WoodWorkers Guild of America http://www.wwgoa.com Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:11:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Projects to Get You Grilling This Summer http://www.wwgoa.com/article/5-projects-to-get-you-grilling-this-summer/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/5-projects-to-get-you-grilling-this-summer/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:35:48 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=705146 Nothing says summer like grilling. As the smell of sizzling steaks and burgers fills the air, you might start thinking about how you can up your grilling game this season. We’ve got a variety of projects to prepare you for your next barbeque and impress your guests. Smokin’ Hot Grill Caddy Here’s a useful project... Read more »

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Smokin’ Hot Grill Caddy

Here’s a useful project idea. Never search for a lost spatula again! The grill caddy will organize all your tools to ensure your grilling goes smoothly. Just think of it as a toolbox for your grill. A place for everything, and everything in its place.

Find the project here: Smokin’ Hot Grill Caddy

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Make a Bottle Opener on the Lathe


Now that you’ve built your grill caddy, why not build something to put in it? Here, you can learn to turn a beautiful bottle opener handle on the lathe. The process is simple, and you’ll end up with a striking bottle opener that will look great in your grill caddy! Cyanoacrylate glue is used to provide a highly durable finish on the handle.

Video instructions:


Bottle Opener on the Lathe: Part 1

Bottle Opener on the Lathe: Part 2

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BBQ Cart


Maybe a grill caddy doesn’t quite cover all of your grilling needs. If you’re looking for even more organizational space, build a BBQ cart. It’ll look great next to your grill and be sure to keep everything you need in one spot. This is a great weekend project that’s fast and easy to build.

Find the project here: BBQ Cart

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Grill Scraper

Since 2012, the CDC has discouraged the use of metal wire grill cleaning brushes to avoid the risk of stray pieces falling off and infiltrating your grilled meats. To prevent such incidents, why not make your own grill cleaning scraper out of wood? Not only will you avoid swallowing a wire, but this wooden scraper custom forms to your grill. The residual heat will deepen and develop grooves in the scraper to help the wood better wrap around the grill grate for cleaning.

Find the project here: Box Joint Grill Scraper

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Big Green Egg Cart

Ok, you’ve seen the grill caddy and the BBQ cart, but you still need more? We’ve got you covered. This design encapsulates your entire grill into one big cart, and is sure to make you look like a world class BBQ chef. However, this project is meant only for Big Green Egg grills. They contain heat well enough to avoid sending your wooden project up into flames. This is not recommended for regular charcoal or propane grills, but is a great accessory to Big Green Egg Grills!

Find the project here: Big Green Egg Cart


Armed with a few project ideas, you’ll be ready to grill in style this season. What are you working on this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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In the Shop: Turned Walnut Plates http://www.wwgoa.com/article/shop-turned-walnut-plates/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/shop-turned-walnut-plates/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:59:51 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=698947 Every once in a while we like to check in on the WWGOA editors to see what they’re up to in the shop. Here’s your chance to get to know the faces and personalities behind WWGOA and take a peek into their own worlds. I just finished a nice turning commission. It’s a set of... Read more »

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Every once in a while we like to check in on the WWGOA editors to see what they’re up to in the shop. Here’s your chance to get to know the faces and personalities behind WWGOA and take a peek into their own worlds.

I just finished a nice turning commission. It’s a set of walnut collection plates for a church in western North Dakota. I was able to use a branch stub sliced from the trunk of a giant walnut I purchased years ago. The rough slice and resulting plates are pictured here.

I really get a kick out of using discard wood like this.

Walnut Branch Stub

Walnut branch stub.

Walnut collection Plate Blank

Blank was cut on a bandsaw and drilled for a face plate mount.

Collection plate Rough Turned

Outside of the bowl is taking shape.

Back of collection plate

Here’s the back all finished and ready to be parted off the lathe.

Walnut Collection Plate Front

Here is a view from the front. Note the figure; a common find in stressed wood such as branch stubs.

Now time to pack up both plates and ship them off to North Dakota!

