Here are a couple of quick tips about glue bottles and glue spreaders
I had an alcove in my dining room that was dead space, and it was too shallow to put a piece of furniture there because it would encroach on the doorway entrance to the room. So I decided to instead install some shelves.
I used some 1" thick pieces of melamine - they were actually faulty desktops at my place of work - the holes were drilled in the wrong place for the desk frames, so the supplier replaced them with new ones so these were all going to be disposed of, and I asked if I could take them home.
In this video I make a quick and simple (and not very pretty) tenon jig for my tablesaw, the DeWalt DW745.
I started by creating a box from some scraps of plywood that fitted snugly around the tablesaw fence, which means that the jig will move along with the fence.
Then I added a side fence and a back fence with wood glue and screws to support the workpiece so that it can be clamped down. I cut out a shape on the side fence with the jigsaw to make it easier to attach clamps.
In this video I make a frame for the plywood end grain table top that I made in the previous video..
I used some of the oak hat and coat stands that I salvaged from a local office clearance to make the frame. The design of the frame was influenced by a table I saw in a mid-century modern / vintage shop in Mallorca in Spain while I was on holiday, however mine differed slightly as I wanted to add a shelf to sit beneath the table top.
I had lots of offcuts of various pieces plywood cluttering up the workshop, and rather than throw them away I decided to make a table top from them, using the laminated layers of wood as a feature.
I first checked each piece had a straight edge by holding it up against my tablesaw fence, and then ripped all of the pieces in to 30mm wide strips.
Some of the plywood pieces had some white paint on them, so I sanded the paint off on the belt sander.
Then I could glue up all the strips in to a piece that was roughly 600mm square.
For this video I wanted to test out the Evolution Rage 3 mitre saw that Evolution Tools recently sent to me to try out.
I had some spare pieces of pallet wood in my workshop, which came from lots of different pallets so I had varing lengths and thicknesses. I used some 22mm thick pieces to make the frame for the rack, and used the mitresaw to cut all the pieces to size and also to cut the dado housing joints which hold the frame together.
Evolution Tools got in touch and sent me their Rage 3 compound sliding mitre saw and stand to try out. It had some great features that I really enjoyed, such as the ability of the blade to cut through metal, and the depth adjustment which is great for cutting dado housing joints. The saw cuts very cleanly and is well built. The sliding arm has very little side to side play in it so it cuts very accurately. For an inexpensive saw I was really impressed.
In this video I unbox it, talk about the features of the saw and compare it with my other mitre saw the Axminster White.
In this video I make a worktop for the bench from some 1" thick salvaged plywood which came from some industrial packaging,
Then I re-fit my Redada Number 2 vise using a spare block between it and the worktop.
I fitted some drawer handles to the set of drawers that didn't already have them.
Then I fitted some pieces of pine to trim the worktop and the frame to cover the plywood edges and tidy up the look.
Finally I applied a few coats of varnish and show you what I've got stored in my new drawers
In this video I start making a new workbench for my workshop using salvaged materials.
I used three sets of drawers salvaged from an office clearance, some salvaged plywood donated to me by a friend, and some parts from my old workbench.
I began by making a large 3/4 inch plywood box to accommodate the three sets of drawers and added a piece at the back to keep it rigid and square.
I added the legs from my old workbench to this one, as I wanted the new workbench to be the same height so there was really no need to make them again.
In this video I make a frame for the parquet coffee table top that I made in a previous video using some reclaimed oak hat and coat stands that I salvaged from a local office clearance.
I first cut the stretchers for the frame to about 12mm thick on the tablesaw.
Then I cut the legs to length on the mitre saw, and ripped the faces off on the tablesaw to get rid of the routed edges.
I used a tapering jig to cut a slight taper on the legs using the tablesaw.