Author: LavinaWoodworking (Admin)

Winner of the Project of the month: April 2018

Winner of the Project of the month: April 2018

With the most votes, the winner of April 2018 is woodworking_engineering


Background story by woodworking_engineering

Why did you build this project?

When I was a little kid, I used to spend my summer in a small country house. We had an olive tree with a playhouse (just three boards, actually). My friends and I spent endless hours and days on that tree. It was a very funny, creative and important moment of my life, I guess it’s one of the most important steps that made me grow up as I am now. So, I could not deprive my son of this amazing experience 🙂

What are the main materials that you used?

The materials are pretty simple. I just used a set of fir lumbers, plus tongue-and-groove boards for the flooring.

In order to avoid the kids to fell down, I installed a fish net from real fishermen: that ensures to have transparent but safe walls.

I like to use natural and ecological materials: all the wood structures are covered with a water-based penetrating sealer, to keep everything the more ecological I can. The kids will play on it most of the time with bare feet and hands, so I wanted to make it the safer I could.

Which tools and machines were important in building this project?

I guess I just used the miter saw, tape measure, plus a couple of cordless drills to predrill and tighten the screws. The construction is way simpler it may seem.

Can you give us a short overview of the building process?

The structure is the part I spent the most time, at least for the design step.
In this project, I wanted to do something weird, something everything could ask himself: How did they build it! How can it stay up! On the other end, I wanted to make the lightest structure I could.
I’m a professional engineer, and I like to apply engineering concept to the ancient art of woodworking.
I also started a YouTube channel where I explain my approach to woodworking.

For example, this project is fully UNI EN 1176, UNI EN 1177, UNI EN 11123 complaint, #nerdalert 😁
Those regulations ensure playhouses and toys are safe for our kids. Although it seems very weird to use them in simple, domestic projects, they are quite simple yet powerful. They seem hard but, at the end of the day, they propose reasonable things like: the handrails should be 60 to 80 cm high, to avoid kids to fall down and to hang up; flooring should not be horizontal, to avoid water to become stagnant; borders should be beveled; and some more simple things like that. So… why not?

The playhouse flooring lays on a lozenge structure that rests on just 2 stands: the olive tree on one side and a truss pillar on the other side. I did not drill any hole on the tree (no trees were harmed in the making of this playhouse… well, except for the trees used to make the lumbers 🙂

The truss pillar has a small pile foundation: two long iron pipe sunk in the ground.

The trusses ensure the structure to be incredibly light and thin, while still very rigid. The lumbers are just 4x7cm indeed. With a truss, the entire structure contribute to the resistance, even the handrail has a structural behavior.

Without the trusses, I should have used larger and heavier lumbers.

Are you satisfied with the result or would you change anything if you could?

Yes, I’m satisfied, and I’m happy to see my son and his friends to enjoy it 🙂

The original project actually had an additional rope bridge and a slide, but I like to see it as a modular project, so I can always add more pieces 🙂 But the next thing is to reuse a couple of old pulleys to build a drawbridge :)​

Project of the month: April 2018

Project of the month: April 2018

This is the tenth post of our (monthly) series “Project of the month”.

 

The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.

_______________________________________________________________________

So for April, here are the three candidates

franks.shed 

paddywoodpecker 

woodworking_engineering 

 

Which of the following projects is your Project of the Month (April 2018)
  • woodworking_engineering 84%, 54 votes
    54 votes 84%
    54 votes - 84% of all votes
  • franks.shed 8%, 5 votes
    5 votes 8%
    5 votes - 8% of all votes
  • paddywoodpecker 8%, 5 votes
    5 votes 8%
    5 votes - 8% of all votes
Total Votes: 64
06.05.2018 - 13.05.2018
Voting is closed
Winner of the Project of the month: March 2018

Winner of the Project of the month: March 2018

With the most votes, the winner of March 2018 is hucks_holzkischd

 

Background story by hucks_holzkischd

 

Here’s his background story of the project – first in German,  further down in English.

 

Wir haben Familienzuwachs bekommen und aus unserem Wohnzimmer wurde ein weiteres Kinderzimmer. Nachdem ich eine Wand eingezogen hatte und das selbstgebaute Hochbett auch schon im Zimmer stand, blieb mir nur noch die Schräge/der Kniestock um Schränke unterzubringen… und was liegt da näher als selbst Hand an zu legen.

