Wood is a great construction material, but after time and weather it does become worn and old-looking. Restore it's original sheen by stripping it, or removing the outside of the wood to reveal new wood beneath, after watching this video.
Love chess, but hate having to stop in the middle of a game when you don't have time to finish? This DIY vertical chess set made by Redditor pigthunder will ensure you never have to abandon a game again. It hangs on the wall, so you can pick up where you left off anytime. Here's how to make your own.
Furniture gets beat up—it's a fact of life. Your beautiful tables will end up scratched, the legs of your chairs will grow nicked, and you'll find interesting dents and damage in other places around the house, too. Yet if most of your furniture is made of wood, you don't have to live with unsightly scratches. In fact, you can remove years of damage with a simple snack food: nuts.
MAKE and Kipkay brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. Make Magazine celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.
Stencils allow you make an image for easy duplication. The stencil can be used for tagging, fabric painting, t-shirts, or whatever else you want. Follow along with the steps in this video from Piece of Craft. You will need an X-acto knife or a wood burning tool (for advanced stencil makers), stencil plastic, tracing paper, a cutting board, and the image to be stenciled. Watch this video crafting tutorial and learn how to make a stencil.
Remember summer camp? Remember the smell of the log cabins? The feel of the treated wood? Well, you can create something for your home that's perfect for a nostalgic summer camp aesthetic. Meg Allen Cole (recently of Threadbanger) was inspired to make this mid-century modern wall hanging piece made from a small wooden log (or branch) when she was at a relaxing, wooded vacation spot in Maine. And she shows you how to make one, too!
Looking for a sure fire way to win a bar bet? Check out this tutorial. This super easy magic trick will amaze even the most skeptical of audiences and guarantee you free drinks all night!
Make a cane from a tree! Learn how to create a walking cane from a tree in this free woodworking video from a wood crafts expert.
Secret of the Wings (formerly known as Tinker Bell and the Mysterious Winter Woods) is an upcoming computer-animated comedy film. Learn How to draw Tinkerbell (Secret of the Wings). For the original tutorial with speed adjustment and step by step instructions visit: how to draw.
In this three-part carving tutorial, Valerie Jones demonstrates her chip-carving techniques on Mahogany wood. Using an X-acto knife, she carves the wood by hand & describes how to carve German-style, geometric patterns into the wood after stenciling the pattern on the outer wood surface. Later, Valerie talks about her methods when chip carving wood: how to hold the knife, how to guide the blade, finishing the final product, how to follow a stencil pattern & goes over more useful information.
Wood decks can be a wonderful thing, however they do require cleaning and maintainence. This DIY video gives you the info you'll need to clean, repair and refinish your wood deck, ensuring it's looking great when it's time for that backyard blow out.
All across the country, retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are gearing up for their Black Friday sales. Brick and mortar stores are already packed to the brim with inventory in anticipation of the craziness that will strike as soon as the doors open the day after Thanksgiving.
We frequently associate plastics with the modern era, starting at around the 1950s with the prevalence of bakelite. However, for all of you "you can't use plastic in Steampunk" purists out there, I have bad news for you:
You will learn how to get a nice, even stain on wood in this Home and Garden video tutorial brought to you by TheSoapGuy. It’s really easy and simple to do. Get a finished piece of wood. You should work in a well ventilated area because wood stain generates a lot of fumes. Wood stain comes in aerosol spray and in cans. Mix the stain in the can by rolling the can. Don’t shake it, it will generate bubbles. Open the can and apply the wood stain with a brush evenly on the surface. The more coats ...
There are a number of ways to deal with screw holes that are visible. You can buy some wood buttons and put them in the holes. You put a little wood glue in the hole and then tap the wood buttons into the holes using a hammer. This is a decorative solution to cover up screw holes. If you want to completely cover up the holes completely put a plug cutter on your drill and cut a plug out of a piece of wood that matches the wood that the hole is in. Take the plug put a little glue on it and tap ...
