Vlog #164: Fence, Cannon, Stronglifts 5×5

Video notes: - Vacation was great. No, it wasn't poop on her hands.. - Outdoor kitchen design update. No more fireplace. Design to match the shop, not our house. - I removed 360'-ish of privacy fence on our property. It was a CHORE. Lots of manual labor lessons learned. Editing the video for it soon. - I'm working on a cannon carriage. Specifically,...

Weight Plate Storage Cart

I'm in the process of building a home gym in my shop and my most recent order has arrived. A Kabuki Strength Trap Bar HD and some Kabuki weight plates. The Trap Bar HD is an incredibly versatile bar and anyone in the fitness realm should definitely give it a look if you haven't already. It's a topic for...

Home Gym Part 2

In my home gym so far: - Kabuki Strength Trap Bar HD and Plates https://jayscustomcreations.com/kabuki - Jump rope https://amzn.to/2RO5q67 - Free tractor tires - Free semi truck tire - 8lb 36" sledgehammer - Gymnast rings https://amzn.to/2QIADr0 - Scaffold https://amzn.to/3u3j0Qc - Sand bags (large and small) https://bit.ly/3vsKbot - Sand for weight https://www.lowes.com/pd/American-Countryside-Countryside-50-lb-All-Purpose-Sand/3006148 - Garden wheelbarrow - Lots of sweat

MATCHFIT Work Horse Accessories

📙Plans here: https://jayscustomcreations.com/product/matchfit-work-horse-plan/ 📝 Save 10% on all MicroJig products with code JayMicrojig10: → Microjig MATCHFIT™ 1.5" Dovetail Track Hardware (4-Pack) https://lddy.no/ylxv → Cork Rubber Vise Jaw Lining 5-7/8” wide x 36” long x 1/8” thick https://lddy.no/ylyi → Microjig DVC-538K2 MATCHFIT Dovetail Clamps Set of 2 https://lddy.no/ym7d → 10-32 x 12" Long Threaded Rod https://lddy.no/ymcd → MATCHFIT Clamp 1/2" Diameter 14 Degree Router Bit https://lddy.no/ymce →...

Home Gym Part 1: the BASICS

In my home gym so far: - Gymnast rings https://amzn.to/2QIADr0 - Scaffold https://amzn.to/3u3j0Qc - Sand bags (large and small) https://ironmind.com/product-info/sandbags-gym-bags-/tough-as-nails-sandbags/ - Sand for weight https://www.lowes.com/pd/American-Countryside-Countryside-50-lb-All-Purpose-Sand/3006148 - Garden wheelbarrow - Lots of sweat

Vlog #163: Same Shop, Half The Space

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The MATCHFIT Work Horse

I'm calling this project the MatchFit Work Horse. It's a design collaboration with Mike from Taylor Toolworks. It has the work-holding ability of a workbench with the portability and form factor of a large sawhorse. Before I get started with the build, here are some helpful links: - Plans for this MatchFit Work Horse and 9 accessories https://jayscustomcreations.com/product/matchfit-work-horse-plan/ - Microjig MATCHFIT™ 1.5"...

Outdoor Kitchen Design – Thoughts?

We are wanting to add an outdoor kitchen to our backyard this year. Here are our objectives: - Covered area for any day cooking in the rain. - Relax area (fireplace) to unwind with a conversation at night. - Open area for a picnic table or two or extra seating for guests. - Needs to look like it belongs with the house style. After...

Custom Maple Bathroom Vanity

Relevant links for this project: Large flush trim bit https://bitsbits.com/product/udc9112/ Small flush trim bit https://bitsbits.com/product/rft2100/ (Use the code JAYBATES to save 10% on your router/cnc bit purchase from bitsbits.com) SketchUp file: click here to download Hinges (1/2" overlay) https://amzn.to/3mSKPbW Sink https://amzn.to/3mReTVi Faucet https://amzn.to/32ioGKR In this video, I'm going to show you how I made a custom maple vanity, but before I do so, let's run through the...

Woodshop Tour – after 9ish years in business

- Air cleaner cart - https://jayscustomcreations.com/2016/05/mobile-air-cleaner-cart/ - US General toolbox - https://www.harborfreight.com/44-in-x-22-in-double-bank-roller-cabinet-red-64281.html - Fuji Q5 Platinum HVLP sprayer - https://fujispray.com/introducing-the-q5/ - CNC cart - https://jayscustomcreations.com/2020/09/plywood-computer-or-laptop-cart/ - Avid CNC 4' x 10' - https://jayscustomcreations.com/2020/03/avid-cnc-ep1-the-machine-4x10/ - Laguna 1216 wood lathe - https://jayscustomcreations.com/2018/10/laguna-revo-1216-15-candy-dish/ - SuperMax 16-32 drum sander - https://supermaxtools.com/products/wood/16-32-drum-sander-71632/ - Central Machinery 13" benchtop drill press - https://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-duty-16-speed-bench-drill-press-38142.html - Pantorouter - https://pantorouter.com/ - Pantorouter cart - https://jayscustomcreations.com/2019/11/hybrid-pantorouter-cart/ - ClearVue Mini CV06...

