• Glass,  Upcycling

    Green and golden t-light holder

    Cutting the bottle was easy as always, but sanding was extremely quick and easy. I used 4 different grits of sandpaper for the outer edges and just 1 grit for the inside ones. It looks quite decent. There is no need to go crazy with sanding in this project. This edge will be always faced down. Preparing for painting – that cardboard circle on top was supposed to help to paint a transition between the top and the bottom, but it actually failed. It did no job at all. I wasn’t happy with the results when I applied the first…

  • Wood

    Drawer-like display case

    I had some scrap wood on hand, lime I believe. The acrylic glass was ordered ages ago for another project. Quick sanding to smooth it out, followed by rip cutting etc, etc … My DIYed box joint jig was adjusted and used to cut the joints. I’m not very happy with how it worked, there was some wrapped and twisted wood, some differences in thickness and tear outs. The jig is not working with the material I use, it’s been tried and now it’s going bye-bye. Glueing together, tons of clamping force and plenty of glue. Workbench blocks (red ones)…

  • Glass,  Upcycling

    Tea light glass holder

    My glass-cutting station has been officially moved to the shed. The 3-inch C-clamp is now replaced by the 4-inch one. Different frame to hold to. Champagne bottle during the cutting process, hot and cold water was used to crack the glass. Quick sanding. Using low and high RPMs was kind of cheating, there was no need to change sanding discs so often – it had to be a quick project. Sanding the inner edges is something I don’t like. Matt finish, after all this thing is going to be used upside-down. Quick project it was. Bottle bottoms are not especially…

  • Wood

    Bottle mini block holder

    It didn’t start as a project. I was just going to try my new hole saw, I had some spruce wood to try it on. Just in case I took a coping saw with me. Drilling the holes followed by some cutting. It was looking promising so I did some sanding with my “drum sander”. I also sanded the other sides of the block. Now was the time to start building the base. Cut and sanded then finished on my router table, using 2 bits. Glueing together. Applying a few coats of wipe-on poly. The colour I’m getting is yellowish.…

  • Metabo FSX 200 orbital sander

    Early spring tools, edition 2018

    Metabo FSX 200 orbital sander, finally a proper sander in my workshop. It looks good and it’s decently built, it comes with a box. The hook-and-loop feature makes it simple to change the sandpaper. Sanding is fast and easy, the finished surface is ultra-smooth. It uses standard 125 mm discs, I bought a set of 4 grits – 40, 80, 120 and 240. The dust collection works enough for my needs. I’m very happy with this tool. Mac Allister mini hacksaw is a very helpful tool, it reaches hard-to-reach areas. The blades are not expensive, and neither is the saw.…

  • Upcycling,  Wood

    Wine crate

    The usual – quick planing and ripping to width. The corners were not identical and due to their size planing was the only option. It helped to remove the excess material. Cutting to length and quick assembly, using wine bottles to make sure it’s cut properly. Cutting the dividers … … and preparing the slats. Quick assembly – no nails or clamps. Now, for the very first time – wood filler is applied with an oversized filling knife … … followed by some sanding. Ready for assembly, some fine rasping for a perfect match. Assembled and filled with bottles. As…

  • Glass,  Upcycling

    Porto glass

    The sanding station is ready to go. The sanding starts from 40 grit sanding discs. This is how it’s changing: 3000 grit is the last one, and 1-inch sanding bands are the next. This one can only be used with round bottles. This is 1500 grit. A polishing compound is applied to the felt disc. This will give a beautiful finish to this project. Washed and cleaned. Ready to use. It was quite an easy and quick project.

  • Wood

    Bathroom towel rack

    5 pieces of wood were planed and cut to width. It’s partially made of pallet wood, however, some good quality wood was also used in this project. Still free and upcycled. It’s not that easy because the drywall isn’t parallel to the bath. That’s why these 2 elements are not identical. I’m using screw caps to space it out from the wall and the bath. Before sanding, all put together – temporarily. Sanding with 150-grit sandpaper. Also, the angle brackets needed to be shortened. I made some wipe-on poly in the meantime. Yacht varnish and paint thinner were combined together…

  • box joint jig router table
    Tools,  Wood

    Box joint jig

    This box joint jig (also called a finger joint jig) is made from reclaimed wood and a strap hinge. This project involved making a carriage and cutting slots in the router table. To be honest I didn’t expect it to be that challenging. The first slot is slightly too wide (I’m working on the solution), but the second one is OK. A utility knife and sandpaper were more than helpful. The holes in the hinge were drilled and countersunk. Making the fence wasn’t complicated. Cutting the slot was the first thing to do. Next, I cut the peg and the…

  • Tools,  Wood

    Table saw push block

    If you want to buy a push block it can be quite expensive. I had some scrap material so I decided to make one myself and save some money. That was the first time I used my hole saw set. No power tools were used during sanding. To make sure it is nice in touch I used a round-over router bit. This type of tool has to be built without any metal fasteners. I used 8 mm dowels. Glueing an end-grain wood needs some tricks but it can be done. It looked OK with the dowels sticking out, but eventually,…