December 31, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #106 (12-31-16 )

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December 24, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #105 (12-24-16 )

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December 17, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #104 (12-17-16 ) - How to frame a DIRESTA print edition

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December 13, 2016

Project - CNC Superman logos

We recently had my son's birthday party and he wanted a Superman theme so I decided to make some Superman logos.  5 smaller ones to give out as prizes and 1 big one to hang in his room.

I checked the prices at my local Lowes and it was around $8 for a 2' x 2' x 1/4" plywood panel.  I checked the full sheet plywood area and found a 4' x 8' x 1/4" sheet for just under $16.  I had them cut the sheet down the middle on the 4' length, then stack the 2 pieces together, and cut those in half.  This left me with 4 - 2' x 4' pieces.  I took those home and cut them in half so that I ended up with 8 - 2' x 2' panels.




I have an X-Carve CNC machine made by Inventables.  I found a black and white Superman logo on the web and imported it into their free Easel software.  I resized the logo to make 5 - 6" x 8" logos and 1 - 16.5" x 22" logo.  Make sure to rotate the logos to make them upside down and don't just flip them on the horizontal axis.  I made 2 copies.  1 with the "S" cutout and 1 without.



I cutout all the smaller "S" logos first followed by the large one last.  I then cutout all the backer shield pieces in the same manner.





Once everything was cutout I took the backer shield pieces outside and spray painted them a bright yellow.  The paint had a little trouble sticking to the plywood so I sprayed the "S" pieces with a flat black and let it dry for an hour or so.  I then followed that with a coat of bright red.



Once everything was completely dry I took them back inside and hot glued them together as it was getting late and the party was going to start soon.  They were a big hit!


December 10, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #103 (12-10-16 )

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December 3, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #102 (12-3-16 )

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November 26, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #101 (11-26-16 )

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November 22, 2016

How to shorten a Bar Stool

A friend stopped by yesterday,dropped off some bar stools, and asked me to shorten then 3 1/2 inches.  I did a little research and came up with this method to cut them down to size.  I had all the tools already except for the pull saw which I picked up at Lowes for $20.  There is a full video on how to do this project at the bottom of this article.





I started out by buying a pull saw and two 4 foot lengths of 1 x 4 pine.  (1 x 4 actually ends up being 3/4" x 3 1/2").  I checked to make sure that the pine boards were parallel down their entire length and then I cut them both in half.  


The 1st bar stool had 1 plastic and 2 felt feet so I removed them with my Swiss Army Knife to allow the stool to set level on my work table.

I then tightened all the screws in the stool to make it as rigid as possible.

The next step was was to set the stool back on its feet and clamp the 1 x 4's to the table next to the legs.  It is very important that you clamp the boards to the table and not to the stool.  This stool has legs that bow in the front and have a flare and slight twist in the back.  If you clamp the boards directly to the legs you will not end up with ends that lay flat on the floor.



I then took my pull saw and laid it flat on top of the 1 x 4's and cut the bottom of the leg parallel to the boards.  I repeated this for each leg.



Once all the legs were cut I set the bar stool on it's side and took a block plane and cut a chamfer around the bottom of each leg.  This will help to minimize the wood splitting if the stool gets drug across the floor.  I also sanded the chamfer and the bottom of the leg with 120 grit sandpaper.  Now all it needs is some paint or sealer and new feet.





November 19, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #100 (11-19-16 )

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November 12, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #99 (11-12-16 )

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November 5, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #98 (11-5-16 )

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October 29, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #97 (10-29-16 ) - Tablet stand edition

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October 22, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #96 (10-22-16 )

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October 16, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #95 (10-16-16 )

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October 8, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #94 (10-8-16 )

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October 1, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #93 (10-1-16 )

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September 24, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #92 (9-24-16 )

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September 17, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #91 (9-17-16 )

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September 10, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #90 (9-10-16 )

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September 3, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #89 (9-3-16 )

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August 27, 2016

4 Monarch butterflies hatched next to each other! - Time Lapse video

We had 8 Monarch Butterflies hatch in the Butterfly Enclosure yesterday.  I was able to catch 4 of them emerging in a time lapse video.  There are around 12 more chrysalises in the Butterfly Enclosure.  They should all hatch within the next week or so.

What videos did I watch this week? #88 (8-27-16 )

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August 20, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #87 (8-20-16 )

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August 13, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #86 (8-13-16 )

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August 6, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #85 (8-6-16 )

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July 30, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #84 (7-30-16 )

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July 23, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #83 (7-2-16 )

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July 16, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #82 (7-16-16 )

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July 12, 2016

Free Twin Size Loft Bed plans have been posted!

I have finished and posted the free plans for the Twin Size Loft bed!  You can download them by clicking the FREE PLANS link above.

I have also posted a paid version on the STORE link above that has the full Material List, Cutting Diagram, Cut List, and Assembly instructions included.

