A while ago I decided to have a go at building a coat rack. I wanted to use all recycled timber, so pallet wood but also plywood from an old wardrobe and shelving from a demolished bookcase. These projects are about trying out new things and finding how wood ticks, etc. I like to experiment. I am going to let the pictures show what we ended up with. I am very happy. Things could have been done differently but I used what was available and this project has cost very little – basically screws and hooks!
It is definitely time to get fit and time to cycle to school. It would save mileage and I have already had some folks saying go for it. But should I convert the bike below or maybe buy a trike?
I recently started converting a piano. The piano used to be my wife’s mum and it had stopped working. A piano tuner wrote it off and suggested buying another piano. It seemed a shame to throw it in the bin or burn it and so it was repurposed to a new use.
As you can see we have progressed on significantly. It is still a work in progress. I want to mount the TV so it can swivel out of the piano. The drawers need painting and finishing. Cable management is an issue. The doors on the bottom cupboard need some work….. It will be finished soon!
A drawer with sound and motion….
I love any projects involving pallets and I am finally completing my workshop so I can start building my own pallet furniture. One day I think it would be cool to build a house and use pallet wood to provide furniture and much of the house’s internal space. In the meantime enjoy this post on instructables.
Want to add a little DIY to your desk? YouTuber Patrick Soriano shows off how to use an old piece of 4×4 to make a couple of different desk accessories.
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The beautiful cabinet is actually a desk with hidden stools! Free plans by ana-white.com
This is a brilliant project from Ana White and once again she has published free plans to this hidden desk apothecary cabinet. The making of the cabinet is very easy and constructed with a minimum of tools.
David Warther, son of the world’s renown master carver Ernest “Mooney” Warther, shows us how to carve (in 10 cuts!) the infamous pliers they give away to all the visiting children to the Warther Museum.
Even though I’m not much of a hand tool user I find myself reaching for my hand made wooden block plane all the time. It’s great for rounding over corners or cleaning up an edge. The block plane I’ve been using comes from a kit by Hock Tools. In today’s project we’re going to make a new block plane that’s just a bit bigger using the same methods and shapes. Making your own planes is much easier than you might think and just as good as those expensive metal planes.
In this tutorial I’m breaking a few rules and using coconut palm wood. This is not the type of wood typically found in wooden hand planes but I love to experiment and have fun. Coconut palm is just absolutely beautiful and visually unlike any other wood. It’s is a bit splintery but once you get everything sanded smooth and rounded over it works just fine.