Wind chimes are becoming increasingly popular pieces of garden furniture. Although such chimes are not a new idea, and can be made in a wide range of materials, there is a contemporary type which uses aluminium tubes for producing the sound. Unfortunately, some of these are very crude and even the best designs I have seen leave something to be desired. Since these wind chimes are usually based on a circular form they lend themselves to turning and I have developed some ideas which I hope will appeal to readers.
Here is a pretty simple frame saw I made using a 24 inch section of bandsaw blade tensioned across arms and stretchers made of hard maple. A frame saw can be used to resaw thick boards, or to rip wide boards. It is much more efficient than a hand saw in these applications due to its narrow kerf. The blade should be under high tension, and should emit a high-pitched ping when plucked. Here is a rough outline of how I made mine.
Turning boxes can be a source of considerable satisfaction not least because they require a certain degree of skill. There is the challenge of creating a satisfactory design, making a well fitting lid, and finishing the box to the level required for an object which is likely to be treasured by its owner for many years. Small boxes can be used for keeping many things: stamps, pills, paper clips, buttons, as well as rings, and other small pieces of jewelry, in short any of those small items which we all seem to accumulate.
There is more to spraying a finish than squeezing the trigger on a spray gun. To get a smooth, even finish, you need to spray all sides of a project, if possible. Which is precisely the idea behind this spray finishing station. You simply set the project on the rotating turntable, then spray, spin, and spray again.
Today, you can find an abundant number of kayak types easily available for purchase – so why build a boat yourself? I feel that following the generation of a boat from a bundle of wooden strips to a usable kayak is satisfaction per se, especially when it is based on the beautiful designs of historical kayaks developed by the Eskimos in arctic regions, and when the project culminates in the view of a completed frame.
This duck is great to put in any garden or yard. The good news is you don not have to clean up after it. The bad news is that it will not eat your slugs. Read more at RunnerDuck.
This project looks deceiving simple. There is a lot of tedium in getting the wing holes in the right place and the right weight. Once you get it right it looks great and is a real conversation piece. See more at RunnerDuck.
This is a cute little project that will make your garden look like a fun place to be. They are simple enough that the kids could help make them. If they do help be sure to supervise them to keep them safe. See more at RunnerDuck.
Raised beds are a great way to garden. They raise the plants up so they are easier to get at and it is easier to control garden pests. These raised beds are very simple to build and are made from 2 X 12s with 4 X 4 inch corner supports.
Our camper trailer just does not have a good place to mount one of those plastic paper towel holders so I decided to make one for the counter. This is a simple project that requires a little imagination.