I am still working on the plans for the Twin Size Bunk Bed, and the Twin Size Dual Loft Bed.  I am also still editing the video for the Dual Loft Bed and hope to have it finished soon!





July 10, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #81 (7-10-16 )

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July 7, 2016

I made a Pumpkin/Watermelon smashing machine!

My wife was growing pumpkins and watermelons but a fungus killed off the vines and leaves.  We had to pick the fruit early so they are not ripe enough to eat.  What should we do with them?

Free plans and build article coming soon!


July 2, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #80 (7-2-16 )

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June 25, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #79 (6-25-16 )

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June 23, 2016

Dual loft bed project update - 04

I left everything to dry for another week and then went to Lowes and picked up some kiln dried 2x4's to cut into mattress supports.  I cut them all top length with the miter saw and then cut the notches on the band saw.





Once I had everything cut to size we staged all the pieces for the end assemblies in my Sons' room and got to work.


My 9 year old son helped me with the first ladder assembly and we got it done in about 45 minutes.


The next 2 assemblies I did by myself and got done in about 45 minutes.  They were much easier to do once I worked out all the kinks in the system on the first one.


I leaned the non ladder side up against the wall on the left and then clamped some temporary supports to the one on the right.  I was then able to lift the stretchers for the mattress into place and get them screwed in.




The over all assembly time for the first part of the bed took about 5 hours but that included showing my boys how it went together and answering all of their questions as to why we were doing the way that we did.  If everything goes according to plan I will be adding the second half the bed this weekend.  I also plan on lowering the top bunk about 3" before I add that second bed.  The mattress was a little thicker than I expected so the top rail isn't as effective as I like.  I will adjust the height of the second bed to match the first as I assemble it.


June 21, 2016

Dual loft bed project update - 03

I started this project early last year and I never seem to have the time needed to complete the various stages.  I finally got some time in April to get all the pieces outside and get them sanded down to 120 grit with my random orbit sander.  It took about 4 hours total to get them all smooth enough for stain and then polyurethane.



After dreading the whole stain and then 3 coats of polyurethane process and putting off the project for a month I decided to sand everything down to 220 grit and then apply 2 coats of Danish Oil and call it done.  I spent another 4 hours during the Memorial Day weekend sanding everything to 220 grit.  The following weekend I put 2 coats of Medium Walnut Danish Oil on the first half and let them dry outside for the day.



I stacked and stickered all these pieces in the shop to let them finish curing.  The following weekend I put 2 coats of the Danish Oil on the rest of the wood and then stacked and stickered that as well.


June 18, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #78 (6-18-16 )

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June 13, 2016

I built the DIRESTA: X-Carve stool!



Jimmy Diresta built a simple shop stool last week out of one 31" x 31" piece of plywood on his X-Carve.  I had some free plywood cutoffs from Lowes so I made mine out of 2 pieces that were 39" x 21".  I carved my logo into the seat and Jimmy's logo on one of the legs.

You can download his plan on the Inventables website here:
https://www.inventables.com/projects/diresta-wood-stool

You can watch his video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp1cvDowck8

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June 11, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #77 (6-11-16 )

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June 9, 2016

Sneak peak at this weekends project

My wife asked me to make her a raised/elevated planter box this weekend.  I played with sketchup for a while and came up with this design.


It will be made out of 2 x 4's, 4 x 4's, cedar fence pickets, half a sheet of OSB, and some plastic sheeting.  I already had Lowes cut a sheet of OSB in half for me for another project so I have one 48" x 48" piece left for this project.  I should be able to make the entire thing using just my mitre saw and a cordless drill.

Look for a video and full plans next week.

Wish me luck!

Donald

June 4, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #76 (6-4-16 )

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June 2, 2016

The new Fun With Woodworking stickers have arrived!

I finally broke down and bought some real stickers from stickermule.com.
You can receive $10 off your first order by clicking the link below:

Custom Stickers, Die Cut Stickers, Bumper Stickers - Sticker Mule

There are 3 ways to get a sticker.
     1 - Send me one of your stickers and I will send you one of mine in return.
     2 - Send me a self addressed stamped envelope and I will send you one.
     3 - PayPal $1.50 to info@funwithwoodworking.com and I will send you one.

Everybody who already sent me a sticker will be getting one of the new ones.  I also owe a couple of people who already PayPal'ed me one.  I was waiting for these new ones to come in.

I would like to thank everybody who already sent me one of their stickers and to the people who ordered one!  I couldn't have done this without you!


May 28, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #75 (5-28-16 )

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May 21, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #74 (5-21-16 )

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May 14, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #73 (5-14-16 )

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May 7, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #72 (5-7-16 )

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April 30, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #71 (4-30-16 )

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April 23, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #70 (4-23-16 ) Cutting Board edition

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April 16, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #69 (4-16-16 )

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April 9, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #68 (4-9-16 )

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April 2, 2016

What videos did I watch this week? #67 (4-2-16 )

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