Tagged: wood

Puzzle cabinet

A mechanical/puzzle cabinet designed for a puzzle collector with several mechanically automated moving compartments opened by solving the appropriate puzzles. Decorated with Wisteria flower marquetry and inlayed stone butterflies. Inspired in part by the...

Making counterfeit bananas

In this video, Bob’s Wood Stuff carved bananas out of a kiln dried fir, using the bandsaw, Japanese hand saw, slick chisel, drawknife, and spokeshave. Then painted them to be as realistic as possible. The texture and finishing...

Hakone marquetry

West of Tokyo, in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, the small mountain town of Hakone, Japan, is known for its legendary hot springs, but it also gives its name to a special type of...

How to make fire by rubbing sticks

Rubbing two sticks together is likely the oldest of all ­fire-starting techniques, and also the most difficult. Besides proper technique, you have to choose the right wood for the fireboard and spindle. Sets made...

Then and now: manufacturing plywood boards

Plywood is a simple material made by glueing together thin sheets of wood, known as veneers or plies. These basic elements have remained broadly the same throughout its history. The most significant breakthrough in...

How to make cane sandals

Via primitivetechnology.wordpress.com: I made a pair of sandals from loya cane. Walking bare footed in the bush generally doesn’t cause problems for my feet. But when repetitively carrying loads of various materials the soles of...

Reusable charcoal mound

*Turn on captions for written commentary (CC in bottom right corner of screen). Via: primitivetechnology.wordpress.com: Charcoal is a valuable fuel that reaches a higher temperature than the very wood it’s made from. I’ve made some...

9 weird ingredients in your food

In late April 2017 the FDA announced a recall of frozen hash browns that may have been contaminated with “extraneous golf ball materials.” Mere days before that, a dead bat was found in a...

Japanese wood joinery

Japanese wood joinery dates back to the seventh century and is a craftsmanship technique that involves complicated, interlocking wooden joints that form bonds without the use of nails, screws or adhesives. Even until recent...

Mushrooms and vitamin D

Mushrooms are the only vegetarian food that can make vitamin D. Actually, they contain a “pro-vitamin,” or precursor, called ergosterol that is converted into vitamin D when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radia­tion—similar...