Bedside Table – Design Plans

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Simple Clamp Rack & How & Why to Make Extra Long Clamps

Learn how to make this simple clamp storage rack today for the extra long clamps I made a few months ago. The extra long clamps really come in handy when gluing up large projects, like last year's outdoor kitchen...

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...

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...

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...

Jon Peters Art & Home

Jon Peters Art & Home

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

ART Projects

The “Slow Art Movement” – Making Art More Approachable

Here's a link to an interesting article from the NYTimes Art Section about the move away from traditional galleries and back into the mainstream where art can be more approachable for viewers...and more affordable to display and sell for artists.    Many...

Rotating Painting – Dog and Horse

Steve Ramsey and Microjig are teaming up again this year to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant wishes to children facing life-threatening medical conditions. To participate, create an animal out of whatever you like and post a pic of it it on the...

How to Make a Convex Frame

Learn how to make a convex frame for a painting I made for a client. I make the frame and show it installed in the client's house.   Learn all of the tools, tips and woodworking techniques you'll need to make a custom frame. https://youtu.be/cjBC7fvQyS4

Make Tiny Painting & Build Walnut Frame

This is a tiny oil painting inspired by a walk through Hartshorne Woods.  The frame is made from American black walnut and finished with a hand rubbed shellac and wax finish. https://youtu.be/zKNaHxT6IeU This painting is at auction. All proceeds from this auction...

Make a Solar Wax Melter for Beeswax

Learn how to make a solar wax melter to melt beeswax that was comes from the beehive.   The wax will be used to make encaustic paint for my art projects and I might also use the melted beeswax to make wood finishing oils for furniture.   Learn all the tools and tips...

Make a Small Study Before you Make a Big Painting

This is a short proposal video. It will give the client a good idea of what a painting will look like when it's scaled up. This is the first step when I work on commissioned paintings:  I make a small study to give the client an idea for a full scale painting and then...

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