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Carpentry

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Restoring a Rusty Hammer

Restoring a Rusty Hammer

Builder Ollari’s takes a rusty old hammer head he found at a flea market and makes it look good as new after polishing away the rust and creating a new wooden handle from a hunk of ash. We’d be proud to hang the resulting sledgehammer over our workbench.

DIY Bent Wood Sneaker Shelf

DIY Bent Wood Sneaker Shelf

Carpenter Chris Salomone finds working with laminated bent wood to be one of his more intimidating pursuits, but from the looks of these shelves for his kicks, we think he’s mastered the technique. He first routed and assembled a bending template, then layered, glued, and clamped in sheets of wood veneer until they set into shape.

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Making Skateboards from Pallets

Making Skateboards from Pallets

Jackman Works loves to make things by recycling old wooden shipping pallets. In this video, he takes a bunch of the beat up old wood, slices it into sheets, laminates them, and trims them into some sweet looking, street-style skateboards. It’s interesting to see how he shapes the wood with the vacuum bag.

Fire Cave Coffee Table

Fire Cave Coffee Table

Woodworker Lignum has made some pretty cool furniture over the years, and this build is definitely among his coolest. He created this table by laminating together blocks of wood then scorching it with a torch to give it the look that a fire burnt its insides out. We imagine it smells like a campfire too.

DIY Herringbone Plywood Table

DIY Herringbone Plywood Table

OSO DIY created this stunning coffee table using baltic birch plywood for its construction. But rather than attempt to hide the layers of the wood, he built it to show off its endgrain in a beautiful herringbone pattern. We really love the way the grain looks on the edges and the legs.

The Sunrise Dovetail Joint

The Sunrise Dovetail Joint

Carpenter Theo Cook shows off just how tightly and precisely two pieces of wood can be joined together, using an ancient Japanese technique called a “sunrise dovetail” joint, which avoids the need for nails or other fasteners.

Robotic Carpenters

Robotic Carpenters

We’re not sure we’d ever give a robotic arm a circular saw or power drill to gut us with, but it’s still pretty cool to see how these mechanical marvels can be trained to perform tasks normally reserved for skilled humans.

Can Paper Cut Wood?

Can Paper Cut Wood?

We all know how the edge of a piece of paper can do some serious damage to your skin, but can its sharp properties do any damage to wood? Carpenter John Heisz decided to make a paper blade for his table saw to see if he could cut things with it, and the results were shocking.

The Birth of a Wooden House

The Birth of a Wooden House

After showing the craftsmanship that goes into handmade tools, John Neeman Tools built an entire home from hand-felled trees, locally sourced stones, and mostly using hand tools. The frame and roof were made with wood joints and pegs, with no nails, screws or hardware.

Larry Haun: Human Nail Gun

Larry Haun: Human Nail Gun

Can a video of a man hammering nails be compelling? It is when the late carpenter and teacher Larry Haun’s doing it. Watch him sink metal into wood like a freakin’ magician in this excerpt from his instructional video Framing Walls. Skip to 5:15.

Making a Baseball Bat

Making a Baseball Bat

Make’s Darbin Orvar shows how to craft a baseball bat from three pieces of walnut and rough-sawn maple wood that she cuts, trims, smooths, laminates, then hand-tools and finishes on her lathe. It’s a tremendous amount of work, but an impressive result.

Thumbsaver

Thumbsaver

Some would consider it an unnecessary expense or even a crutch, but if you’re a newbie carpenter or if your fingers are just too big to safely hold nails and screws, $13 for zero pain is a bargain.

Jointmaker Pro R2

Jointmaker Pro R2

Called a paradigm shift in woodworking for being safe as a hand saw yet accurate as a power-tool, The Jointmaker Pro features Japanese saw blades and a hand-crank with pitch adjustor.

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