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Ah, Jenga – the game you play when you’re tired of board games. Instead of requiring any real knowledge of a game’s rules, Jenga relies more on depth perception, an innate knowledge of physics, and very, very careful hands. Sadly, not all of us have the dexterity to play such a game. When so much…

Any professional or even recreational woodworking tasks necessitate the use of specialized equipment designed for quality end-product and convenience. A woodworking vise is among the most essential tools in woodworking. A woodworking vise contains two jaws intended for securing the workpiece as well as a screw mechanism for adjusting the grip. Since the jaws can…

To secure a sturdy project, there is a constant need for carpenters to establish perfect measurements and balance in their crafts. To do this, a woodworking square is an essential tool to have.Whether you are about to mount a block of wood or anything that has the right measurements, a corner with the perfect angle…

apple log mug

It’s been a while since we’ve seen some good woodturning projects here on SolidSmack, so let’s take a look at something you can actually use: a coffee mug. Using an apple log as the basis of the project, woodturner Matt Jordan starts his morning by carving out a container for his cup o’ Joe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EDF4g7xpEM…

A wood-burning stove for outdoor activities is probably the best option if you don’t want to bring fuel, butane, or some other form of fire starter. Unlike traditional stoves, which depend on other liquid fuels, wood-burning stoves may use twigs, pines, and other small branches available in your area as fuel. With this, we rounded…

Wood carving is one of the most creative skills we have had since the beginning of humanity. Carvings are used in a couple of ways in our day-to-day life. We have two types of carvings: functional and non-functional. Functional carvings include utensils such as spoons and furniture. On the other hand, non-functional carvings include objects…

domik ptashki

The Domik Ptashki (Домик Пташки) is Russian for “bird’s house”. It also just happens to be the name of a birdhouse created by Russian design studio, Dydykin. After studying various natural nesting grounds, artificial birdhouses, and even consulting an ornithologist (“bird expert”), the studio settled on a hollow, egg-shaped, and very unique looking birdhouse. You…

wooden keyboard

There’s are a couple of reasons why computer keyboards are made from plastic and not wood. 1) Wood doesn’t lend itself to mass manufacturing like plastic does and 2) the amount of abuse and hand oils absorbed by the wooden keys would wear faster than the myth of George Washington’s wooden teeth. But that won’t…

LEGO Firewood Factory

Everything looks cute when it’s miniaturized. But when it’s made out of LEGOs is jsut LOOKS PLAIN AWESOME. YouTube creator The Brick Wall specializes in making LEGO Technic builds, and his newest set demonstrates the magic that is a fully functional firewood factory – complete with a delivery truck and log splitter. How is wood…

lignum vitae wood knife

YouTube creator Kiwami Japan is famous for making hand-made knives using materials that odd, rare, and not exactly sharp to begin with. He’s made knives out of Amazon boxes, aluminum foil, and even family-friendly gelatin. In another one of his fascinating videos, he makes a knife from a single piece of solid wood. And not…

diy food slicer

In the age of online shopping and near-instant gratification, it’s not very often we see people creating their kitchen appliances from scratch. Let alone—kitchen appliances made from popsicle sticks and razor blades. Just check out this DIY food slicer from YouTuber Delta Hack. Using popsicle sticks, wood, razor blades, and a simple rotating mechanism, he…

DIY modern paper tray

If you have access to a shop, it makes perfect sense to jump at the opportunity to upcycle discarded materials into entirely new designs when creativity strikes. For woodworker Alex Fang, this came in the form of creating a sleek paper tray using scrap wood from his past projects. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL6V0LQgLC8 After picking out the scraps…

mobile workshop van

We’ve featured many woodworking workshops before on SolidSmack—but they’ve always been stationary; idle abodes usually found in garages where woodworkers can live in isolation to work on their craft. While these isolated environments certainly enable many artisans to concentrate better, it doesn’t leave them with a lot of flexibility to work on projects further from…

tika kickstarter

Much like LEGOs, modern modular design kits contain various pieces that let the user build various structures. Desks, shelves, pot holders – depending on the kit’s materials, the user can make an assortment of things from a cleverly-designed family of attachable components. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhSQjGRsYWg TikA by TiKA Lab are modular kits comprised mainly of different-sized connectable…

ShuoLin-Liu-art

Peaks tipped in the trees of a juniper freeze rose out ahead of us. Nine times out of ten you wouldn’t see, wouldn’t hear, the wood spider’s howl but, on a night like this, your chance was better than others, when in your bait pouch, you carried these links. ShuoLin Liu – EVA units and…

walnut glass river table

You ever wonder how craftsmen make those hoity-toity nature tables with tiny bodies of water flowing through them? Turns’ out, there’s no water involved. As former NFL lineman turned furniture maker, John Malecki, shows, all you need is some glass, some metal, and a good slab o’ wood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ-hiw1CqyA How to Make a River Table…