Woodworking


Simple garden bench

Simple garden bench

The last couple of weekends the family teamed up to help renovate my Mother in law’s garden. It was a big garden and had got overgrown as it was too much for her to maintain. After a general tidy, we

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Bird table

Bird table

Back in the summer of 2014 I completed a gate modification extending the height of the back garden gate. One component of that was some bamboo screening at the top. Unfortunately as various cats, foxes and squirrels had used this

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New tools

New tools

For Christmas I received a generous gift of a pocket hole jig, drill and clamp. Unfortunately the provided depth stop was the wrong size as it was intended for a much smaller drill. Rather than send that back I thought

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Traditional Woodworking Techniques and Why They Matter

Traditional Woodworking Techniques and Why They Matter

Wood is a beautiful material. You’d be hard pressed to find a home in which wood does not feature somewhere. Wooden furniture and surfaces made with traditional methods really does set wood apart though, creating unique pieces that exemplify craftsmanship,

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Working with 3mm hardwood plywood

Working with 3mm hardwood plywood

For the Enchanted Cottage project I wanted to add a structure to hide all the mechanics and electronics. Because the weather house was made from 3mm plywood, I thought it made sense to make the rest from the same. The servos also needed testing so to make this easier a simple test rig was made.

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Building a workbench

Building a workbench

I’d been discussing workbenches with my Dad who’s just setting up a new workshop after a house move so I asked Brandon from Solid Wood Designs in New Zealand what he thought the basic fundamentals were for creating a workbench.

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Bench modification

Bench modification

Thanks to some good friends I now have a large ex-BBC filing cabinet. This has 4 large drawers and is 1m wide by 1.2m tall. There’s a couple of concrete blocks in the bottom to stop it falling over when

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Bench hook – Mini Woodworking Project

Using The Bench Hook

A bench hook is a simple project that teaches many woodworking skills and helps you when sawing. There were no free plans with instructions so I wrote some.

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