29 December 2015

It's dead Jim

My starting idea was to give the blog seven years, so one year to go.   But for now it's flatlining for quite some time.

16 May 2015


I love angles, but making those angles fit is always a problem.  So here again,  I recycled some wood,  set a first angle here or rather a pair of them,  added a second,  had to eyeball a third to make it 'fit'. Seeing the result I should have opened the first angles a little more to disrupt that lame heart like motif. Or embrace it and go Steve Ramsey style,  where is my pink paint?
The joinery?  No room for wood joinery with all these angles, just screwing up the whole,  I mean saved the project with screws everywhere.  Although, if there is a next time, I have some ideas about joinery.  But it will not be easy to make it hold, ... I will need extra angles there too.

The function?  It's for keeping basketballs out of the sun and to make the place look a little more tidy.

I forgot about the third ball.  Sorry no room for such a small ball, we are no small kids anymore.

08 May 2015

Pimped Up Kreg Jig mini

The Wooden Tool Man showed a Kreg Foreman style benchtop pocket hole machine on Youtube.  And as pocket holes are perfect for making jigs and repairs and sub Ikea style furniture,  I was interested.

So I bought a  Kreg Jig mini and the cheapest drill available, took some OSB left overs and then faced a problem I always have with long cooking receipts ... the missing ingredients.  The coil springs became bungee cords.  The associated lever system was replaced by a bicycle brake cable. A missing mini switch was solved with rubber bands, twine and much tweaking.
It works,  but even this simple I lost probably more time making it than I will gain making pocket holes, unless I become an unconditional of the method.

On Youtube:

23 December 2014

Layer on layer

Open post #5 dating back from September

A post about a technique that looked counterintuitive to me, repetitive layering.  Maybe it is more a finish carpenter technique.  Anyway it is nicely illustrated by Jon Peters with the build of a blanket chest.  He starts with a box and then ads a frame, feet, ... and ends with a detailed chest. Nice work. jonpeters.com