Monday, August 31, 2015

How to make a "T" fitting Mallet.




I saw his project first on Pinterest. It was a wordsmith E-tips project and it really is very simple to execute. You don't even really need a lather but since I have one I used to to shape the pieces. One could hand shape the pieces to a shape other than round and it would be just as attractive and certainly as functional.

 I uses some white oak that  had on hand. It s very hard and will make a great mallet.

To cut the threads into the handle and face pieces you simply file some notches into the inched of the t fitting. This will help the t fitting itself cut threads into the wood. It works very well and no glue is necessary to hold the pieces in the t fitting.  I would guess if the handle of face pieces developed some looseness that super clue would tighten this up nicely.





I started by turning the handle. I picked a shape that felt good in my hand and added some minimal decorative beads. The sky is the limit on what you would like this to look like.

Using the t fitting you thread it into the opening and turn it cutting threads as you go. It can be very snug and hard to turn. A clamp on the end of the piece will help with this procedure. I did this as you can see by the photos and video before I turned the handle. This makes it a little easier to hold onto. 


I repeat this process with the face pieces. I then used some danish oil to finish the wood pieces and then re-assemble into the t fitting. This t fitting is a galvanized one and is about $3. This is fairly inexpensive. They have brass one for a little more money but I bet that would look sharp as well. 





This is a very fun and rewarding project!  I know this mallet will get a lot of use in my shop!

Chris



Sunday, May 31, 2015

The annual 2x4 contest is happening again this year. Summers woodworking is hosting this and it is in it's Third Year!  It is always amazing what the woodworkers out there come up with from a single 8 foot 2x4! My entry is inspired by Brian Grella at Garage woodworks.  HE made a pizza cutter form wood a while back and I just enlarged upon that idea! :)
 I made a giant pizza cutter in eh theme of the "big Fork and Spoon" that used to grace the walls of kitchens everywhere! :)







This was a super simple project and was a lot of fun! I glued up three pieces about 10 to 12 inches long. (This is about as big a blank as my lathe will handle.
I cut the blank to a round shape and mounted it to the lathe. There were probably much better ways to do this but it was a quick job so I just used the spur center.

The next part was to make the three pieces of rte handle. Again, this is a very simple design there pieces with rounded ends and a pin between the two upper pieces side of recessed holes drilled out with a forester bit. This is all held together with screws.





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Saturday, April 4, 2015

How to Restore a Park Bench.








I bought this park bench on craigslist last fall for about $25. Obviously it needed some attention. I wanted to find one of these and restore it as I thought it would be a fun project and I have some white oak that would be perfect for this! White oak is a great wood for use on outdoor projects! 
















 I disassembled it and put it away for the past many months of winter. As springtime is starting to spring it seems like great time to get this project done. It is fairly simple in execution as you can use the old pieces as templates for the new ones.


 I did just that, however I made the slats a little wide as I could tell I had plenty of room to do so.  I rounded over the pieces as appropriate with my router.




 Sanding is always a fn task!  (NOT)  I sanded and sanded some more. The wood came out awesome!


 I drilled the counter bore with a forester bit and the holes for the bolts. The bolts that came with the bench were made from brass and I would have liked to have kept that throughout I did nto want to spend the extra cost for that (it is expensive) so I purchased zinc voted bolts, lock washers and nuts. I used what I could from the old hardware and replaced as required with the new. I painted the bolt heads brown to fit better with the color of the bench. The screws that go on the back rest portion I also replaced as necessary.


  The bottom has this metal strap that gets screwed into each slat and when you do this it evens out the slot in the middle. Very nice!

 I finished the wood with three healthy coats of spat eurathane. This should work nicely but we will see as I have placed this bench on our front porch and it faces west. It will be getting afternoon sun everyday ad we will see how this finish holds up. 
 I like these kind of benches but the price tag for a new one I don’t care for all that much! :)  I thoroughly enjoyed this project and will be keeping my eye on craigslist for a potential future bench project!



