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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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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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