New Workbench, T-shirt and about a knitting queen...

This is my “new” workbench / glue table. Completely made out of reclaimed materials.

The base is made from two old KLM (Royal Dutch Airways) flight-cases which I had for 10 years and were used in a former life as cases for PA equipment. The top is made of an old sheet of underlayment and small pieces of different wood and sheet material, all laying around the workshop. The vise (on of two) was a trade against some other things. It’s an old “Nooitgedagt” Dutch vise that I only had to paint again. The clamping system is made out of a few old table legs.

Links to people mentioned in the video:



Wool spindles

How exiting things can be. These wool spindles will find their way to Aspatria in Cumbria UK. Thanks to Jen at the Knit & Purl craft shop.
Round wool spindle
Turkish wool spindle

The complete set

Ready for shipment to the UK


A birdhouse for a wild canary

Our Entry for the Summers Woodworking's 2nd Annual Birdhouse Build Contest. Inspiration: The Wild Canary.... All about the Summers Woodworking Second Annual Birdhouse Build Contest


And here's Toby's entry to Summers Woodworking's 2nd Annual Birdhouse Build Contest 2014. Toby is our expert when it comes to software in the Bluesbarn Studio and a  very good guitar player. On his last day of the summer-holiday he used the table-saw and the miter-saw for the first time, well, it's his first woodworking project ever! The birdhouse is made out of recycled wood and other materials! Oh, by the way, he also had time to record the background music for this video!


#11.1 Bird watching, inspiration for a birdhouse contest.

Yes, we want to join the Summers Woodworking Second Annual Birdhouse Build Contest. But where to start? How to get the inspiration for a unusual birdhouse that isn't made before by somebody else? Walking in the woods along the river Zezere, being followed by ghosts and voices, I found my inspiration... the wild canary!
All about the Summers Woodworking Second Annual Birdhouse Build Contest

#11 A cold shower at the end of a warm holiday season

The holiday season is almost over. We're looking back on weeks with a lot of music, musicians and talented kids. Yes we, at Not Just Sawdust, also run a little recording studio and it keeps us busy especially during the summer. The wood workshop has been abandoned for 6 weeks, but we're back!

In this video some recordings we've made, the simple construction of a laundry wash basin, out of recycled wood and "skip found" materials and .... a cold shower at the end of a warm holiday season!

#10 There's only one thing on my mind

There's only one thing on my mind lately... I won't tell you what it is, just watch the video until the end. But it is on my mind all the time, when I'm getting up at 5 in the morning, when I bring her to the train station, when I'm driving home.....


#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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