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WWGOA LIVE: June 2016 http://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-june-2016/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-june-2016/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 20:05:42 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=694982 Thanks for the great questions for our June Live event. We answered a lot of questions, and ran a bunch of tools in this session, include a biscuit joiner, lathe, Domino, and even did some resawing on the table saw. Enjoy! Don’t forget to sign up for our FREE NEWSLETTER: http://go.wwgoa.com/wwgoalive

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Thanks for the great questions for our June Live event. We answered a lot of questions, and ran a bunch of tools in this session, include a biscuit joiner, lathe, Domino, and even did some resawing on the table saw. Enjoy!

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6 Woodworking Projects for the Garden http://www.wwgoa.com/article/6-woodworking-projects-for-the-garden/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/6-woodworking-projects-for-the-garden/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 15:29:00 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=687887 Whether you’re planting vegetables, flowers, or shrubs, there’s a good chance your garden could be improved with some custom woodworking projects. Or maybe you’re looking for a gift for the gardener in your life? Either way, WWGOA has a variety of useful gardening projects for you to build this season. Standing Planter Box The standing... Read more »

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Standing Planter Box

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The standing planter box is helpful in many ways. First, it’s great for holding plants you may want quicker access to, like herbs, fresh vegetables, or decorative flowers. Second, the standing planter is ideal for gardeners who may have back problems. You won’t have to bend down to tend to your plants, because they’ll be at waist level. Lastly, this particular design is built out of cedar, so it is bug resistant!

Find the project here: Standing Planter Box

Hummingbird Feeder

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This is a great lathe project, and it will help attract some very beautiful birds into your garden. A hole bored through the center of the feeder holds a nectar tube. Additionally, this project teaches some great turning techniques, such as making a jam chuck in order to mount the turning.

Find the project here: Make a Hummingbird Feeder

Potting Bench

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Here’s a project to get your gardening tools organized. Not only is this a handy work space for potting your plants, but it also features a hutch above for tools and seeds. Underneath, there is a variety of shelving space, and a large compartment for bulkier items like potting soil or fertilizer. You’ll be able to keep all your supplies in one place while you work!

Find the plans here: Potting Bench Plans

Garden Dibble

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Yet another great project for the lathe. A dibble is a tool used to help determine planting depth, or for creating holes for bulbs and seeds. This project is quick and useful, and will make the perfect gift for the gardener in your life. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to mark out consistent depth lines, and make the line pop.

Find the project here: Make a Garden Dibble

Bench Planters

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These sturdy bench planters are a great addition to any patio, deck, or garden. They’ll help customize your backyard landscaping and increase your seating area at the same time. Here, we’ve got plans for both a single unit and a versatile modular unit as well.

Find the plans here: A Pair of Planters

Cedar Birdhouse

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Birdhouses are an eye-catching and useful project to add to any garden. This house is for tree swallows, which are a great species to invite into your yard because they love eating mosquitoes! You can easily build this nice home with a single 1 x 6 x 8’ cedar board , and it’ll be a great project to involve your kids in.

Find the project here: How to Build a Birdhouse



With these ideas you’re well on your way to outfitting your garden and backyard with a wide array of custom woodworking projects. What’s your favorite project for the yard or garden? Let us know in the comments.

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Ask WWGOA: Bandsaw Resaw Blade Size http://www.wwgoa.com/article/ask-wwgoa-bandsaw-resaw-blade-size/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/ask-wwgoa-bandsaw-resaw-blade-size/#comments Mon, 16 May 2016 20:55:07 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=684934 Q: I just picked up an older 14” bandsaw on Craigslist, and I want to set it up to do resawing. What kind of blade should I get? I’ve seen carbide tipped resaw blades; will those give me my best quality? A: Congrats on picking up a bandsaw; you’re going to love the versatility that... Read more »

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logs to lumber Q: I just picked up an older 14” bandsaw on Craigslist, and I want to set it up to do resawing. What kind of blade should I get? I’ve seen carbide tipped resaw blades; will those give me my best quality?

A: Congrats on picking up a bandsaw; you’re going to love the versatility that this tool provides. For resawing, look for a blade with a low TPI (tooth per inch) count, as this will reduce the burden on the motor as you perform tall resaw cuts.

I like to use a 3TPI blade for resawing, as that generally gives decent speed with good cut quality. I’d suggest keeping the blade width to ¼” less than the maximum size that your machine allows. So, if your saw is a typical American style 14” bandsaw, the maximum blade size might be ¾”, so therefore I would recommend a ½” blade.

Wider would be better for resaw quality, but the slightly smaller size gives you some flexibility when tracking the blade, as you don’t want the blade popping off the back of the wheel.

As far as carbide tipped resaw blades, these offer a great durability advantage over traditional steel bandsaw blades, and they can typically be resharpened if they become dull, but they do not necessarily deliver better cut quality. I would consider them only if you plan to do a lot of resawing that would go through a large volume of traditional blades. For occasional resawing, a 3TPI ½” blade will serve you well.

If you’re looking to learn more, we’ve got lots of great info available that covers how to use a bandsaw, including resawing.

Paul

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WWGOA LIVE: May 2016 http://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-may-2016/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-may-2016/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 14:14:23 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=683604 This was a great Live session, and we covered a lot of woodworking topics. We really appreciate the wonderful questions you ask, and we work hard to get to as many as possible. Thanks to Kayleen McCabe for spending time with us, and providing her insight. Hope to have her back! Click here to sign... Read more »

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This was a great Live session, and we covered a lot of woodworking topics. We really appreciate the wonderful questions you ask, and we work hard to get to as many as possible. Thanks to Kayleen McCabe for spending time with us, and providing her insight. Hope to have her back!

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In the Shop: Cremation Urns http://www.wwgoa.com/article/in-the-shop-cremation-urns/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/in-the-shop-cremation-urns/#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 19:41:04 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=682995 Curly maple cremation urns with wedge accent keys. I sell a few cremation urns each year – mostly by word-of-mouth and nearly always on short notice. (I keep a few in inventory.) Sometimes I get a request in advance of actual need. That sure works better for me! I recently received a request from a... Read more »

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Cremation Urn

Curly maple cremation urns with wedge accent keys.

I sell a few cremation urns each year – mostly by word-of-mouth and nearly always on short notice. (I keep a few in inventory.) Sometimes I get a request in advance of actual need. That sure works better for me!

I recently received a request from a couple for two urns. I was able to make both pieces from a single maple board. Note, like many woodworkers, when I’m shopping for lumber my eye is often drawn to highly figured pieces. It can pay off…

Check out my video with George on cremation casks: How to Make a Cremation Cask

Or here’s a cool article on a more interesting approach: Cremation Urn: An Unusual Turning

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Ask WWGOA: Bread Board Ends Pinned http://www.wwgoa.com/article/ask-wwgoa-bread-board-ends-pinned/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/ask-wwgoa-bread-board-ends-pinned/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:45:09 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=676668 Question: If you are doing breadboard ends on a project that will only be viewed from one side, say perhaps a sofa table or hall table that you never see the back side of the top with any regularity, could you glue instead the front third or so, so that you don’t get the misalignment... Read more »

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bread baord ends pinned Question:
If you are doing breadboard ends on a project that will only be viewed from one side, say perhaps a sofa table or hall table that you never see the back side of the top with any regularity, could you glue instead the front third or so, so that you don’t get the misalignment of the front breadboard and field on a regular basis? Or would that lead to cracking, and/or misalignment still?

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My recommended approach here would depend on how wide the end of the table is. If it is a narrow table, say, less than 15″ deep, then I’d glue the front half, and leave the back half without glue. If it is wider than that, then you will leave too long of a section at the end of the joint unglued and you might experience a separation of the breadboard end from the main panel, leaving an unsightly gap in the joint. If it is wider than that you could pin the joint instead of gluing the joint. See the drawing below. The pin going through the non-elongated hole would be at the front edge of the table.

bread baord ends pinned

Have a look at this info related to breadboard ends:
How to Glue Breadboard Ends
Bedside table project with breadboard ends
Build a Tool Chest Class

Paul


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Tips for Building and Hanging a Bat House http://www.wwgoa.com/article/tips-for-building-and-hanging-a-bat-house/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/tips-for-building-and-hanging-a-bat-house/#respond Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:07:33 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=673808 Quite possibly, no creature is more misunderstood than the bat. An important part of our ecosystem, bats do a number of useful things for humans. According to BCI (Bat Conservation International), there are more than 1,300 species of bats, and they all help us in different ways. Insectivorous bats keep the bugs at bay and... Read more »

