• DIY,  Featured,  Tools

    Soft-start module on DeWalt DWE7492

    This is a fairly inexpensive upgrade that is quite easy to implement and, most importantly, significantly prolongs the saw’s lifespan. With this soft-start module installed, the saw starts slowly and gains speed gradually, which helps save the bearings and the motor. The whole process can be reversed to the factory setup, ensuring that the warranty isn’t voided. All the pictures shown below can be viewed in full size to make understanding each step even easier. Additionally, at the end of the post, I have included a short video to demonstrate the difference between before and after the module was installed.…

  • Upcycling

    Garden bench drink holder

    This is one of those projects that can be built in just 15 minutes, on a whim. Although similar holders can be found online in almost every Far East marketplace, my project competes in both price and delivery time. Additionally, it can be customized to fit any garden bench and accommodate preferred drink containers, such as cans, bottles, or travel mugs, making it a winner in this competition. The drink holder is built with galvanized steel banding and angle brackets, both of which are widely available at any hardware shop. It is held together with rivets and requires no finishing.…

  • Featured,  Wood

    Mitred plywood box with a sliding lid

    This box features a bottom panel that sits in a groove, as well as a sliding lid. The corners are mitred and the entire assembly is held together with glue alone, with no metal fasteners. The glue-up process was quick and easy, requiring only blue painter’s tape and light-duty spring clamps. The only challenge was cutting all the pieces to the correct length, width and angle which meant precision. Fortunately, all the cuts were tear-out-free even without taping over the cut lines. I’m not sure if I achieved these professional results due to a good blade or just plain luck.…

  • Upcycling,  Wood

    All DIY-ed floating shelf with a bracket

    This shelf is entirely made from scratch, both the wooden board, as well as the metal bracket, are shop-made. They’re built using basic and widely available materials with no welding involved. The shelf bracket is held in place with 2 and not 4 screws, making drilling in concrete a little easier, faster and generating less noise. Unlike the other shelf I made in the past, this one uses a single and not double bracket rail, which seems to be less overkilling and more suitable for a light shelf like this. I am not a big fan of drilling in concrete…

  • Tools,  Upcycling,  Wood

    Mitre saw storage rails

    Due to my limited storage space, these two saws – table and new mitre saw – must be stacked when stored. That way I can squeeze out the most space possible and thanks to the rails, both saws stay securely in place, one on top of the other, even if knocked accidentally, they won’t fall. To make the rails, I reused a couple of old pallet boards from a disassembled towel rack (that explains the notches cut in them), additionally, I used a couple of bolts, wing nuts and advertisement wall fixings. The leftovers of yellow paint I used were…

  • Featured,  Upcycling,  Wood

    3-legged coffee table

    This table is a reproduction of a coffee table available at Jysk Stores, with a solid wood tabletop instead of glass. The tripod legs are typically designed to look best with a transparent top, but since I couldn’t use glass, I had to opt for wood. Although my table isn’t an exact copy of Jysk’s, it’s based on it, and all the dimensions and angles are similar. I must admit, however, that a glass tabletop would look nicer if I had the option to make one. To build these legs, I used timber that I had stored for some time,…

  • 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…

  • Glass,  Upcycling

    Neckless Cointreau bottle

    Using a rotary tool to cut glass had not been attempted in my workshop before that project. I had always used a glass cutter and dipped the workpiece alternately in icy and boiling water. That method worked okay, but it was quite unpredictable, with a failure rate of roughly 50 per cent, which meant that one out of every two attempts was a reject. That was still acceptable for me since all the material was free, but it was sometimes frustrating to see a rare bottle cracked in a way I didn’t want. Additionally, the old-school method had other limitations,…

  • 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…