Vlog 162: Books, Builds, Shop

Book 1 - https://amzn.to/30qDSoc Book 2 - https://amzn.to/3kXqO2Y Book 3 - https://amzn.to/3t46jEA Wagon vise install video and article - https://jayscustomcreations.com/2021/03/24-wagon-vise/ Wagon vise kit - https://lddy.no/vd0i BenchCrafted wagon vise kit - https://www.benchcrafted.com/tailvise

$24 Wagon Vise

📝 IN THIS VIDEO | disclosure - affiliate links below: → Wagon / Tail Vise Kit https://lddy.no/vd0i → Thread Locker https://lddy.no/vldu → OverDrive Drill Bits https://lddy.no/vldv → Multi-Length Extensions https://lddy.no/vldw → Brass Bench Dogs https://lddy.no/vlkb → Plans/Diagrams https://jayscustomcreations.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/wagon-vise-diagrams-v2.pdf In this video/article I'll be using a $25 wagon vise hardware kit to add a wagon vise to my existing workbench. If you are in the planning stages...

Shop Tour: Carl Harpster, Building the “Dream Shop”

My Name is Chris and this article is a tribute to my late father and shop teacher, Carl Harpster. He was a Technology Education (“Shop”) Teacher for 33 years. He taught thousands of aspiring young students the basics of woodworking, metalworking, and shop safety, a passion that continued into his ~8 years of retirement. His instruction inspired many woodworkers,...

160 year old chest

Related history content: - Sweetgum Mortar video 1 - Sweetgum Mortar video 2 - Rolling Forge - Howitzer Elevation Gear This is a vlog style video showing the before and after of restoring/preserving a 160-ish-year-old chest. It started its life as an ammunition chest. Then became a blanket chest for 70 or so years. And now it's going to live the rest of its...

DIY Elevator Follow-up

📙 Article for this build: https://jayscustomcreations.com/2021/01/diy-elevator/ 📝 IN THIS BUILD | disclosure: some affiliate links below: → Superstrut trolley blocks: https://amzn.to/2Mh6cp0​ → Electric hoist: https://amzn.to/2MheTQc​ → Superstrut: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Superstrut-1...​ → Fall arrester: https://amzn.to/367iQ11​ ---------- 💰 Coupons to save you money 💰 💲 - Use the code JAYBATES to save 10% on your router/cnc bit purchase from Bits & Bits - https://bitsbits.com/​ 🌪️ - EF5 dust collector (use code JAY5...

DIY Elevator

📝 ITEMS IN THIS PROJECT | disclosure - some affiliate links below: → Superstrut trolley blocks: https://amzn.to/2Mh6cp0 → Electric hoist: https://amzn.to/2MheTQc → Fall arrester: https://amzn.to/367iQ11 → Superstrut: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Superstrut-1-5-8-in-x-1-5-8-in-Silver-Electroplated-Half-Slot-Channel-Strut/1000192655 To guide the elevator up I'm using four pieces of 1-5/8” Superstrut. The loft floor is 10' off the ground and to allow over travel into the upstairs space, three of these will be used for...

I Lost 43 Pounds in 2020. This is My Story.

This article is unlike anything I've published on my website so I understand a lot of you will have no interest in what I say here. However, a LOT of people have reached out asking to hear more about my weight loss story after posting about it on Instagram. Rather than continue with my copy and paste reply I...

Full Size Santa Sleigh – Free Files

My friend Brandon from Maddux Woodworks recently took on a Santa sleigh commission. I think there were many more pieces to the job but the part I got involved with was just the full size sleigh. The following links may be of interest. Original design files: http://maslowcommunitygarden.org/Santa-Sleigh.html My download files (VCarve Pro + vectors): santa sleigh modified by jay...

Leather Woodworkers Apron After 3 Years

I purchased my apron in August of 2017 and it arrived in September of 2017. Three years have passed since then. How is it holding up? Great! No flaws in the craftsmanship or materials. Watch the video for all the details and for the reason why I got apron #2 a few months ago. I have no affiliate relationship with...

