Interesting Stuff From Around The Web #230 – December 29, 2018

Every week I like to share a few things I find interesting. Mostly video content with an occasional website article. All of the content you will find in these posts is free to you. Remember that liking, subscribing, or sharing free content goes a long way in helping produce more free content. If you like that creator’s work, share it! Also, thank you to those who send me links through the week when you find something really interesting.

Luke Towan

It’s all in the detail. This diorama is definitely realistic. If you ever wanted to build a large model train set this video might help with some of the scenery items.
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Patrick’s WorkShop

Homemade corner clamping blocks. I don’t think I’ve seen the 3 way blocks like this before.
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A local friend of mine has a passion for history. He started the Starvkille Civil War Arsenal where he displays the complete collection of Civil War rolling artillery. One of the items he built is a Wheeling ambulance. He built it to the specifications listed in the original build contract and built it with a very modest set of tool. I’ve seen this in person and can only imagine how long those mortise and tenon joints took to cut. The most interesting thing about this build is that Dufy isn’t really a “woodworker.” I mean that in the sense that he wasn’t someone who regularly does woodworking and then decided to use his skills to build a huge project. Instead he is someone with a passion and a desire to build something incredible and woodworking was the means at which to get it done. Click the image to see the ambulance built from start to finish.

Larry Lee

Now that is a dolly! So many uses regardless of your tool selection.
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How To Make Everything

Want to know how to make a sword for pennies on the dollar? This bronze sword casting video showcases a thrifty use for pocket change.
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Mays Woodworking

Kenny Mays from Mays Woodworking finishes sharing a personal project in this final installment of the 3 part series for making a picture frame style urn. I’ve never seen an urn of this style before. The carvings are an interesting touch.
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There’s nothing like crawling into bed after a long day in the shop. That is, until your pillows are made of wood. This video gives “bringing your work home with you” a whole new meaning. I’m not sure if this is used as an actual pillow or something like a pillow block for various support situations. Interesting technique to make it out of a single board, but I wouldn’t want to use it for my head.
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  1. For the next “interesting stuff” article I just found a guy who made a life-sized wooden nutcracker capable of cracking coconuts!

    Instructable and (very entertaining) video:

    His miter saw station and other clues seem to put him squarely as a Jay Bates disciple. Even a lot of the music video elements seem to harken back to your earlier stuff. Then again, his almost frightening lathe work and style make him a woodworking madman all his own! :)

  2. Hope that you are aware that destroying United States money, in this case the pennies, is illegal. Publishing a video showing how it is done to make a sword is called “self-in-crimination”.

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