Curbly Video Quick Tip: Create a Crosscut Sled on the Cheap.

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video Quick Tip: Create a Crosscut Sled on the Cheap.

The table saw is the most versatile option for the DIYster, equally successful at making rip cuts (with the grain) and crosscuts (across the grain). When making crosscuts, it's much better to rely on support which holds the workpiece at a 90-degree angle to the blade, rather than the rip fence, which is parrallel to the blade.

Enter the crosscut sled, an extremely easy homemade option for safe and accurate crosscuts on any table saw. This option...

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Interactive Ping Pong Table/Virtual Aquarium.

by Chris Gardner

 

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Craig Wisneski, Julian Orbanes, Ben Chun and Professor Hiroshi Ishii from MIT were quite busy. Ten years ago, they created PingPongPlus, an enhanced version of the classic game that "features a "reactive table" that incorporates sensing, sound, and projection technologies. Projectors display patterns of light and shadow on the table; bouncing balls leave images of rippling water; and the rhythm of play drives accompanying music and...

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The DIY Light Table.

by Chris Gardner

Viewing slides, tracing artwork, exposing photo emulsion for screenprinting, as a background for photography special effects...I can think of myriad reasons one could use a light table. And, with these instructions from DIYPhotography, it's a totally reasonable weekend project.

The DIY Photography Light Table - A Weekend Project

"The idea behind the light table is simple. Things look really great if the light is passing through them. As opposed to light being reflected off them. This is why...

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Turn a Door into a Table

by DIY Maven

Turn a Door into a Table

Need a table? Got a door? Problem solved. Susan found this particular door--and the table legs--at a salvage yard. Wood glue, screws, L-brackets, paint and some glass she had cut at a local glass shop rounds out the materials needed for the project.

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Frame that turns into a table.

by DIY Maven

Frame that turns into a table.

Perfect for small spaces, the Picturetable from Verena Lang goes from frame to table in about a second. It looks like those fabulous side supports are slipped into and out of holes drilled into the legs when they are extended. For a DIY attempt I'm thinking 1/4" rod banged into 45 degrees at the ends. A piano hinge on the bottom and two smaller ones for the legs....hmmmm.

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How To: Make a Zero Clearance Table Saw Insert

by Chris Gardner

created on: 01/10/09

A custom, zero clearance insert plate for your table or band saw minimizes tearout and prevents those tiny bits from dropping into the blade throat. From Rockler.com, "A zero clearance insert is a substitute for the throat plate that came with your table saw. The opening in the insert is cut on the table saw to the exact width of the saw blade’s kerf, thereby preventing thin slices of wood from jamming in between the blade and the throat plate...

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Curbly Recession Busters: How To Spruce Up Your Own Digs For The Holidays

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 10/29/08

created on: 10/29/08

  It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up.  Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.

This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch.  You can save loads of dough by doing most  jobs yourself.  If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do some of these...

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Playful Placemats from Modern Twist.

by Chris Gardner

 Playful Placemats from Modern Twist.

The photos intimate that these modern, poppy placemats from Modern Twist are intended for kids, but these, if I ever catch them for sale, will look mighty fine on my dining table. Their transparent nature simply enhances the beauty of the table, adding a bit of visual interest. "Made from hand silk-screened food-safe silicone, the Modern-twist placemat is available in botanical and nature-inspired patterns. With a minimalist aesthetic, the...

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Transform a Old Table With Buttons.

by Chris Gardner

"This fabulously simple yet effective idea from Marianne Kirby proves that putting buttons on almost anything will dramatically improve its looks. At least, this certainly turned out to be true in the case of an old table she picked up for $5 at a yard sale."

Transform a Old Table With Buttons.

After scoring the table, Marianne bought 1,600 green and white buttons on eBay. She spray painted the table, then attached the buttons with a basic tacky craft glue. Then she created a...

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Mosaic Mirror Magic, or How to Tart Up a Table

by DIY Maven

created on: 03/19/08

Check this out. A very plain table has its own extreme make over, going from a country mouse to an uptown girl, complements of mirror bling.

created on: 03/19/08



What you’ll need:

Unfinished wood hall table
Sandpaper
Wood primer
Graph paper
1/4-inch mirror
1/4-inch blue mirror
Mirror mastic adhesive and caulking gun
Nonsanded grout and latex additive
Smooth hard rubber float
Synthetic scrubber
Grout sealer
Paint to match grout

What you’ll do:


Head on over to...

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Make Two Tables from One Sheet of Plywood.

by Chris Gardner

I try to keep up with Instructables, but with so much user submitted content, it doesn't always keep your attention. If I see one more "How to Hack a Coke Machine" or "How to Make a Notepasser Out of a Ballpoint Pen"....

And sometimes, there's some terrifically clever people posting some great stuff. This morning, user BarnabyGunning (I hope that's his real name) offered an awesome tutorial on making two tables from one sheet of 4'x8' plywood...

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