buyers.  Give it a try from start to finish: FOLLOW THIS STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE:            Find Gold Leaf at Easy Leaf Products https://www.nnigroup.com/genuinemetal/default.aspx Music by Chillhop: http://youtube.com/chillhopdotcom Globuldub – Foreign Exchange GYVUS – Tōzen GYVUS – Weekend: http://soundcloud.com/gyvus Listen on Spotify:...

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Deep Snow & Big Surf – Winter Surfing Monmouth Beach NJ 1 / 8 / 2017

A few weeks ago we had a snowstorm on a Saturday with big waves Sunday. I shot this video of my son Jack and few other guys at Monmouth Beach, NJ.   Air temperature was 16 degrees and the water was 42. I shot the video and Jack edited it. Here’s the video and few shots from the day.  Music by Chillhop: http://youtube.com/chillhopdotcom Globuldub – Foreign Exchange Listen on Spotify:...

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Some News & Schedule for Sponsored Build Projects

Here’s an update video on some upcoming events and sponsored furniture projects that I have lined up over the next few months.  I’ll be starting with a room renovation project where I’ll be removing old trim and making and replacing it with new trim and painting the entire room…this should allow for some good how-to window trim videos.   Next I’ll be making a queen sized storage bed with drawers.  The bed-build project will be sponsored by Garnica Plywood who makes high quality plywood imported from sustainable tree farms in Spain. I’ve worked with Garnica plywood in the past and...

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Make a Wooden Mallet- Fun Lathe Project

For this project I use the Excelsior Mini Lathe from Rockler to duplicate my Purple Heart carving mallet. I really like the weight and feel of this mallet and it works great.   I used the mallet to cut the dovetails on the walnut end tables I made a few weeks ago. I’m giving both of these mallets away –  one on Instagram and the other on Facebook. Check it out and leave a comment to enter the giveaway.   Here’s the video, a sketch of the design with measurements  if you want to make your own, and a...

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What’s Killing Most of the Bees? Probably the Varroa Mite

My friends Ed and Mary from E&M Gold beekeepers stopped by a few weeks ago to treat the beehives with oxalic acid or wood bleach.  In this bee update,  Ed visits the barn and talks about the the invasive Varroa mite and how and why he uses oxalic acid to treat the hives.  Here’s the video and some additional photos from this update.  Varroa Mites are an invasive insect species that came to the US and Europe from Asia. They attack US and other Western honeybee colonies by attaching themselves to the body of the bees and weaken them...

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Paint by Numbers – Painting Lesson #2 – 2017 – Still Life with Lemon

This painting lesson focuses on mixing color and learning how to create space with the color.  You can follow along with me by watching the how-to video as I paint this still life with lemons.   Print the images below:  The first is a numbered color guide and the second is the image you’re going to paint on.  You can also print the third photo, which is photo of the still life.   I’ve provided a paint and material list below the images.  The most important thing is to just relax and have fun. Painting is like anything the...

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Build an Outdoor Drop off Cabinet & Generator Shed

Here’s the how-to video and additional project photos of the Outdoor Cabinet I build for my friends Ed and Mary. The cabinet will have two purposes: Its main purpose is to be a place for delivery packages to be dropped  to stay out of the weather when no one is home. The second purpose is to be a shed for their generator so I’m building this cabinet with a removable shelf.   There are a lot of handy woodworking tips that apply to other projects you might have, even if you’re not building this exact version of the outdoor...

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Paint by Numbers – 1-15-17

Hi all,  here’s the how -to painting video and two images to download and print and a list of all the materials you’ll need to follow along and paint with me. The most important thing when painting is to just relax and have fun. Painting is like anything… the more you do it,  the better you get. Material list Matte photo paper Acrylic matte medium. Use this to glue and seal the paper Ampersand cradled gessobord panel Paint You can use acrylic or oil paints. The big difference between acrylic and oil is that acrylic paint dries faster and...

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Making a Cover to Winterize the Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet

A few weeks ago I winterized the outdoor kitchen. I used my compressor to blow out the waterline and also the drain. I decided to build a simple roof for the cabinet…not so much to protect the cabinet top, but to  keep water from collecting in the sink and then freezing. We had a lot of fun cooking on the grill last year and I’m looking forward to more cooking shows this spring. A big thank you to Coyote Outdoor Living for sponsoring the cooking show and be sure to check them out their high quality grills and outdoor kitchen...

