Articles by: BobD

Sunflower Puzzle Box Pendant

Sunflower Puzzle Box Pendant

Portable puzzle contains mini garden-themed pieces By Nancy Vincent Challenge your friends and relatives to fit all of these garden-themed pieces back into this attractive pendant. The only rule is that you have to fit them all in; the orientation of each piece doesn’t matter. This project also shows off […]

by June 7, 2017 Projects
Catapult Castle

Catapult Castle

Defend your kingdom by slinging a boulder (ball) at invaders By Bob Gilsdorf When you roll a ball at this castle, it retaliates by slinging a Ping-Pong ball back at you! Catch the ball, block it with a homemade shield (a pot lid will do in a pinch), or knock […]

by June 7, 2017 Videos
Sunset Segmentation

Sunset Segmentation

Use inexpensive wood and a little paint to create a scenic landscape By Frank Droege Because the pieces easily fit back together, this project is a breeze to cut and paint. You can complete the landscape scene in an afternoon. Cutting the Scene Cut the wood blank and backing board to […]

by June 2, 2017 Patterns
Word Art from Word

Word Art from Word

Use a common word processing program to create custom patterns By Jon Deck Being a graphic designer, schooled and skilled in the Adobe creative applications, I never had much use for Microsoft Word. When we decided to find an easy way to make word art patterns, I immediately thought of InDesign … […]

by June 2, 2017 Techniques
Decorative Birdhouses

Decorative Birdhouses

Charming birdhouses bring summer inside all year long By Sue Mey I wanted to make a large 3-D birdhouse that would wow a viewer, but was limited by the wood thickness my scroll saw could cut. My solution was to divide the project into four quarters that could then be […]

by June 2, 2017 Projects
Minimalist Plant Hanger

Minimalist Plant Hanger

Make an attractive and functional plant hanger with just eight cuts By Sue Mey Decorating can’t get any simpler than this classic plant holder. Make one or several to dress up your outdoor spaces. Making the Plant Hanger Attach the patterns to the two wood blanks. Drill the indicated holes […]

by June 2, 2017 Patterns
“Looking Back” Deer Portrait

“Looking Back” Deer Portrait

Touching portrait of a doe and fawn captured in wood By Charlie Dearing As soon as I saw the photo this pattern is based on, I knew I had to recreate it in wood. It’s an iconic image of mother and child that transcends species. Projects cut from thin plywood, […]

by June 2, 2017 Patterns
ISOtunes Pro Noise Isolating Bluetooth Earbuds

ISOtunes Pro Noise Isolating Bluetooth Earbuds

By Bob Duncan Protect your ears from loud tools while listening to your tunes with the ISOtunes PRO Noise Isolating Bluetooth Earbuds. These earbuds combine comfort with hearing protection and good sound quality. These innovative earbuds also include a noise-cancelling microphone that eliminates steady state noise, such as a saw […]

by June 2, 2017 Product Reviews
Building a Playhouse

Building a Playhouse

Notched boards fit together like giant Lincoln Logs By Dave Van Ess Playhouses are a hassle to move and are often resigned to sit in one place for years. This portable playhouse can be reassembled with ease and can travel to wherever a child’s imagination takes it. You just cut notches […]

by May 30, 2017 Patterns

Woodcarving shop fire ignited by spontaneous combustion

Our thoughts are definitely with the owners of Andy Lakes Woodworks in Glyndon, Minn., after three log sheds and a shop building burned down Saturday (May 6, 2017). Officials say the fire started when finishing chemicals spontaneously combusted. For more information, visit http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2017/may/07/fire-destroys-glyndon-woodcarving-business/. This is really a wakeup call for carvers. […]

by May 10, 2017 News, Uncategorized