Category: Projects

Oak End Table

Overview After reclaiming a lot of oak pieces recently (check out the reclaimed oak project here) I decided to build a end table for the living room.  The project had a couple goals: Use 4/4 lumber No mechanical fasteners Traditional finish (shellac)…

Makita Model 2012 Refurbish

A couple years ago I purchased a used Makita thickness planer at a garage sale.  It was, and is still is, in pretty rough shape; the former owner was a retired trim carpenter and used it on the job site.…

Tablet Arm Mount

Overview Working in the shop is a relaxing and rewarding way to spend some free time; either repairing or creating.  While working it’s nice to have either news or music playing.  The shop already has four speakers and an amplifier…

Magnetic Board

There is a cabinet in the shop that has the chargers, audio, tablet and papers.  The papers usually get lost somehow (probably fall out onto the floor and get swept up).  A small bulletin board would be helpful but not…

Craftsman Vise: Bench Mounting

The bench vise is a garage shop necessity; it can be used for a range of tasks from automotive, metal and woodworking. Just as important as having a good vise is proper mounting of it. Project Overview The garage workshop…

Tamiya Durga Sand Removal

Even though the entire drive-train of the Tamiya Durga is enclosed and sealed, sand managed to get it and get in between the gears.  This series of pictures shows just how much sand got in from driving around in a…

Cordless Drill Shelf

A simple cordless drill shelf, made from 1/2″ plywood scraps and painted black to match the cabinets.  There’s space for both drills and their accompanying tip holders.  This is a project that should have been completed a long time ago.…

Cedar Birdhouses

Springtime and the birds need a place to nest… Previously there were three houses on a pressure treated post, that configuration lasted about 9 years before the post rotted through and toppled over destroying the rotted houses. Those houses were…

Workmate Dropleaf #79-021

The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club’s annual threshing bee has a flea market as part of the activities.  Last year I purchased what appeared to be a small Workmate, and at the bargain price of $5.  The plastic bits look…