At Toolmonger, we try to stick to bringing you new and cool tools, so we don’t share a lot of websites — but sometimes we need to be reminded why we have those tools. When I rediscovered Matthias Wandel’s woodworking site, I thought “Holy crap — this is a guy who knows how to use his tools to build some damn cool stuff.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve featured projects from his website. He’s the guy who built the wooden combination lock and brought you the Eyeballing Game. If you haven’t yet explored his site, you should: It’s chock-full of other amazing Wandel-ful projects.
My favorite project has to be his homemade bandsaw. How many of us would even attempt that? Other noteworthy items are a vehicle with wooden tank treads, a homemade pipe organ, various projects with homemade wooden gears, a wooden air engine, and a marble shooting crossbow. He provides plans for some of his projects, some are free, and for some he charges a modest fee.
Besides projects, Wandel offers woodworking tips and jigs and features other cool projects from readers. I’d highly recommend setting aside some time to look around his site. Every time I check it out, I get excited about going down to my own shop to see what I can create.