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How to make a Wood Turned toy Robot

Dominic Bender is having a challenge to make something from a tree branch. A live edge piece to start out with at least. I had an idea to make this toy robot loosely based on Roby the Robot from the movie Forbidden Planet. Some would probably say very loosely based! :) 



 It s a quick and cute project that I will add to my wood toys that I have made and my kids don’t really seem to have a whole lot of interest. I suppose it is the electronic age and these are like antiques to them. :) 
I begin by turing the live edge piece of walnut to a round shape and then shape it into the shape of the robot including the head. The legs are simply made of many separate bead like pieces and I cut these apart on the bandsaw.
 I make the feet out of a scrap piece of walnut and shape the toes part on the disk sander. Then cut them to rough shape and sand. 
The beaded pieces will make up the legs after they have a hole drilled through them  and then threaded onto some simple sisal string that is glued into the body with epoxy.  The feet are also threaded onto the string in this way and a knot is made in the string tightly against the receded hoe in the bottom of the feet. 
 Two more of the beads are used to simulate the arms on a flattened out area on the front of the curved body that I cut with the bandsaw and sanded flat. The hands I made free hand very quickly on the bandsaw and sanded. These are pressed into the arms with a tight friction fit. These could be glued as well if desired but the hold fine for my purposes. 
I realize the video does not as much of the process as perhaps you are used to but I think you get the idea and I know many of you could do a much better job than I did here in this quick manner. 

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How to build a simple hammer rack.







I saw a variation on this type of hammer rack on pinterest and I liked it. SO I made this will some scrap plywood and pine I had in the shop. You can’t get much simpler with the design basically two slats about 3 inches wide and they are fastened onto some shelf brackets cut from pine. There is an approximate 2 inch gap between the slats.  I used screws to fasten everything together. I got way ahead of myself when I tried to drill into the back side to install the two L screws so as to hang it on the peg board.I did not take into account that the long screw I used for the slats were in the way of the hole for the L screw.  I replaced the aft screw on the top slat with a shorter one and it all worked out fine. 
 I have a lot of hammers and some of the came from my fathers tools. He had several ball pean hammers in various sizes. I also put rubber mallets and the wood one I made on this rack. It holds a lot and is going to work great in the shop. 

 I have been under the weather the last couple of weeks so I did not post a “Time with Pine” video last week. I will try to post on this wee and catch up. Being sick sucks! :)
 I hope all who are watching and reading this are well! 

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Friday, March 6, 2015

How to make a Speaker in a Jar (Kit)




I saw this kit online and really liked the uniqueness of it! They sell an assembled version and a kit version. I have never really been an electronics type guy and have never soldiered for example on a circuit board. This kit looked easy enough however and it really looked like a lot of fun so I bit and bought the kit version. I provided my own jar as we have a plethora of jars around our home as I can never seem to find a reason to get rid of one… ever!   Yes you could say I have a have hoarding problem. :)  
 This kit requires a wide mouthed jar. If you want to they will sell you a jar with the kit so you don’t have to search one out separately. 
 This kit will not only work with mp3 devises but also with an adapter a guitar can be connected to it and serve as a mini amp. 


 I started the process by inventorying my parts and then started assembly. The first part to solder to the circuit board was the jack. Then following that was the two small connectors called headers. There is a strait one and a 90 degree one. These will connect to the speaker and battery compartment later on. The last item to be soldered to the bard is the switch which will allow the switching to and from mp3 mode to guitar mode as required. 



When the board is done you will next attach the speaker to the mounting disk made of wood with two small pan head screws. After this the battery compartment will attach to the back of the speaker with two countersunk screws. 
 Now connect the two leads to the headers accordingly the speaker one and the battery one. Note: always verify you are connecting the red lead side to the positive pin on the header. 


