Turning a Walnut Vase

Each month I make something and then give it away to my patrons over on Patreon.  This month the project was a walnut vase that I turned on my lathe.  I’m not a super experienced turner so this is a great way for me to get some practice and another upside is that turnings shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to ship.

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If that isn’t your thing check out the video below to see how I made the vase.  Thanks for watching!

Best House Hold Cleaner for Saw Blades

I’ve never cleaned one of my saw blades.  I used to just buy what I’d call disposable blades from the big box store.  Usually Freud blades.  They are great blades and relatively inexpensive.  

A while ago I purchased two Woodworker II combination blades from Forrest Woodworking.  These blades are significantly more expense but provide a great cut and can be resharpened by Forrest.  My plan was to use one up, send it in to be cleaned up and resharpened and then just use the other blade until it needed the same treatment.  Well of course I used one blade then started using the second without sending the first one in.  Now I have two blades that are covered in gunk and need resharpening.  I’ve heard that simply cleaning the blade will bring it back to life and perhaps a sharpening isn’t necessary.  So I decided to see if any of the household cleaners I have on hand would do the job.

Check the video below to see the results.

After all is said and done, I don’t think that I’ll be waiting to send my blades in any longer!

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How to Build Pallet Wood Herringbone Benches

I’m not a big fan of pallet wood.  If you’ve followed my work for any period of time you know that I typically don’t build from it.  It’s just not my cup of tea.  However I was commissioned to build a pallet wood project for a customer.  She wanted two benches in the herringbone style.  This style was extremely popular a few years ago as I write this in 2017.

If you’d like to see how I built the benches check out the video below.  And if you’d like the plans to build these benches yourself you can check those out here!  Herringbone Bench Plans.

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How to Attach A Table Top

I’m often asked how I attach a table top to the base of the table.  If you’ve been woodworking for any period of time you know that wood expands and contracts along its width.  Because of that you need to attach the top in a way that allows it to move as it needs to.  That is why I use table buttons that I make myself in my shop.  Want to see how I do it?  Check the video below.

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Building Walnut Strip Doors

I was commissioned by a client to build several pieces of furniture that incorporated walnut strips, specifically a few credenzas and a table base.  Those projects while challenging were nothing compared to these doors and the issues I encountered building them.  Check the video below for details.

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Extending Trestle Table

I was recently commissioned to build a Trestle table.  The only issue is that the client wanted the table to extend and accept a leaf in the middle.  This is tricky as trestle tables generally aren’t able to extend due to the stretcher that goes between the two leg assemblies.  Because of this I came up with a rail and guide system that allows the top to slide apart with out the base moving at all.  Take a look at the video to see how I built the table.

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Better Breadboard Ends with the Festool Domino

I like to use my Domino.  It makes life in the shop so much easier and more efficient.  Very important things when you are trying to make a living building furniture.  So, I try to find as many uses for it as possible.  

I’ve used my Domino for breadboard ends for sometime now and I made a video on the process a few years ago.  I’ll link it below.  But recently I’ve come up with a better way to do breadboard ends with the Festool Domino.  Check the video below to see the new process and the video below it to see the old one.

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Super Simple Lumber Rack

I like to build things just as much as the next guy, but sometimes it makes sense to just buy it. That is the case with a lumber rack in my opinion. Here is a super easy way to get a really strong lumber rack into your shop.

Because of how simple this is there really is no need to make one. Spend 15 minutes installing this or a day or two building and installing one. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion.

Here are some links to the products I used for my lumber rack.

ClosetMaid 2808 ShelfTrack 60-Inch Standard, White

ClosetMaid 2854 ShelfTrack 16-Inch Locking Shelf Bracket, White

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Building the Prism Table Base

If you’ve been following for work recently, you’ll know that I’ve been doing work for a client who enjoys modern furniture.  I built several credenzas in a particular style.  I’ve now built this table base for them in the same style and will begin building them three doors in the same style.


The video below shows just how I built the base. The piece of quartz on top of it weighs around 600 lbs.   It also features flip up doors on the short ends.  This allows access to the inside of the base.

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Installing a Woodshop Dust Collection System

As you may know, I recently moved to a new shop where I’m building furniture full time.  This gave me the opportunity to overhaul my old dust collection system.  Previously the system used a 2hp single stage collector with 4″ flex hose running to all my machines.  I was never happy with its performance and assumed it was the fault of the collector since my shop at the time was small and the runs were short.

The new system uses the same 2hp collector but the ducting is 6″ diameter HVAC metal ducting with 4″ diameter flex hose only at the tool.  This system performs so much better than my old set up.  I now blame the olds system poor performance solely on the flex hose.  

Check out the video below to see how I installed the new system and look below the video for links to the products I used in building it.

Items used in building the dust collection system:

Midwest Ducts 30 Gauge Galvanized Pipe – 6″ x 5′

4″ x 10′ Clear Flex Hose

Ideal-Air 750105 Adjustable 90 Degree Elbow, 6″

Speedi-Products SM-RDP 65 6-Inch by 5-Inch Round Galvanized Plain Reducer

Single Wall Galvanized Metal Duct Reducer 5″ to 4″ / 5″ x 4″

6″ x 6″ x 6″ Sheet Metal Duct Wye Branch HVAC

Nashua Aluminum Waterproofing Repair Foil Tape, 11 mil Thick, 10 m Length, 48 mm Width

Diversitech 710-001 Galvanized Duct Hanging Strap 1 x 100 Ft

POWERTEC 70108 4-Inch Blast Gate for Vacuum/Dust Collector

Woodstock W1023 5-Inch Hose Clamp

There are a few more pieces that i need to find again but this will get you started,

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