When a refurbishing project crosses my path, I listen to what the client’s requests are. After taking inspection of the project, there comes to mind a host of questions before ever working on the item. Repairing the item based on sight or conversing with obvious questions to the owner is just the beginning of providing a solution. There are additional concerns that will help the project restoration. Understanding the connection of the piece to the client, such as what the item means to them; what the environment will be in its placement and surroundings; and attaining a clearer perception of the history, as well as the heritage of the piece; can also be important.
I needed a better way to carve a Halloween pumpkin than just using
a kitchen knife. The solution was to make two cutters using a jigsaw blade and
a scrollsaw blade. The jigsaw blade
would be my rough cutter and the scrollsaw blade my detail cutter.
You’re thinking about doing a project for Christmas, but how
do you decide what to do? Something your spouse wants? Something that would enhance
your current lawn decorations? Maybe something that would be a nice addition to
inside décor? Maybe a yard sign?
To make a Thanksgiving Turkey from reclaimed wood, I started with a picture of a turkey display that I saw in a store and drew a 24" wide x 24" high pattern. Then I used transfer paper to copy the pattern onto a 1/4"-thin piece of plywood to make a backer board.
needed a simple but versatile table for my shop to use for assembling
projects. At the same time, I was
contemplating how to create an outfeed table for my saw that would be out of
the way when not in use. The answer, a
multi-use outfeed and assembly table. If
I can use the assembly table as an outfeed table, I don’t need two tables.
I was contemplating how to build a strong, sturdy storage
cabinet to hold my finishes. I did not
want a metal cabinet but wanted the adjustability of a metal cabinet’s shelves,
as well as a surface on the shelves that could be cleaned easier than wooden