Thursday, June 14, 2018

Woodworking shop tour 2018

In this video I show you my workspace and the tools I use. If some of you want to create your own DIY garage wood shop you will find this video helpful. 

I begun the video by showing an overall view of my shop. 

Then I started presenting the heavier tools, like the CNC, the lathe and the table saw. I also show accessories for those tools, especially the lathe.

After that I show my power tools. At least the ones I use the most.

Then I show you my wall mounted tools, and stuff I got in cabinets and shelves.

All the different kind of clamps.

My sharpening stones for flat chisels, plane irons and carving gouges.

Then I mostly show my hand tools.

Finally I close the video with safety equipment. My ear protection, my mask, a face shield and the fire extinguisher I always have around in the shop!

I hope you’ll find this video useful!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Making a DIY folding table from an old IKEA laundry basket

I had this old IKEA laundry basket and I decided to convert it into a folding camping table. This seemed like a cool idea, because the basket had a folding mechanism already.

First of all, I used my random orbit sander with 80grit sandpaper to quickly remove the old paint. To sand the spindles I mounted them on my lathe and sand them there. I used masking tape to prevent the chuck jaws from harming the wood.

I had a spruce piece to act as a table top but I needed it to be larger. So I cut an extra piece on my table saw. I used biscuits and glue to complete the table top. The biscuits prevent the pieces from moving around while glue up.

After the wood glue dried I trimmed the edges of the table top, using my circular saw and a guide rail. Because these were cross cuts, I used masking tape to reduce the splitting of the wood.

I then used a roll of tape as a guide to create the rounded edges. I used the bandsaw to cut the curved corners and finished the shaping with a sanding block.

After sanding the table top flush, I used my router with a round over bit to round over all the edges of the top. 

I then marked the positions of the cross braces. I cut the braces on the table saw and glued and nailed them in place with my nail gun.

I then made another piece. I cut it’s shape on on the bandsaw. I sanded it on the belt sander.To sand a few tight curves I used a drum sanding bit on my drill press. 

I then predrilled pilot holes, countersinked them and added the screws in place.

I also added a piece of rubber and a hook to make a spring mechanism to keep the table pieces secure in place. This mechanism works both in the closed and open position of the table. 

I then disassembled the pieces and I was ready for the paint job. I mixed white and green latex paint to get the color I wanted. I then applied two coats of paint to everything while sanding between coats. I applied the paint mostly with a roller, although I used a small brush to cover a few difficult areas. 

My table was now ready. It is really light weight and I think that makes it ideal for camping or barbecue situations!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Making a lamp using the wood lathe and a 3D pen

I made this experimental lamp, using a piece of pine wood and black ABS filament in my 3D pen. I also used a vintage Edison LED lamp. I used LED because it does not produce much heat. Old type lamps might melt the filament!

First of all I used my center finder to mark the centers on my cylindrical piece of wood. I then mounted it on the lathe between centers and trued it up with my roughing gouge. I used my skew chisel to create an angled tenon that fits my chuck’s jaws.

I then mounted the piece on my chuck. I used a parting tool, the roughing gouge and the skew to shape the exterior shape. 

I then drilled a hole on the lathe with a 6mm drill bit. Then I gradually created a large hole. Because I was drilling end grain I begun with a really small forstner bit and gradually changed bits until I reached the diameter I needed.

Every now and then I used my depth gauge to make sure I drilled far enough.

I sanded the piece on the lathe, starting at 100 grit, moving to 220 and finishing at 320.

I used the parting tool, to part the piece of the lathe. I cleaned the bottom on my belt sander.

I then mounted the piece on a screw chuck and finished it with a few coats of shellac.

I then made the lamp’s shader. At first I used the a soda bottle as a mold for my 3D pen. I used the plastic bottle because the filament sticks on it and you can make the shapes more easily. But then I found a better lamp and decided to remake the shader.

So I first made the circular pieces of a cylinder. I then made the lines. After connecting those with the 3D pen, I had a secure cylindrical structure to work on. I then filled the gaps with a kind of random organic pattern.

