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!
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
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!
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.....
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....
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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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....