03/26: sledding

Finally got the sled built for the table saw. It works so well. A little less worried about using the table saw.

The next version is going to be this one from Darbin Orvar.


02/24: smaller stuff but still challenging

It is still winter in MN so woodworking in the garage is still cold. I have been looking for smaller woodworking projects to do in the basement. They need to have a challenge to them still.

This game might be a cool challenge for Sunday.


02/19: jig and box

Finished the toolbox for my chisels today. Even though making a toolbox is kind of a basic project, it was more fun to do than I expected.

Finished the jig for making chopsticks. Did a couple test pair and they turned out. The next test will be with a hard wood like oak.


02/12: drivers

I recently heard a podcast about naming conventions in the medical industry. There is a battle between those that like the tradition of naming the medical condition after the discoverer and those that want the names to reflect what the condition actually is.

The woodworker version of this is the screwdriver. In japan, screwdrivers are called plus drivers and minus drivers. In the US, they are called Phillips and flat-head.

One way immortalizes the inventor, the other describes the shape of the driver head. I am a fan of the latter because if I ask for the screwdriver that is minus shaped, I am going to get the right one every time.


02/05: cat scratcher

The cat that lives in this house thinks it can just eat and sleep all day!? No dice.

I made a cat scratcher box that we can recycle our cardboard in. A simple frame that turned out pretty good.

Get to work jerk cat…scratch!


01/15: wood hooks

I saw these wood towel hooks on the Merrythought site and thought they would be a perfect project for today. Woodworking in a garage in the middle of January in Minnesota isn’t the warmest. We could set up a space heater in there but it is much easier to find a project that is appropriate for the basement.

These hooks use dowel screws which are also called double ended screws or the British name of handrail bolt. They are my new favorite item in the nail/screw aisle. Knowing they exist now opens up a whole new world of project ideas.

The hooks turned out well. They look great and are very strong. We screwed one into an exposed stud and I could hang from it. My hooks turned out like their hooks so if you want to see them, check out the photos on their site.