Friday, September 18, 2020

How to make a simple but attractive napkin holder

Hi again!    Hey, today I have a really, really, simple project.   But I think it came out looking good and it's functional.   I think it could also be a nice gift.   You know,, Christmas is less than 6 months away. 

Taa Daa.... Napkin holder.


1" x 6" x 12" piece of wood
wood glue
6 small wood screws
paint or stain


Proxxon mini drill press with small drill bit
wood clamps

The first thing I did was to cut my pieces to size.   Using the Proxxon mini table saw I simply cut my piece of wood in half making (2)5 1/2" x  6" pieces.   Then I used the proxxon mini table saw to rip one of the pieces lengthwise so as to have a 2"x 5 1/2"piece and a 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece    (6" lumber is actually only 5 1/2"  wide-Crazy but it is just how they do it  )

I drew some simple designs on my front and back pieces that I want to cut out. 

  Now, if you are making a gift for someone you can personalize it.  A fish for a fisherman, or perhaps their last name for a family.  

I cut my designs out using the Proxxon mini scroll saw.

With my cutting complete, I sanded everything smooth using the Proxxon OZI/E delta sander.   I just love this little tool.  It gets into every nook and cranny.  

Next I used some good wood glue and glued it together. I used 2 wood clamps to hold it tight.   Note that the front and back are on the outside of the middle bottom piece.   It just looks better and gives more room for the  napkins. 

After the glue dried, I took it over to the Proxxon mini drill press and drilled some pilot holes so that I could add some screws to strengthen the joints.   3 in the front and 3 in the back;

Using Plaid paints I painted the inside edge of by birds, clouds and sun.   Just to add a little color.
Of course paint went where it shouldn't, but all it took was a little bit of sanding using the Proxxon OZI/E delta sander after it was good and dry to freshen up the edges.

Then I sealed it with some water based poly urethane.   Now if it gets dirty at the table it can be wiped off without affecting the wood or paint. 

All done...   Hey look it can also function as a small book holder.  

Wasn't that easy?    I think it looks good, and I needed a napkin holder.   Project took about 1 1/2 hrs.   I bet you could get it done in an hour.   (I had to take pictures as I went  πŸ“ΈπŸ˜Š)

I thank you so much for visiting.  Thanks Proxxon... love your tools.   Carol

Thursday, September 17, 2020

How To Make A Whirligig Phase 2

Hi Friends!  Last month I showed you all how to make a wood sculpture using Proxxon tools.  That was phase 1 of this project.  Today I'll show you how I added to it, turning it into a whirligig.


 Proxxon Micro Band Saw

 Proxxon Longneck Angle Grinder

 Proxxon Delta Sander

 Fan Blade Hub (Ebay)

1/2" poplar

 Scrap 3/4' pine

 Wire Coat Hanger

 Wood Glue

 Plaid Paint

I ordered a fan blade hub from Ebay. I drew out a pattern for the fan blades on the 1/2' poplar and cut out 8 of them. I had to sand down the edges with the Angle Grinder for them to fit in the hub.

I sanded around the edges of each blade.

Next I built the wood bracket that the blade would be mounted to out of scrap 3/4" pine.  Mounted it inside the wave portion of my project.  I then drilled holes in it to accept the wire (coat hanger) that the fan blade would spin on.

The wire had to be bent for the whale to have the  motion action of bobbing up and down. I drilled a hole in the side of the waves and straight through the whale. Another piece of the coat hanger was inserted through. This would enable the whale to move. 

I inserted a screw eye on the end of the tail. Another wire was attached from the screw eye to the bend in the coat hanger. Using a scrap of a large dowel rod and the longneck grinder I made a cap to disguise where the wire stuck out on the end of the blade.

Next I attached everything to see If it worked correctly.  It was suggested by a friend that I add another row of waves which I did. I also added a tiny boat that I cut out with the Micro Bandsaw and carved with the Longneck Angle Grinder.

