Interesting Stuff From Around The Web #268 – January 4, 2020

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.


A cutting board is one of the most common woodworking projects for both gifts and for selling. But how profitable are they to sell? That depends on a lot of factors. This video is a great example of how you can determine if the profit margin is enough for you.
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阿木爷爷 Grandpa Amu

In a world of technological advancements and “MORE POWER!! BETTER! FASTER!” we often forget that the basics are plenty good enough. This bridge is great. Basic engineering and hard work.
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Making it Matters

This is such a good way of organizing and storing pliers and wrenches in drawers. Simple and very effective.
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A nice shoe cupboard built to last. It’s not recommended to glue the entire breadboard end in place like with these doors but pine is very forgiving. I’d be curious to see if a crack develops or if it remains stable over time. Great piece built with every day tools.
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After completely renovating and selling her last house, Sandra is up to it again with her new property. This time she has a HUGE shop space with a full upstairs to work with and she just published an article explaining her massive plans. Not only will the end result be a great workspace but it will also be a learning center where people can stay and she can teach. As she calls it, a build and breakfast. Click the image to read more about it.

BIG Plans Revealed

John Heisz – I Build It

John was one of the first handful of creators I started following online. This is a quick look at his top 5 projects of 2019. Which one was your favorite? The wooden barn door hardware was my favorite. I especially like the light feature he made above the door.
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This video features the work of two great minds that I like to keep up with. Destin from Smarter Every Day and Jeremy Fielding. In this video they demonstrate Tim Allen method of hitting a home run! More power!!
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Do you want to make perfect 1:1 copies with a router? This is the simplest duplicator I’ve seen. I can see this setup being modified to fit on a lathe for pattern turning as well. Lots of interesting uses for something like this.
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  1. Thanks Jay for posting these articles. Really interesting and valuable info in them. I just watched the cutting board cost analysis video and was enthralled with how information dense it was.

  2. Grandpa Amu shows that with the experience, the old adage “measure twice, cut once” is for the novice. We are all novices compared to him.

  3. All I can say is “unbelievable”! I am a hybrid woodworker leaning more towards hand tools with power tools doing the rough cut and milling. I feel a CNC takes both away from the enjoyment of doing. But, I was recently thinking about how I could create something just like this that I could manually use with more control like a CNC for some carving and sign building. And after just finding your site this morning cannot believe here is the design that I had in my head, that would’ve taken me probably forever to design and bring to life.
    This community is so giving, welcoming and inviting throughout the globe my wish is that everyone would adopt this same viewpoint!
    Thank you for sharing
    Would you also be able to share where to look for some of the hardware used in this project?

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