Der Schrank besteht aus Leimholz Fichte/Tanne.

Zum Einsatz kam an Werkzeug hauptsächlich:

· Bandsäge

· Tischkreissäge

· Kappsäge

· Oberfräse

· Akku-Bohrschrauber

· Multifunktionswerkzeug

Nachdem ich die Maße des Kniestocks genommen hatte, habe ich ein Grundgerüst aus 54x54mm starken Kanthölzern gebaut. Danach ging es an die Aufteilung der Fächer und Regalböden, ganz individuell nach den Bedürfnissen meines Sohnes. Als Letztes habe ich das Aufmaß der Türen genommen und diese in Lamellenoptik angefertigt.

Es ist nicht alles perfekt, aber ich bin durchaus zufrieden. Vor allem da mein Sohn einen einzigartigen, individuellen Kleiderschrank der genau in sein Zimmer angepasst ist sein Eigen nennen darf. Für das ein oder andere gebe es dennoch eine bessere Lösung, aber man lernt ja nie aus. Dieses Projekt hat mir auf jeden Fall sehr viel Spaß gemacht und ich habe einige Erfahrungen sammeln können.

 

 

 

English version of  hucks_holzkischd’s story

 

Our family is growing and so our living room became another child´s room. After I had build a wall and the self-built loft bed was already in the room, the only place to fit in the closets were the knee-stick/slopings… and what is closer than to do it by myself.

The cabinet is made of laminated beam of spruce / fir.

Tools mainly used:

· Bandsaw

· Table saw

· Chop saw

· Router

· Cordless screwdriver

· Multifunctional tool

After taking the measurements of the knee-stick/sloping , I built a skeleton of 54x54mm squared timbers. Then it was the division of the compartments and shelves, individually according to the needs of my son. Finally, I took the measurements of the doors and made them in slat optics.

Not everything is perfect, but I am quite satisfied. Especially since my son has a unique, individual wardrobe, that fits exactly into his room. For some things there might be a better solution, but you never stop to learn. This project was definitely a lot of fun and I was able to gain some experience.

 

 

 

 

A special Thanks to beaver.woodcraft for translating
Project of the month: March 2018

Project of the month: March 2018

This is the ninth post of our (monthly) series “Project of the month”.

This month is about clothes storage.

The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.

_______________________________________________________________________

So for March, here are the three candidates

woodiesholland

hucks_holzkischd

handgemacht_und_alles_lacht

 

Which of the following projects is your Project of the Month (March 2018)
  • hucks_holzkischd 50%, 16 votes
    16 votes 50%
    16 votes - 50% of all votes
  • woodiesholland 34%, 11 votes
    11 votes 34%
    11 votes - 34% of all votes
  • handgemacht_und_alles_lacht 16%, 5 votes
    5 votes 16%
    5 votes - 16% of all votes
Total Votes: 32
16.04.2018 - 22.04.2018
Voting is closed
Winner of the Project of the month: October 2017

Winner of the Project of the month: October 2017

With the most votes, the winner of October 2017 is black_forest_woodworker

 

Background story by black_forest_woodworker

 

Here’s his background story of the project – first in German,  further down in English.

Ich wollte mir eine Kappsäge zulegen die einen festen Platz in der Werkstatt hat, aber dennoch mobil bleibt und auf die Seite geschoben werden kann um zum Beispiel an Material zu kommen, dass hinter der Maschine lagert. Da zu diesem Zeitpunkt meine Handwerkzeuge verstreut in der Werkstatt in verschiedenen Schubladen lagerten und keinen zentralen, festen Platz hatten wo diese gut zu erreichen waren, kam mir der Gedanke dieses zu kombinieren. Also musste ein Werkstattwagen her, der nicht zu hoch war um noch bequem an der Kappsäge sägen zu können.