In this outdoors how-to video from fitclimb.com we're shown how to make a fire in the snow. The first step is to find a good flat spot, or make a flat spot yourself. Next, we look for trees with dead branches and break those dead branches off for the wood. The key here is to be organized because you'll have to carry this wood back to your camp. Next, you want to make a platform for your fire to keep it from sinking down as the snow melts. Here, we're using the bark from a dead stump for a pla...
What's the difference between grilling on a pan in your kitchen and grilling outside with wood chips? It's definitely not just the surface you cook on that changes.
Watch as an expert woodworker demonstrates how to use a wood lathe in this free online video about making a beer tap.
Looking for a fun and easy craft project to demonstrate your creative side? Learn how to make wood art paintings with expert tips in this free arts and crafts video series.
Most people have scrap wood hanging around in their garage collecting dust - so why not make a cool gift out of it? This picture frame box can be made in a couple of days and with a little elbow grease. It is a lovely gift for any occasion, and basically free to make.
In this video from Lowe's we learn how to use a gas smoker. This tip comes from Lowe's. You can cook with a smoker anytime of year. He is using a gas smoker. Keep this away from siding. The fire source heats the moist wood chips, which release the smoke that flavors the food. You need tongs and a meat thermometer for sure. Before you cook for the first time, season the smoker by smoking some wood chips without food in it. He is cooking a pork shoulder which he uses a dry rub, wraps in plastic...
I hate being cold. That's why I live in Los Angeles. But, there are plenty of folks who are experiencing some pretty chilly temperatures this year, despite global warming, and one of the worst places affected is the garage. C'mon, who has a freakin' heater in their garage?
This video shows viewers how to create a wood labyrinth in which you can roll a small ball through a maze, trying not to allow the ball to fall into the hole. You will need some boards of wood which you will need to cut to the correct dimensions. You will need to create a box-like structure which will have an opening near the bottom from which you can retrieve your ball if it falls in a hole. After designing the template for your wood labyrinth, you should then proceed to make holes in the to...
In this tutorial, we learn how to make a Japanese screen. First, cut your wood out and sand it down. Then, use a corner clamp to drill a hole in and screw the different sides together. Also use wood glue to help stick the pieces of wood together. Once your frame is assembled, sand the corners of it. Next, you will stain the wood with black Japan wood stain. You will only have to put one or two coats of this on, because the color is so dark. Now score notches onto the wood to allow your screen...
This video illustrates the transfer of paper patterns on woodworking projects with Lowe's. If you have a pattern in a piece of paper for the woodworking project. Draw the grid for the pattern in a piece of paper. Even though, the piece of wood is six times larger than the pattern in paper. Draw the grid in the wood with One and half inches by the use of ruler. Then check out each and every box of grid in a pattern, trace the shape of each boxes in the wood. After finishing all the grid boxes ...
A wooden ring can be a beautiful, handcrafted item of jewelry, rare and unquiet. This excellent how to will show you the steps necessary to turn your own wooden ring on a lathe and then finish it for wearing. The wood used in this video is Cocobolo, a lovely hardwood that will weather nicely over time. Check it out! You'll need a block of hardwood, a lathe, lathe tools, sand paper, bees wax and mineral oil. You'll also want to wear protective eye wear as well.
Wow! No longer do you have to buy those huge marble machine roller coaster toys — you can DIY one! This video covers the materials, tools and techniques used to make a homemade rolling ball marble machine. If you haven't seen this rolling ball marble machine toy in action yet, WATCH IT. It's a looping rolling marble machine made with wood, rebar tie wire and polyurethane tubing, featuring a magnetic elevator.
Check out this five-part video tutorial on how to use fiberglass finish over balsa wood for RC airplanes. If you like building engines and bodies for remote-controlled vehicles (airplanes), then this will definitely help you out, just by learning how to apply simple fiberglass to the balsa wood parts of the RC airplane body. You will learn all of the tricks needed for fiberglassing.
