#09 A Birthday wish project

When I asked my wife what she wanted to have for her birthday she said: "A kitchen renovation". And so it happened! A new insulated ceiling, new paneling, new lamps and... a little wall cabinet for all those glasses, telephone chargers etc. Yes, for once my twin brother helped and earned his beer....

People mentioned in this video:

Peter Freitag at http://www.thankgoditsfriday.de/EN/
his kind words on Not Just Sawdust at:

Richard Morley at http://www.woodcraftbpw.com/
his video on the round 8 seater garden bench:

Steve Carmicheal at: http://www.thecarmichaelworkshop.com/
his winning project at the 2x4 competition:



#08.2 Our entry to the 2014 Creative 2x4 Competition

Oh well, it was difficult to find a 2x4 in Portugal but... in the end we found two 2x2's which we used to make little side / plant / coffee /ashtray tables. It's all about making something out of a 2x4 by 8 ft. (about 10x5x244) for the Summers Woodworking annual Creative 2x4 Competition.

It all started with the idea of making a little high table (to put a flowerpot on) but during the process proportions didn't seem wright. So we did what every designer / builder would do: chop it in half!

The result is two little tables, with the same leg construction but in complete different styles. No other materials were used except for 5 cm of 8mm threaded rod and a nut. (to attach the top from one of the tables). The only other material used is glue (and some paint).

The whole adventure took one day on the road looking for a 2x4, four days of sawing, steaming, bending, planing, sanding, gluing and waiting for that glue to dry. At the 47th cup of coffee we stopped counting.

Special thanks to Bernie and Peter for donating the 2x2's and lending us the steamer. Visit the Summers Woodworking website and Youtube channel to follow the adventures competition of the international woodworking community!

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#08.1 Looking for a 2x4

The challenge is about what you can do with a single piece of 8 foot length of 2" x 4" pine? But where do you find a straight, dry piece of 5 x 10 cm, 244 cm long timber in Portugal, without having to pay the import and transport costs? The competition runs from May 1st to 31st, so...there's no time anyway to order one piece.

The good thing about the search for a piece of wood is that it gave us an opportunity to show the vicinity of Alqueidao. Will we find a suitable piece of timber? To be continued....

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Easter special. A pole lathe bunny?

Well yes, my twin brother got a painted egg... I had to wait until the middle of the night...
I guess you've never seen a rabbit painting an egg on a pole lathe, but now we know they do!

We just want to wish everybody:
Boa Páscoa, Nice Easter, Schöne Ostern, Belle Pâques
Buena Pascua, Bella Pasqua, Güzel Paskalya!

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Not making burglar proof bookends...

It seems that the international woodworking community decided to make bookends this week... Now do we at the Não Só Serradura workshop need to make bookends to?

It now turns out that Jack Houweling did some top secret classified behind the scenes collaboration emailing to ask a few woodworking YouTuber's if they wanted to participate in a collaboration project week.

Hey, it's Saturday, the sun is shining and my twin brother is out on a tour along the café's of Tomar.  Just on the terras with a cup of coffee, relaxing with Fatih, our 16 year old Jack Russel, scrolling the internet. So are we following the community hype? Do we really need to make bookends? neh....

You can see all the bookends video's easy on:

and also on: