WoodWorkers Guild of America https://www.wwgoa.com Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:55:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WWGOA LIVE! August 2016 https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-august-2016/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-august-2016/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:40:37 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=727997 George Vondriska and special guest Jim Heavey will be streaming here, answering your woodworking questions for WWGOA Live on Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. CST.

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George Vondriska and special guest Jim Heavey will be streaming here, answering your woodworking questions for WWGOA Live on Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. CST.

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7 ways to upcycle your sawdust

Got lots of sawdust sitting around your shop? Of course you do, you’re a woodworker! Whether you burn it, compost it, or trash it, we’ve got some ideas on how to upcycle some of those shavings.

PLANT SUPPLEMENTS

Some sawdust can be used as a supplement for your garden. However, you should use it in moderation and mix it with manure or nitrogen so it doesn’t suffocate the plants. Do your research to see if what you are growing can benefit from sawdust. For example, it is especially helpful in growing mushrooms! But do be careful with your sawdust selection; sawdust from some woods (like black walnut) will kill plants.

KILL WEEDS

As mentioned above, it is important to do your research before utilizing sawdust in your garden. Some wood may work, some wood may kill. Walnut is toxic to most plants, so use it to get rid of pesky plants. Sprinkle it wherever you want to stomp out some weeds.

DIY FIRE STARTERS

If you enjoy a good campfire in the great outdoors or a blazing fire in your hearth, then you might want to consider making your own fire starters. All you need is some sawdust (soft woods like pine or cedar work best), some old cardboard egg cartons, and melted wax which you can find at most craft stores in the candle making department. Check out this video to see how to put them together.

SNOW AND ICE TRACTION

If you live in an area that gets a lot of winter weather, you might want to consider sprinkling sawdust on all that inevitable ice. Sawdust will help your tires and boots grip the ice to provide traction and prevent slipping.

USE AS FILLER

Repairing a small crack or hole? Combine some sawdust with your favorite wood glue (here are some suggestions) and use it like wood filler. This is best for small touch ups, and not big projects where commercial fillers may be more effective.

LINE A CRITTER CAGE

Small rodents (guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, mice, etc.) and birds all typically use mulch to line their cages. If you’ve got one of these animals at home, don’t spend your money on pet store mulch – use your own sawdust! It’s easy to clean, and the animals enjoy rooting around in it. However, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Some sawdust can be toxic to animals, so make sure your pets and wood shavings are compatible.

SOP UP SPILLS

Sawdust is helpful in cleaning up large spills of any kind. It’ll soak up your spill, making it easier to clean up and dispose of. This is a great tip for anyone who also works on cars and may get automotive liquid spills in their garage. Or, you can just use it when you’re clumsy with your stains and spirits in the shop! But always make sure you check locally on how to deal with sawdust that has been used to soak up potentially toxic substances (oil/radiator fluid etc.).

Let us know if you already use some of these suggestions or are trying them for the first time.

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In the Shop: Miter Madness https://www.wwgoa.com/article/in-the-shop-miter-madness/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/in-the-shop-miter-madness/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:41:53 +0000 https://www.wwgoa.com/?p=724297 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. It’s Miter Madness at my shop this month. I’m cutting parts... 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.

Tom prepares to miter

It’s Miter Madness at my shop this month. I’m cutting parts for eight wall cabinets with mitered sides and mitered doors. (A completed cabinet is sitting on the assembly table behind me.) Each cabinet will be able to hold a complete set of bench planes.

I’m not building the cabinets for myself, though I probably own enough tools to fill them all. I’m making them for students in a class I’m teaching. I do the machining; they make the doors and raised panels by hand using a plow plane, beading plane, rabbet plane, moving filletster, and of course a smooth plane.

The mitering sled I’m using is pretty foolproof. It has two fences fixed to the sled and set at exactly 90 degrees to one another. I cut right ends on one side, left ends on the other. As long as I don’t get parts mixed up, the miters will come out perfect.

What are you working on this month?

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4 Ways to Make a Wooden Bottle Opener https://www.wwgoa.com/article/4-ways-to-make-a-wooden-bottle-opener/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/4-ways-to-make-a-wooden-bottle-opener/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:23:25 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=713844 Whatever your bottled beverage of choice, we’ve got ideas on how to open them. You can make a simple handheld bottle opener design, or a wall-mounted number that catches the cap with a magnet feature. In any case, bottle openers are simple and useful projects that also make great gifts. Repurpose Old Openers with New... Read more »

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Repurpose Old Openers with New Wooden Handles

Here’s an easy way to give old plastic openers new life with custom wooden handles. The type of opener you are transforming will dictate what type of handle you’ll make. This project features two different styles, one with a koa handle and one with the steel concealed completely in wood.

