Plasma table for Lincoln Electric | DIY

Here's a project for my new plasma cutter.  My friends at Lincoln are having a promotion on their plasma machines until June 5—check out the link below so you don’t miss out. 
http://www.lincolnelectric.com/zhf-plasmania-plus

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Also, if you are interested in a T-shirt or the sketchup file for this table: They are available under the store heading.

Tools and products used:

Lincoln Electric 375 Air Plasma Cutter
Shop truck - 1961 Chevy Apache :)
DEWALT DW872 Cold Saw
Sharpie (12 pk)
Dewalt 20V circular saw
General tools digital bevel guage
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig Welder
Swanson Speed Square
Abrasive discs(Empire Abrasives)
Dewalt Trigger clamp
Boiled Linseed Oil

Designer spotlight #5: Tapio Wirkkala | Blog

Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985)

First off, you can tell this guy is awesome just by looking at him--he reminds me of a Finnish Ron Swanson. 

Anyway, on to the man himself. As most of the information pertaining to Tapio is in Finnish it was a bit difficult to find some particular details, but it seems that much of his initial success was in his glasswares--the discipline to which he is still most associated. Yet, what I find most fascinating about the man was his diversity; he had his hands in nearly everything: glass, furniture, porcelain, metal, plastics, graphics, sculpture, art, city planning,  and probably anything else you can imagine--including axes?!

According to iittala.com Wirkkala was "recluse by nature":


His favorite place was a spot so remote within the deep woodlands of middle Finland that helicopters delivered prototypes to his hut since no car could reach him. It was in nature that he found his much loved solitude and the inspiration for forms that industry could produce or artwork could create.

(Remember the Ron Swanson reference earlier?)

On to some of the work I selected to highlight. It's not often I get to search for common design elements in everything from whiskey glasses, to tables and sculptural pieces, so this was definitely an interesting spotlight.

I would think it would be safest to classify Tapio Wirkkala as a modernist designer. Most of his pieces exhibit clean lines, geometric forms, and some semblance of minimalism.

Sources:
Google Images - Tapio Wirkkala
Wikipedia
www.iittala.com

Sliding barn doors from reclaimed prison fence | How-to

Here they are--the long awaited sliding barn doors, yep these are the ones I have been talking about for months on "The Crafted Podcast".

This was a really fun commissioned project! I was commissioned to build two custom sliding barn style doors for a house up in Daytona Beach Florida. The client supplied me with the weathered cypress which was reclaimed from an old prison fence!

Tools & products used:

Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
DEWALT DW872 Cold Saw
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig Welder
Dewalt 20V circular saw
Empire Drywall square
Microig Grr-rip block
Dewalt DW734 Planer
Fastcap Accuscribe
Dewalt 20V Jigsaw
Zinsser Dewaxed Shellac
Swanson Speed Square
Bessey Auto adjust toggle clamp
Empire Abrasives Quick strip discs
Sculpt Nouveau Cleaner & Degreaser
Sculpt Nouveau - Black Magic
Sculpt Nouveau Copper Plate Patina
Rustica Hardware (Track & rollers)
Minwax gloss brushing lacquer
DEWALT DW716 Miter Saw
Porter Cable Forstner bit set
Whitlox Wood Forge

Modern Live Edge Waterfall Coffee Table Collaboration Part 2 | How-To

Wow, this was an absolute blast! This was a collaborative build with my fellow hosts of "The Crafted Podcast"--Johnny Brooke of Crafted Workshop, and James Wright of Wood by Wright. 

We each tackled different aspects of the build. I was responsible for forging the two drawer pulls, and fabricating the metal leg, Johnny tackled the slab and the waterfall leg, and James worked his 19th century wizardry on the drawer and dovetail slides.

In case you missed the collaboration playlist links in the video , here is the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njCVFKPt4lA&list=PLRopeQgakyAkLpHHnOnjW-Yj9EeBUgIhw

Also here is the link to the live E-Bay auction, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity: http://www.ebay.com/itm/292088369783?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Tools & products used:

Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
NC Whisper Momma Atmosheric Forge
Rigid/Peddinghaus Anvil
Lincoln Electric Powermig 210
SC Johnson Paste Wax
Evolution Chop saw
Crappy plastic speedsquare...get this one instead
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
Sculpt Nouveau Cleaner & Degreaser

Forged banner for Flanagan's Irish Pub

First off Happy St. Patricks day! 
This Irish banner / flag  may very well be my favorite build yet--I got to really work on developing a lot of new skills here, namely scroll work, forging vines, leafs, etc., and It just so happens that my buddy Jason owns Flanagan's Irish Pub in Dunedin, so I knew just the right place for it!

