Tag archives: woodwork

Tuesday, 31st January 2017 - 07:38:29


Ebay score. A set of drifts, punches and chisels. Also a small block plane.

Saturday, 7th January 2017 - 19:25:59


The drawer cart thing has now received some decorative finger jointed bumpers and a coat of clear poly. It looks great. I ended up modifying my screw advance box joint jig to work on the table saw. Click the image to see more photos.

Wednesday, 4th January 2017 - 17:22:47


I have built some shoes to retrofit my electronics lab bench with castors. They are a cantilever design that should require no modification to the existing table feet. They lock into the existing feet. When the castor is swivelled to the rear, the shoe is pushed up and kept in place by the end of the shoe. When the castor is swivelled to the front, the vee part that locks into the existing desk feet take the force and prevent it twisting. Left to right is kept under control by having a tight fit on the square tube of the desk.

Monday, 2nd January 2017 - 16:56:51


I started work on a sled / stand thing with casters to hold two sets of drawers which will store electronics bits for the lab. This will make them mobile and allow cleaning underneath.

Wednesday, 14th December 2016 - 11:38:13


I built a set of giant Jenga for the work christmas party. Lots of sanding involved! They were a great hit.

Sunday, 11th December 2016 - 14:21:19


The shelves I built about two years ago received a coat of clear poly to make them look the part for their new home inside the house. They came up really nice and it also gave me the opportunity to redo some of the edge banding which was loose and allowing the shelf to sag (they are only mdf).

Saturday, 26th November 2016 - 18:16:46

Building Kitchen Counter at New Place

Today we built a kitchen counter for the new place. The bench space in the kitchen is a bit small so this will help a bunch.

Sunday, 7th August 2016 - 16:29:50


I built an aircon mount today. It is a cantilevered design that holds the AC in and is secure, but does not screw into the house or into the window frames at all. The house is rented, so there are rules preventing us from fixing it permanently to the structure.

Monday, 5th October 2015 - 16:56:15


First time laying floating floor. Turned out pretty nice.

Should look good once it's got the post-mix soft drink machine and coffee machine in it!

Monday, 9th June 2013 - 18:02:34


I spent some time stripping paint off and sanding some boards from an old set of shelves with the intent of using them on a small project. When I got all of the paint off I was surprised that it wasn't pine or something like that - it actually looks like maple. So it's really too nice to use for the project I prepared it for.

I started by screwing the boards to a long aluminium straight edge and ripping one side on the table saw. The boards were bowed and not straight, but mostly flat. From there I found a width that matched both of my boards and ripped the other side off, using the newly cut edge against the fence. This way both pieces were exactly the same width.

Then if was onto the work bench for a sanding. This is the first time I'd used my 4" belt sander hand held, it's normally sitting in a jig to use it as a vertical belt sander / linisher. With 40 grit paper on this thing is hard to control! Once the paint was off, I sanded the sequence up to a fine unmarked paper which feels like it's maybe 240 or so. This is the finest I had on hand.

Typically the wood I buy is already sanded, probably to 400. This was good practice anyway. I've always been keen to rip, joint and thickness plane my own lumber.

Looks like I'll go off to Bunnings at some stage and get some pine for the job and keep this unexpectedly nice wood for something else!

Saturday, 25th May 2013 - 13:20:56

Too Pretty to Use!

This new saw blade is too pretty to use. I got it for my birthday last year, but the poor table saw hasn't had any use - so I haven't changed it.

Sunday 3rd January 2010 - 17:07:42


I mostly camped out in the shed today. It was too wet for the kids to play outside. Got lots done - Finished bits and pieces on my router table. Built a push block and box joint jig for the router.

Sunday 20th December 2009 - 20:13:38


A very productive weekend!

  • Built Second Saw Horse
  • Built Kids Sandpit
  • Mowed Lawn
  • Fixed Door
  • Built Belt Sander Holder


Thursday 17th December 2009 - 21:05:08


I just tore outside and moved the timber for the Kid's sand pit under cover after seeing the storm approaching. It needs to be dry if I'm going to cut it and work it.

Sunday 13th December 2009 - 20:05:57


I got lots done this weekend.

I bought a lot of 6 used power tools, two extension cords and an RCD (earth leakage safety switch) for $130. I'm pretty happy with that. It's not crap either. A mixture of Bosch, Makita and Ryobi with a GMC plunge router too. I vacuumed them all out and tested them. They are all good.

Sunday I went with my Dad to pick up 4 lengths of 50 x 200 x 2400 treated pine for the kids sandpit. Dad gave me some black PVC to put down. We also picked up the galvanised screws and washers that we'd need. While at Bunnings I also bought some supplies for the new tools, some sanding belts and sanding discs as well as a few jigsaw blades and quick-clamps.

So far it's just tooling up for woodwork. Sunday I also built a sawhorse and 3/7 of a saw horse. I had to make a tricky jig to cut the angle on the feet because I couldn't use the saw to directly cut the angle on the legs (70mm x 20mm) sideways. The max cut depth is about 50mm. I clamped each leg to my saw extension table at 14 degrees and cut it tat way. There are photos in my gallery under woodwork.