Here is a collection of workshop tips that I share from WoodworkersWorkshop®.
Quick tip to distress lumber
Some of the woodworking crafts we make require a rough lumber look and feel. The video below shows a quick tip on distressing planed lumber for that rustic look.
Mounting tires for the race car bed
Screwing into MDF typically requires predrilling for the best method of joining parts. The action of drilling removes the MDF material that is taken up by the shaft of the screw. Many wood types, especially soft woods like pine, are forgiving.
Sanding the race car tires
I am about near finished the side panels for the race car bed. Today I am working on finishing the sanding, using a hand file and some sandpaper. Hind sight being 20/20 I would of put the flush trim bit on the router table and would of had all four wheels done in less than a minute. Ah, the price you pay from learning after the fact. 🙂
Template routing MDF
Since the bearing on the flush trim router bit failed I did not have a replacement bearing so I had to purchase another router bit. Now its time to get dusty in the workshop. MDF, its not my material of choice but I’m deep into it now. Time to get busy working on this race car bed.
Router bit bearing blow out
What is worse than a bearing breaking on a flush trim router bit? Having that broken bit travel into the project panel and gouging a hole that is not suppose to be there. This little video talks about that incident and a solution for fixing it, so that we can continue with building this race car bed.
Drawing arches in the workshop
There are probably several simple ways to draw arches in the workshop. For this children’s bed that I am building, I used what I had near me to get the task done quickly.
Lowes® Race Car Bed maximize materials
I always look for ways to maximize the use of materials. It might explain why I have so much scrap wood in my workshop 🙂 While doing the layouts for this race car bed project, I notice some savings by simply rearranging some of the parts.
Make your own Beam Compass
A beam compass is one of the easier tools to make up in the workshop. A scrap piece of wood, a screw and pencil are the basics. You can also use a clamp or rubber band to add some tension to keep the pencil in place.
Lowes® Race Car Bed measurements
Its always a good idea to review a woodworking plan and double check the measurements. Then as you proceed through the measuring of the parts, take your time and double check again. Today I found an error in this plan. Its no big deal, an easy fix at this stage.
Tips on drilling through MDF
MDF, like most materials, can be unforgiving when drilling all the way through. This little video shows what can happen and some steps you can take to reduce blow out.