Custom Contractor Trailer Walkthrough

Part 1: Designing a Contractor Trailer in SketchUp Part 2: Contractor Trailer Toolbox: Cutting and Assembly Part 3: Custom Contractor Trailer Walkthrough In this video, I walk through the completed contractor trailer before its maiden voyage. Of course, storage and organization solutions like this are rarely completed. They are all continuous work in progress. Stuff will change as problems arise. However, I think we...

Contractor Trailer Toolbox: Cutting and Assembly

Part 1: Designing a Contractor Trailer in SketchUp Part 2: Contractor Trailer Toolbox: Cutting and Assembly Part 3: Custom Contractor Trailer Walkthrough This project calls for 25 sheets of plywood. The majority of those are 1/2” thick, a few 3/4” thick, and a few 1/4” thick. 23 of the 25 sheets are cut on the CNC machine with the rest being basic table saw...

Vlog 161: Thanksgiving, family projects, wife’s book

My wife's book! https://amzn.to/37iNAvU Last day for the November giveaway (usa only): https://jayscustomcreations.com/giveaway/ Save 30% on everything in my store with the code 2020. Ends at the end of November. https://jayscustomcreations.com/store/ Coupons to save you money: - EF5 dust collector (use code JAY5 for 5% off) - http://bit.ly/2NlQ9ov - Use the code JAYBATES to save 10% on your router/cnc bit purchase from Bits &...

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Buying Guide

This year let's support small businesses in our own woodworking community. I published a video on YouTube asking for people to submit what they sell and where to buy it. Here is a list, in no particular order, of small businesses or individuals who make stuff to sell and a link to where you can buy from them. I...

Designing a Contractor Trailer in SketchUp

Part 1: Designing a Contractor Trailer in SketchUp Part 2: Contractor Trailer Toolbox: Cutting and Assembly Part 3: Custom Contractor Trailer Walkthrough In this video, I walk you through my process for a large project design. Here are the main points: Get as many required dimensions on paper before starting. I had the contractor make a list of all his larger tools and the...

Miter Saw Dust Collection Considerations

Save 10% on CMT saw blades at Taylor Toolworks with code CMT10 - https://lddy.no/qi2r Some of you may recall that I recently swapped out the miter saw in my miter saw station. The old saw lasted 5 years before the slides developed too much slop to be trusted for a furniture saw. I still have it for construction-grade stuff like...

Air Force Cabinet

What is your passion? What is your favorite hobby? For me it's woodworking. This business, the website you are reading, is my way of sharing my passion with the world. I document what I do and present it in such a way that generates revenue for my family. But I also try to present it in such a way...

Dowel Key Miter Joints

This one-day build was meant for the sole purpose of checking one item off the honey-do list. My wife requested some kind of box organizer for the top of our daughter's vanity. Something to hold all of the hair products, brushes, toothpaste, and anything else that is commonly used when getting ready or before bed. Coming into this project...

Vlog 160: She Stole The Show

Video Notes: - Wasted today playing Heros and Generals on Steam. I forgot how dangerous video games are toward productivity! - The biggest complaint from the cat stairs video was using walnut. lol - I took last week off. Daddy daughter time all week and it was great. - Working on a built-in design for a trailer. - Down 35 pounds since June. Intermittent...

The Best Trim Router I’ve Used: Milwaukee M18 FUEL 2723-20 Compact Router

Routers are one of the most versatile tools in the woodshop. There's a saying that routers are like clamps, you never have enough. Some people expand upon their versatility by having many of them set up and dedicated to different tasks. This Milwaukee router is the seventh router in my arsenal and I'm enjoying the addition so far. I was...

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 2840-20 Electric Compact Quiet Compressor

One large air compressor with plumbing through the shop or a small, portable air compressor to take as needed through the shop? That was a question that came up when I moved to this shop a little more than a year ago. Because I don't use compressed air for spraying finishes, I don't use pneumatic sanders, and I just...

One Day Build: Cat Stairs

Our cat is somewhere north of 12 years old. We're not sure exactly how old she is. But she's starting to show signs of decreased mobility. We keep her food and her bed cave on top of our dog kennel in our living room and what used to be one confident leap from the floor to her food has...

Miter Saw Station Upgrade: Milwaukee 6955-20 Miter Saw

Time for a miter saw an upgrade in my miter saw station! It was 5 years ago that I first built my miter saw station and in that time I've put a LOT of miles on my miter saw. So much that the rails developed a concerning amount of slop. Enough that I couldn't trust it anymore for accurate...

