The Wildman Project

Category - Woodworking

How to make a Centerpiece


In this video, I show you how to make a simple centerpiece for a table. The great thing about this centerpiece is that it was made out of firewood. I took a couple logs and cut them into 3/4″ slices. I used a 1-5/8″ forstner bit to drill the holes for the candles. Then its just a matter of gluing them together how ever you want. I decided not to put a finish on this and leave it natural. If you do put a finish on it, be careful as some finishes are flammable. Enjoy!!

Acoustic iPhone Amplifiers For Sale!!

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I finally got around to making some acoustic iPhone amplifiers. When I posted my how to video on making them, I got a lot of people in the comments wanting to buy one. Check out my Etsy shop if you are interested in buying one. Also, if you want me to make you a custom one, send me an email: and I will see what I can do.


Here is the video on how I made them and a sound test:

Entryway Hook

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Making entryway hooks is a simple and easy project. I hated having a clutter of stuff right by our front door. It didn’t help that my 17 month old daughter liked to go though everything, purses, backpacks, etc. So I came up with a simple solution…a board with some hooks on it. Genius right? Well I did add a little bit of style to the board to match our decor.

You can get really creative with this. There are may different styles of hooks to choose from. The nice thing is you don’t have to have a lot of tools, just a screw driver, really. See at the big box stores, they will cut the wood to your desired length for free. Then bring it home and get creative with it. When it comes time to attach the hooks, all you have to do is screw in the screws with your screw driver. Wow that was a lot of screws….err never mind, haha.

Watch the video so see how I made my Entryway Hooks.

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How to make a Wood Mirror Frame

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Don’t you just hate those cheap plastic frames that come on mirrors? Well I do, so I decided to make a better one. My wife acquired a floor mirror and the plastic frame was falling off the mirror. I had a simple idea to take some 1″x3″ pine and make a better frame.
I purchased two 1″x3″x12′ pine boards for this project. All other materials and supplies you see in the video I already had.



Acoustic iPhone Amplifier


I came across this Acoustic iPhone Amplifier on Pinterest and had to make one. The awesome part is, no power required, just 4 pieces of wood glued together. I was surprised on how well it amplified the sound. I did this all for free. This would be great to use outside, camping, etc. Also you can adapt this to any phone, just change the measurements for the phone slot.

How to Refinish a Wooden Handle


I have been meaning to do this video for a while now and finally got around to doing it. I have a garden rake that I use to mix up my compost bin, so it out in the elements all the time. The handle was in pretty bad condition, so I decided to refinish it. I had seen Wranglerstar do this quite a few times to his wooden handles, so I thought I would give it a try. Enjoy!!


I love getting these emails.


I received an awesome email today and had to share it with you. I love getting these emails:

Hey Wildman,

I found your Instructable while I was working out plans to make my daughter a bed.  I had a basic design for the bed frame, but was trying to figure out how to incorporate a headboard my daughter could decorate herself.  (She’ll be four in three weeks–the bed will be a birthday present for her.)  Your video helped explain a lot about how to put the bed together, and how to make a simple but nice looking headboard.  This is only my second major wookworking project ever, the first being a standup desk I built a few months ago, and I’ve had a lot of fun both designing and putting it together.  And I could not have done it without you.
I made a few design changes. First, mine’s a double bed, so the frame is 57″ wide.  Also, I offset the head of the bed by 1-1/2″ so that the headboard would sit flush against the frame.  I also added an extra leg support to each corner to help support the larger sized mattress. 
Granted, I only put the frame together yesterday, but I wanted to send you a note saying thanks for your blog and your videos.  Here’s a pic of the frame, which I put together in about three hours yesterday afternoon!

It was a good way to start the day. Thanks Jeff. Also check out Jeff’s Blog at

Holiday Card Tree

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With the holidays approaching, I sure you are getting plenty of Christmas cards. Well I have a fun way to display those cards. This is one of the first videos I did last year. If you have scrap wood laying around, this would be a perfect project. Enjoy!