One of the many significant changes in Minecraft Beta 1.3 is the way half-blocks or slabs work. Before you could make stone slabs out of three pieces of stone and use them to builds stairs, but it took a lot of material and was limiting as far as choices. Now you can make slabs out of wood, cobblestone, sandstone, or normal stone, and this video will show you how it works.
When it comes to fence-building, nobody knows better than Lowe's. And if you're thinking about fencing an area of your home, either for privacy, decoration or busywork, this video series will inform you on everything you need to know. Learn how to choose and plan out your fence, whether it be wood, aluminum or vinyl, then see how to start laying it out and digging the posts. Then move on to the actual installation.
If you need a dolly for your movie masterpiece, you don't need to go with a professional dolly system. You can save that money for your expensive actors and actresses by building your own DIY camera dolly on the cheap. You'll need some nuts and bolts, PVC pipes, scrap wood, drill bits and a drill, inline wheels and a hammer. This homemade camera dolly will cost you around 65 bucks.
This video will show viewers how to simply make a 3 string guitar using an empty cigar box, a piece of oak, some string, and a few eyebolts. You start with a 1 by 2 piece of oak which is about 3 feet long. First, you should begin by making some markings along one side of the oak, first at 1/2 an inch and then at 1/4 inch spacing after that. Drawing 3 symmetrical lines where the strings should go, drill holes at the intersections of the lines you have drawn. The holes should be made using a 1/...
Karen Solomon shows how to make bacon. You need 2 1/2 to 3 pounds of pork belly with no skin or bone. Rinse the belly with water and pat really dry. Mix ingredients for cure which includes 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses, 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, 2 tablespoons kosher salt and 1 teaspoon curing salt. Curing salt may be obtained at local butcher shop or online at Sausage Maker. Curing salt helps preserve the color of the bacon and ensures no spoilage. Mix ingredients un...
DominickDiy teaches you how to use a wood router. You figure out what and how you will use it for by looking at it and adjusting the blade. Then lock it into place and you're ready to cut. The piece of wood you'll be working on should be on top of a piece of rubber mat, so that the wood doesn't slip. You also don't want the router to slip, as it might injure you or cut a wrong way. You go from a rip to a cross cut, when going from one side to another, via a corner. So one time you will be pus...
Ron Hazelton shows how to rip cut a very long piece of wood using a circular saw instead of a table saw. First, place sawhorses approximately every 4 feet under the wood. Choose the correct blade for the wood. Affix the circular saw with an edge guide. Set the blade depth so that the blade barely goes past the wood. Put scrap pieces of lumber on the sawhorses under the wood. Then the long rip cut can be a zip.
Staining wood can give it a really dazzling effect. In this video, Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus.com shows us how to revitalize old wood and make new wood look better with staining. Before you stain, it's important to know what you're doing. After all, if you stain something badly, it can be tricky to clean it up.
In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to make utensils in the wilderness. You'll see how to make a wooden fork, spoon, pot hanger and support when out in the woods. Also, learn how to clean your knife using moss. A nice piece of hazel wood is what you'll want for this survival bushcraft technique.
Watch Ray Mears from the BBC give you a how-to guide for making fire in the desert. (You don't even have to carry matches!) Put on your gloves to handle the fauna for cutting wood. Make a notch in the wood--good luck trying to make fire by friction!
Explore the veins and structures that create the cellulose of wood. Understand this visually stunning wonderment.
In this video, we learn how to make wood roof shingles by hand. Start off with round oak wood, then split it with a splitting axe. Then, use a mallet to split them out further. Make sure to use clean and straight grained oak to do this. Now, remove the bark from the wood and split into thin sheets. Then, place into a cleaver brake and use a mallet to split down the different wood shingles. From each piece of wood, you should get 4-5 different shingles. When finished, you can hammer these toge...