Tools used:
Dewalt 20V Reciprocating Saw
Fastcap Gluebot
Titebond ii Wood glue
Whitlox Homestead Wood Forge
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Dewalt XR 20V Drill
Dewalt 20V Circular saw
Iwata Eclipse HP-CS (Airbrush)
Wiss Aviation snips

Finishes used:
Generic latex paint(Green, white and orange)
General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain
Sculpt Nouveau Black Magic Patina
Sculpt Nouveau Copper Plate Patina
Sculpt Nouvea Solvent Dyes (Airbrush)
Lacuqer clear coat

Track list:

1. Sláinte - Julia Delaney
2. Hell creature - Amazing Grace

Designer spotlight #4: Michael Graves | Blog

 Michael Graves(July 9, 1934 – March 12, 2015): One of my personal favorites! Although Graves was most notably an accomplished architect renown for helping pioneer the postmodern style, it was his furnishings and appliances that initially caught my eye--specifically the "Graves Kettle", designed for the super cool designer oriented housewares company Alessi, which features a bird shaped whistle(Genius!), and a handle I have the strange yearn to place my hands on.

Although Michael's designs certainly share a common theme, I have a hard time defining what exactly it is. One commonality I feel, is that Graves often utilized ergonomic lines and augmented them with vibrant colors to stimulate visual interest. It seems to me like many of Michael's designs carry a sort of Apple(Macintosh) design vibe to them--simple, sleek, and refined.  

Anyway, Michael Graves has some seriously neat designs, as always--I strongly advice a vigorous Google image search session.

When design really works - Susie Hodge
Wikipedia - Micheal Graves

The Ultimate Anvil Stand | DIY

I finally decided it was time to build an proper anvil stand. Unfortunately i've come to find out that most floors/surfaces are not truly level. By going with 3 legs you can eliminate wobbling. I splayed the legs at 10 degree angles. This was a very fun build, that only took about a day and a half.

Tools & products used:
General tools digital bevel guage
Dewalt DW862 Cold Saw
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
Porter Cable drill press
Dewalt Flexvolt Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig welder
Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder
Bessey Auto adjust toggle clamp
Sculpt Nouveau Cleaner & Degreaser
Sculpt Nouveau Copper Plate Patina
Lacuqer clear coat
Generic propane torch/weed burner
Boiled Linseed Oil

Tracklist:
1. Jahzzar Jardins du Luxembourg
2. Cullah Comfort To You

Designer spotlight #3: Gerrit Thomas Rietveld | Blog

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld(24 June 1888 – 25 June 1964): Rietveld was a Dutch architect and designer. Rietveld's father was a joiner who trained Gerrit as a cabinet maker at a very young age. Prior to opening his own furniture-making business in 1917 , Reitveld had worked as a jewelry draftsman. His most notable work is undoubtedly his "Red and Blue Chair" which has since served as the face of the "De Stijl" movement. As far as architecturally, Rietveld is best known for the "Rietveld Schröder House".

Although I personally don't find Rietvelds designs to be elegant or graceful, I don't think that's the point. There is a certain thematic element that I find very--interesting. If you read up on the De Stijl movement, and its attempt at reducing forms to rectilinear lines and defined planes(often accentuated with primary colors), Rietvelds work certainly exemplifies the movement.

Another unique attribute not often associated with designers--Rietveld designed much of his work to be economical and easily produced.

Sources:
When design really works - Susie Hodge
Gerrit Thomas Reitveld - Wikipedia

Updates, announcements and 30K Giveaway Winners!

Alright, What I originally set out to be a 10k subscribers giveaway turned out to be a 30K giveaway. I've got some incredible products to giveaway to you all!

Products:

General Finishes

    (1) Medium Brown Dye Stain

    (1) Candlelight Gel Stain

    (1) Antique Walnut Gel stain

    (4) High Performance Top Coat

Dewalt
    (1) Dewalt 4 1/2 Angle Grinder

Empire Abrasives

    (10) Variety packs including 5 cutting discs, 5 flap discs, and 1
          grinding disc.

          10% discount code is ZHFAB

Sculpt Nouveau

    (4) Packages containing Black Magic,  Metal Cleaner Degreaser,
          Metal oil, Matte Clear guard.

          Freebie comment code=ZH Fabrications

MicroJig

    (1) GR-200 Grr-ripper

    (1) Grr-rip block

Track List:
1. La_Barca_de_Sua_-_03_-_Ni_Pensarte
2. Juanitos_-_06_-_Bailando_Boogaloo
3. Jahzzar_-_07_-_sketch_sos

Designer spotlight #2: Charles Rennie Mackintosh | Blog

Charles Rennie Mackintosh(1868-1928): Born in Scotland, Mackintosh was an accomplished architect, artist and designer who studied at the Glasgow School of Art.  Although Mackintosh is highly revered on several fronts, his most famous design is possibly his "Hill House Ladder Back Chair".

Although some of the literature I read, claims that Mackintosh helped to fortify the Art Nouveau style (which was popular at the time), I couldn't feel that information to be further from the truth. I find that the strongly rectilinear lines of Mackintosh's designs are in stark contrast to the flowing asymmetric lines typically associated with Art Nouveau.

After thumbing through through a fair amount of  Mackintosh's creations, they all seem to carry a certain sci-fi, alien,  retro-futuristic theme. Much of his work seems like it would fit right into the next Silent Hill film.

Fun fact: the typeface used in the American Horror Story series is a reworking of Mackintosh's "Willow" typeface.