Now install the three AAA batteries (which they say will last 15 to 20 hours) and assemble the whole piece into the jar. Install the jar ring over the wood disk and plug in your cord. Plug your device into the jack and turn on the switch to appropriate device.


 You control the volume on your device. 
 I choose to play for demonstration “Making it”  a podcast about making things by hand. Great group of guys na only seemed appropriate to use them on this demo. See below for link to there podcast. 
 I loved this kit and I will be using this speaker for sure in my shop to listen to podcasts and different programs as I work. 
 I will also provide a link to “Trash Amps” where i purchased this kit from. 





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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"2015 Kitchen utensil build challenge” How to make a Pastry Board


I first saw this type of board in wood magazine many years ago. Issue 147 March of 2003.  While I really did not follow the plan per say I did use elements of it and proper credit where credit is due. I actually do use the template they provide for the layout of the dowels glued into the face of the board to represent the different diameter circles for rolling out different sizes of dough, etc. 
 This project is made form maple for the board and cherry for the end caps on the board.
 I start by glueing up the strips of maple that I cut. I honestly do not remember how wide they were around 1.5 to 2 inches. When glueing them up I tried to alternate the grain direction in an effort to make the large board more stable. 
I first glued the board into two pieces then re planed them and re-jointed the edge before final glue up of the two pieces. 
 I use my drum sander to sand the large panel as flat as I can. Then I follow that with 100,120,150, 180 and 220 grit sanding. This really starts looking good after all that sanding.
 I cut a rabbit in the edge of the cherry pieces to fit into the ends of the large board. I round over the edges and route a 1/2 cove into the piece as well. This is to hang it on  track that can be built to install on the wall. I do not build the rack this time as I am just    not positive I am going to store it in this fashion. 
 Finishing the piece could not be simpler using oil. I use a blend oil that is made for wood projects such as this as I hd this on hand. I typically use strait mineral oil for cutting boards and such and you could sure use that here too. You can get mineral oil in the pharmacy section for a very reasonable price. I also like to use “board butter” which is simply 1 part bees wax to 4 parts mineral oil mixed together. It is very nice to use on wood kitchen items such as this and really does a nice job protecting the wood and making the wood really look good! :)

That is about it. I truly enjoyed this project and I know my wife will enjoy using it in our home. 
This project was in coordination with the  "2015 Kitchen utensil build challenge”. I am posting below a Master list of participants in this challenge. Please check out all of their videos on making a kitchen utensil as well.2015  














Kitchen Utensil Build Challenge Participants

Patrick’s Work Shop www.youtube.com/user/Patricksworkshop
Nick Ferry  www.youtube.com/user/ferrynick
Ted Alexander  www.youtube.com/user/TedCAlexander
Tyler G  www.youtube.com/user/TylerGiannattasio
McGinn’s WoodShop www.youtube.com/user/McGinnsWoodShop
Rich McNatt www.youtube.com/channel/UCJQKDs_2LW5RJX3oFvqMzpQ/featured 
Steve Carmichael  www.youtube.com/user/carmichaelworkshop
Dominic’s Woodworks  www.youtube.com/user/DominicsWoodworks
Alistar Darroch  www.youtube.com/user/ShavingsandAwl
Dale Weinke  www.youtube.com/user/Beavervalleywoodwork
Stephan Poehnlein  www.youtube.com/user/pipolinoaustria  
Adventures in DIY       www.youtube.com/user/AdventuresInDIY
Mike Fulton   www.youtube.com/user/mfwoodshop
Joe Whittaker   www.youtube.com/user/AverageJoesJoinery
Peter Brown  www.youtube.com/user/kludge1977
Sterling Davis   www.youtube.com/user/SterlingsWoodcrafts
Manhattan Wood Project   www.youtube.com/user/ManhattanWoodProject
NKWB    www.youtube.com/channel/UCdCoqw6naNcgONTP5kpuJvQ
Cy’s Corner   www.youtube.com/channel/UCOoeZFDsNp4US0BEvevTQmw
Jason Rausch  www.youtube.com/user/rauschww
Rock-n-H Woodshop   www.youtube.com/user/rhwoodshop      
The Nomadic Polywright Show  www.youtube.com/user/johnzzhu
Andrea Arzensek www.youtube.com/user/ArzensekAndrea
Wildman Projects www.youtube.com/user/WildmanProject
Fabian’s Tiny Workshop  www.youtube.com/user/swingguitar1950
Darbin Ovar  www.youtube.com/user/darbinorvar
Wood ‘n’stuff w/ Steve French www.youtube.com/user/blockyimage
Izzy Swan   www.youtube.com/user/rusticman1973
Grady Hillhouse www.youtube.com/user/gradyhillhouse
Chris Pine   www.youtube.com/user/TheChrisPineWorkshop
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Jack Houweling  www.youtube.com/user/Jacka440
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Friday, February 20, 2015