Nachdem ich mich entschieden hatte welche Säge es werden sollte waren die groben Masse bekannt und ich konnte mit der genauen Planung beginnen. Als Material habe ich mich für 18mm Dreischichtplatte entschieden, da dieses sich gut verarbeiten lässt und später geölt ein schönes Bild ergibt. Nachdem ich mehrere Zeichnungen erstellt hatte und die genauen Masse feststanden konnte ich mit dem Bau beginnen. In der Zwischenzeit war auch die Festool KS 120 angekommen. Die Säge musste bis zur Fertigstellung noch einen Platz auf der Werkbank finden. Diese konnte auch gleich zum Einsatz kommen, um zum Beispiel die Leisten der Einfassung der Deckelplatte anzupassen. Hauptsächlich habe ich die Einzelteile mit der Tauchsäge und der Führungsschiene zugeschnitten. Beim Bau des Korpusses und der Schubladen konnte ich meine ersten Erfahrungen mit der Dominofräse sammeln. Da der Werkstattwagen mein erstes Möbelprojekt mit Domino war. Durch diese konnte ich den Großteil des Korpusses mit Dübel Verbindungen realisieren und musste keine sichtbaren Schrauben einsetzen. Die Einzelteile der Schubladen habe ich auch mit Domino Dübeln verbunden. Die Schubladen wurden dann mit Kugelvollauszügen im Korpus angebracht. Die beiden Fächer für die Systainer sind so konstruiert das ein Systainer der Größe drei oder zwei der Größe eins Platz darin finden. Zum Schluss nach dem alles geschliffen war, habe ich die gesamte Oberfläche zweimal mit Hartwachsöl behandelt, um das Holz zu schützen und eine ansprechende Oberfläche zu erhalten.

Nach jetzt nun schon längerem arbeiten mit und auf dem Werkstattwagen, bin ich nach wie vor absolut zufrieden. Die Kappsäge ist schnell Einsatz bereit und auch die Handwerkzeuge sind übersichtlich verstaut und leicht zu erreichen.

 

 

 

English version of black_forest_woodworker’s story

 

I wanted to buy a miter saw that has solid place in my shop but i also wanted it to be mobile, so i could roll it away and get to stuff that is stored behind it. At this time my handtools had no certain central place in my shop that was easy to reach and were laying in drawers all over my shop, so i had the idea of combining both.
So there was the need of a cart that has a nice height, so cutting on the miter saw would be comfortable.
When i had decided which saw i would buy, i knew the most measurements and could start with the planning process.
For material i decided to use three-layer plate with a thickness of 18 mm, because it is easy to work with and has a nice finish after oiling. After i had some sketches and the exact measurements i could start building. In the meantime the Festool Kapex KS 120 had arrived. Till the project was finished the saw had its place on my workbench.
It has found its use immediately as i cutted the bars of the frame for the top. Most parts were cut with the plunge saw and a guiding rail.
In building the corpus and the drawers i could make my first experiences with the domino dowel jointer. The cart was my first furniture project with the Domino. With it i could do most connections without using visuable screws. The parts of the drawers were also connected with dominos. The drawers were build into the corpus with ball-bearing slides.
Both boxes for the systainers are build to hold either one systainer size 3 or two systainer size 1.
After sanding i finished everything two times with hardwax oil to protect the wood and give it a nice finish.
After working some time with the cart i am still happy with how it turned out. The miter saw is instantly ready for work and all the handtools are stored nicely and easy to reach.

 

 

A special Thanks to beaver.woodcraft for translating
Project of the month: October 2017

Project of the month: October 2017

This is the sixth post of our monthly series “Project of the month”.

This month, “Utility for the shop”

The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.

_______________________________________________________________________

So for October 2017, here are the three candidates

black_forest_woodworker : Unter/Werkstatt Wagen für die Kapex KS 120

holly_woodworking : Frästisch

pepes_kellerwerkstatt : Unterschrank für Metabo Abricht-Dickenhobel

 

Which of the following projects is your Project of the Month (October 2017)
  • black_forest_woodworker 58%, 11 votes
    11 votes 58%
    11 votes - 58% of all votes
  • holly_woodworking 26%, 5 votes
    5 votes 26%
    5 votes - 26% of all votes
  • pepes_kellerwerkstatt 16%, 3 votes
    3 votes 16%
    3 votes - 16% of all votes
Total Votes: 19
30.10.2017 - 06.11.2017
Voting is closed

 

Winner (s) of the Project of the month: September 2017

Winner (s) of the Project of the month: September 2017

This month we have two winners and this is just awesome !

Two people, two projects, two stories, but one goal: Music

 

And here they are :

 

Background story by Gero

First in German, further down in English

 

 

Einfach mal ´ne Gitarre bauen, kann ja nicht so schwer sein… 😉 …und so startete das Abenteuer.

