HOME-MADE TOOLS & EQUIPMENT


How to save time when cutting pallet wood. The Plankmaker's Holdfast.

As I was about to start building a new hen house and had 30 pallet planks I needed to cut lengthwise..read more


A Simple Home-made Honing Guide for Plane Irons and Chisels. Part 1 

Maybe a shudder runs down your spine at the thought of school geometry but there is an elegance in being able to reproduce angles very accurately and with...read more

A Simple Home-made Honing Guide for Plane Irons and Chisels. Part 2

This method is to enable the beginner at sharpening to get a feel for the correct sharpening angle by using a home-made low-cost guide...read more

A Simple Home-made Honing Guide for Knives

This method is to enable the beginner at sharpening to get a feel for the correct angle by using a home-made low-cost guide...read more

Accessory for my Simple Home-made Honing Guide for Knives

For the smaller blade on my Swiss Army Knife,it is harder to keep the straight edge against the flat face of the blade so... read more
 

Hand-powered Sander - Precision Picture Frames

From time to time I need to cut mitred corners for picture frames. This is something I find impossible to do free hand...read more




Home-made Guillotine from Scrap Metal

Fruit crates are in constant supply in our home and we've used a lot of them in our projects, for storage and chicken nests...read more

DIY Sack Truck Hand Trolley for 1 Dollar/Euro/Pound

A medium duty sack truck (here with 40kg/88lbs on board) from repurposed materials, pallet wood, old (lawn mower) wheels, screws and... read more

Tailgate gas strut fail? Pallet wood car repair solution - 2 Methods

Goods are made from a series of mass-produced 'outsourced' components,...the durability of some is less than the working life of the whole....read more


Crosscut Saw Table - designed & made from recuperated materials

The home-made crosscut saw table has proven a valuable addition to the workshop. A robust hand power tool into a precision cutting tool at little cost...read more


Pallet Wood Dress Form & Display Dummy. Part 1


Sue is making costumes for Climb the Ivy Films in Scotland, with no possibility for fittings. Our pallet wood dress form can be adjusted for men women and children...read more

Pallet Wood Dress Form & Display Dummy Part 2

Stretching a tee shirt over the form and/or padding it out with fabric the finished mannequin also makes a great display stand for yard sales, craft fairs or for photographing items for sale on etsy or ebay...read more

How to make a hands-free quick-action drilling clamp

This simple wooden clamp is fast and effective and cost me nothing to make!...read more

How to Make a Low Cost Router Table

I have several jobs lined up over the next few months which will involve the use of a router. These include making several wooden doors. Much of the planking I will be using will need to have moulded edges so...read more

Home-made Studio Lights from Recuperated Materials


Anyone who takes photos or makes videos especially indoors realises the importance of good lighting. Some years ago I made a floodlight using a bright, low energy bulb fitted into a reflector-lined bowl. The bowl was a plastic garden planter and the whole thing cost me next to nothing to make...read more

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