June 25, 2016

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

In this series of posts I will be sharing with you my favorite videos that I watched this week.  Do you have a video that you would like featured here?  Leave a comment below and let me know about it!























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!