Interesting Stuff From Around The Web #246 – June 1, 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.

Black Beard Projects

Stabilization… A word that signifies a lot of time spent waiting on material to become workable. Though we often use stabilizing resin to work with spalted woods there are other mediums that can be stabilized and used as well. This video from Black Beard Projects highlights the stabilization of cork to use as scales for a knife handle.
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Ben’s Worx

If you have not seen the beautiful dragon eggs that Ben from Ben’s Worx is producing, you are missing out on some beautiful wood/epoxy art. In this video, Ben shows how he makes the eggs and how you can use a drillpress to replace the lathe and produce these beauties on your own.
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Andrew Klein

Making a jig, to make a jig, to make pencils… Though it sounds funny to say, this pencil tool rail sled is a great way to batch out jigs to make pencils and keep production as efficient as possible.
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Roger Webb

The investment into the extra employee that doesn’t complain and works whenever you tell them to…the CNC machine. It’s a great tool for batching out pieces for projects and projects themselves that are repeatable and precise. However, these wonderful machines can also be used to create some beautiful artwork as this video exemplifies. Roger takes you through the process step by step as you watch this beautiful piece emerge.
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Third Coast Craftsman

I’m not sure how many of us have the time to get out on the golf course with the never-ending list of projects that we are working on, but if you have the chance, this video from Third Coast Craftsman will help you get out there in style. Joining popular sports with everyone’s favorite hobby, this wood and epoxy putter gets a hole in one in my book.
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This video is a little longer and in another language, but it showcases how the chaotic pattern cutting board is achieved, and I found it really interesting. If you have several offcuts that you want to put together to batch out some cutting boards or really interesting panels, this may be just the answer you’re looking for.
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Mays Woodworking

With Memorial Day this past week, I wanted to highlight one of the many beautiful projects that were made as tribute to our fallen heroes. This video from Mays Woodworking takes an old Korean War bayonet that many might have just put up in a closet or stashed in a drawer somewhere to collect dust and gives it new life by adding a handle and a sheath made from purple heart.
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DIY Montreal

From coasters to art pieces this simple hexagon cutting jig can help replicate perfect hexagons time after time. Though the demonstration portion of the video shows some wasted material, a few simple tweaks like pre-cutting the blanks can easily resolve the issue.
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The Krenov Foundation

And older video but a great conversation with James Krenov. He was a wise man with a great perspective.
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  1. Good stuff Jay. Loved the creativity of these makers. Krenov interview is rich with wisdom. His comment about enjoying the process reminded me of my motorcycle touring years – it’s about the ride, not the destination. Thanks Jay for all your time and effort as you plan and prepare for your upcoming move. Best wishes.

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