Der Korpus besteht aus Ahorn mit aufgeleimtem Bubingafurnier, mit der Stichsäge grob zurechtgesägt und mit der Oberfräse und allerlei Schleifgerätschaften in Form gebracht. Für die Aussparungen der Halsaufnahme, Tonabnehmer und Elektronikfach fertigte ich eine Schablone und probierte einfach mal aus wie so ein Kopierring für die Oberfräse funktioniert… aufregend…aber es hat geklappt 🙂

Die Rückseite und die Kanten lackierte ich mit verschiedenen braunen Candy-Lasuren und verpasste dem Ganzen eine schöne Schicht 2K Klarlack.
Das Pickguard und die Abdeckungen der Tonabnehmer wollte ich ursprünglich auch aus Holz fertigen, entschied mich dann aber aus Stabilitätsgründen für Kunststoffteile, auf die ich mit Hilfe der Airbrushtechnik eine Wurzelholzoptik lackierte.

Den Hals hatte ich noch von einer ausgeschlachteten Billiggitarre, liegt angenehm in der Hand und ist super bespielbar. Also… Kopfplatte umgearbeitet, mit Bubinga furniert, lackiert, Bünde abgerichtet, neuer Sattel… zack fertig.

Dann konnte zusammengebaut, verlötet und justiert werden. Ich finde es immer super spannend wenn aus Einzelteilen ein großes Ganzes wird… Die vergoldete Hardware in Kombination mit der hellen Wurzel und dem rotbraunen Body… schon ein Bisschen sexy. Ich muss gestehen das ich recht überrascht war das alles halbwegs passt und funktioniert und nur wenige Nacharbeiten nötig waren.

Zur Elektronik: Die Tonabnehmer sind von Fender und die Schaltung ist Standard Stratocaster, also 5-Wegeschalter, Volumen-Poti und 2x Tone-Poti .

Fazit: Einiges würde ich mittlerweile anders machen aber alles in allem bin ich mit dem Ergebnis zufrieden. Viel gelernt, Spiel, Spaß & Spannung beim Werken gehabt und eine Gitarre mit herrlichem Blues/Rock-Sound gab es auch noch.

Beste Grüße
Gero

 

 

 

 

Simply building a guitar, that can´t be too hard 😉 and so the adventure started.
The corpus is out of maple with bubinga veneer glued on, cutted out with the jigsaw and with the router and all sorts of sanding equipment brought into form. For the cutouts of the neck, pickup and the electronics I made a template and just tried how a cam ring for the router works … exciting … but it worked well 🙂
I painted the back and the edges with different brown candy-glazes and gave it a nice finish with 2K clearcoat. In the beginning, I wanted to make the pickguard and the cover for the pickups out of wood, but for stability reasons I decided to use plastic pieces that I finished with airbrush techniques so it looks like root wood.
I had the neck from a exploited cheap guitar, it feels very comfy and is nice to play with. So, headplate adjusted, veneered with bubinga, painted, set everything … and done.
Then everything could be sticked together, soldet and adjusted. I always find it very tensioning when single pieces combine to a big whole. The golden hardware in combination with the bright root and the redbrown body … kind of sexy. I have to admit that I was very surprised that everything worked well and I only had to make a few adjustments.
Regarding the electronics: the pickups are from Fender and the gearing is Standard Stratocaster, so 5-way-switch, volume-poti and 2x tone-poti.
Conclusion: Something I would have made differently now but all in all I am satisfied with the result. Learned a lot, had fun and tension building it and got a nice guitar with Blues/Rock-Sound.

Best Regards
Gero

_______________________________________________________________________

 

 

Background story by Luca

 

 

Building violins is my job.

For violins the materials are quite standard: red Italian spruce for the top, Curly maple for the back, ribs and neck+scroll, normal maple for the bridge, ebony for all the other parts (fingerboard, pegs, tailpiece, endpin, nut and saddle).
You can find violin backs and ribs made of poplar or other wood as well. Boxwood and rosewood is also frequently used for the parts I made of ebony, except for the fingerboard, which is always ebony.

No machines were used for this project. I just used the bandsaw to cut out the most of the waste before start carving the top and the back. All the tools are manual: little planes with arched and flat bottom, rasps, files, chisels and gouges. Not many tools really. For the bending of the ribs I use a hot iron and water. The joint of the two pieces of the top and the back are always hand planed to perfection, so that you can’t see it and there’s no gap, so the glue won’t fail in hundreds of years.