Find the project here: How to Make a Wood Handled Bottle Opener

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Walnut and Maple Striped Bottle Opener

Instead of repurposing old openers or purchasing new materials, this unique design utilizes a U.S. quarter as the bottle opening mechanism. There is also a handy hidden magnet to catch the cap. The contrasting striped design makes an impressive piece, but you can also make this opener using only one species of wood.

Find the project here: Make a Bottle Opener that Pops

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Magnetic Bottle Opener with Cap Catcher

Another magnetic opener, but vastly less time consuming. This project is QUICK, and is a great way to utilize some scrap wood. Keep this in your kitchen, garage, or wherever else you open bottles, and you are sure to impress.

Watch the video here: Magnetic Bottle Opener with Cap Catcher


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Make a Bottle Opener on the Lathe

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 be a conversation piece in your kitchen. Cyanoacrylate glue is used to provide a highly durable finish on the handle.

Get the video instructions here:


Make a Bottle Opener Handle on the Lathe Part 1


Make a Bottle Opener Handle on the Lathe Part 2


If wine is more to your liking, check out our project for a mystifying wine bottle holder: Mystifying Balancing Wine Bottle Holder

Whatever your preference, you’ll be popping bottles all season long using your own handmade wooden projects.

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WWGOA LIVE: July 2016 https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-july-2016/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-july-2016/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:57:57 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=710247 Thanks for watching, and providing all your great questions. The Live streams are a lot of fun. From table saw to planer to hand cut mortises, we covered a lot of ground. :40 George’s bad joke 1:25 Kauri Wood 5:12 Cutting mortises. Hand cut techniques 10:12 Allowing for wood movement in solid panels 13:36 Sanding... Read more »

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Thanks for watching, and providing all your great questions. The Live streams are a lot of fun. From table saw to planer to hand cut mortises, we covered a lot of ground.

:40 George’s bad joke
1:25 Kauri Wood
5:12 Cutting mortises. Hand cut techniques
10:12 Allowing for wood movement in solid panels
13:36 Sanding sealer vs. dewaxed shellac
14:50 Tung oil-Sand between coats?
16:00 Avoiding table saw kick back
20:00 Track saw or stationary tools
22:35 What size SawStop?
24:06 Imported plywood and frameless cabinets
26:50 3D carving on CNC machines
28:57 Boring for Euro hinges
31:56 Warped cherry. Case hardening? Now what?
35:07 Disassembling a cherry organ
37:14 WWGOA content on CNC machines
37:49 Curved irons on hand planes. What’s the deal?
38:45 How do I know when my blades are dull?
41:40 End grain bowls? Dry wood or green wood for bowls?
43:04 Bandsaw drift
44:21 Minimum thickness for edge gluing
44:57 Painting over top coats
46:42 Planing thin pieces
51:56 Planing cupped boards, or not
54:45 How to clean saw blades
57:55 Date of next WWGOA Live
58:12 Shop-made CNC routers
59:12 End grain tearing on bowls
1:02:00 Where are our viewers from?
1:04:36 Sheba the Benchdog and her tricks

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In The Shop: George’s Flag Box https://www.wwgoa.com/article/in-the-shop-georges-flag-box/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/in-the-shop-georges-flag-box/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:03:28 +0000 http://www.wwgoa.com/?p=709782 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 love how walnut and cherry look together, so I chose... 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 love how walnut and cherry look together, so I chose those two woods for this flag box for the local Scout Troop. The cherry piece is a raised panel into which I CNC cut the text and logo. The box corners are mitered.

Flag Box 1

I built the box by assembling all six pieces – four box parts, bottom, and lid – and then cutting the lid off on the table saw. It’s subtle, but that process leaves the grain continuous on the box pieces. It also guarantees the lid is a perfect fit for the base.

Flag Box 2

The interior is covered with wine flocking. I like the contrast it provides for the flags, and I think it gives the box a touch of elegance. Flocking is easy to do. You can learn more about it in our How to Apply Flocking video.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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5 Projects to Get You Grilling This Summer https://www.wwgoa.com/article/5-projects-to-get-you-grilling-this-summer/ https://www.wwgoa.com/article/5-projects-to-get-you-grilling-this-summer/#comments 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 https://www.wwgoa.com/article/shop-turned-walnut-plates/ https://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 https://www.wwgoa.com/article/wwgoa-live-june-2016/ https://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!

Don’t forget to sign up for our FREE NEWSLETTER: http://go.wwgoa.com/wwgoalive

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6 Woodworking Projects for the Garden https://www.wwgoa.com/article/6-woodworking-projects-for-the-garden/ https://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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