I painted it with Plaid Paint. My project is complete. I love how it turned out. All that's needed is a little wind to see it in action! Thanks for following along with me...Colleen

Sunday, September 6, 2020

How to Make a Cocktail Pick on the Woodturning Lather

This is a great project to hone turning skills to carefully create the pointed tip of the cocktail pick. It takes sharp, sharp tools and patience to create the point without snapping the wood.

Supplies and Equipment


  1. Use a center finder to mark the center of one end of the dowel. Use an awl to make a small divot at the center mark.
  2. Load the unmarked end of the dowel into the lathe chuck.
  3. Set tailstock so it is firmly seated in the center divot.
  4. Use a bowl gouge to begin shaping the pick. Shape the decorative handle before completing the shaping of the pick end. 
  5.  Continue shaping.
  6. Continue shaping until the dowel at the pick end just falls away.
  7. The pick is nearly finished with the handle end still attached to the dowel in the chuck. Now, sand the pick with progressively finer grits of sandpaper.
  8. The last step is parting off the completed cocktail pick at the handle. Alternatively, the entire piece—still attached to the dowel—can be removed from the lathe and cut away with a saw.
  9. Finish with a butcher block wood oil.

Friday, September 4, 2020

How to make a discrete password book using old gift or credit cards

Hi and welcome back.

 Ready for a quick and easy project, that solves an annoying problem, and recycles some useless stuff you already have in your home?
 We are going to make a a little book to hold your passwords that will fit in your purse because it is the size of a credit card.  In fact it's made from old gift or credit cards.

Look what I found when I cleaned out my drawers today.

Tools and supplies needed:
2 old credit or gift cards
1 rather stiff approx 1/2" diameter spring
2 pliers
paper cut to size
small drill bit
masking tape
rubber bands

Choose 2 credit/gift cards   Note the small spring sitting there

The spring needs to be stretched to the size of the credit card.  hold the ends and pull gently to lengthen it to aprox 2".  Set this aside for now.

 Cut paper to the size of the gift cards.   I used about 3 sheets of regular paper cut into 36 small sheets for my little book.

 Place the sheets between the 2 cards and secure them tightly with 2 rubber bands.

 I placed a piece of masking tape on one end of the cards so that I could mark where I am going to drill my holes.   Holes needed to be 1/4" apart and approx 1/4" from the edge of the card.

 Using the Proxxon mini drill press equipped with a small drill bit drill through all the layers of the "sandwich" we just made.   Leave everything rubber banded together.

Now take the stretched spring and start it in the first hole. 

Twist the spring while guiding it through the subsequent holes

 Look! we made a little spiral notebook.   πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

 And look how it fits in my wallet.   Now it will be with me when I need it.

Wasn't that quick.   I LOVE making something out of basically nothing.   Thank you Proxxon tools the drill press made making this super easy!!   You really should check out their tools.  Made especially for the crafter in all of us.  

Thanks for visiting.   Hope to catch you next time.  I got something pretty to show you.    Meanwhile stay safe!!   Carol

Monday, August 24, 2020

How to Make Decorative Flip Flops

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today showing you how to create a set of decorative flip flops to  remind you that summer is still ongoing even if we are summering in place this year.

I drew the shapes on a sheet of plywood, then used the Scroll Saw to cut them out.  I found it easiest to cut the plywood panel first so I could work with a smaller panel.

The Scroll Saw makes easy work of cutting the flip fops.

Next, I sanded the edges with the Delta Sander.  This is my go to sander.  With it's shaped sanding surface, I can get into the smallest of areas.

The Bench Drill Press easily cut the holes in each flip flop.

I used Plaid's Folk Art Paint to paint the flip flops.  Once dry, I used a stencil with Plaid Folk Art Paint to create the design on the flip flops.

To finish, I inserted ribbons in the holes and added a flower.  Now, I just need to hang these on my wall to remember that summer comes every year.

Thanks for stopping by.