Why Waste your Money on Wooden Furniture when you can actually save?

A home without good furniture looks empty and hallowed. Furniture brings life and beauty to your home. But what type of furniture lends that awesome look to your home? I have seen some simple houses with excellent look. What made these simple home look awesome in their appearance? It is the furniture inside the house that has made all the difference.

Don’t spend too much to look rich!

Don’t be under the impression that you must be spending lots of money to make your home look awesome. Even with a limited budget it is possible to bring stunning appearance to the front room and other rooms in the house if only you knew the basics in woodwork like operating the wood router.

Make your own outdoor furniture

What’s your idea? How do you want to furnish your home? Do you want to buy to straight ready- made furniture from the showrooms? Certainly, going for ready-made wooden furniture is very expensive. Sometimes, it becomes prohibitively costly that even the very rich people also think twice before taking a decision.

Is woodworking that difficult to learn? With a few days of training anyone who is interested in fitting the parts together can be a good woodworker. It just needs a little training in how to use the router. It’s not an exaggeration. I learnt some simple ways of making wooden furniture items by taking a few hours of training from an experienced woodworker.

Learn woodworking skills easily!

Under the expert guidance of a seasoned woodworker, undoubtedly, anybody who is passionate about learning new things and saving his money can learn making wooden furniture very easily. It’s not rocket-science. You need to spend a few hours and you will master in using the wood router.

How to Make Your Own Furniture

What if you don’t have any experienced woodworker to provide you the training you require? Even they are available in your town and if they are unwilling to pass on their skills to a total stranger like you. Obviously, they don’t want to lose their business by training people in the very skill with which they are surviving.

There are many ways of learning a new skill. Online learning is a greatest boon for many enthusiasts who want to sharpen existing skills and learn new skills. A large number of online resources and video lessons are available to learn the basics in the art of wood work. You can actually see how each instrument is used in making wooden furniture. If you want to learn how to hollow the wood you can see how the wood router works in the online videos.

Many people are too skeptical about online learning. Though online learning is popular, they think it will not work in reality. As there will not be any practical working experience using the tools, learning woodworking skills online will not work. But on the contrary, my experience tells me that anyone who is passionate about learning can get the skill.

Don’t worry about initial challenges using the wood routers!

But, I admit, there is some difficulty in handling the tools if you are very new to woodwork. With a little practice, you can acquire the skills gradually. Initially, you might face some problems, but as you go on with your practice you can pick up the skill faster.

Don’t much worry about getting perfection in the very beginning itself. Nobody is perfect in the art. It is only a degree of difference in the levels of performance. You need to be consistent in your effort. That makes lots of difference in how you are using the woodworking tools.

Learn free from woodworking projects!

If the thought of approaching an experienced and professional woodworker annoys you too much, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving your goal. It is easy learning the techniques from watching the online videos which are available free of cost. Working with the best wood router is made easy.

There are many interesting and engaging woodworking projects that provide you the guidance you need. They list out all the essential things and tools that you require to make a particular product. You will get all the information about what to do first and next.

furniture in home decor

Step by step guidance will help you in knowing more about the process. You will learn in a systematic way the making of different parts of the furniture you want to make. Later you will be explained how to put the parts together and make the item perfectly.

In most of the places while making your favorite furniture piece, you will be required to use the best wood router for working efficiently. You will learn the art of making wooden furniture within a short period of time.

So when you can learn the skill and make the things on your own, why to waste your money unnecessarily on buying them spending lots of money?

Taking Woodworking Into The Next Level, A Wood Art

If you like making something from woods, there are surely a lot of things that you could make. You could make it in the design that you wanted. But, again, sometimes you can’t think of other designs and get bored with woodworking.

If you like something that made out of woods, but sometimes the design is just too ordinary. Then there comes the time you get bored of it so you prefer to buy anything else.

There is something called wood art. Some people also called it fine woodworking, creating a fine art through woodworking. This is basically taking woodworking to another whole new level in terms of the design.

Well, I know that woodworking itself is a form of an art itself. Because you need to craft them and especially when you make the design super unique. Although, for some people, woodworking is just joining several small pieces of woods to make something like furniture and other things that are useful to be used.

Wood Art

That’s where the idea of wood art came in because you make wood as the medium for your art. In wood art, you could also make anything you like. The difference would be, the things that you make have a strong point esthetically. Because the form of it looks so beautiful, so it might not be used as much as other woodworking things besides as a display.

There are several reasons why you should buy or make a wood art.

