• DIY,  Wood

    Various trim repairs

    There was a need to repair certain parts of the wooden trim in the house, parts that were either incorrectly installed or hadn’t stood the time well. That series of individual projects which involved woodworking and some creativity, not only helped to improve the look of the house but also built up my carpentry skills. Hiring somebody wasn’t considered as it all looked manageable and had to be done neatly – no silicone, no nails and no mess. There were more jobs successfully completed in that process and those were repaired skirting boards (with internal and external mitres), the stairs…

  • Upcycling,  Wood

    Cedarised plywood box

    The box itself is made exclusively from plywood – 18 mm light in colour, on the front, back and bottom and 5 mm, slightly darker, on the sides. It uses dowel joinery as well as rebate joints and it’s all glued up, with no metal fasteners used, the only metal parts are the handles. Unlike the project it replaced, a crate that I made in the past, which had too many visible fasteners and was very prone to seasonal wood shrinkage, this box was designed to be metal free and to withstand air moisture changes. The biggest challenge of using…

  • Tools,  Wood

    Jigsaw table with blade guide

    This jig is mounted to a workbench with two fence clamps, its top is made of MDF, the arm is wooden, and the blade is guided by three bearings. The range of blades that can be used with this jig starts with short ones – used without the arm – and ends with massive ones – perfect for resawing. For most of my woodworking needs only two longer blades have been designated to use with it – the 178mm and 250mm ones (7 and 10 inches long, T744D and T1044DP). They have different depths, the shorter one is also slicker…

  • Wood

    Formula 1 driver name plaque

    I have been a devoted Formula 1 fan since the moment Robert Kubica, a Polish driver, stood on the podium. As a fellow Pole with a last name starting with the same “KUB” letters, I couldn’t believe the coincidence. I felt compelled to create a sign to honour his successes on the track and to express my own passion for fast and controlled driving. The project itself was not too difficult since I was able to purchase pre-cut and primed letters. While I could have made them myself, I chose the easier and likely less expensive option at the time.…

  • Upcycling,  Wood

    Drywall shelf

    I had never tried those drywall anchors prior to that project. I’d always wanted to, but I was a little petrified of them. However, I knew I needed to step out of my comfort zone if I wanted to take on more challenging DIY projects. So, I did some research and decided to give those anchors a try. It turned out that there was no need to use a setting tool to install them, which reduced the project’s cost. Additionally, the shelf brackets were reused from another project, and the board was free, so it looked like a perfect upcycling…

  • Upcycling,  Wood

    Set of trivet trays

    A segmented, end-grain bamboo chopping board, that cracked along a few lines, couldn’t be used in the kitchen anymore, but it could be cut into smaller pieces and reused. This set of 2 trays is the last part of a bigger project, there were 3 other attempts, successful ones, at upcycling this chopping board. I’ve already made 2 coasters and a soap tray. These trivets are made for use with glass jar candles, they are supposed to block the heat and protect the surface underneath. They will become particularly useful when candles are getting burned out and the flame is…

  • Wood

    Utility stool

    I built this stool especially for storing my linisher and a few buckets of paint underneath. Getting the most from the storage space I had was my goal as I was running out of ideas on where to keep all the paint. These buckets are usually the same height and all I needed was a clearance of 20 cm (~8 inches) from the floor to the stretcher. The stool had to be strong enough to handle the weight of a heavy tool and with these 2 requirements in my head, I started the build. I had everything I needed –…

  • Wood

    Swing arm wall lamp

    This lamp is custom-sized and both wooden parts have specific lengths. The base is long enough to bypass the steel bar embedded in the lintel that sits below. The other part – the arm – moves the light source away from the mounting point and provides enough support for a lampshade. The light is placed above the kitchen sink and food prep area at eye level so it’s not blinding. Kitchens in older Irish houses usually have just one pendant light hanging from the centre of the ceiling. This is ridiculous and doesn’t work for a person who wants to…

  • Upcycling,  Wood

    Catchall tray

    The tray is made from off-cuts and scrap wood, sized for storing keys, a wallet and other items that I keep in my pockets throughout the day. The way it’s all cut and glued up together will allow the tray fibres to move freely with moisture changes, there are no self-destructive, tearing-apart forces predicted to appear in this construction. 5 pieces of timber are held together with glue and butt joints only, making an illusion that the tray is carved from a single piece of wood. The bigger off-cut was cupped and prior to thickness planing, I had to remove…

  • Upcycling,  Wood

    Mace

    This mace isn’t just a decoration – it can become a weapon if necessary. It is a useful piece of art, dual-purpose. Heaven forbid that it should ever be used as a weapon, in a fight or self-defence, but having an option is always appreciated. Just in case – as they say. I converted my old Spire by adding spikes on one end and a knob on the other. The handle was wrapped with a cord to improve grip and with these simple upgrades, I added some functionality to the existing project. It’s slightly taller now but balanced better thanks…