TACK TRUNK WOODWORKING PROJECT – Revisiting a favorite weekend project.
Since the original tack trunk video was a little short on details, I put together an updated version of this project. The new video should give you a better look at the trunk design and provides more specifics on the build process and materials used. I’ve also updated the hardware selection and included all building costs.
POTTING BENCH SIGN BUILD – Creating your own custom letter templates
With a couple sheets of carbon paper and some practice, this carving technique lets you add a custom sign to your next project. Here’s an overview of the potting bench sign I created, starting with a paper template drafted on the computer.
Thanks to Jim Bartz for sharing this freehand carving method. Using Jim’s carving tactics, you can add almost any style lettering to your signs. If you’d like to personalize a project, freehand sign carving gives you the freedom to build something truly unique.
A FUN OUTDOOR PROJECT – Completing the base for the cedar bench
With summer in full swing, I thought I’d revisit the potting bench project from a couple summers back. Today, I’ll go over the steps for building the bench with dowels, pocket holes and laminated legs.
Next week, I’ll take another look at the build for the upper shelf and the routed sign that helps personalize this project.
As a brand new user, here is my two cents on SketchUp and what it can do for you when designing an involved woodworking project. This bar was a real bear to get build using my usual graph paper drawing method. After working with a SketchUp expert, I’m sold on learning the software this year. Love to hear how long it took you to get decent on SketchUp.
WORKING WITH THE NEW SAW – Testing out the traditional features With the electrical work in the shop complete, I’ll fire-up the new saw and test out the blade settings, safety guard, premium fence and miter gauge.
UNBOXING AND ASSEMBLY – This saw made a great first impression.
Once all the snow shoveling was done around here, I finally got a chance to put together my latest shop purchase – the SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw. In this first video, I’ll go over my experience unboxing and setting-up a SawStop model table saw.
Today I cover the assembly process and take a peek at the mechanics of the blade safety features that make the SawStop models unique. So far, this saw looks well thought out with easy-to-follow instructions and excellent fit & finish. I was a bit disappointed with one major component though – the plastic locking knobs. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait for my electrician to upgrade my service before I can really try the saw out.
I’d love to hear what other SawStop owners think of their saws’ performance. If you’ve have some experience with these saws, feel free to leave a comment below. And once I’ve got some power to this saw, I’ll share my thoughts on ease of use, milling performance and those famous blade brakes.
BUILDING A BAR FOR CUSTOMERS – Sneak peek of a new design. I wanted to share my progress on this fall’s woodworking income project. In this video, I’ll take a quick look at the design, materials and joinery used to build this three panel bar. This is the third project built to help folks start a part-time business from their home workshop. Once the bar build is complete, I’ll have a full set of woodworking plans and marketing materials available here on the site. And I should have more detailed videos on the bar’s construction along with some sales and marketing tactics ready in a few weeks.
WOODWORKING INCOME DISCUSSION – Feedback from this summer’s video survey
So, folks sent in some great responses to the income survey. I’d originally asked if there was interest in more information on the following part-time woodworking business topics:
Almost everyone who left a comment seemed to be interested in these topics. I also got plenty of additional suggestions. Check out the video for a rundown of the popular comments that came in. Based on the feedback, I’m planning on creating a new series of business-focused woodworking videos this fall, along with a new income project idea.
MORE TRUNK DETAILS – Revisiting my first part-time income project.
Since the original tack trunk video was a little short on details, I put together an updated version of this woodworking income project. The new video should give you a better look at the trunk design and provides more specifics on the build process and material costs. I’ve also updated the hardware and recommended sales price for this trunk.