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Picnic Table Bench

I was online looking for a cool project that most anyone can do and I found a great one.  Follow the link below to go to the site below.

Link:  http://www.indonesiateakfurniture.com/1_garden_bench/bench-1-4-teak-woood-furniture.html

Here are a few pics of the Picnic Table Bench:

I really think the bench/table would be better without the arm rests.

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How to make a Simple Wooden Milking Stool

For Those New England or mid-west cattle farmers, you realize how important a milking stool is for saving the back. Anything to make the job easier. This guide will help you build your first milking stool.

Materials:

Tape measure
Pencil
Drill
Band saw
Router
Sander
Lathe
Finishing supplies
Forstner bit
Wood glue

Cut list:
1. 2” thick x 1’ x 1’ maple slab: 2 board ft($6.00)
3. 2” x 2” x 11” legs

Steps:
1. Trace a circle on the maple slab that touches the four sides
2. Cut the circle out with the band saw leaving a little room from the line to sand
3. Sand the edge of the circle where the band saw cut
4. Then layout a triangle of three points equally spaced so that you can use your forstner bit and drill out the points so that you have three holes for legs
5. Now time for the lathe. Make three legs however you like, make sure you leave an end on all the legs that is wide enough to fit in your drill holes.
6. Fit the sanded turned legs into your stool with wood glue inside the holes and make the leg come flush with the top. let glue dry for a few hours or until dry.
7. now that the legs are in the stool there may be some hard glue drops, you can either sand the drops if they are small enough or you can use a chisel and cut the glue off then sand the spot where the glue was removed. Now take the glued stool and sand the hole thing and then you will be ready to finish the stool.
8. In my case I will use Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane but you can use stain and poly or just stain it is purely up to you.

Handsaw Push Stick

Todays project is a push stick.  Hopefully, if you are familiar with wood work and a table saw, you have heard about a push stick.  Push sticks can be helpful when working with narrow stock, for example if you want a 1 1/2″ by 3/4″ trim, then the space between the blade and your fence gets a little close for comfort and to be safe you use a push stick because a push stick can be made out of scrap, it is replaceable, your fingers arn’t.

This push stick is supposed to look like a hand saw handle.  First find a 9 3/4″x5″x3/4″ scrap board and trace the handle of a Hand saw like the one in the pic. below.Image

You want to make it look like the saw handle and still make a push stick so it must have a flat area with a lip to catch the wood like the pic belowImage.  This picture shows the foot of the push stick that must be on the push stick so the stick won’t slide off the board you are trying to rip.

This is the finish product when you are done.Image in this you can see the foot “sole” separate from the handle if you do the same then you can glue the foot on or you can nail or screw it in place but if so make sure the tips don’t go through the foot into the board you are trying

How to Make a Maple Cutting Board

Supplies:

  1. Maple Scraps or stock
  2. FDA approved Wood glue
  3. Food safe finish ex. Mineral oil, Butcher Block Wax, etc.

To Make a cutting board you must first answer a few questions:

  1. How thick do you want it?
  2. How wide do you want it?
  3. How long do you want it?

For this project my numbers will be 1″x10″x12″.  I am going to take some maple out of my 6″x12″x6′ maple beam.

First work on the number of strips that need gluing together.  In my case it is going to be 5 strips.  Each strip going to be 1″x2″x12″ but cut rough and leave some room for error I recommend 1/2″ of room but use less if necessary.

Second Glue, I recommend using Titebond 3 wood glue because it is water proof and is very strong, FDA approved, and sands easily.  Glue the strips together and clamp them Tight.  Its ok if the ends don’t line up because they will be cut on a miter saw and squared later.

Third Clean up the board, Now that the board is rough run it through the plainer on both sides till it is the demetion you wanted in the beginning, next run one side through the jointer to square it, then put the board on a table saw and rip the opposite side from the jointed side to almost the right demention But Remember to leave sanding room.

Fourth Sanding.  Sand all of the sides and prep for finishing.  I am going to round over all the visible corners before finishing.

Fifth Finish.  The finish must be a non-toxic oil finish.  Most common is a Mineral oil, and less common is a Butcher Block Wax or oil.  Use two or three coats and the project should be complete.

These are three of my finished boards with Mineral oil on them.  also notice the finger hole in the middle one.  To do the finger hole I took a Forstner bit and drilled through the board, then I sanded the rough edge made by the bit.