Just a quick video to talk about some of the changes I'm going to be making in upcoming videos to achieve a new layout for my workshop.
This project was mainly driven by the need to make use of some left over oak veneered MDF. It's the same material as I used for the previous project - the coat and shoe rack, and I needed to clear some space in my workshop which meant using up the rest of it. Because some of the pieces were quite short, I had the idea of making some bedside tables, and when I started using SketchUp to make a 3D model I found that I had just enough material to make 2x matching ones. Unfortunately some of the material had some mould on it, so I couldn't use everything that I had.
In this video I buy and restore a secondhand mid century modern style sideboard.
I came across this while browsing through my facebook feed, it looked like someone was going to throw it away, so I bought it from them, paying £20.
It wasn't in too bad condition, but it had some scratches, heat and water stains and one of the drawer runners was missing. The finish was also quite dull.
I started out by making a new set of drawer runners for it, as the old ones were softwood and only attached with staples and very little glue - not very well made...
I salvaged some pieces of oak veneered MDF with solid oak trim, these were old book shelves that were stored in a cold, damp building and they started to go mouldy so were going to be thrown away.
I had hoped that the mould would clean or sand off, however after trying I realised that the mould goes right through the veneer and in to the MDF, so I decided to cut off the mouldy parts and make use of what was left.
In this video I talk about why I use salvaged materials, and show you where I get them from.
I also take a walk around my local area to show places where I’ve found things in the past, for example: alleyways in my neighbourhood, communal bin areas, skips, etc.
Here are a couple of quick tips about glue bottles and glue spreaders
I had an alcove in my dining room that was dead space, and it was too shallow to put a piece of furniture there because it would encroach on the doorway entrance to the room. So I decided to instead install some shelves.
I used some 1" thick pieces of melamine - they were actually faulty desktops at my place of work - the holes were drilled in the wrong place for the desk frames, so the supplier replaced them with new ones so these were all going to be disposed of, and I asked if I could take them home.
In this video I make a quick and simple (and not very pretty) tenon jig for my tablesaw, the DeWalt DW745.
I started by creating a box from some scraps of plywood that fitted snugly around the tablesaw fence, which means that the jig will move along with the fence.
Then I added a side fence and a back fence with wood glue and screws to support the workpiece so that it can be clamped down. I cut out a shape on the side fence with the jigsaw to make it easier to attach clamps.
In this video I make a frame for the plywood end grain table top that I made in the previous video..
I used some of the oak hat and coat stands that I salvaged from a local office clearance to make the frame. The design of the frame was influenced by a table I saw in a mid-century modern / vintage shop in Mallorca in Spain while I was on holiday, however mine differed slightly as I wanted to add a shelf to sit beneath the table top.
I had lots of offcuts of various pieces plywood cluttering up the workshop, and rather than throw them away I decided to make a table top from them, using the laminated layers of wood as a feature.
I first checked each piece had a straight edge by holding it up against my tablesaw fence, and then ripped all of the pieces in to 30mm wide strips.
Some of the plywood pieces had some white paint on them, so I sanded the paint off on the belt sander.
Then I could glue up all the strips in to a piece that was roughly 600mm square.