Scott Phillips, Co-Host of The American Woodshop, Picks Favorite Gifts from Woodcraft for Father’s Day
Make Woodcraft your Father’s Day shopping headquarters. Scott Phillips, co-host of The American Woodshop with his wife Suzy, makes it easy with his Father’s Day Gift Guide – nearly three dozen suggestions from Woodcraft’s line of woodworking tools, accessories and supplies.
Teams of makers are invited to enter the Makerspace Contest on Instructables.com to win some of the $50,000 worth of prizes donated by Woodcraft, Epilog Laser, Ultimaker, Dremel, and Digi-Key Electronics. The online contest opened June 1 and will close end of day Aug. 31, 2017.
Take a new direction in Mother’s Day gifting this year, and check out two projects from Black Dog Salvage, a Woodcraft partner that specializes in the reclamation, repurposing and resale of architectural, commercial, and industrial elements and fixtures. The Roanoke, Virginia-based company has its own DIY-TV show – Salvage Dawgs – and also creates custom pieces from salvaged items.
If the SS Nieuw Amsterdam teak chairs could talk, they would tell you quite a Veteran story. This narration is told to us by Steve Taylor, son of First Army Lieutenant Phillip K. Taylor who served in the 5th Army Air Corps, Pacific theater. Born in 1916, Phillip was a native of Macy, (North Central) Indiana. Phillip was a man that believed in working with his hands and passed that work ethic onto his son, Steve. Those moral principles paid off in the service for Phillip.
Woodcraft invites the Parkersburg, WV area residents to a free Upcycling Event at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Saturday, June 21, at 10 a.m. Mixed media artist Leslie Yoak from St. Marys will “upcycle” and repurpose ReStore items to improve their look and value. What’s the difference between upcycle and repurpose? Upcycling is taking something old or outdated and giving it a fresh modern new look. Repurposing is giving new life to an item by changing it into something entirely useful than what is used to be. For example, the item on the left below is an end table from the 80′s, upcycled with General Finishes products from Woodcraft, giving it a new flair with a distressed look to match the rooms decor. Photo right shows an old bathroom light box fixture, repurposed or transformed into a rack for hanging anything from jewelry and belts to other creative items for remodeling any room.
Winter can be such a challenge when it comes to keeping the kids busy and engaged. Why not make them a new toy or game? If you don’t have children or grandchildren, or nieces and nephews of your own, you can make something to donate to a shelter or even to sell at an online auction site.
As I was traveling down route 7 towards Marietta, Ohio, I noticed a business that positioned a crane on a hill facing the 4 lane road. At the top of the crane, was a flag for all to see, suspended some 100 feet in the air from a chain that was attached to the underside of the crane basket. After giving this some thought, it dawned on me how ironic this flag was, being attached to a chain for the support of the American flag.
Are you ready for Woodcraft Magazine Feb/Mar Issue #51? It’s going to keep you very busy making entertaining projects like a music stand, toy truck, spice cabinet, an heirloom tool chest, and more. All projects have plan instructions, techniques, jigs and fixtures to help you make it right. Our hot new tool features the Easy Wood turning chuck and every project comes complete with cut lists and buying guides. There is a special article on Rust Busting by senior editor, Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk, covering many ways to prevent rust from taking over your shop tools and machines. If you think it’s too late, Joe has some fixes for those items as well.