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Making Hexagon Plywood Patterns

Making Hexagon Plywood Patterns

After showing us how to make some geometric patterns with plywood, builder Michael Alm is back with another neat woodworking tutorial. In this clip, he walks through several other patterns, each of which is contained in a hexagonal shape. Surprisingly, it’s not nearly as difficult as it looks.

Giant Wood Hammer

Giant Wood Hammer

After building a larger-than-life utility knife and a huge screwdriver, Jackman Works is adding another tool to his giant-sized collection. This time he made an Estwing hammer fit for Paul Bunyan, carving the 8-foot-long, 90 pound monster out of reclaimed southern yellow pine. We’re gonna need a bigger workbench.

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Making an Industrial Wrench Table

Making an Industrial Wrench Table

Builder Hassan Abu-Izmero had a little time on his hands and decided to build himself a piece of furniture that celebrates his craft. He made the rustic wooden table from rough pieces of timber and steel, then used a Shaper Tools Origin handheld CNC to route out precise insets for five wrenches embedded in its tabletop.

Pallet Wood Wardrobe

Pallet Wood Wardrobe

Inspired by the eponymous piece of furniture in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Epic UpCycling set about the task of building his own wardrobe, only this one is made entirely out of recycled timber gathered from old shipping pallets. He even managed to reuse the rusty old nails. Now how to get to Narnia?

Carving a Shelby GT500

Carving a Shelby GT500

Woodworking Art is back to show off another amazing handcrafted vehicle. This time he carved a 1:10-scale model of the classic 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, complete with a working hood, trunk, doors, wheels, and steering. He’s started selling some of his works over on Etsy, but they’re quite expensive.

Pencil River Table

Pencil River Table

Artist Nick Zammeti shows off a wild-looking dining table that he built using a combination of rustic wood planks, resin, and thousands of colored pencils. What makes it especially cool is the river of pencils that flows down its center and off of the table into a waterfall at its end.

Building a Folding Table Wall Cabinet

Building a Folding Table Wall Cabinet

We love furniture that folds to get out of the way when not in use. In this video from builder Izzy Swan, he shows off a wall-mounted Sapele wood cabinet that unfolds into a small table. The items stored on its shelves stay flat as the table is extended, and he says it’s sturdy enough to hold a 5-gallon bucket of water.

Making a Giant Wood LEGO Minifig

Making a Giant Wood LEGO Minifig

“Giant Minifig” is an oxymoron. The idea of LEGO’s little people is that they’re small enough for a LEGO-scale world. But Jason of Bourbon Moth Woodworking wanted to give his kid a supersized minifig for Christmas, so he fabricated a 2-foot-tall figure out of wood. LEGO sells a smaller wooden minifig, but it’s not as cool as Jason’s.

Wood-turning a Jingle Bell

Wood-turning a Jingle Bell

Woodworker Frank Howarth likes to celebrate Christmas by making his own ornaments. This year, he took some wood from a maple tree and turned it into a segmented sphere on his lathe. He then used his CNC mill to cut the “X” pattern into it. The 6″ wood ball has a smaller wood ball inside that makes a rattling sound.

DEWALT Construction Math Quick Check

DEWALT Construction Math Quick Check

Whether you’re a DIYer or a construction pro, understanding math and geometry is critical. DEWALT’s reference guide includes 42 pages of useful equations and rules which will help you measure twice and cut once. Made from durable, toolbox-friendly materials with a spiral-bound edge. Also available for plumbing and wiring.

Making Giant Articulated Hands

Making Giant Articulated Hands

Among his many creations, Paul from Jackman Works has made some ridiculously large hand tools. Now, to show off his new X-Carve Pro CNC machine, he built a pair of giant hands. We were hoping he might try and use them to pick up his oversize tools, but they seem pretty awkward to wield given their weight.

Woodturning Nails

Woodturning Nails

You’d think that slicing up resin blocks filled with nails on your table saw and then grinding them down on a lathe might be a bad idea for the well-being of your tools (and your body), but that didn’t stop maker R Humphrey from testing out the idea. The resulting bowl he created has some really cool textures and patterns.

Making a Custom Catan Set

Making a Custom Catan Set

The standard version of Catan comes with a thick paper playing surface and tiles. Kevlar DIY shows off a much more impressive Catan set that he built using black walnut wood, resin, and a variety of objects to create the game’s iconic hexagonal playing pieces.

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Building a Floating Cave Table

Building a Floating Cave Table

Inspired by a table design he saw from Slovenian Woodworker, builder John Malecki decided he wanted to build an even cooler looking version that uses a combination of laminated wood boards and crystal-clear acrylic to make it look like its top is floating in the air.

Making a Wood Shelf Guitar

Making a Wood Shelf Guitar

After building himself a beautiful desk out of beautiful Sapele wood, luthier and carpenter tchiksguitars crafted a beautiful electric guitar using pieces of the wood that he took from a shelf in his office. The part where he carves out the curvature of its body is wonderfully satisfying to watch.

Making a Bent Wood Chair

Making a Bent Wood Chair

Making a basic chair from straight pieces of wood isn’t that hard. But crafting something with a bent wood structure that can hold weight takes a bit more carpentry skill. Lignum shows that he’s up to the challenge, building a modern wooden chair from laminated strips of spruce formed into “U” and “L” shapes.

Making a Kumiko Lattice Screen

Making a Kumiko Lattice Screen

While his designs aren’t as intricate as the Japanese masters, builder Pask Makes is becoming quite adept at the Japanese craft of Kumiko. This time out, he wanted to hide an ugly water tank with a screen, and made quite the beautiful covering by cutting and assembling hundreds of pieces of plywood into repeating geometric patterns.

Making Wood Vertical Blinds

Making Wood Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are usually made from plastic or fabric, but carpenter John Heisz has an affinity for wood, so he made his own from scratch, using of ash wood he cut down to 3/8″ thick strips. He then built an exposed mechanism for opening and closing the blinds, giving them a more artful look than the ’90s decorating staple.

Fire Cave Coffee Table

Fire Cave Coffee Table

Woodworker Lignum has made some pretty cool furniture over the years, and this build is among his most intriguing. 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 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 a Sink from Plywood

Making a Sink from Plywood

Sinks are usually made from porcelain or metal, but builder Laura Kampf wanted something a little different to replace the beat-up old slop sink in her shop, so she created one by laminating scraps of plywood, then coating them with an ample dose of epoxy to make it watertight. Now she needs a proper backsplash.

Building an Infinity Cube Table

Building an Infinity Cube Table

Woodworker Jonathan Katz-Moses shows off a really cool piece of furniture he built that seems to defy logic and gravity. Its structure was tricky to engineer and build, but the end result is something we’d be thrilled to have in our living room.

Making a Mini Hammer and Chisel

Making a Mini Hammer and Chisel

Artist and builder Uri Tuchman is working on an automaton which will presumably be using some tiny tools. As part of the project, he created this miniature hammer and chisel set, which look just like the real deal after they went through a shrink ray.

General Contour Gauge

General Contour Gauge

Here’s a useful tool we didn’t even know existed. This gadget uses dozens of plastic blades which slide to match the contour of an object, then hold in place so you can trace the shape onto another surface. Great for fitting the edges of flooring around conduit and posts, or for working around moldings.

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.

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.

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