Cable Reels……16 Great Ideas For Their Transformation

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Cable reels can be upcycled in so many ways,,,, I hope this post will inspire you to create your own innovative designs. Here are a few pros and cons when it comes to cable reel furniture….. Pros…… The wood has been treated with preservative, which penetrates deep into the fibres, so the cable reel will not rot.

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12 Best Selling Woodworking Projects

Teapot Bird House and Feeder

Woodworking products which are easy to make and sell well are reviewed in this post. Here are a few things to remember when you are beginning your business as a new woodworker….. Work within your capabilities to create a product you would be proud to have in your own home Don’t try to re-invent the wheel…..look at what other people are selling and adapt their ideas to create your own range Only use materials of the highest quality Just purchase tools  for the job in hand. You will soon build up a range of woodworking tools to deal with any…

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Wildlife Homes for 6 Endangered Animals and Birds

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Wildlife Homes for Endangered Animals and Birds Many of our favourite animals and birds are under pressure through loss of their natural habitat or the depletion of the creatures they feed on. We can help their fight for survival by providing them with suitable homes. In this article I have outlined ways to build  wildlife homes for hedgehogs, tits, bugs, doves, barn owls and bats.

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16 Exciting Scrap Wood Project Plans

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Scrap Wood Can Be Recycled Into Useful Gifts Scrap wood is usually piled in a corner of the workshop, or, in my case, in the roof space of the garage. There are so many useful things you can make for around the house, in the garden or for gifts.

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15 Great Whiskey Barrel Furniture Projects

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Whiskey Barrel Furniture   Whiskey Barrel Furniture…..unique, robust and practical Barrel furniture encompasses a huge range of useful items from chandeliers to wine coolers and armchairs to wine racks. The barrels have been made by skilled coopers out of seasoned oak, so they are extremely durable.     The Making of Barrels This old film shows the traditional way that barrels are made. Towards the end you will see how an apprentice is initiated into the Guild of Coopers. Sourcing Second Hand Barrels Look online for old barrels, or contact your local winery, distillery, or brewery. They just might be…

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Pallet Furniture………15 Great Projects To Make Yourself

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Pallets are made to last, so they are strong, as well as offering great value for money. You can create a wide range of pallet furniture, which is totally unique, including  tables, benches, beds, shelves, desks and many more household items. You can make them to the exact size you want, so they are truly bespoke. Where To Find Wooden Pallets Here are five places you can source free wooden pallets…… Large building supply stores Wholesale suppliers Building sites Supermarkets Industrial estates   How To Dismantle A Pallet Force the bar down between the boards of the pallet and the…

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15 Exciting Ideas For Wooden Christmas Trees

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Wooden Christmas Trees Wooden Christmas Trees Which Use Recycled Materials Here are lots of ideas for wooden Christmas Trees you can make at home. I have not included detailed instructions, just the basics, as I’m sure you can design them yourself now that you have seen the concept. If you want to buy a Christmas Tree with real character look no further than Etsy. Here’s a selection of the best Christmas trees I could find. Just click on the tree you are interested in to view full details. The Shelf Tree The basic dimensions are….. Overall height  32″ 6″ between…

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15 Small Woodworking Projects

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I have selected a wide range products you can make without a large workshop and with minimal experience or equipment. What’s more these suggestions not only make great presents, but also save you lots of money. In The Home This is a straightforward project if you can find a real barrel.   This is a cheeseboard which has been personalised as a wedding gift. You can refer to this post  to learn how to cut the letters, This board has been made from an olive tree which has reached the end of its productive life and has been replaced by…

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Woodworking Products……6 Ways To Increase Sales

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Personalising Woodworking Products   Attracting More Customers Woodworking products which are personalised and are made from sustainable sources, will attract more customers and achieve a higher profit margin. The trick is to find an attractive, cost effective way of creating the lettering and to discover a sustainable source of timber for your woodworking creations. I have chosen some unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on the image for full details of your selection. Personalising Your Offering Fortunately there are five techniques you can use to form letters in wood…..hand carving…..a Dremel drill……laser cutting…… pyrography…. and stencilling….

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Wood Craft Discoveries

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Wood Craft Discoveries Wood Crafts discovered On Instagram and Pinterest Here are some of the best examples of wood crafts, which I have discovered on Instagram and Pinterest. I have included the links to the websites where they can be purchased. I receive no commission for introducing you to them……I just want to highlight outstanding wood craft designs.     I have selected a range of unique, handcrafted gifts you can buy from Etsy …..Just click on the image for full details of your selection. Set of five animal stools….there are other designs on their website and you can buy…

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