1. It’s very beautiful

A well-made wood art is just very beautiful. It will definitely please every people’s eyes that looked at it. Plus, the grains that the woods have will also make it more beautiful and something that you won’t see from any other art.

2. It’s super unique.

A fine art is usually complicated so it takes the time to finish, handmade, so they usually only make one or several pieces for each design. That’s why it’s unique because you would rarely find other people who have the same piece as you had. Also, each artist would have adifferent style that would affect their masterpiece.

3. Designing them trains your creativity.

If you want to try to make it, you would really need to depend on your creativity.

4. It probably hard to steal.

Most of the wood art were made with high-quality woods and those woods are really heavy. If it is s a small thing then it would still be easy to steal. But for big things such as furniture, that would be super heavy and need several persons to lift it.

5. It cost more.

If you want to buy it, yes, it would be pretty expensive. But if you want to try to sell the one that you made yourself and it’s pretty well-made, you can gain quite a lot of money.

Reclaimed Wood Wall Art

In terms of the projects, just like woodworking, you could really make anything that you liked. But always remember that it has to be unique and beautiful. The aesthetic of that thing is the selling point.

What makes people amazed the most about wood art is probably about the sculpture. The harder it is, the more beautiful it is. Also, it will become more expensive because if you get a complicated and detailed sculpture, it is a harder job and it will take more time.

If you just started woodworking, and you wanted to try making wood art, don’t worry. The projects that you could make aren’t only about those hard and complicated sculptures. You could make anything, explore your creativity. An original idea is what important.

You could also start with simple things like key holder, bracelet, tins, clock, or a simple wall art. Start with a different pattern and carve a simple picture or pattern. Then, you could try more difficult projects.

Before you try doing it, there are several tips that you should pay attention to. Explore your creativity. There are a lot of things near you that could inspire you to make something. Read more. Listen more. See more. Use all of your senses.

Your art is where and when you could explore yourself. If other artistsare unique because of their sculpture, you don’t really have to do sculpture too to make yours unique. You could create your own style, play with it. You could play with the color, the pattern, or even mixed the woods with other materials. Do it as you like.

Modern Artwork

Some people might be such a creative person, but if you don’t try to explore your creativity, you might never know what you capable of. There is nothing wrong with trying. You could also be creative in your own way. Besides, you could start with simple projects first. Explore your ideas! Create your own style!

How to make a chopping board with the leftover woods of your workshop?

Only a wood worker would know, how difficult it is to manage those leftover woods. These scraps wooden pieces, not only occupy most of the places of your working area, but they create a mess too. The best way to utilise them will be to recycle them in a more fruitful and convenient way. What you need to do is to think a bit in a creative way and reuse these scrap woods in creating some exciting wooden project.

Here, you will come to know about how to build a multi coloured chopping board from those leftovers wooden pieces of your workshop. A kitchen is simply incomplete without a chopping board. But, when it will be made, out of multicolored, scrap woods, it will not only be the proper utilisation of the wood but it will look extraordinary stylish too. Let’s check out, what you may need to build the board.

chopping boards

Tools and materials

  • Table saw
  • Planer
  • Jointer
  • Clamps
  • Palm sander
  • Glues
  • Glue brushes
  • Scrap woods of different colors
  • Food safe finish

Steps to follow

Step 1

As the scrap woods are the leftover parts of your previously done projects, they may have rough edges or faces which are needed to be straight. Using a jointer, shed off those unnecessary rough edges to make it easier for the table saw to cut in straight lines. Do the same with the faces, if they also need to shed extra.

Step 2

Now place the already dimensioned faces on the planer bed and run them through the planer. Repeat the same with the each piece of the scrap wood, so each of the woods will remain the same and of equal thickness. A chopping board should be thick enough not to be affected by the moisture. Therefore, the chopping board should be at least 3/4″ or 5/8″ thick for its durability and proper handling.

using the chopping board

Step 3

The next step is cutting the previously dimensioned scrap woods into strips. This is the fun part actually, as there is no measurement, no restrictions, simply cut the woods of random width using the table saw. Don’t cut the strips too thin, unless you want your board as an assembly of many thin wooden pieces. Literally, if you want  your chopping board to have many strips then cut the woods thin, but for thick and less number of strips the scrap woods should cut in different sizes, but the strips will be thick.