Vlog 159: The next 3 videos

Video Notes: - Last week was crazy. 3 videos ahead currently. - Workbench video. Shelf width. - Giveaway for the workbench will be in December. - Leather by dragonfly giveaways upcoming. Still working out specifics. - The next two video builds do not use the CNC and are 1 day builds. - Down 30 pounds. Intermittent fasting most days, no drinking calories, no processed food....

Workbench Fix & Upgrade

In my last shop, I was crammed for space after adding, arguably, too many tools for the space. One concession I made was to eliminate my 4' x 8' assembly table in favor of a smaller, traditional hickory woodworking workbench. In that space, it was a great decision. A year or so later and we moved to our current...

Vlog 158: You’re doing what with your workbench??

I'm not sure when the raffle will be but I'll let you all know. The raffle will be a pickup only situation. I'm not shipping this beast. That's a headache I don't want to deal with. By going with a raffle, someone can win the workbench with just $10 + travel expenses to come get it.

Utility Storage Shelves

My shop sits on a 40' x 40' concrete slab. The perimeter of the shop is 30' x 40' which leaves roughly 10' x 40' on one side for a full-length lean-to. We've been using the front of this space for grilling and entertaining when we have friends and family over. There's just more elbow room out here than...

Interesting Stuff From Around The Web #276 – September 19, 2020

Occasionally 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!...

Plywood Computer or Laptop Cart

The picture below is my first computer cart for the shop. It was designed for a desktop computer and was used to connect to my Shapeoko 2 CNC machine. It's a basic shelf style cart that my brother continues to use today. This is my second computer cart for the shop. It was designed for a laptop with an...

Yin Yang Clock + Vector Files

If you are interested in the vector files for this project either click here or scroll to the bottom of this post (above the comment section). Every now and then I get the opportunity to share the joys of woodworking with someone else. In this case, my wife's nephew, Kagan, came to spend the weekend with us. He's 16 years...

Vlog 157: Working on a piece of history

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30×40 Shop Part 8: Mini Split Air Filter Update

Video Notes: - Build video and article for the filters: https://jayscustomcreations.com/2019/10/mini-split-filters/ - The filters are working as intended. I have no way of measuring any performance change but the units are maintaining a comfortable temperature in the shop during all seasons. The units remain quiet and the fans never reach full speed even on the hottest days of the summer. - These...

Woodshop First Aid, PPE, & Safety – A necessary discussion

Let's talk shop safety! It's an exciting topic, right? Not really. But it is a necessary topic to discuss. Before we begin know that I'm not an expert at any of this. I'm just someone who has been active almost daily in a woodshop of some kind for the past decade and I regularly have other people working in...

3 Tables in 2 Days – A Project on Productivity

I first started designing this project a few weeks before actually making them with the intention of coming up with a CNC friendly design with a little Greene & Greene influence. What I initially came up with was not that great. The cloud lifts on the corner of the tops looked awkward, the proportions and dimensions taken from a...

Interesting Stuff From Around The Web #275 – August 8, 2020

Occasionally 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!...

Hammer A3-41 and Hammer HS 950 dust port adapter

On my Hammer A3-41 I have a homemade dust port adapter. It consists of 4 rings glued together. Two of the rings have an internal diameter sized to tightly slip over the 120mm dust port on the machine and two have an internal diameter sized so that the Rockler Dust Right handle slides in. Once the four rings were...

Vlog 156: 22 projects in 7 days..

Video Notes: - 7 people in the house for 6 nights and 9 people in the house for 5 nights. So much fun spending time with family. - 22 projects made in one week. - Red paper wasps. 4 sings on 3 people in 3 days. Not fun. I'm on a wasp hunting rage.. - Next project video is my dad’s tables. It...

Vlog 155: Have a GREAT day :)

Video notes: Check out Taylor Tools: https://lddy.no/n6cn Curved taper or straight taper on the legs?

Much more than a box.. (dovetailed memorial box)

Tools used: - Katz-Moses Dovetail Jig - http://bit.ly/JBkmstore - Great inexpensive fret saw - https://lddy.no/n621 - Marking gauge - https://lddy.no/n7jq - Narex marking knife - https://lddy.no/n5o8 - Layout dividers: https://lddy.no/n4d3 - Use the code JAYBATES to save 10% on your router/cnc bit purchase from Bits & Bits - https://bitsbits.com/ Unlike 99% of all other projects, I started at the planer for this build. The single walnut...

Interesting Stuff From Around The Web #274 – July 4, 2020

Occasionally 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!...

Shop Made Drawer Pulls

There's a reason why a lot of people like to make their own shop furniture or shop jigs. Making it yourself saves money and allows for greater customization. The same holds true for hardware. With a little bit of time and scrap wood I was able to experiment by making a few different drawer pulls. I didn't have an...