https://youtu.be/J5ZFaT5BOHc In this video, I make a key holder with scrap poplar.
I must be in the mood to edit. I completed the video on the table for the mitre saw, and while that was uploading I did one on reusing the casters that came off the table saw. I am looking forward to relaxing from doing all that and more today. I edited 2 videos, shot the new shop tour with a special surprise in it, and I even managed to fire up the barbique and cook up some steaks. A good day for the first week in January. So, any way, here are the new videos: View on YouTube Vie...
If you’ve been following along on Youtube, you know I’m in the middle of a HUGE shop reorganization. Every square foot of my shop, all 1100 of them, is being impacted in some way or another. The front half of the shop is now done. Some shelves have been removed, or just plain moved, and some new ones have been built. We had a break from freezing precipitation of one sort or another today, so I decided to get rid of some cut off’s in the fire pit. Once that was roaring goo...
The past month I’ve been having a great email conversation with Dick Wynn (Wynn Environmental) as I continue to develop my design for my dust collection system. Rather than the typical HF modification kit that replaces the filter bag with a large canister, I’ve chosen to eliminate much of the standard hardware only using the blower and substituting a Oneida Super Dust Deputy and a Wynn 9L300NANO filter. This should give me a straighter airflow and better performance. Add...
I’ve got a challenging project coming up for my church. The new preschool director has asked for a stand up computer desk. I was going to build something similar to the one I built previously for the church secretary [link], but more square instead of angled. Now I’m thinking I want to make this project: a) mounted to the wall, (like the other one)b) able to be lowered somewhat easily for those who don’t want to stand up. The computer there might be used by others durin...
Time to plan out the design for my first Humidor. This will be a very basic box built to minimize cuts, make efficient use of lumber and hopefully hold a regular humidity. I started with a simple dimension that I wanted, I figured an internal box dimension of 12” by 8” would be a nice size to fit a beginners collection of cigars and cigar paraphernalia. I knew I wanted to have a depth of about 6” simply because I wanted to use the approx. factory width of the lumber I get...
Although I don’t smoke regularly, I thoroughly enjoy a good cigar from time to time and have a small store bought humidor to store my growing collection. Humidors seem to go far beyond just being a simple box, they have an essence of class that is rare these days. A good humidor can allow you to easily romance the hobby of cigar smoking, especially when paired with a nice scotch in the evening. It can transport you to different times and places, where the world wasn’t glued to the...
I retired from Fasteners, Inc. 7 years ago every year since then I have gotten a phone call, or a requestwhen I went in to pick up some parts or tools asking me to come back to work for a week or two becausethey had scheduled too many vacations at once, someone was sick, or last year because an employeehad a bad heart valve and had to have open heart surgery. It was easy to call me back in, they did nothave to train me, just add me to the payroll again and sign me up on the company computer....
This time I mark the layout for how the butterfly hinge is going to be installed. Then I use a steel rod and bushings to create the hinge mechanism. This all gets installed into the support system of the table so the leaf will store under the table when it is not in use. I also show how I add the splines to the edges, and a cool way to hide the end grain of the splines. Then I level the table halves, then the leaf to the rest of the top. Almost complete! As always, I welcome your questio...
I recently purchased a Powermatic 3520B lathe from Craigslist. The lathe weighs 630 lbs and I wanted a mobile base but did not want to pay the $350 or more for one that is sold for this lathe. The commercially available base also sticks out about 10” on the outside of the legs. With a little head scratching I came up with this idea. I already had 3 of the wheels from on older machine. I ordered the 4th wheel from Rockler with my 20% coupon and purchase the remainder of the material...
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