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Hexagon Cat House - pallet wood project

I had lots of small offcuts of pallet wood left over from the pallet wood shed build that I wanted to find a use for;  

I came up with a design for a cat house / bed that was hexagon shaped.  I cut all the pieces to make the walls of the house to length, cutting a 30 degree angle on each end to form the hexagon shape.  

I used a block plane to put a bevel on each piece, as I thought this would make it look nicer.  Then I glued up the hexagon pieces in individual layers, using upright pieces to support the structure and brad nails to hold everything together.  

The upright pieces were also cut at 30 degrees to support the shape internally.  Then I cut pieces for the top and bottom panel, added a bevel again with the block plain and glued them to the top.  

Finally, I cut a circular entrance hole, using a dish to mark up the shape, then I drilled a hole and cut out the circle with the jigsaw.  

I sanded the whole thing, and used the electric file to sand the entrance hole, and then added a Rustic Pine Briwax finish. My cat LOVES it!

FREE PLANS are available for this on the resources page if you'd like to build one for your fluffy friend!


Restoring A Chest Of Drawers - Junk Find Makeover

I find an old chest of drawers made from sapele/sapele veneered particleboard in an alleyway close to my home.  I went to pick it up in my car, and it was in pretty bad shape.  The carcass was broken, it had water stains (from both rain and people not using drinks coasters!!), and it had some other defects.  

I started by disassembling it, and it was an unusual construction - built in two parts...  

Initially I thought I might try to convert the unit in to two separate small chests, they would have made good bedside tables.  However I didn't need bedside tables, and I was quite fond of the style of the chest of drawers (and sapele is my favourite wood!) and I could definitely make use of them as one chest.  So that's what I did.  

I first tried to remove some of the water stains using a clothes iron.  This worked out pretty well for the lighter stains, the heat from the iron seems to release the moisture that has gotten in to the old finish on the wood.  I had to be pretty careful though, as too much heat would have affected the glue on the veneer and potentially make it peel,.

Next, I scraped the surface of the veneer, gave it a light sanding with some 400 grit wet and dry paper and then applied some boiled linseed oil to revitalise the wood.  It looked good, so I continued!  

I used some Brasso to clean up the brass on the handles and cleaned up the handles as best I could.  Then I scraped off the old glue residue on the dovetail joints and re-assmbled the carcass with wood glue..  

Some of the drawer fronts had some chipped veneer, so I mixed some wood glue with sawdust and a bit of stain and used this as a filler, applying it with a cocktail stick.  

Finally, I finished the whole chest and drawers with a clear Briwax to add a bit more protection and a smooth, sheen finish.  The chest came out really nicely, and it is now in my bedroom.  I really like it.


Making An Electric Guitar from Oak - THE WHOLE BUILD (Quick Version)

Here's the electric guitar build with no talking - just the action.  


Making An Electric Guitar from Oak (part 9 of 9)

In this video I play the guitar for the first time and go through my final thoughts, project costs, etc.


Making An Electric Guitar from Oak (part 8 of 9)

In this video I string up the guitar for the first time and encounter some bridge problems.  Eventually I overcome them!  Then we wire up the electrics and fit the final parts.

Making An Electric Guitar From Oak (part 7 of 9)

In this video I make a pickguard for the guitar, buff the finish and screw on the neck to the body

Making An Electric Guitar From Oak (part 6 of 9)

In this video I fit the bridge and the pickups, route out a cavity for the electrics to sit in, apply a headstock decal logo and start to apply the lacquer finish to the body and neck

Chisel & Plane Blade Sharpening - My Method

A video about my method for sharpening chisels and plane blades.
Everything I use in this video is pretty cheap and easy to come by,.
Equipment I use:
Draper Honing Guide: http://amzn.to/2rIhK9h (Amazon UK) http://amzn.to/2reUdvx (Amazon US)

Taidea 360/600 grit diamond plates http://amzn.to/2toED25 (Amazon UK) http://amzn.to/2rIolkm (Amazon US)

King Japanese 1000/6000 Whetstone: http://amzn.to/2shn7cH (Amazon UK) http://amzn.to/2qEpTaE (Amazon US)

Green Polishing Compound: http://amzn.to/2ro1do1 (Amazon UK) http://amzn.to/2qEzvCq (Amazon US)
Favourite sharpening videos:
Paul Sellers Chisel Sharpening https://goo.gl/wBXUq0 
John Heisz Sharpening Jig https://goo.gl/P4n5gn
Jay Bates Sharpening https://goo.gl/SuTGtO

Making An Electric Guitar from Oak (part 5 of 9)

In this video I work on the guitar body