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Picnic Style Dining Table Video Tutorial

Friday, October 31st, 2014


And now for the original reason why I visited the Renaissance Woodworker today. Shannon Rogers has been building a picnic style dining table and teaching the Web about it since September. He outlines everything in detail on video, from SketchUp planning and milling. I’m choosing to send you his video on joinery as a taster.
Watch all parts.

Don’t Overlook a Hand Saw in Your New Tool Kit

Friday, October 31st, 2014

It’s another article for new woodworkers trying to get started with the right tools. This time, Shannon Rogers demystifies all the discussion around hand planes by reminding readers that hand saws are versatile and simple. Just because people are talking about hand planes a lot, that doesn’t mean they are the only tool out there. What’s also great about Shannon’s article is that it explains how saws are useful in several ways.
Just get a saw.

Handplanes Are Serious Business

Friday, October 31st, 2014

You may be getting into hand tool woodworking, so you check online resources for tips on choosing tools. The debates on message boards may leave you wondering…
What? Choosing the right hand plane involves chemistry and trigonometry? Is it really that hard? Why do these debaters care about so many details? How am I going to choose now?
Christopher Schwartz has an answer to those message boards:
Really guys? Just plane the flippin’ board.
If you don’t sharpen your tool and start working, you’re not woodworking or learning.
I like that philosophy.

Need Space From the Family? Get a Second Home

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

While homes designed for living in are a welcome break in the design world, homes designed for beauty and relaxation have their own function. For example, this Birmingham, Alabama apartment is a second home for a mother of four to spend time away from her family just a few blocks away. The home’s soft grey themes combine with tertiary colors to create a sense of glamorous relaxation.

A Home Designed for Living In

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Design Sponge is touring the Buffalo home of Sean and Jackie Wrafter. Grace Bonney admires how beautiful a home’s decor can be even when the owners’ goal is to keep it functional and welcoming. This home uses classic, meaningful elements and allows occupants to breathe.
Look twice at the headboard.

Disaster Relief Housing is Modular, Self-Sufficient and Fast

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

If you are interested modular architecture then consider looking at the NYC Emergency Housing Prototype designed by Garrison Architects in collaboration with New York City Office of Emergency Management. The houses don’t use actual shipping containers with their livability hassles, just the idea of their helpful stackability. Since the units don’t rely on infrastructure like public water, they provide for their residents after natural disasters. They also go up quickly in case of an emergency.
Learn more at Jetson Green

Solarbox: Repurposing London Phone Booths into Phone Chargers

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt

Pop culture has added a futuristic twist to old London phone booths with Dr. Who. Now reality is changing phone booths into solar powered mobile phone charging stations. More accurately, Team Solarbox is repurposing phone booths rather than letting them become waste.
The Solarbox not only brings green energy to London streets but provides a free service to the public as well as valuable advertising space to businesses. A large portion of the political spectrum can get behind a project like Solarbox since it not only provides a green public service, but it also pays for itself through ads.
In other words, phone booths really can take you to the future.
More at TreeHugger

18th Century Desks: Don’t Just Look at Them

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Working Wood in the 18th Century conference is going on 17 years strong this January. Colonial Williamsburg will present pieces from their collection to exemplify Federal-era furniture. And since you’ll be in Virginia, why not visit the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum? Just think of all those beautiful antiques.
Find more information at Fine Woodworking and Colonial Williamsburg

Schiller Bicycles Cross Water

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Judah Schiller - copyright Schiller Bikes
Photo copyright Schiller bikes

Bicycles are at the forefront of alternative transportation, and now it’s not only on land. Schiller Bikes is now producing water bikes on pontoons. Judah Schiller rigged up the BayCycle last year and now it’s time for the rest of America to hop on board. Now, petroleum-free water transportation is more available than ever.
Learn more at Forbes

Elegant Sunny Apartment Tour

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Stephanie A. Meyer’s apartment is personable. The cookbook author isn’t looking for any design awards by going over-the-top contemporary or opulent traditional. Meyer’s classic apartment is warm, bright, and livable. Thanks, Stephanie, for reminding us that it’s okay to design a space for a human being to live in.
The tour is at Apartment Therapy.