How to make a Wood Mallett.

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  http://youtu.be/t-Ow9pP_nfU

 I have seen a lot of woodworkers , including youtube ones make their own wood mallets. These are so much fun to make and there are many takes on this classic woodworking tool.  
 The one I am making today is made form Hard maple, and I am going to use the lathe to make the parts round. You can easily make this mallet without a lathe and just cut the parts and use draw knives or routers etc to shape the parts. Of course doing it this way the parts will not exactly be round but just as functional as mine. 
 The addition of the pieces of leather to the faces of the hammer is just a classy look and very helpful when using it on wood pieces to help mitigate damaging the project pieces. 
 The parts I started with were about 2 3/4 inches square by about 5 inches long for the head and  the handle material measures 1 1/4inch square by just shy of 14 inches long. 
 To start with I cut the corners off of the head piece and once that is done you could just use that shape for the head id you did not wish to turn it round or if you do not have a lathe. 
 I then drill the hole in the head piece for the handle (I should have drilled the hole first before cutting the corners off, this would have made things easier)  Drill through one side until the bit just starts to pike through and then turn the piece over and finish drilling form that side. This will prevent possible chip out on your piece.  This hole by the way is 1 inch. 

 Turing the pieces is very basic you load them on the lathe between centers and I turned them only until they were round and them sanded and removed from the lathe.  While you can’t see this as I did not record it I tried to get the tenon piece on the handle to fit much snugger than it did and I blew that but the wedge design of fastening adds some forgiveness for looseness and using epoxy also fills this area and makes a very tight joint. 
 Cutting the tenon slot for the wedge is fairly easy on the bandsaw. I like to cut the slot perpendicular to the direction of the grain to avoid split out and gain the strength in going this direction. Also to go even further to avoid split out you can drill a pilot hole or a stop drill as we call it in the Aircraft maintenance world. (Many times with a crack in the sheet metal of an aircraft you can do what is called a stop drill at the end of a crack to prevent it from cracking any further) . Some may debate if this really helps to prevent split of of your wedge slot… I have had good luck doing this and always use it on wedged tenons. 

Assembly is very easy and lots of fun. Put the pieces together and place the slot of the wedge agains the grain of the head piece insert your wedge and drive it in tightly. Of course you have before this applied your glue to the joint. I like to use epoxy for this as I stated earlier this fills the voids nicely and adds a lot of strength to the joint.   Let the epoxy cure solidly and cut of the remaining widen and tenon piece that sick out. Sand the tenon flush and all finish. I used several coats of danish oil. 
 I also applied two pieces of leather to the hammer faces. I used once again 5 minute epoxy. clamped until dry and trim the leather flush with the sides of the hammer. This really addd to the attractiveness of the tool and is useful as well in having a small cushion effect when in use. The leather pieces are called rounds and are approximately 3 1/4 inches round so waste is minimal and a package of three was about $4 from my local leather store.















 




 Lots of fun and this makes a very useful and handsome tool!









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