Education, Games & Hobbies
[LESS INFO] 2117 VIEWS | ADDED 23:26:54 11/28/10
The trestle table is one of the oldest table forms known to man. Its simple, strong, and for the modern woodworker, its very fun to build. My trestle table is actually going to be used as a PC gaming desk for Nicole and I. So its size and shape must be conducive to long gaming sessions (which means the occasional meal will be eaten there as well). I take you through my entire design and template-creation process and by the end of the video we'll have our rough trestle legs. For expedience and simplicity, I used the Festool Domino for the joinery. When joining pieces that come together at an angle, its a real time-saver! Topics Covered: Design Justification The Value of Drawing Creating Full-Sized Drawings
[LESS INFO] 486 VIEWS | ADDED 05:04:40 11/19/10
The base for the advent calendar is made with 1/2″ ply, butt joints and brad nails. Doesn’t get simpler than that! Once the construction is complete, I embark on a journey into the world of faux finishing with a 2-part distressed paint job. Now I know my way around the finish cabinet, but one of my weak areas is acrylic paint. I just never work with the stuff, let alone creating faux finishes. So the best way to learn sometimes is to jump in and do it. And maybe its not too surprising that things aren’t exactly perfect. But with a little elbow grease, the Advent Calendar is now resting comfortable on the ledge in my entrance hallway.
[LESS INFO] 421 VIEWS | ADDED 06:32:47 11/15/10
In the second part of this three-part series, I continue the construction of the main grid-work. I show you a cool trick for cutting small dowel pieces and then the assembly begins. For small parts like this, I actually have a cool method that involves the use of two different glues. I then cut the triangle shape using a circular saw and a guide, which worked surprisingly well. Finally, I add the mitered trim pieces and our Advent Calendar proper is fully constructed!
[LESS INFO] 902 VIEWS | ADDED 04:38:37 11/10/10
The holidays are quickly approaching, and this year I'm making an Advent Calendar. If you aren't familiar with Advent, check out this article . Now I'm not a religious man but I do celebrate Christmas, and I have the fondest memories counting down the days in December as a child. Who am I kidding? I STILL count down the days until Christmas!! This Advent calendar is relatively basic in design, but has 25 little cubbies with enough room for a special treat or a secret message. In the first part of the two-part series, I start working on the grid structure and the hanging of the doors. The grid structure is creating using a shop-made jig that is very similar to a box-joint jig. And if you've been following the Shop Journal on the blog, you'll know how much of a pain the door hanging has been (see links below). But I finally came up with a good solution that I think you are going to like. It involves the use of Blind Nails from FastCap (pictured left). Want to build along with me? Download the plans and start making some sawdust: Advent Calendar SketchUp Plan Advent Calendar PDF Plan Associated Shop Journal Posts: Jig For the Advent Calendar Tiny Door Hinges http://thewoodwhisperer.com/more-tiny-door-hinges/
[LESS INFO] 67 VIEWS | ADDED 10:12:07 03/03/08
Well here it is: the big finale!! This video focuses primarily on finishing techniques and the attachment of the top to the table. I will warn you ahead of time that there are a lot of Wood Whisperer musings in this episode. This End Table series proved to be one of the most challenging and thought-provoking sets of videos I have ever produced. So needless to say, I had a few thoughts and conclusions that I felt I needed to share. Thanks for playing along everyone and enjoy! Oh and one more thing, nothing will prepare you for the first 25 seconds!
[LESS INFO] 113 VIEWS | ADDED 17:48:36 02/27/08
We have some big design decisions to make. And thanks to all the great suggestions from you folks, I had a lot to think about! But I finally made a decision. I show you how I use a Kutzall carving burr and a die grinder to blend in the protruding center piece, and I discuss the creation of the template for the top. I also show you how I rout the grooves for the steel dowels that will suspend the tabletop in the middle of the piece (you'll understand when you see it).
[LESS INFO] 44 VIEWS | ADDED 17:27:25 02/08/08
Time for the fun stuff! The legs are routed and then shaped by hand with a cabinet-maker's rasp. I then show you how you can use card scrapers and sandpaper to achieve the smoothest finish possible. And finally we will glue all the legs to the center pieces. I finish up by requesting suggestions for a top to the table. What would you do?
[LESS INFO] 106 VIEWS | ADDED 23:42:31 01/24/08
In this episode, I start by gluing the leg blanks to the aprons. I then cut the rough shape out on the bandsaw. And finally, I use the template and a flush trim bit in the router table to get the exact shape we’re after. I also spend a good deal of time discussing the dangers involved with this routing operation. And finally, an nice treat for everyone: a Nicole Break!
[LESS INFO] 245 VIEWS | ADDED 05:31:53 01/15/08
Finally, the continuation of our end table series! This is still old footage shot with the old camera, by the way. In this episode, I discuss sliding dovetails and show you how to make them. I also cover finessing the dovetail’s fit and some special techniques for creating a stopped sliding dovetails. Enjoy!