Step 4

After cutting the strips of your desired size, it’s time to attach them. Lay down the strips side by side according to your taste. This one completely depends on your choice, but try to mingle the light and dark shaded wood wisely for a vibrant look. After setting the woods in their respective place as you desire, separate them in two or three groups as needed. A planer may not able to occupy your whole board at a time, so it’s always wise to separate in different fragments for better output.

Step 5

It’s time to glue the strips of the separated fragments together. As the chopping board will definitely come into the contact with water, you should be alert while choosing the glue for your chopping board. The glue should be waterproof. Apply small amount of glue and with a glue brush, spread it evenly along the stripes. After applying the glue, use the clamps to hold them tight and join together. Allow them to sit overnight and repeat the process for each group separately.

Step 6

The next day, remove the clamps. Now, you should have two or three separate boards. With a palm sander and rough sanding pad, remove the unnecessary glue mark from the surface of the boards. Run the boards through the planer and take them out by minimising the least loss of materials. The boards should have perfectly plane faces on both the sides.

Step 7

To form the full sized chopping board, apply glue evenly along the sides of the boards and spread evenly. Using clamps with the cauls, let it rest overnight. This time, the final board will not go through the planner, so wipe of the unnecessary glues after clamping using a damp rag.

Oak Chopping Boards

Step 8

After the completion of all woodwork, do the final sanding. Using a random orbital sander, sand the board, until you reach 220 grit. Now, you have finally done with your first chopping board which is made out of several leftover woods of your workshop.

Conclusion

Though the woodworking tasks are complete, but for a shiny look, you need to polish the chopping board. I prefer using food safe polish for the chopping boards, as it will frequently come in contact with the foods. Mineral oil or butcher block oil is perfect for the job. Regular polishing will keep your board shiny and protect from water damages too.

If you can’t find the tool for the job, then why not make it?

Oliver Mark opens up the workshop doors to reveal some ingenious ideas from Robin Humphries, a runner up in last year’s Farmers Weekly Farm Inventions Competition

Fence joiner

Mr Humphries’ 2013 Farm Inventions entry was a clever fence joiner with the back end of an everyday best cordless impact driver and a series of sprockets and bevel gears leading up to a spinning head at the front.

It was three years in the making. The original design involved a comparatively bulky two handed ratchet, which slowly evolved into the one handed, battery powered machine it now is. Bevel gears are sourced online and the entire joiner can be assembled for 50.

So, how does it work?

With the ends of two lengths of fence overlapping by 150 mm and ready to join, the two pieces of wire are bent through 90 deg (one pointing upwards, the other pointing downwards).

The machine has a sprag clutch which uses rollers on an inclined plane to let the disc head turn freely in one direction but not the other to allow the operator to turn the knob, and leading disc head, until the feed in channel lines up. At this point the two pieces of wire are fed into the machine.

Pulling the drill’s trigger turns the disc head until the two mini anvils mounted on it meet up with the two pieces of wire. Then it’s just a case of pulling the trigger until the wire has wrapped itself all the way round the opposing piece of metal. The faster it turns, the warmer the high tensile wire gets and the less draining it is on the 18V battery.

There’s no force required to operate it, either the machine finds its own centre and it’ll last several days on one battery.

Engine

Easily the most impressive piece of engineering on site is the two cylinder crankless Shane engine. It uses cams rather than a crankshaft to double the number of combustion strokes for every revolution.

Each piston in the patented motor hits top dead centre every 180 deg (or four strokes for each rotation), but there’s no conventional crankshaft for the piston’s big ends to connect to. That helps cut down on size and weight.

Instead, the stumpy con rods run on an internal cam assembly and only stray 5 deg either side of the centre line to improve efficiency.

The shape of the internal cams is designed to replicate the sinusoidal motion of an engine’s piston speed that means the piston stops at TDC and BDC and slowly increases/decreases in speed either side of this. But optimising the shape of the cam to replicate that crankshaft style motion proved difficult, says Mr Humphries, particularly making the profiles perfect during both induction and combustion (and compression and exhaustion) to keep the piston movements perfectly balanced all the time.

The wire cut cams are made of hardened tool steel because of its toughness and resistance to abrasion. They are connected to the pistons by rollers at the big end side of the con rod.

The cams run on rolled bronze bearings and, at the other end of a pivoting radius arm, push on bronze bearing pads to reduce friction and the wearing impact of both parts.

The radius arm is made of EN 36 steel the same material as you’d find in most motorcar components and joins the con rod’s cam rollers (the equivalent of big end bearings) to the rocker at the other end.

