Friday, February 27, 2015

1000 subscribers on Youtube and 1000 thank you to all of them!

Scrap wood city recently reached 1K subscribers on Youtube. I want to thank each and every one of them. The subscriber support is awesome and keeps scrap wood city going on with enthusiasm!

I really THANK YOU!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Another DIY picture frame out of wood

First of all I mounted my router on my vise upside down. This way I can use the router as a router table. I clamped a scrap wood piece on it’s base to act as a fence. I pressed the starting buttons with clamps. This technique is not too safe, so do not try it unless you feel comfortable to do so.

Then I passed through the spruce piece of the frame and created a rabbet for the glass and the picture to sit on.

Then I cut the frame pieces to size in my miter box with my saw.

I glued the frame using a frame clamp. I also added weights to keep everything straight.

To add extra strength to the frame, I added dowels on the corners 45 degrees against the grain. I trimmed them flush with my flush trim saw.

I used my block plane to round over the edges of the frame.

I sanded the piece with 120 grit sandpaper.

I applied a coat of clear satin, water based varnish. After the first coat dried out. I sanded the piece lightly with 600 grit sand paper, and applied another coat of varnish.

I went to a glass store and bought  a piece of glass in the dimensions of my frame.

I used it as a guide to measure the back of my frame on a piece of plywood.

I cut the back on my scroll saw.

I straightened the back with my block plane.

I also cut the other piece of the back on my scroll saw.

I glued the back pieces together. To hold them in place during glue up, I stapled them and nailed them together.

I used my belt sander to shape the pieces that hold the frame and the back together.

I predrilled some pilot holes and assembled the pieces on the frame.

I assembled everything, and my frame is ready!

Friday, February 20, 2015

DIY electrolytic metal etching with 9V batteries

First of all I placed the vinyl stencil in the position I wanted.

Then I connected the batteries in series, using alligator clips. I connect the positive pole of the first battery with the negative one of the other.

Now I had two poles empty. The positive one went to the metal of my tool. On the negative I added an ear scoop.

In a small container I added vinegar and salt and I mixed them together.

Then I dipped the crocodile clip in the vinegar and salt mixture and touched it on the metal parts I wanted to be etched.

I repeated the last step several times for about 10 minutes.

And that's it!

Many thanks to Opus Decor for producing the vinyl stencil.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

How to make a wood guitar pedalboard

Using pedals with your guitars is awesome, but having them neatly mounted on a board with their power supply can be a problem. So I made my own pedalboard out of a piece of plywood.

First of all I layer out all my pedals on the board to measure the size I needed.

Then I cut the board to size with my circular saw and my cross cutting jig.

Then I cut the feet of my board with the circular saw. I cut them freehand, taped them together with two sided tape and flush sand them on my belt sander.

I added rounded corners to my board. To draw the the radius I used a spray can. I cut out the corners with my jigsaw.

I sanded the corners with my sanding block.

I designed the handle out of a scrap plywood piece and cut it out with the jigsaw. I sanded it. For the inner rounded corners I used a dowel as sanding block.

I decided to join the handle and the board using dovetails.  I first drew the male tails on the handle and cut them out on my scroll saw.

Then I used the males as guides to to trace the female tails on the board and cut them out with the jigsaw. I filled and sanded the female parts to fit the handle snuggly. I glued it with wood glue. To fill the gaps I added glue to the joints and then sanded over them. This way the gaps were filled with wood dust and glue.

I glued and screwed the feet to the board. I first drilled pilot holes for the screws with my rotary tool. I also added a clamp to secure things in place before adding the screws.

I mounted the power supply by making a few blocks. I also added a hanger screw type thing to secure the unit from underneath.

I masked the areas I wanted to add velcro and then painted the whole thing with a black spray can. I added several light coats of paint.

I added the one side of the velcro on the pedals and the power supply and I glued the other part on the board.

I assembled everything together and I was ready to roll!

Monday, February 16, 2015

How to make a Wine Bottle Glass Display with pyrography

I made this out of a scrap piece of spruce.

First of all I cut the piece to size with a saw and my miter box.

Then I used my compass to mark my measurements.

I used my hole saw and cut my circles on my drill press.

Then I used my jigsaw to make the rest of my cuts.

I sanded the piece using my belt sander and several scrap pieces as sanding blocks. This helped me to sand difficult areas of the piece.

Then I drew  my design with a pencil. I decided to draw grapes and vines.

Then I used my wood burner to complete the design.

My display is ready!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Branding my tools with vinyl stencils

First of all, I want to thank Opus Decor for producing the vinyl stencils.

I branded my router, my jig saw, my hand saws, my circular saw, me belt sander and my vice using this method.

First I peeled off the back side of the stencil and placed it on the tool. Then I peeled off the front side of the sticker and masked the rest of the area with paper tape.

I sprayed the color I wanted and let it dry. Then I carefully removed the rest of the vinyl with my utility knife.

My stencil isready, and my logo is now placed on my most important tools!

Friday, February 6, 2015

DIY moving cat toy made on the scroll saw

First of all I drew a rough sketch of my cat on a piece of paper.

Then I scanned it and imported it in Adobe illustrator.  I converted it to a vector graphic.

I printed all the parts and glued them on a piece of plywood using spray glue.

I cut out the pieces on the scroll saw.

I sprayed the glued paper pieces with rust remover, let it soak for a few minutes and the easily pealed off the templates.

I drilled the holes I needed on the drill press. Because the plywood I had was really thin, I used a clamp to hold the pieces in 90 degrees for the vertical drillings.

I sanded all the pieces.

I Joined the arms and legs with screws. I trimmed the screws flush using my rotary tool.

I joined all the pieces with string. Because making knots with such a thin string is impossible, I used my glue gun to secure everything in place.

I also added a ring in the middle for the string to be guided through.

My cat is ready.

It would be easier if you used a thicker piece of plywood. The holes would be made easier and you could use a thicker string.

But that’s what I had laying around I hope you like it.

You can download a free PDF template here.