Interesting Stuff From Around The Web #245 – May 25, 2019

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.


I’m not sure why, but this video reminds me of trying to build a small cabin out of Lincoln Logs as a child. However, this is not your standard Lincoln log. The intricate joinery and attention to detail of this piece, combined with the fact that each piece was dimensioned by hand, really exemplifies patience and skill.
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Volcanoes are one of the most powerful forces on earth, and can cause terrible destruction. They also create land masses and make for great excitement in movies when they erupt. What if you could capture the moment of one of mother nature’s most powerful phenomenons in action and keep it for a lifetime? Although freezing time on a real volcano eruption is beyond the reach of modern science, this artful lamp build allows you to replicate the facade of such a feat on a smaller scale.
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Impact DIY

Step aside fidget spinner… Phone cases are a dime a dozen. There are hundreds if not thousands of ways to personalize the pocket computer that we carry everywhere we go. This unique steampunk phone case is not only a cool bridge between electronics and machinery but it also has movable gears. I imagine this bonus feature could almost be as therapeutic as a fidget spinner when sitting around in a waiting room or contemplating how you want to comprise the joinery for your next project.
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The Newbie Woodworker

If you have an old plane iron lying around and a 2×4, you can make a really handy tool that is helpful for many different applications. This handmade chisel plane is a great first tool project that you will find yourself reaching for over and over again.
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Have you ever been watching a movie and felt the anticipation when the main character unrolls an old treasure map or scroll that changes everything and gives the rest of the movie direction? Would you like to create your own map that looks like you found it in an ancient tomb or some other obscure place? This video will show you how to create the illusion of really old paper with common household items you probably already have in stock in the kitchen.
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Master Engraver TV

A good inlay can take an already great project and step it up to the wow factor for a showcase piece. One of the most fickle inlays to deal with is a soft, malleable material like gold. This video showcases the delicate technique needed to lock a gold inlay into place and maintain intricate tapered ends, by preventing them from raising when sanding and finishing. I’m off to do this with all the gold I’ve been stashing in the miter saw station…Where do you keep yours?
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Scrap PVC cutoffs are often thrown away without a second thought. However, with a little creativity, you can reuse that leftover cutoff and add a convenient, functional storage solution for some of those small parts rolling around your drawers. That little knob or screw that you remember you had somewhere once that would fit perfectly on your project can easily be located in these swinging containers.
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As Wood Turns

When you hear the term inside out turning, you most likely think of Christmas ornaments. Afterall, the application is perfect for a delicate keepsake that you only showcase once a year. However, Alan Stratton from As Wood Turns demonstrates in this video that there are other ways to utilize this awe-inspiring technique that can be displayed throughout the year. His Mother’s Day inside out vase is definitely worth a look and if you dare to attempt this delicate turning project the finished product will make a great conversation piece.
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