Monthly Archives: February 2015

Cutting Large Circles

Drawing a large circle on your wood for a circular table top can be a challenge, so try this. Use a push pin to anchor one end of a piece of lightweight cord in the center of the board, then tie a loop equal to the radius of your circle. I wanted a 20″ circle, so I made my radius loop 10″ from the push pin. Then place your pencil in the loop and slowly rotate it around the pushpin, creating a perfect circle!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

From Wine Rack To A Wine Serving Table

I picked up this inexpensive tile-top wine rack recently, with a couple of ideas of how I could turn it into something very special with just a few simple modifications.

I had the option of either buying an unfinished wooden top from a home improvement store, or gluing together and belt-sanding strips of wood leftover from some of my other projects.

Either way, the final sanding with #180-grit sandpaper is made faster and easier with an electric palm sander — but you can always sand it by hand, too!

Using some wood scraps, I glued together these strips of L-shaped wood, then cut them into eight 4″ pieces. See where I’m headed?

When nailed and glued onto the underside of my new top, the L-shape pieces form wine glass holders . . . .

That looked like this when turned over and placed on the base. But I wasn’t done quite yet . . . .

For a natural and clear protective finish, I rubbed on two coats of Minwax® Wipe-On Poly, which really brings out the beauty of the wood and makes the grain “pop!”

Notice the bottom board I also added? It serves as both a shelf and as a removable cutting board, finished with natural, safe mineral oil. Now, instead of just an ordinary wine rack, Leigh Ann and I have a custom wine-and-cheese serving table!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

 

Quick Upholstery Tip

If you’re a DIYer, sooner or later you’re going to be working on a piece of furniture — a chair, footstool, or settee — that needs to have a new piece of fabric stretched over it. If you don’t have the old piece to serve as a pattern, rather than risk mis-cutting your fabric, try this:  trim a piece of ordinary, lightweight poster board to fit around the legs, then lay the posterboard on your fabric, trace the outline, and cut it out to get a perfect fit.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

Disguising Plywood Edging

In a recent posting I utilized plywood for a gift I was making. Plywood is often lighter, less prone to warping, and less expensive than regular lumber, but it has one serious drawback: the unsightly end grain. The glued-together layers of wood give plywood its strength, but do not look attractive and never absorb a stain well. But there is a solution ….

Just take a little extra time and materials needed to glue or nail a strip of solid wood onto the plywood edge. In this instance I used pre-formed, L-shaped, oak corner trim available at any home improvement center that fit neatly over my plywood edges. It both “framed” my project and it hid the unsightly plywood edge.

A small step that makes a world of difference. Give it a try!

Until next time,

Bruce