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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″. ...

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Grilled Striped Bass & Cauliflower Steaks with Tapenade – Recipe & Video

Follow along with us as we grill up freshly caught striped bass and cauliflower steaks topped with a delicious tapenade that serves as a sauce for the fish, cauliflower and the salad we picked from the garden.   The entire meal takes 20 minutes from start to finish and uses only a few easy to find and inexpensive ingredients.  Freshness is the key, so  if you can’t find striped bass, substitute halibut, swordfish, sea bass, or any firm white fish.   Here’s the recipe to serve 3-4 people Tapenade  6-8 Calamata Olives – pitted and coarsely chopped 6-8 Ripe...

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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 back in 2011.  Check it out to see how much the shop has changed and how bad the video...

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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 here’s link to learn more:.

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Cordless Tool Charging Station, Shop Cabinet

I show you how to build a simple plywood shop cabinet to house my cordless handheld tools and battery chargers.   The cabinet will drop into the space behind my miter station and will allow me to get the charging cords and tools stored and out of the...

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Quick and Dirty Miter Box, Miter Saw

I show you how to make a simple miter box and use it to make a few miter cuts to add shoe molding to a room.  The miter box is perfect for smaller projects when you don’t have a ton of cuts to make and don’t need to use a lot of tools.  ...

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Woodworking Basics – How to Trim Panels with Quarter Round Molding

Here’s a how-to video and photos on trimming panels with quarter round molding to get really tight miters.   Be sure to always have a sharp pencil and a wet rag at the ready to wipe up any excess wood glue.  It also helps to use a sacrificial fence on your miter saw to help in making nice tight miters.  See below for video link on making the fence. The first step to trim the panels is to cut an inside miter: Next, push the long point of the miter you just cut into the inside of the panel....

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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 as a reference point....

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Paint, Primer & Finish for Outdoor Projects – Products and Tips

Here’s a video talking about some of my more recent outdoor furniture projects and the primer, paint and some of the outdoor finishing products I use, along with some helpful tips to seal and protect the finish on painted outdoor furniture.      Here are some of the products I use on most painted outdoor furniture and finished tops.  I use Benjamin Moore paint and primer because my local hardware store is a dealer,  but you can use other brands and similar products.                                ...

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Make an Awesome Burned Wood and Shellac Finish

I use the Bernzomatic TS 8000 hand torch to create a burned wood finish on the frame I built for the magnetic chalkboard.   The finish works great with simple 2x4s and the grain really pops with the torch finish and a few coats of shellac.                                                             Here’s a link to the video on making the frame using the table saw. This is a sponsored post. I am a Bernzomatic Torch Bearer, though all...

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How to Make Molding with the Table Saw & Build a Frame

Learn how to make molding using the table saw and 2 x 4’s to build a frame.   The frame I’m building in this video is for the magnetic chalkboard I made.  I’ll use the hand torch to create a burnt wood finish that will be finished with shellac to create a really nice effect. Here’s the magnetic chalkboard video if you want to build this project...

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Build a Sofa Table Bookcase – Shortened Version & Design Plans

Here’s a new shortened video version of a sofa table bookcase I built for a client.  The bookcase was designed for a client’s home and we chose Sapele wood for the top and base, which has a ton of character.  We matched the paint color of the cabinet to the trim color in the room. Design Plans & Cut List – Download or drag the images to your desktop and print (pre-sized to 8.5″ x 11″) Cabinet Measurements  Trim Details   Sapele Wood Top & Base Details The bookcase installed at the client’s home….books starting to go in. Another angle...

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Spring 2017 Project Update – Look Around the Barn

tHere’s a look at some upcoming projects and a tour of the outside of the barn and getting ready for spring.  I start by talking about making frames for my art clients, which I don’t talk about too much on my YouTube channel, but it’s  something I do just about every week in the shop. Here are some other projects I revisit in this update with link to the individual videos and some thoughts on modifications or additional projects for this upcoming year: How To Pour A Concrete Slab – For Dust Collection System (2017 project)  Build a Stand Up Planter Box...

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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 photos to show you how to get a smooth chalkboard h finish and on the magnetic surface. Start by cleaning the steel panel with paint thinner to remove any oily residue on the...

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Build A Storage Bed – Design Plans

Here’s a step by step guide to making a queen-sized storage bed with  drawers.  Download the complete design plans and cut list here and please be sure to check out my sponsors who made this project possible. Click Here for Complete Project Cut List & Design Plans     PROJECT  SPONSORS: Bedmasters -Making custom made affordable mattresses in the US for over 22 years,    Enter coupon code JPH5 at checkout for a  5% discount Garnica Plywood –  “Challenge the Ordinary” with the finest plywood for the most demanding clients.  Garnica North America Distributor list Rockler Woodworking and Hardware – Create with...

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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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Hi, I'm Jon Peters and I’m a professional artist and craftsman specializing in hand made furniture and custom commissioned artwork.

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