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Design & Build a Modern Bench

Here are the design plans and material list for this bench I designed and built.  The bench is modern with a Japanese influence and the leg and brace design make it incredibly strong. I’m confident that the bench can support several hundred pounds…..at least three grown men. I designed and built the bench with my three teenage sons in mind and the entire cost for this project is just about forty dollars, making it a very affordable and relatively simple project to make.   ...

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How To Build a Snowboard Storage Rack – Plans

Learn how to build a simple snowboard storage rack that will hold up to five snowboards.  You’ll need only a few pieces of material for this project so it’s easy to do and is a great space saver and organizer.  Here’s the video and material list and design plan  for the rack. ...

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Make a Piggy Bank – Great Holiday Gift Idea

Learn how to make a wooden piggy bank which is great gift idea. It’s also a great way to practice your woodworking skills and I made my box using dovetails but you can make box joints, butt joints or miter joints.  Here’s the video with how-to instructions and the image of the pig that you can print out and use as a guide.  I’ve also included plans for the exact dimensions of the...

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Bee & Garden Update – Freeman Beetle Trap + How to Feed the Bees in Winter

In this video, I take an end of season look at the beehives with professional beekeepers Ed and Mary from E&M Gold Beekeepers and get the hives ready for winter.   I also review the fall vegetable garden that we planted with the help of the Park Seed Company and discuss plans for the outdoor area for next year.   We’ve been harvesting from the garden throughout the fall and the elevated beds are a great way to go.  Here’s the video and some additional photos.                           ...

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Black Walnut Tables – A Fine Furniture Build

I make a pair of black walnut tables with hand-cut dovetails for a client and show you  how to finish them using Waterlox, which is my go-to finishing product for fine furniture.  Check out https://waterlox.com/furniture-jon-peters to learn how to finish your projects with Waterlox.  ...

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Mountain Khakis – Holiday Promotion $10 off $50 – Dec. 1st-8th

Here’s a special Holiday Promo code from Mountain Khakis….I wear their gear and it’s really comfortable and durable.   Visit MountainKhakis.com  Enter Promo Code MKART&HOME16                   Offer valid today through Thursday, December 8th, 2016 using promo code MKART&HOME16. $10 off will apply with the promo code when you have $50 or more of product in your cart (excludes tax, shipping, handling, etc.).  Apply promo code by clicking ‘Promo Code’ in the shopping cart under the Photo, Description, Price, Qty and Total (text says ‘Enter Gift Card or Promo Code’). Not applicable on gift cards. Not for in-store use. No application to orders previously placed. Inventory subject to availability. One promo code per order.    ...

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How To Make A Welding Table

I make a steel welding table with a wooden base to sit on top of my outdoor welding storage cabinet.  I finish the steel surface with a beeswax finish that will help with rust protection and will also allow for the ground needed to weld. Here’s the how-to video and project photos: To make the steel top, I use the torch to cut the old angle iron legs from this piece of 1/4″ scrap steel.  I then use the 6″ grinder and wire wheel to smooth and clean the surface.  Making the frame for the steel top to sit on using 2 X 4’s and 3″ deck screws. Burn in the beeswax finish to prevent rust and to create a clean welding surface for working outside.  The thin beeswsax will still allow for the ground needed to weld.  Here’s my old Lincoln stick welder that stays outside in the welding storage cabinet.  Welding on the new steel table…it’s nice to have the outdoor welding pad set up.       ...

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How To Burn in a Beeswax Finish on a Steel Table

Learn how to burn in a beeswax finish on a steel table using a hand torch. The steel work table will be used outside and the beeswax finish acts as a nice rust-inhibitor and it looks really nice.  I use the Bernzomatic TS 8000 torch for this project.  Here’s the YouTube video and some additional project photos and how-to descriptions Getting the tools ready: Use the wire wheel to remove the rust and loose dirt  from the steel surface.  Bee sure to have outdoor work gloves plus eye and ear protection and a good dust mask.  Cleaning up the table is...

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