June 24, 2013

I've been practising in Sketchup...

How many people remember the hall tree that I built last year?  In an attempt to increase my skills in Sketchup I made a drawing of it.  I put it in the download section and is available for free!  Please take a moment to download it and let me know what you think.

June 21, 2013

Lego travel case update

I haven't had a chance to work on the case in the last couple of days but I was able to get to Sketchup last night and make a drawing of it.  There was a definite learning curve but I'm finding that it really helps with the design process.  I was able to figure out some of the dimensions much easier and even found a design element to add.  I'm hoping to get some work done on it this weekend and plan on having a new vlog update tomorrow night.  In the meantime I posted the sketchup file in the download section.  Feel free to download it and let me know what you think!


June 19, 2013

I started a new project, a Lego travel case!

My older son's birthday is next month and my wife suggested that I make him a travel case for his Legos.  I bought him 5 lbs of Legos last year for his birthday and 2 lbs the year before that.  He also has around 10 smaller kits that have all been assimilated into his collection.  I had originally planned to use scraps of cedar fence post left over from the planter build but upon closer inspection that are all warped or twisted in some way so I went to Lowes and picked up some 1/2" poplar boards.  I started the glue up last night and plan on working on it some more tomorrow.  I have been vlogging about it on my YouTube channel and you can check it out here:  http://www.youtube.com/funwithwoodworking

June 16, 2013

I posted my first project video to YouTube!

Like most things this video took longer than I expected and I am not 100% happy with it.  Overall I think it is a good first video and I learned a lot from making it.  I hope you enjoy it enough to subscribe to my channel on YouTube.  I am always open to constructive criticism so please let me know what you think in the comments section.

June 8, 2013

My YouTube page is up!

I would like to let everybody know that my YouTube page is now up and running! I have a couple of vlogs on there right now about the new project that I am starting and I am finishing up my first project video on the Planter Box. Feel free to take a look and make sure to hit that subscribe button!


June 6, 2013

How to make a planter box out of cedar fence pickets

My wife asked me to make a planter box for our front porch.  I showed her the Ice Chest/Cooler box and said imagine this wider and shallower.  She like the basic idea but wanted it lower to the ground and shallower.  I redesigned the box to fit her wishes and came up with the planter below.  I used 6 - 1 x 6 x 72 cedar fence pickets to make this planter.

I started out by setting up a stop block on my miter saw at 16".

I cut the bottoms off of all 6 pickets to use as legs.  This leaves me with six 56" boards.

I then cut three of these at 39".  These will be used for the sides.  I ripped one board into two 2 1/2" strips.  Each side will have one 5 1/2" board and one 2 1/2" board.