Hatchet Mallet

  Grab the free template Making your own mallet is almost a rite of passage for woodworkers, right up there with building your own workbench and making a chopping board. Until now, I’ve only been using a ~$10 or so wooden mallet from Bunnings. To be fair to the mallet, …

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WTF is Jarrah?

  Jarrah (thats Eucalyptus marginata, not E. Margarine) is a tree native to Western Australia. Rich red colour, heavy, and abusive towards your tools.   I’ve put up a small playlist of jarrah projects from others https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIAY4op1Uapg1h3im2Xw53YfmEoGP6dca&disable_polymer=true

Box Usurper

Inspired by Box Throne but turned off by the metal looks, I wanted to make an attractive adjustable height shelf wooden storage cabinet for all my board games. Thus, Box Usurper was born. It utilises saw tooth shelves for the adjustable mechanism – more attractive and pointy than the average shelf …

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Wooden Allen Key

Recently I needed a socket head cap screw to hold something up, but the problem is finding one larger than m12 gets hard and expensive. So the obvious solution was to make a M35 equivalent in wood. Yes, I’ve gone off the deep end.

WTF is Tas Oak?

You’ve seen me use Tasmanian (Tassie) Oak before, but what is it? Surely its just an oak tree from Tasmania, right? Nope! How does Victorian (Vic) Ash fit in? What about messmate, alpine ash, mountain ash, and blue gum?

Bosch Drill Press

Bosch sent me out their drill press, the PDB40, to review. It’s a little drill press, but light weight and plenty capable. Great for wood, OK for aluminium, not that much chop for steel – though it will do it in a pinch. If you’re a metal worker, you’re better …

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Perfect Spray Paint

I’m more the paint-by-numbers type of guy, and still end up outside the lines. Using a vinyl paint mask, however, I look like a pro

Twisted Candle Holder

I’m really enjoying using the TurboPlane, but like most things has a learning curve, and since its such a strange tool it tends to need specific projects to learn the different techniques. This twisted candle holder comes from an Arbortech video, I’m using old redgum fence post.