I started with carving the scroll, you basically draw the outline on a block of maple that you (hand) planed square and carve with a saw, gauges and files.
Than you join two bookmatched pieces for the back and the top (sometimes the back is one piece), draw the outline of the violin with a model, cut out the waste with a coping saw or bandsaw or watever saw that can cut curves. After you cut out the waste you get to the line with rasps and files and start carving the top and bottom with planes. Some use gouges. Than you cut a little groove (1,3mm usually) near the borders to install the purfling, and you start carving on the inside. The thickness you leave will affect the sound.
Then you shape the ribs with water and a hot iron, glue them together, glue the bottom to the ribs and the top on the other side.
To join the body and the neck a sliding dovetail is used, and it has to be cut by hand because every neck will be different and the angle you put the neck in is important, and can variate on every instrument.

I’m very satisfied as the violin sounds great and i quite like the slightly used look it has.

For photos of the building of my violins you can visit my website: http://www.lucazerilli.com

Link to this particular violin:
http://www.lucazerilli.com/index.php/en/12-violins/15-violin-3.html

Luca Zerilli

Project of the month: September 2017

Project of the month: September 2017

This is the fifth post of our monthly series “Project of the month”.

This month will be musical !

The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.

_______________________________________________________________________

So for September 2017, here are the three candidates

gero_kreatech: my first guitar

lucazerilliluthier: new antique-looking violin

paoson_woodworking: Les Paul guitar

 

Which of the following projects is your Project of the Month (September 2017)
  • gero_kreatech: my first guitar 43%, 9 votes
    9 votes 43%
    9 votes - 43% of all votes
  • lucazerilliluthier: antique-looking violin 43%, 9 votes
    9 votes 43%
    9 votes - 43% of all votes
  • paoson_woodworking: Les Paul guitar 14%, 3 votes
    3 votes 14%
    3 votes - 14% of all votes
Total Votes: 21
24.09.2017 - 07.10.2017
Voting is closed
Winner of the Project of the month: July 2017

Winner of the Project of the month: July 2017

With the most votes, the winner of July 2017 is jan_laux

Background story by Jan

Here’s his background story of the project – first in German, further down in English.

 

Meine Freundin hatte Geburtstag und ich wollte ihr einen neuen Couchtisch bauen !!!

Der Tisch ist aus Birke Massivholz gebaut und das Glas hat einen stärke von 10mm.

Ich machte mir zuerst eine kleine Skizze und gings sofort los. Die Teile hab ich an meiner Felder KS500 gesägt und die Verbindungen mit Flachdübel verleimt.

Mit dem Ergebnis bin ich sehr zufrieden (Freundin übrigens auch) und würde nichts ändern.

Grüße Jan

 

English version of  jan_laux’s story

My girlfriend had her birthday and I wanted to build her a coffee table !!!

The table is made out of solid birch wood and the glas is 10mm thick.

First I made a little sketch and started immediately. I cut the parts on my Felder KS500 and glued them together with flat dowels.

I am very happy with the result (my girlfriend too) and wouldn’t change a thing.

Greetings Jan

 


Have a look on Jan’s Page in the members area

Project of the month: July 2017

Project of the month: July 2017

This is the third post of our monthly series “Project of the Month”.

The vote will run for about a week and then we’re going to announce the project of the month. The winning maker will give you some behind-the-scences information about the project.

You can bring projects to our attention in two different ways:

We’re going to choose from those nominations but we can’t guarantee that any of them will come up in a vote because we have no idea how many projects will be sent in. The projects don’t have to be posted in that particular month.

_______________________________________________________________________

So for July 2017, here are the three candidates.

  1. jan_laux: Couchtisch
  2. coftheburl: Coffee Table
  3. palleelgaard: Coffe Table

Cast your vote

Which of the following projects is your Project of the Month (July 2017)
  • jan_laux: Couchtisch 44%, 12 votes
    12 votes 44%
    12 votes - 44% of all votes
  • coftheburl: Coffee Table 30%, 8 votes
    8 votes 30%
    8 votes - 30% of all votes
  • palleelgaard: Coffe Table 26%, 7 votes
    7 votes 26%
    7 votes - 26% of all votes
Total Votes: 27
28.07.2017 - 04.08.2017
Voting is closed