Friday, February 15, 2019

How to Make a Rustic Toy Box

I made this Rustic Toy Box for a relative based on a picture they sent me.  It's made from 1x4 furring strips and can be built using limited tools.  Watch my video, then read further for details and download my plan to make one yourself.


This project requires a minimum of eight 8-foot 1x4 furring strips that are readily available at the home center.  Take your time and be selective when you pick out the boards.  Make sure they are straight and check for any defects.  I suggest buying one or two extra boards since they are so inexpensive, in case you discover defects later or you make a mistake.


Click here to download my plan for this project.  Cut all of the pieces to size then assemble it using a nail gun and glue.  You can also use a hammer and nails or screws.  Note that the furring strips can vary in width a little, so always measure your actual pieces in case you need to adjust the plan.  I used 1/2 rope for handles and a pair of strap hinges.  I used hardboard for the bottom.


Lid supports come in both a left version and a right version, so I installed one on each side of the toy box.


I finished the toy box with Minwax Wood Conditioner, then Minwax Provincial Stain, and sprayed it with two coats of Satin Polyurethane.  The toy box turned out great and will only look better after lots of use and abuse.


Monday, December 24, 2018

Guitar Ornament for the Maker Tree Project

Joe Krcma from the Joe Makes channel on YouTube is 3D printing a huge Maker Tree.  He asked that makers from all over the world submit ornaments for the tree, which will be given to The Kids Network.  I thought it would be fun to make a miniature guitar ornament, so I designed one for the CNC machine.  Check out my project video below, then click here to watch the playlist for the Maker Tree project.


This guitar ornament is made from red cedar.  I traced an image of the guitar in Microsoft Visio.  Then I exported it as an SVG file and imported that into the Inventables Easel software.  I clicked on each object and set the depth of cut to add dimensions, then I sent it to the X-Carve CNC Machine to bring the guitar to life.  I glued on a piece of brown material for a strap.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 23, 2018

Drum Ornament for the 2018 Gatton CNC Christmas Challenge

Dave Gatton is hosting the 2018 Gatton CNC Christmas Challenge.  I collect drum Christmas ornaments, but I don't have one made of wood, so I made one.  Watch my project video below, then click here to view the other entries and subscribe to Dave's channel.  Thanks to Dave and the sponsors for the challenge!


This Drum Christmas Ornament is made from poplar and red cedar.  I designed the project in the Inventables Easel Software and cut it with the X-Carve CNC MachineClick here to open my Easel project.  I sprayed it with Satin Deft Clear Wood Finish Lacquer, then used three strands of gold thread in an X pattern around the drum (because the thread was so thin).  I really like how it turned out.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!


Friday, December 21, 2018

Installing a WEN 3410 Air Filtration System

I bought a new WEN 3410 Air Filtration System for my shop.  It cost $126 with free shipping so I couldn't pass that up.  Check out my video of the installation then read further for more info.


Installation could not be any easier.  Pick a spot to hang it from the ceiling where it will be out of the way but near an outlet.  The power cord is about 78" long.  The instructions say to position it at least 3 feet from a corner.  It is easy to move it to a different spot if needed later.  It comes with inner and outer filters and all of the hardware needed to install it.

Screw the wood screw hooks into the rafters in a 12"x14" rectangle pattern.  Note that the hooks on the top of the unit are not centered on the unit, in case you are working around obstructions and need to hang the unit in a specific location.


Thread the nuts onto the 4 rubber coated hooks and screw them onto the unit at about the same height.  Tighten the nuts against the unit to lock them down.



Hang the chains from the ceiling hooks, then carefully lift the unit and hang it from the bottom of the chains by the rubber coated hooks.  Plug it into the nearest outlet.  Insert the batteries into the remote control and enjoy your new clean air!


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