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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
I use scrap steel to make hold down clips for my anvil and show you how to add a nice finish to the anvil using a beeswax finish and a hand torch to burn it in.