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  1. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    So my 3 amp, 5” disc orbital sander quit on me today. I popped the top cover off (3 screws) and checked the switch, and connections. Found one of the two brushes had crumbled apart. The brushes are simple. You just pull the metal connectors off and then slide the brush out of the top by pulling...
  2. Toy Box from pallets

    A friend wanted a Toy Box for his son and asked me to make one. This is made of reclaimed pallet wood slimmed to 3 inch slats and sanded for a while using my random orbital. The basic dimensions are W 24in x H 17 x D 12 in. Since this was for a little one any rough nail holes I used a...
  3. Carved Walnut Elephant Phone Stand

    My wife wanted a new phone stand since she gave all of the other ones I've made her away. I found a piece of 12/4 walnut cut off and figured lets give this a try. Rough sketch on the wood after planing down the end to a flat surface, cut it out with a jig saw. When I went to smooth out the...
  4. Stone Inlay People into Walnut

    This was my first attempt at trying to capture realistic people in stone and wood. The routering of the design into the wood was definitely the most nerve-wracking part since every bit of wood that I was leaving was an integral line for the design. Usually I can move lines around a bit to...
  5. Sunset Stone Inlay (with process pics)

    I finally managed to take pics of the actual creating of one of my pieces so here's a look "behind the scenes" (or at least as good of one as I can do in only 6 pictures). This piece took a little over 31 hours of actual working time start to finish (that doesn't include the time it takes for...
  6. tray top box

    made from ash….used mitre corners for the top , after using dado joints to glue used ginmetal minwax stain with two coats sealer and three coats poly(wet sanded) top/tray supported by dowels to set the top up klinda missed the fit though
  7. Simple Nightstand

    This was a very simple and quick pair of nightstands I created for my mother in law who want simplistic with no drawers. I bought all pine, mainly because she is going to paint them white so why waste the money on oak, 2×2 for the legs, 1×6 for the sides, and 1×3 for the top. I cut the 6 1×3 to...
  8. Refinishing Cedar Picnic Table

    My wife's grandmother passed away this spring and this very old cedar picnic table is now in our care. The wood on the table is still in excellent shape, just looks a little rough. I took out every single screw and dismantled every single board. LOTS of sanding with the orbital sander, belt...
  9. A little more shop organization

    This motivation really came from David Grimes project It was a great idea for me because I was constantly buying cans of paint, stain, wood putty and glue that I already had. Keeping this stuff in a cabinet just wasn't working. And while having extra inventory on hand can be nice, for me it...
  10. Pine Blanket or Toy Chest

    This blanket chest will be used by my granddaughters to store their toys so this is a pine toy chest. It was made from southern yellow pine. Its design progressed as time past. That occurred first and once I discovered or realized the plan I was going to follow was going to be very small...
  11. Mission clock

    A friend of mine gave me a pickup load of red oak scraps. Now I normally use QSWO for my pieces but I couldn't turn it down, so I made some Mission style clocks out of it. Since the grain isn't as interesting as the QSWO I stained these with an ebony finish. Gives it an antique look I think...
  12. Puzzle Coasters with Inlay

    I had a bunch of wedge shaped cut offs and wanted to use them for something. I glued then up into a blank measuring about 9×12 inches and ran them through the planer to help even the surface out. Then I used my panel cutting sled to put several shallow kerfs in the blank and I glued in a few...
  13. Rocking Horse for my Nephew

    I made the charity build rocking horse for my nephew and finally gave it to him this weekend. He still has to grow into it a little but it won't be long. I made it out of the poplar kit sold by Bell Forest Products. I opted not to paint any features on the horse, mainly because I'm not that...
  14. Portable Sander Caddy

    Came up with this Portable Sander Caddy to store my mouse and orbital sander plus their respective sanding pads. Quick little project just using scrap wood. I added a handle on top post photos.
  15. Orbital Sander "SPIN-DOWN" Stand

    It seems that I spend an unorthodox amount of time waiting for my sander to stop spinning before I can put it down; or it slides all around on the work surface until it comes to a stop. I hate that. This is a orbital sander stand that allows you to set your sander down, after turning it off...
  16. Chain saw bar stools from a Mango tree

    One piece bar stools made from a fallen Mango tree. Finish is marine varnish.
  17. Not only functional but a necessity.

    These are some surfboard racks that I made. I needed to organize the quiver a little bit, boards take up a lot of room when not stacked like so. When I was making them I decided to also make a rack to hold my booties, gloves, and wetsuit. They all work wonderfully, they really help with drying...
  18. Finishing
    Hello, I am trying to refinish, stain and protect this coffee table. It has been pretty badly abused as you can see from the pictures. There is water damage, scratches and a large burn mark in the middle of the table (long story). It is my boyfriends table and he has another matching piece that...
  19. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I need to replace my orbital sander and was hoping to get some opinions. I've always gotten ones in the $50-$100 range, but I'm really hoping to find something that won't vibrate or pull me right across the room. Is it worth spending the money to get an expensive unit? It will be used almost...
  20. Blogs
    How to make Orbital Sander with fan ????? How to make Orbital Sander with fan Not sure if this is worth the trouble, but I found it to be at least a very interesting build and alternative sander !!!
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