If you loved the Etch-A-Sketch as a child and find yourself missing it as adult, then you will like what one guy built in his workshop. With only a few dollars worth of parts and a router, YouTube's Izzy Swan made the grown-up version of the classic child's toy. But instead of drawing with aluminum powder, his version carves into wood with a router. Like the classic Etch-A-Sketch, it takes great skills to draw something that actually looks like something—so I will not be making one of these.
Matthias Wandel, of woodgears.ca once again proves that he can build pretty much anything out of wood and other scraps he has lying around his shop. In previous videos he built himself a wooden scaffold to reach the lights that needed to be changed in his large shop. In his latest video he uses more scrap wood and a drill to motorize his scaffold, complete with forward, reverse, and steering. The results are more impressive than you might have thought.
Not that the following video is any less awesome than "The Best Woodworking Video Ever Made", it's just that that video came out first, and this video came out second. Again, like the first, this woodworking video was shot using stop-motion animation. Not only is the video production amazing, but you can see this woodworker has some real woodworking skills.
Something we learn as a carpenter, or maybe more so as a woodworker, is that we can never have too many clamps. Building up a collection of clamps is usually something that is done over many years, which helps spread out the costs. But if you need clamps now and don't have a bunch of money, there is another option—make your own.
The title pretty much says it all. Below is what I feel to be the best woodworking video ever made. Why? It is not because of what was made, but because of how it was being filmed. The almost 10 minute video of a chair being built from scratch was shot using only stop motion animation. Below is the video along with the "making of video".
When the utensils at the kitchen supply warehouse just didn't cut it, some Chefs turned to power tools to get the job done right. Everything from cordless drills with hole-saws, to putty knives can be used. And since you have the tools in the kitchen, why not have a Craftsman drawer toolbox to store them all in?
When a bridge was washed out in Siberia there was only one way to get people across. The water was moving too fast for people to use small boats, so another way had to be devised. So what did they turn to? You already know, because you read the article title—excavators.
Makita UK has come out with a great video that showcases the new RT0700C router and all of the different base options that can be used with the new 1-1/4 HP compact router. Be aware that the kits themselves appear to be different from those offered here in the US, but the tools should be pretty much the same. The video also shows how the router can be used with other Makita accessories, like the track for their track saws. If you want to know more about the Makita RT700C before you make your purchase, this is a video you should take a look at. Video of the tools in action after the break.
Makita RT0700C - Amazon
I remember as a small child playing with the little playground sandbox excavators. I would dig as deep as I could, and when I reached the depth limit of the toy, I would spin around and start a new hole. Digging holes was a lot of fun and I would would waste many a lunchtime doing it.
As adults we often don't have the opportunity to do the simple things that made us happy as a child, but now thanks to a new attraction in Las Vegas, we can all be excavator operators again, but this time for real. The Las Vegas attraction called Dig This, lets anyone take a simple course on how to use heavy equipment, then go out to a large 5-acre sandbox and dig away and run though games and skill exercises. For $210 you get an hour and a half of play time on an excavator. Packages run up to $750 for both excavator and bulldozer time.
The reviews are in, and people love it. Will you be trying this out for yourself the next time you are in Vegas? Video after Read More.
It is not everyday that a webshow comes along that is actually entertaining, heck, it is hard enough coming across a real TV show that can capture us for a half hour. Backyard Games, on the other hand is so entertaining that I wanted more then what the 8 minute webshow gave me. As the name suggests, Backyard Games is indeed a game show, and it pits two real guys against each other with challenges using backyard Husqvarna tools. The challenges are put together in a fun manner, and the hosts do a good job of poking fun at everything.
Backyard Games is a fun way for Husqvarna to get brand recognition, and I can't wait for the next episode which comes out tomorrow.