With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start making those gifts for friends and family. I collect old plans for projects I never seem to get around to making but here’s a quickie that might be on the table soon. Maybe you know some youngster that will need a sled this year.
Or maybe it’s time to train the useless dog to help out around camp…
There’s not much to it really but a good set of measurements is always welcome in a new project. An old pallet and a couple long boards will just about do it.
And maybe, just maybe, one less plastic tub sled will end up in the landfill. Here’s the link to the original article:
Someone recently shared this house with me and I’ve seen her (Ana White’s) work popping up all over the Internet lately. Ana White uses readily available materials to create some genius storage and living solutions for small homes. These could easily be applied in many other situations in order to make the most of any space. It rings well with me because it is all-purpose made to fit the space and needs of the occupant; not just an off-the-shelf one-size-fits-most approach. Here is a tour of her recent work and I suggest visiting her website for a load of other great ideas, including many plans.
The table versatility is particularly smart and functional. This would be handy in an office or bedroom as well. The video has a lot of good ideas for builders.
And finally, on her Brag Board, she has many other interesting projects to check out as well including a lot furniture ideas like this clever storage bed shown below.
Thanks to Ronel Silva for passing this on. It’s a good video showing the construction of a Pea Picker style of folding stool. I posted my own version here several years ago. The video is in Spanish, but if you do not speak it, I think the visuals should give you plenty of guidance.
Various hickory mallets and a spoon from Osage orange.
As I sort and cull my tools (and life) I want to share some past projects that may seem too simple to consider. I am not always on the path to a handmade life but I’m also never far from it.
From “Mountains and molehills; or, Recollections of a burnt journal” 1855, page 355.
Looking through old books online I’m constantly reminded of how easy we have it in the 21st Century. I still remember seeing my grandfather and great-grandfather ripping the occasional board by hand. Neither had a table saw and it was often too much trouble for a single cut to replace the blade in the circular saw. I feel like I have rip-sawed miles of lumber in my life and many projects I have undertaken wouldn’t have occurred without the table saw. As I have cut down on the large power tools I own I have a difficult time dismissing even the small table saw.
Roubo framesaw ripping thin planks from a log.
So, I’ve been putting off resawing a wide mahogany plank intended for an instrument back and, because of the width, it will need to be done by hand. I have put it off for over a week now as I realize there is some dread about diving in. It’s a skill that needs practice like any other and isn’t going to kill me. Time to take a deep breath, clamp it down, and start cutting.
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”
Voltaire was on to something there. Here is a very inspirational family making good in the wilds of Wisconsin. I would love to see more as they sound like some truly genuine artisans and keep craftsmanship alive in this consumer era.
I want to continue being inspired by people like this with positive spirits and keeping an eye on the important things in life. Feel free to submit links like this or comment if you have feeling about a handmade life.
And don’t forget to check out their own web-page, photos, and blog by clicking the image below.
Here’s another fine read and almost too much reality from Paul Seller’s blog.
First off I didn’t want to edit this letter down because of the individuality it expresses. So it’s long and worth reading. Hi Paul, I just turned eighteen, and for just over a year now…
Source: An Answer for Today
These are nearly the same type I make. A frame saw is a useful and simple introduction to woodworking and tool-making. If you are interested in woodworking, Paul Seller’s blog has a lot to offer.
From Paul Seller’s:
If you have not yet made one of these you should. They are quick and simple to make and give you the European push and pull stroke saw in a single saw which is useful depending on where you want to…
Source: Making a frame saw