With four strokes occurring in each 360deg rotation, the engine produces double the torque of a conventional engine that fires once per crankshaft revolution. So a 600cc engine will produce 60hp and 125lb ft of torque.

Mr Humphries’s engine also has the advantage of a low shaft speed it means fewer gears are required to reduce the output speed down to a practical ground speed, for instance. It could also be extended to have more cylinders and more power, says Mr Humphries, so it’s potentially more efficient than a con rod and crank and is similar enough to conventional engines to share many of the advantages they have.

The last radical change in engine design was the Wankel engine. Its rotary design was simple, smooth and compact, but teething problems when it first hit the market put major manufacturers off experimenting with new designs.

Post knocker

Another novel idea from the Humphries stable was to attach a Bryce Suma post basher to a 6t dump truck, which Mr Humphries picked up for 4,500 with 900 hours on the clock.

The 400 Vulcan attaches to the Perkins powered Thwaites dumper through a new three point linkage bracket/headstock made by fabricator Martin Bushnell.

The original hydraulic rams are used to lift the knocker ready for road travel and a third was added to act as a top link to crowd the load.

Adding an extra spool with a detent for constant flow means everything can be controlled from the paddles on the post knocker.

Hand Sanding VS Electric Sanding

Sanding is an important step for your wood project. Sanding is one of the step in the finishing process to remove any unwanted marks or scratches on the wood. This step is supposed to make your woods smooth so it is nice to look at without any annoying stain or other marks.

Usually after you use planer to cut your woods into your desired thickness, they tend to leave marks so that’s why you need to do wood sanding. Tool that you need to do sanding is sandpaper. There are lots of sandpaper types they are called the sandpaper’s grits. There are two kinds of setting of those grits that are quite familiar:

  • 80, 120, and 220 grits.
  • 100, 150, and 220 grits.

The higher it is, the grit will be finer. Always start with the coarse grit because it shaves any imperfectness on the wood’s surface if you start with fine grit it would be very hard to remove those imperfectness. Some types of woods might need super fine grits to achieve really smooth surface.

sandpaper

While the machine that you could choose is either your hand or electric sanders. There is actually two ways to do it, either literally using your hands or use a block. So it named block sanding but your hand is the motor of it. Each of them of course will have their own advantages and disadvantages that would make you think which one should I do. Here I am going to give a little explanation about each aspect.

Speed

Those electric sanders have motor built in and use electricity so of course it will have more power than when you sanding using your hands. It will take less of your energy if you are using electric sanders. Those motor will make sanding faster, it becomes so handy if you deal with a lot of big woods and rough woods. If you usually just use small woods for small projects at home, then sanding with your hands is not really a problem. Those professional of course need the electric sanders because they have to work fast so it could raise their productivity.

Dangerousness

Honestly, both of them are dangerous. Using electric sanders, you probably have a chance to get an injury if you put your hand on the pads while it is moving. While using your hands, if you do it for quite a long time of course your hands would feel numb and you might have chance that your skin is the one that got shave off with the sandpapers but this method will produce less amount of dust. Everything is possible, make sure to cover yourself.

Time

Using the electric sanders of course would save a lot of time and less effort and less of your energy. Yes, if you do sanding with your hand it might take ages if you are working on big projects.

Difficulties

I might say that using the electric sanders is much easier than if you use your hands because you just need to move it around and it would do their job. Just don’t give it pressure because it will kick you back. While if you are using your hands, you have to non-stop rubbing the sandpapers to the woods which is harder and tiring.

Effectiveness

Those that using electric sanders is less time consuming because it has the motor that moves it around while you have to non-stop rubbing the woods if you use your hands. So the electric sander is more effective in terms of time.

While in terms of effort, yet again because the electric sanders have a tool built in to move it around of course you could use less effort rather than those effort you have to spend on rubbing the woods until your desired smoothness. So, the electric sander is more effective in this term.

Ridgid Electric Sanders

But, on the other hand, in terms of the ability to reach those corner and small spaces, sanding with your hand is the winner. When you use your hands, it would give your more flexibility to reach those small corners because you could just fold the sandpaper or using a putty knife to help you reach that. While the electric sanders are big and stiff, only some of it that designed to reach small corner but even those are not gonna fully reach all of the isolated corner.

Result

If you do great on both methods, the result would be pretty nice. You just have to learn how to operate the tools you have.

Price

If you are going to use a lot of this machine, then invest in one of those electric sanders would be a great idea. But if you are not going to use the machine often, then hand sanding might do the job too.