I then assembled everything and my lamp was ready.

It is looks nice with and without the filament shader. I learned a lot with this experimental project!

Combining woodworking techniques and 3D pen was a challenging and interesting process!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

How to make a skater character with the 3D pen

I made this character using ABS filament in my 3D pen. This is not one of my woodworking videos but I thought it was interesting to share.

First of all I designed all the vector templates in Adobe illustrator.

I then placed the plastic grid of my pen over the template and begun doodling. This grid helps the doodle to be glued lightly on the surface so you can draw more easily. 

I first created the outlines and then filled the inner structure. When all the forms of a shape were completed I welded all the parts together with the 3D pen. 

I can also fill small gaps in the air, drawing with the pen.

After all the different filament parts are ready, I weld them in place. 

When I have a curved part, I spot weld in a few key places and then I fill the whole edge. This happened with the legs of my skater.

After all the parts were ready, I welded everything together and my character was ready!

I think he came out pretty cool! I really Enjoyed using my 3D pen.

Friday, May 18, 2018

How to make a DIY toy storage box with casters

I made this rolling cart out of 18 and 9mm birch plywood. It has four casters and a removable carved letter made with the CNC machine. 

I didn’t have any 18mm plywood in the shop. So I got it precut from a shop.

I glued and nailed the sides of my box, using my air powered nail gun.

For the bottom I used 9mm plywood. I used my circular saw and a guide rail to cut the bottom slightly larger than needed.

I then glued and nailed the bottom in place. I used a flush trim bit on my router and flush trimmed the bottom of my storage box. 

I used some wood filler to cover up any imperfections on the piece. 

I then used my random orbit sander to sand the box. I begun with 80grit sandpaper and finished at 180.

To prevent the wood from splitting I clamped a plywood scrap piece on the back of the hole I was going to make. I drilled the hole using a forstner bit.

I then started the paint job. This whole thing was a matter of good masking. I had to make a synthesis of triangles from different colors. I prepared each color and then used masking tape to make the masks. In order to have a really sharp edge here, it is best to bush from the tape to the inside of the form. If you brush against the tape, there is good chance you’ll mesh the sharpness of your painted form. I applied two coats of each color and used my heat gun to speed up the drying process. I used latex paint.

I then used a scrap piece of wood as a spacer to mark the positions of the casters. I screwed the casters in place. Two of the casters have stoppers.

To customize the box for your kids, you can can carve the initial letter of your kid on a piece of plywood. I used my CNC to do that. I then painted the inner carved forms. After the paint was dry, I sanded it and it was ready.

I wanted the letter to be removable,  so I came up with a simple mechanism that uses a rubber band and a dowel. 

At this point my little box was ready, I hope you like it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

How to make a wooden slingshot on the lathe

I made two wooden slingshots on the lathe. I made the first out of oleander wood and the other out of olive wood. I used leather for the pouch and rubber from a catheter I found in the pharmacy.

First of all I mounted the wood on the lathe between centers. I used my roughing gouge to turn the stock true. I then used my skew chisel and a parting tool to create the tenon for my chuck.

I mounted the piece on the chuck and also used my steady rest to keep things in place while hollowing the end grain. I used the bowl gouge to do the hollowing. The whole process here basically resembles to the goblet making procedure.

After hollowing, I sanded and used super glue to fill some cracks on the wood. I then used the roughing gouge and the spindle gouge to finish the shape of my slingshot. I used my finger as a thickness caliper. 

To provide more support, I added an adapter on the tailstock to hold the stock in place. I used my skew to create better grip on the slingshot’s handle. I sanded the piece. I also used the wood shavings to sand the surfaces even smoother.

I moved on the bandsaw and cut out two side pieces. I finished shaping my slingshot on the belt sander.

I finished the piece with a coat of mineral oil. 

I bought a rubber catheter from the pharmacy and used it as my slingshot’s rubber. I added a leather pouch and mounted the rubber on my slingshot using iron wire with a pair of pliers.

My slingshot was now ready. To keep it a toy I used rubber washers as ammo.

I hope you enjoyed this build!