December 31, 2014

2014 Wrap Up Show

As 2014 comes to a close, I would like to thank you all for all the support and encouragement that you have given me this past year.  I reached quite a few milestones.  I wanted to hit 10,000 subscribers and I now have over 12,000.  I wanted to get to 500,000 views and I have over 622,000!  I still can't believe that this many people are actually interested in watching me make my simple projects.

I also started a second channel called Fun With Vlogging where I post weekly updates every Monday morning about my projects and daily life events.  It has grown to 400 subscribers and over 20,000 views since August.  You can check it out here:

I am very excited to head into 2015 and have several projects already planned but I am always open to new ideas.  If there are any projects that you would like to see me make please post them in the comments below.

As always, thanks for watching and I'll see you next time.

December 29, 2014

Project - Building a custom fit wood gift box without measuring

4 days before Christmas I decided to make a custom fit box for the present that I had bought for my family's gift exchange.  The challenge that I made to myself was to build it without using a tape measure.  By shear chance it was picked and opened by the first person at the gift exchange.  By the time that we had reached person number 5 out of 14 it had already been stolen twice and was out of the running.  It is always a good feeling to know that your work is appreciated.

December 27, 2014

What woodworking videos did I watch this week? #2 (12-27-14 )

In this series of posts I will be sharing with you my favorite woodworking videos from this week.  Leave a comment below and let me know what videos I missed.  

✔ DiResta: APL Spice Box

Celtic Cribbage Board (CNC Project)

How to transfer an inkjet photo to wood
Steve Ramsey

Bandsaw repair fail
Mathias Wandel

✔ DiResta Key Card
Jimmy DiResta

December 20, 2014

What woodworking videos did I watch this week? #1 (12-20-14 )

In this series of posts I will be sharing with you my favorite woodworking videos from this week.  Leave a comment below and let me know what videos I missed.  

BEGIN Japanology - Sashimono Woodwork 木工
A really well done documentary on Japanese woodworking

✔ DiResta Crown Royal

Jimmy DiResta doing what he does best

Turning Scraps Into End Grain Cutting Boards
Matt shows us how he makes cutting boards out of shop scraps

making a Schwibbogen / Christmas Arch - woodworking
Fabian shows us how he made a German Christmas Arch

Not woodworking related but I really like this guy's videos.

December 11, 2014

What's in the box?

I currently have the 1/4" blade on my band saw that came with it when I bought it.  I have been meaning forever to buy a better one for re-sawing.  I had followed a link to Woodcraft the other day so I did a search for 70 1/2" blades and this is what I found.

From everything that I have read and heard you want a lower tooth count for re-sawing so the 1/2" blade looked perfect!  I went ahead an picked up the 1/8" blade too while I was there.  They showed up tonight so I plan on giving them a test this weekend on my Craftsman 1/3 hp 3.5 amp 10" Band Saw (21400).  I'll write another article when I get the chance to test them out.  In the mean time here is a quick look at them.

December 8, 2014

Finishing an Ice Chest Cooler Box made with a little bit of red cedar

It rained most of the weekend so I wasn't able to work on the coffee table that I had planned on so I put a finish on the Ice Chest Cooler Box that I made last month for the baby shower.  The red had darkened with age so I gave it a quick sand with 120 grit sandpaper before putting on 2 coats of indoor\outdoor spar urethane.

Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the finished product!

December 6, 2014

Stanley Mitre Box No. 358

I recently picked up an antique Stanley Mitre Box no. 358 with an Atkins back saw from a friend at work.  It used to belong to his dad and he found it in a shelf in his garage a couple of months ago.  I think that this thing is really, really neat and I plan on cleaning it up and trying it out.  Does anybody out there know of a good cleaner that I can use on this with out messing up the patina?  I want it functional and clean looking but I don't want to lose any of it's rustic charm.