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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Excellent and very affordable clamp

Bessey GSCC2.524 2.5-Inch x 24-Inch Economy Clutch Style Bar Clamp

Excellent wood glue

Gorilla Wood Glue, 18 oz.

Friday, December 16, 2016

How to make a solid block of wood from several pallet planks

One of my biggest problems when working with pallet wood is that I sometimes need to use lumber of dimensions that I can't get from pallets. As I don't want to spend any money and wish to keep my projects free (and stay 100% with pallets) - here is one of my techniques to address this challenge.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Using the same techniques to build a butcher's block (or cutting) board to experiment with the goal to create a kitchen table

I've seen pictures online of a few people that created beautiful tables using pallet wood by flipping the boards sideways and glueing them together.

The first step was to take a few boards from a pallet, cut them at 1 1/2 inch wide, flip them and glue them together.

Once this is done and dried, I take a hand plane to the front and back (had not decided which was going to be which yet) and even out the boards better as well as remove much of the glue.

After this, there was still a bit of glue squeeze-out, so I started to use a sander with 60 grit sandpaper and clean up and smooth out the surfaces.

After the sanding the surfaces were quite smooth... This is when I applied some finish to complete the experiment.

I call this experiment a success... Next step is to make an 8 foot table with the same technique.