Pictures of a combined project..

It's been a while since I made a '50 tees microphone and put it on the mail to The Netherlands. Today I received the pictures of the restored statue!

Oh.. and here's the video of the making of that microphone:


About the woodworking community, Gofundme, a tablesaw and lots of surprises!

It wasn't such a good week in the Not Just Sawdust workshop. The beltsander bearings flew out of the plastic cover, the table saw broke down and so...  Nevertheless, the project we started on has to be finished. Part 1: A torsion box / T-Track bed. It's made at a size it will be possible to go under the workbench. One side is a flat assembly table, the other side has 5 t-tracks. It's a base for much more...

Than an amazing thing happened (again) Fellow woodworker Paul Wilmore from Harefield Ward (UK) started a crowdfunding to help me with getting a new table saw. This woodworking community is really great!  This is what he wrote:

"I would like to ask for your help, Gerrit Klaassen produces great content on youtube on his channel not just sawdust and he is doing great projects and loves recycling. He is using some tools which he has recycled one of those is his tablesaw, at the moment he is trying to make things and his table saw has let him down and he is unable to use it. Like most people he is trying to make a living doing recycling and his videos. I am thinking that you may like to help this great man and even the smallest amount can change someones future, I would like to try and set this up to help Gerrit and maybe help to pay this forward so we can see more great things .

I believe in a great community of great people who are makers united in making.
I hope to help Gerrit raise some funds towards a tablesaw."

The Crowdfund is on GoFundMe and here's the link: Help Gerrit replace his table saw!

Some followers of the Not Just Sawdust Youtube Channel suggested that I start an account on Patreon. I'm working on that, but as in many cases it's credit card related, which doesn't make it easy.
To my big surprise some of my woodworking colleges and Youtube subscribers used the paypal donation button on my website and donated towards the new table saw. Again, I can't express clearly enough how grateful I am! 


Another willow table..

A few weeks ago we made a table out of a trunk of willow. It was sold and the new owners asked to make a second one. So.. here it is. This time with oak legs.

This time, because of the curve in the tree trunk the legs came out very nice.


A Tree-Table!

Just before taking the decision to cut down the last 2 meters of a poplar we came up with the idea to make a little meeting point for guests at the campsite of some friends. A table around the tree, maybe in the future to be complemented with some kind of roof. The first step was placing 4 brackets....

Once every bracket was leveled out they were nailed in to the groves that were cut out of the tree and the brackets were screwed together. Than the table top needed to be made. Only cut-offs of former projects were used and some reclaimed wood. All connected together with random layers underneath to just avoid that "formal" look.

Because the tree was cut down for most part, it was easy to slide the table-top over the tree trunk.

After screwing the top on the brackets it got a treated with Nilzone, a stain that protects against all wood loving bugs. It's not clear where creativity will bring us, but something like barstools and some roof are most likely. 


Making cheap rubber band clamps

Sometimes it's just easier to make clamps than go out and buying them. Especially when you are looking for ones that you need for a specific job. The good thing about making clamps yourself is that you probably have all the materials laying around, most likely in the bin with scraps.

The only thing you need is some wood and a rubber / elastic band. You could make these clamps in any size, as fancy looking as you want. The "round stock" can be a broomstick, a dowel or even some copper pipe, it's really not important. On request I made a little drawing, but it is just to inspire you to experiment.
click on the picture and save it at original size (A4)

To make it all a bit easier, here's a video on the making of...


Artisan market at the village of Areias..

Sometimes things go like the should go in an ideal world. Today we had a stand at the Artisan market in a village called Areias. This weekend's workshop video was about a little table made out of willow and reclaimed beech and guess what, it sold today at the market with the order to make another one.

Now how odd is it to sell a Recycled Box Guitar at the same event, in Portugal, to a collector. The Teres Angulus changed hands, and I must say it is a good feeling to know this instrument is now in the collection of somebody who appreciates the details and the fact that it is a one-off guitar.

Yes, it was a cold day in central Portugal. The clouds decided to open up regularly and the wind blew from the north. Luckily we had a stand inside. When demonstrating the RBG's the little "Pig Nose" battery powered amp sounded like a big system in the concrete hall!

Sometimes Portugues artisan markets are more about socialising and talking about each other's work, but this time lots of people were really interested and so we had nice conversations about woodworking, recycling and crafts in general.

Today made me enthusiastic to go into the workshop and be creative!

And here is the video on the making of the willow table:


A Modern Foot Stove

As you all probably know by now, it can be pretty cold on the lonesome hill here in Central Portugal. And although we have the modern comfort of electricity and internet, a lot of things still happen here as it did hundreds of years ago like warming the house with a wood stove. When it's really cold that burner is on all day, choking up dozens of logs in a day. But on the just chilly day's that makes no sence, wood doesn't come for free, and if it does it takes a lot of work to get it cut to size, stacked and dried. That's the reason to use it sensible and make sure you don't burn all before winter is gone. Still if you want to sit comfortably on the kitchen table some sort of warmth is highly welcome.

In the old day's, going back for centuries, people used little foot-stoves that were filled with hot coals. These foot-warmers helped to make you feel comfortable if you sat in a chair. Foot warmers are visible on 16th and 17th century paintings, but they could be completely hidden under a long skirt or cloak. After 10 years of using a blanket or wearing snow boots while sitting on the kitchen table, I think it's time to make my lovely wife a modern version.

For years now she uses a little fruit box underneath her feet to compensate the height of the kitchen chairs and so I will use that box to measure the size. Now we are originally from the Netherlands, and the typically Dutch foot stove was a wooden box with holes in the top and an earthenware or metal pot holding glowing coals inside. These foot stoves were also common in northern Germany. A stone slab was an alternative to the wooden top with holes.

These days, in the century of USB charged gadgets, there are very handy heat cushions for sale and I found one for just 6,95 at a local supermarket. The challenge was to make a box that fit's with our "Amsterdam School" furniture and has enough room to hold that cushion. The materials used were reclaimed oak, beech and mahogany, plywood for the bottom, some bamboo and beech dowels, aluminium foil from chocolate bars and the whole project was finished with wax.

The whole project was glued, and the dowels are to support the pressure on the legs. No nails or screws were used.



And here's a video on the making of the foot stove.


A 1950's "fake" microphone for a wooden statue

Yes, a simple little project this time. A Dutch friend found a few wooden statues of musicians and a microphone was missing. It's just my own simplified interpretation of a 1950's model. Made in meranti, the cast-aluminium look was made with Zinc-spray and Nilzone, finished with a few coats of opaque lacquer..