Concrete Dovetail Bench

https://youtu.be/sE5RqqPmXQY I enjoy making benches and playing with mixed materials from time to time.  When the opportunity came up to make something using one bag of cement I had an idea.  Incorporate a traditional woodworking joint into cement and make a modern bench at the same time.  Thus the design of a cement formed dovetail … Continue reading Concrete Dovetail Bench

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My Polyurethane Varnish Technique

The video below is a guide to follow for any satin oil polyurethane varnish application so I will simply list the items you will need to do what you will see in the video tutorial.  All items are affiliate links. Oil Finish: Danish Oil, Tung Oil, Boiled Linseed Oil, or Teak Oil (for outdoor applications) … Continue reading My Polyurethane Varnish Technique

DIY Kid’s Workbench with Downloadable Plan

My son, Vinny, has been asking me to help him make his own workbench for a while now.  Since Father's Day was approaching we made an agreement that he could come out in the shop and build his bench with my help on that day.  As an aside, I milled and cut all the parts … Continue reading DIY Kid’s Workbench with Downloadable Plan

Brass Chisel Hammer

  A couple weeks ago I won this (above) brass mallet on eBay.  I really like the old, mushroomed faces, wear marks, and the patina on the brass.  The only thing wrong with it was the steel rod handle.  The solution: contact a local machinist to remove the handle and bore a 1/2" through hole … Continue reading Brass Chisel Hammer

Back Saw Restoration

I purchased this Back Saw on eBay at a good price.  The points that sold me on the saw were the following: the handle was in good condition, no broken horns or cracks; the plate was already cleaned of rust; Tom Fidgen has a saw from the same maker and he said it was a … Continue reading Back Saw Restoration

David Marks Inspired Stool

This last week I participated in a community build started by Chris Wong of Flair Woodworks called the "Shop Stool Build-Off."  It was a lot of fun and took a lot of time, on my part.  Since I spend so much time going over the process of making anything, it took me several days of … Continue reading David Marks Inspired Stool