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05-14-2019 12:52 AM

New Observation Bee Hive - 5 replies

The new Observation Bee Hive is finally off of the drawing board and populated with bees! In this video I go over the process of making the hive and at the end show some of the Peeping Tom video and images taken of them in action.

05-07-2019 06:12 PM

Repairing my dome greenhouse - 0 replies

It’s Spring time and that means I’m already behind in work that has to get done! The geodome greenhouse I built a few years ago was in dire need of repair so I took the opportunity to re-skin it and make some changes to it that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. And hopefully along the way, this video will give some ideas or ...

03-09-2019 12:58 PM

Designing a Wheel Chair Tray - 3 replies

Listening to what the user wants in a project is paramount to a successful project.

03-06-2019 05:06 AM

Testing my new Resp-O-Rator - 7 replies

It just came in the mail today so I went out to the shop and made a quick video to share (‘cuz that’s what I do) and I have to say, I think this is going to finally get me to wear a respirator in the shop.

02-01-2019 12:44 AM

Learning to make a bowl back mandolin pt.3 - 0 replies

I started this project last year but other things got in the way, but I finally cleaned off the work bench and started it back up again. In one way, I like experimenting with these kinds of things and I’m not afraid to fail (luckily) so I’ll be starting over again but for now, this is where I’m at. Which is pretty close to the ...

01-30-2019 02:38 AM

Making a Quick Sharpening Station - 2 replies

I’ve had this video ready for the narration for about a week but couldn’t finish it because I lost my voice! But now it’s back and this very short video is done. I’m sure there are no shortage of good ideas for sharpening blades here but this station was quick and it can only improve from here.

12-20-2018 03:04 PM

My total impulse buy - 3 replies

OK, this isn’t for everybody, but I’ve had a lot of fun tinkering with it. Paul M

09-13-2018 02:19 PM

Updated DIY Pavers & Paver Molds - 0 replies

The last time I did this I not only learned a few things about making pavers and molds, but I also picked up a some tips and ideas from this forum. So here is my latest version of what has turned out to be a fun project and will (someday) become a walkway to the shop.

08-29-2018 04:32 PM

Bee hive top - really just a box - 6 replies

We split a hive recently but found out we didn’t have a top. An emergency piece of sheet rock worked but winter rains are coming! This is essentially just another way to make a box so I thought I’d share it here.

08-09-2018 08:34 PM

This summer's project: Building a "tiny home" chicken coop - 2 replies

Everything has been on hold for the last month or so while I built a chicken coop and moved 2 new occupants in. (They must like the new digs, I’m getting 2 eggs a day) I’ve made a web page where I’m going to put a lot more info about the build, but for now, I just have this video about it. The web page will be at http://oldm...

07-20-2018 02:24 AM

Paint can rim clean up - 23 replies

I’ve been focused on a long project (that should be done soon) and haven’t had much time for anything else. Today though, I suddenly thought of an easy solution for cleaning the paint can rims. No matter how hard I try I always seem to be chasing that last little bit of paint around and around the rim. Now I KNOW this has to have ...

06-28-2018 05:41 AM

Making Pavers, Bricks, and Wooden Molds - 20 replies

I haven’t played with concrete much in the past, but I decided to build some molds in the shop and make some pavers and bricks. Here are some of my first tries.

06-15-2018 03:39 AM

Where does all the crap come from?! - 13 replies

When you have a small work space, you have to get creative. That means keeping a lot of lumber outside. Today I pulled the lumber racks down and spaced them away from the wall the width of a 2×4 ( 3 1/2” ). This allows me to slide sheets of plywood in behind the other stuff. ‘Cause nothing takes up a small work shop like a sheet...

06-02-2018 04:13 AM

Building a better garden tool hanger - 4 replies

IMHO, every gardener should have some basic wood working skills and tools. There is and endless list of wood working projects in the garden if you just have a small space to work in and some very basic tools. Often times you can just use scrap wood for your creations. It’s NOT fine woodworking! For years I’ve struggled with a way ...

05-06-2018 04:46 AM

What to do with an old boat frame - 0 replies

This week I combined boating and gardening by planting an old boat frame in my garden. In it’s next life, it will become a bean trellis. I put together a video of stills that I took while making the boat and put it on the build pages.

04-25-2018 05:06 AM

Making a Rebate Plane - 3 replies

I would imagine that this is old hat to some folks here, but it is the first time I’ve tried to make a plane. I needed a small rebate plane for a mandolin that I am making so I made my own. I can see where making planes could get addicting! Video:

04-05-2018 01:27 AM

Building a bowlback mandolin - 3 replies

I’ve built a few simple instruments but I’m finally stretching myself and attempting a bowlback mandolin. I have a lot of wood working experience but this looks like a challenge. I used to take photographs of my projects but for the last few months I’ve been learning how to do video and so I’ve just finished the first ...

03-23-2018 04:44 AM

Making the Strip Sander II - 7 replies

This week I made another Strip Sander, but with a few differences. It works much better than expected. Sometimes you get lucky!

03-15-2018 04:37 PM

A circular saw rip jig - 15 replies

I just finished another jig, this one version 3 of a rip jig that I’ve used for quite a while on my circular saw. As usual I don’t provide plans because 1) All saws are different 2) Everyone here is clever enough to figure it out 3) I’m kind of lazy that way. If anyone here makes this, I’d love to see a picture. Che...

02-28-2018 03:29 AM

Building a rare boat - 6 replies

A lot of design philosophy goes into boat building. And just because you think you have it all figured out before you start, you don’t. Back when I was doing most of my building I took lots of pictures but no video. One by one I am now collecting those images, committing them to video ala Ken Burns style, and getting them back out to th...

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