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Quite possibly, no creature is more misunderstood than the bat. An important part of our ecosystem, bats do a number of useful things for humans. According to BCI (Bat Conservation International), there are more than 1,300 species of bats, and they all help us in different ways. Insectivorous bats keep the bugs at bay and eat some of our most damaging agricultural pests. Bats that feed on nectar are crucial in spreading pollen for plant reproduction. And fruit eating bats disperse seeds of all kinds, helping regenerate dying forestlands. Despite all this, bats are all too often still thought of as pests!

With their natural habitats disappearing, it’s critical that we help out the bat population. A great way to do this is to build a bat house! We’ve got some step by step instructions on constructing this simple project, and you can find the project plans here.

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Once you’ve built your bat house, it’s time to starting thinking about where to hang it. Here’s what BCI has to say about the best bat house practices.

STAY AWAY FROM TREES

Placing a bat house on a tree may seem like a good idea, but it’s actually one of the worst places for bats. Trees restrict the amount of space bats need to take flight, as they need to drop 15-20 feet before flying. Tree branches and vegetation just get in the way! Additionally, many bat predators like owls and hawks may be lurking amongst the foliage, making trees a dangerous choice for roosting.

MOUNT IT ON A POLE

Mounting a bat house on a pole can be a good choice, but only for multichamber bat houses. Single chamber houses usually do not work well on poles unless you mount two of them back to back. If you choose to mount your bat house on a pole, make sure it is a minimum of 10 feet off the ground. Though, 12-20 feet is better.

PLACE IT ON YOUR HOUSE

The eaves of your roof are a great place to put a bat house. They get enough space to drop, and are also insulated well with stable temperature. Make sure you place it where they will get 6-8 hours of direct sunlight, preferably facing East or South.

TEMPERATURE & COLOR

Bat houses need to have warm and stable interior temperatures. To help regulate temperature in your bat house, consider different color choices to help absorb or reflect sunlight. Choosing a color depends on geographical location, and BCI has created a color map you can find here.

Now that you know the ins and outs of bat house hanging, consider building one on your own! For more information on the bat house project, check out this article, or download the plans on your own.

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What Our Members Are Working On http://www.wwgoa.com/article/what-our-members-are-working-on/ http://www.wwgoa.com/article/what-our-members-are-working-on/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:02:45 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=673771 We love hearing about what our members are working on in their shops. When we asked on Facebook to share a photo of your most recent woodworking project, we got a bunch of great responses! Here are some of our favorites. What’s keeping you busy in the shop this week? Leave a comment and let... Read more »

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We love hearing about what our members are working on in their shops. When we asked on Facebook to share a photo of your most recent woodworking project, we got a bunch of great responses! Here are some of our favorites.

What’s keeping you busy in the shop this week? Leave a comment and let us know!

Brandon Rawlinson “Finished my first live edge table a few days ago. Book matched mesquite with ebony epoxy used to fill all bug holes, knots, and cracks.”

– Brandon R.

James Daniel Dobbs “Working on the second of two bookshelves that match my entertainment center. At least 90% reclaimed wood. Thank goodness for Titebond and Kreg Jig.”

– James D.

Ben Fournier “I am new at woodworking and made my living room set out of Douglas fir.”

– Ben F.

Michael Allen “White ash and black walnut bookshelves for a client.”

– Michael A.

Jesus Molina “I made this vanity table out of poplar wood.”

– Jesus M.

Kevin Keplar “I made this Valentine’s Day gift for my wife. It is made from mahogany.”

– Kevin K.

Renaissance Man Eric “Just finished a solar powered inverted live edge dining table. Pine, fur, mahogany, and white oak.”

– Renaissance Man Eric

Corrie Lenius “I just made this floating bed. Didn’t make the headboard though.”

– Corrie L.

Dawn Glencer Ayers “Just made a custom coffee table for a couple in Brevard, NC. (By the way, I’m a nurse by day!)”

– Dawn G.

Shane Shepherd “Built this display shelf out of an old fence and a quakie that fell down in the backyard.”

– Shane S.

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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