What's He Building In There?
June 16, 2020 1:09 AM   Subscribe

Unique idea from scraps of wood! I am very happy with the result! By Vanya (Handcraft).
posted by valkane (21 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
I had zero idea wtf he was making until the last 10 seconds!
posted by stinkfoot at 3:08 AM on June 16 [3 favorites]


I'm jealous that there are places where you can find oak scraps just laying around. (I'm good for birch, though, and different softwoods. Norway does not have much oak.)
posted by Harald74 at 3:14 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


Birch? Luxury! Anything other than Whitewood (spruce/fir) and low-quality Chinese plywood is really expensive here in the UK (and even the crappy plywood is far from cheap). I have a couple of small oak planks that I bought at a reclamation yard about 15 years ago, and I'm still eking them out for small projects.
posted by pipeski at 4:03 AM on June 16 [2 favorites]


Probably scant consolation, Harald, but I’m pretty sure it’s ash rather than oak. A friend in The Netherlands tells me Europe is tragically losing those too, for different reasons than we’re losing them in the U.S.

The woodwork in this takes too many shortcuts for my taste; glued and nailed butt joints won’t last long. But the repurposed MacPherson struts are a stroke of brilliance.
posted by jon1270 at 4:11 AM on June 16




Yeah, the final ten seconds is the real payoff. Plus bonus points for a internet build video that doesn't involve resin in some capacity.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:38 AM on June 16 [6 favorites]


I'm jealous that there are places where you can find oak scraps just laying around. (I'm good for birch, though
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Birch? Luxury! Anything other than Whitewood (spruce/fir) and low-quality Chinese plywood is really expensive here in the UK (and even the crappy plywood is far from cheap).


Birch? Spruce? You two are lucky! All we have here are discarded AOL Free Trial CDs. Still, you can do some great traditional shaker-style craftwork with them, and we built a fairly basic gambrel-roofed barn from them last summer. Obviously, I'm saving the leftover scrap pieces for small projects like jewelry boxes and such.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:44 AM on June 16 [25 favorites]


Plus bonus points for a internet build video that doesn't involve resin in some capacity.

Or pallet wood...
posted by Harald74 at 5:47 AM on June 16 [3 favorites]


I am envious of his workshop and respectful of his mad skills. There's a guy in my town in Maine whose day job is lumber buyer for a chain of lumber stores. His side job if finding massive trees and cutting slabs in his home sawmill. I have pine slab countertops that I love.
posted by theora55 at 5:57 AM on June 16 [4 favorites]


Excellent titling on this post, valkane. Bravo.
posted by nushustu at 5:57 AM on June 16 [7 favorites]


Birch? Spruce? You two are lucky! All we have here are discarded AOL Free Trial CDs. Still, you can do some great traditional shaker-style craftwork with them, and we built a fairly basic gambrel-roofed barn from them last summer.

Neil Young Used 200,000 'Comes A Time' Albums As Barn Roof Shingles
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 7:22 AM on June 16 [2 favorites]


I don't own a third of those tools! And we didn't even see him feed that glued-up piece through the billiards-table-sized planer he must have offscreen, either.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:25 AM on June 16 [2 favorites]


Great song!
posted by I-Write-Essays at 8:47 AM on June 16


We used to dream of building with AOL free trial CDs! 'Round these parts we've got nothing to work with but soggy newspaper held together with our own innate pessimism and despondency. No reason you can't make a perfectly serviceable diesel engine out of that, though.
posted by echo target at 8:52 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


Well, there's this whole furniture empire built on soggy newspapers. Perfectly respectable building material, that.
posted by Harald74 at 8:59 AM on June 16


OK, I'll bite...

Metafilter: held together with our own innate pessimism and despondency.
posted by 43rdAnd9th at 9:29 AM on June 16 [5 favorites]


Oh, how fondly I remember the builds we used to do with soggy newspaper. Nowadays we're casting blocks out of used cat litter mined from the ditch out back, and we're grateful for the raw material.
posted by amtho at 10:32 AM on June 16


LUXURY

We 'ave to use those pellets that owls cough up, full of mouse skeletons and beetle carapaces -- moistened with our own spit -- to build a lean-to barely large enough for our mum's 'ead. The resy o' us lie in th' rain, with our mouvs open to catch th' rainwater!
posted by wenestvedt at 10:59 AM on June 16 [2 favorites]


(I do like the clackity sounds when he chisels away at the wood, tho)
posted by wenestvedt at 10:59 AM on June 16


Logged into just to give a shout out to the Tom Waits song reference. Kudos?
posted by Ylem at 11:35 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


I was following for the most part, but the pneumatic cylinders was some real "draw the rest of the owl" shit.

Impressive.
posted by explosion at 12:28 PM on June 16 [1 favorite]


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