The grandkids love coming to the workshop and building all sorts of projects. One of the most popular projects is a flash-bang gun which captures the imagination of the kids and produces an amazing effect. In this episode of the American Craftsman Workshop I will show you how to build a flash-bang gun. Then, to show how well they work, I have a backyard shootout with 2 of our grandkids, Olivia and Cole. Hope you enjoy, Todd A. Clippinger Share the Love~Share the Knowledge
Anyone know Japanese? These are from YouTube user kinohaguruma, and they’re a young child’s dream come true. These are the kinds of things I always wanted to build out of wood growing up, and still do, but I also recognize the monumental effort required now. I chose 3 of them for the post here, each getting more complex and awesome, but there are more at the link above.
Below 20 pictures from making a jig. This jig is used on a router table to make notches in tractor wheels, but it’s also possible to use it on circle saw. You can’t see it on the the pictures but this jig glides between two guides. Thanks for watching
Edit 8 June 2015 Finished truck can be seen over here One of my preferences in woodworking is wooden toys. I have a special interest in trucks and the model of the Old Time Farm Truck by Ron Fritz, Creeksidewoodshop.com on the Google Sketchup 3D warehouse drew my attention. His model was in imperial dimensions and since I work in metric I redrew the truck in Sketchup with metric dimensions and also simplified it somewhat . You can convert imperial to mm in sketchup and the other way ro...
About a year and a half ago I posted my band saw horse. I had meant to get back to those interested in the pattern, much sooner than this. It is amazing how time gets away from you. I am new at making videos and it shows. So I can only hope that those that watch it, will find it didn’t waste to much of their time. I consider it a how to video. So I didn’t over speed it up. Just 2x speed during the cutting. So you can still clearly see how and in what order that I cut out the horse. I did t...
There’s still enough time left to put together a few toys before Christmas. Both of the woodworking clubs I belong to contribute home-made wooden toys to ‘special’ children each year. Some go to Baptist Children’s Home, Children’s Cancer Center, poverty workers , homeless mothers, etc. – and some to a ‘Shoe Box’ operation that includes them in packages to our military personnel overseas for local children – hopefully making a friend out ...
I used the end of a broomstick for the two headlamps. I didn’t have a 20 mm dowel and I did not want to fire up the lathe to turn a such a short 20mm spindle and also the broomstick was just the right diameter and it was only a very short piece that was needed. The headlamps will be attached to the engine block with dowels. I also used two washers and attached them with screws to make the headlamps a bit more interesting With the mudguards I reverted back to my original plan. ...
The plan and dimensions Chassis components Chassis glue up Axle housings. – Due to the runout on my drill press (which is quite old) I can’t drill a straight hole thru a long block. Thin pieces of wood is ok, but as soon as I drill a hole in a block 100mm and longer, the drill tends to wander a bit. Therefore I split the blocks in half and cut the grooves with my table saw. After that I glue the two halves together.The following photo shows the 4 halves ready for the g...
Making the wheels was a bit of a head scratcher. Since I have a lathe I thought about turning the wheels on the lathe. I had a problem however, because I don’t have a chuck for the lathe and I wanted to do some face turning on the wheels just to make them a bit more interesting. I thought about making a homemade chuck and seeked some advise in the Woodturning forum. I again experienced the brotherhood of LJ’s with quite a bit of good advise. In the end I decided to leave the la...
I finally was able to make it back to the shop to finish up a couple of projects that crept up on me as life diverted me from the garage for a while. The first is for my Dad’s birthday today, he is a big WWII buff so I thought I’d try to make something a little more complex than what I had done. It was fun and I’m pretty happy with it: I learned a lot, as always. Like there is a reason the plans called for the cuts in a certain order. I went to fast and ruined o...
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