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Lathe Review – Turncrafter Commander

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I recently upgraded my lathe to a Turncrafter Commander. A lathe upgrade has been something I've wanted to do for a while and I recently had the chance to do just that. My first lathe, which I still own, is made by Central Machinery from Harbor Freight. It's the 14"x40" bench top model with an outboard 7" disc sander...

Make a Fidget Spinner with Kids

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In the middle of the fidget spinner craze, my two oldest boys each wanted one after seeing a box full for sale with a small gold oval sticker on the back that read Made in China. We were at a downtown festival in our hometown where every kid had one and some had one for each hand. I suggested...

2 Woodworking Shop Jigs – How To

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Jigs are extremely useful in the shop and in my opinion they're kind of like clamps... you can never have too many. I make a router jig and a new taper jig in this project. Keep reading to find out how to make both... It's funny how one project can stem another project which can then stem another and another...

Make A Pedal Board With Plywood

I made a pedal board completely from plywood and wooden dowel rods, no screws. Check out how I made it. Keep reading.... I was asked to make a pedal board and without knowing much about pedals let alone pedal boards I had some research to do. I looked online at some different designs and decided to make it out...

Installing a Vice on an Outfeed Assembly Table

After building a new outfeed assembly table, I needed to transfer the vise from the old table to the new one. The tables are made different, so I had to mount the vise different as well. See how... Recently, I designed a new outfeed assembly table and wanted to bring some of the features from the old table over to...

Outfeed Assembly Table: Part 3 – The Tour

I'm excited to give a tour of the new outfeed assembly table. In this article I'll show you around and explain the features and some things that I haven't mentioned in the previous videos. Continue reading for all the details. This was a fun project from start to finish. When I get to design something  the way I want...

Outfeed Assembly Table: Part 2 – The Build

This is part two, the build, of the Outfeed/Assembly Table project. Once I got started on this build I didn't want to stop until it was done. The improved workflow and efficiency this table provides was much needed in the shop, but getting there was challenging... This project was looong overdue. I have been needing more storage and organization...

Outfeed/Assembly Table: Part 1 – The Design

Outfeed/Assembly Part 1
For a while now I'v been meaning to rebuild my outfeed/assembly table due to the fact that it wasn't documented with video or plans when I made it a couple of years ago. So, now's the time to document it and make some changes that will improve the overall use. Watch the Video Here I started out planning...

Multipurpose Shop Cart

Multipurpose Shop Cart plan
I had a problem in the shop and we solved it... Continue reading to find out how. Click here to watch the build video! I noticed when I used the bandsaw, lathe, table saw, miter saw, jointer, planer, drill press... ok, all of my tool stations that I needed a place to stack the pieces I was working...

Kids Picnic Table

Kids Picnic Table Plan
With Spring here and Summer approaching quickly, I figured an outdoor project was in order. My kids had a small picnic table they used quite a bit, but it was falling apart. They like to eat outside when the weather is nice and so as the woodworking daddy that I am, I made another one. Keep reading... This project...

DIY Wood Tool Tote with FREE Plans – Teach Woodworking

My kids are in the shop with me this week and we made a wooden tool tote. We actually made three totes, one for each of my sons. They already had a tool tote that they were out growing, but this project was more about getting them involved. Click Read More... Watch the video here Tools used in...

Clamp Rack with Safety Features

Clamp rack with safety features
I've been needing to upgrade my clamp rack for a while now due to safety in the shop. Its out with the old and in with the new... This is one of those shop projects that you'll ask yourself, "Why didn't I do this sooner"? Safety is becoming more of a concern as the kids get older and help out in...

Drill Charging Station with Air Tool Storage AND Dust Free Bins

After rearranging my shop a little bit, I lost my drill charging station location due to hanging a cabinet in it's place. So, the only logical thing to do was to build a new one. Keep reading for more... My process was a little different throughout this project, whereas I normally start a project with Sketch-up. This time around...

Make a Wooden Mirror

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I recently made a small wooden mirror from a piece of walnut with some awesome figure. I already had the mirror, so I reused it. Read more to see the steps I took to make it... First, let me share with you the tools I used in this project. Pre-cut craft mirror (oval shaped) - http://amzn.to/2lYxMJd ​​ Spray adhesive - http://amzn.to/2levime Bandsaw -...

make a pen with a chainsaw

Recently, Bill Livolsi with onecarworkshop.com put on a challenge to "turn" a pen without the use of a lathe. Actually, you can make a pen out of whatever you want. I opted to go the route of using all the traditional parts to make a pen except the lathe, which was the only rule. Read on to see...