• Tools,  Upcycling

    Vertical sundial

    For this project, I used some scrap steel roofing sheets. It only looked bad but in fact, it had a protective film on it. A couple of days prior to that build I printed out the template and tested it. I was very happy with its accuracy. No astronomical knowledge was needed as all the work was done by the script on a website. However, it’s good to know how it works. I glued the template to the sheet with contact adhesive. Using my razor-sharp snips I quickly cut out the shape. Next, I punched some holes and flattened the…

  • Featured,  Tools,  Wood

    Circular saw jig

    It’s made of OSB, steel and spruce timber. Simple and stiff construction, ideal for cutting long pieces of timber such as skirting boards. Cutting at 2 angles: 45 and 90º made easy. (The post Improved circular saw jig can be found here) The first thing to do was to trim the board to length. It was an easy job for my recently bought circular saw. 4 supporting pieces I cut on my table saw as they were too small for any other tool. The steel corner I bought had to be cut in half, but that was the easy part.…

  • Tools,  Wood

    Mini table saw sledge

    A must-have jig for every woodworker. Due to the limited storage space, I decided to build a mini version, with only one, but adjustable runner. I used plywood from my router tabletop as it wasn’t used very often. First I removed all the plastic caps and then the screws. Using my straight line jig I cut the runner to width. Sanding and drilling holes came next. The runner can be adjusted with 4 little screws that also prevent the sledge from popping out of the slot. Fixing the back fence at the perfect angle took me 3 attempts thus there…

  • Tools,  Wood

    Router turning jig

    Buying a lathe is not very expensive, but it takes space to store. That was the reason to build that jig. It’s easy to store, and it uses my router tabletop. The square log pictured below was another reason that I built this jig. I started with the metal elements. Cutting to length, drilling holes and countersinking them. 2 types of screws were used as this jig is fixed on one side and can be adjusted on the other side in the future. Larger screws had too big heads for this project, so I resized them down with some grinding.…

  • Black & Decker CS2245

    X-mas tools, edition 2018

    Fiskars X21 (splitting) and Fiskars X7 (universal) axes have fibreglass-reinforced plastic handles which are stronger than wooden handles. They can keep going without any problems. The axe heads are integrated into the handles and will not come off. Additionally, the handles absorb vibrations and increase grip and comfort during use. The quality is great and the axes are covered by a lifetime warranty. Each axe comes with a plastic protective case that can be used to carry or hang up the axe. Axes can handle a lot of abuse and once properly sharpened will stay sharp for a long period…

  • Tools,  Wood

    Shed shelves

    I needed some place to store my timber and plywood/MDF sheets. Something quite small, to save space in the shed and big enough to accommodate a 4′ x 2′ sheet. All elements were fixed inside the shed except for the one that I started with. I didn’t have an extra hand so I improvised with temporary supports. Once the frame was done I prepared for pocket hole joinery. The lower shelf is built for shorter material (shorter spacing) and the upper one for longer pieces of timber. It has the right size and it’s very sturdy. It will help me…

  • Tools,  Wood

    4 tier shelving unit

    I used pallet wood to build the tiers. First I cut it to the width. Then I set the blade to a 45º angle to cut everything to length. I used a stop block to make precision cuts. 25 and 30 cm pieces were cut, 8 of each length. Glued and clamped with my recently build corner clamps. It is perfectly square. I also tried different ways of using my clamps, even better results. Sanding, clamping and cutting a recess for an aluminium corner. Once the frames were done I prepared another batch of pallet wood. Planed down to the…

  • Tools,  Wood

    Corner clamps

    A chipboard scrap was used to build the project. Once I had an idea of how they would look, I moved to the next step – a table saw. Drilling holes with 12 mm bit. I countersank them – just for fun. Using a table saw – cutting from both sides. A quick sanding and rounding of the corners. 8 pieces make a set of 4 corner clamps, they can be used in different ways.

  • Tools,  Wood

    Large bits router table top

    I already have a router tabletop, but this one is slightly different. It can be used with large router bits – cutting head of 2 inches in diameter (50 mm). This big cutting head means a different router base. The trimmer base was too small for large bits, luckily the plunge base can handle bits of nearly 64 mm in diameter. Cutting the plywood was the first thing to do. Due to the size of the base I also had to trim the workbench. First with the jigsaw, then with the router. That was the first time I used a…

  • Tools,  Wood

    Tapering and straight line jig

    2 in 1 jig, cutting a straight line and making tapered cuts. It will allow me to get an angle from 0 to 7º. First I had to cut 2 pieces of plywood to the width. I kept its original length of 61 cm. Then I had to cut a bolt head groove. The router bit I was using was too small in diameter so I had to do 2 passes and some freehand routing. I switched for a smaller router bit and cut the grooves for bolt threads. Once the bottom part was cut I moved to the top…