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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

I want to thank all of my patrons, you guys are awesome, and you sure help me to justify making video content!


If you guys like this sort of thing, please check out my website www.zhfabrications.com and also sign up for my newsletter.

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

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

Crafting a podcast | Blog

I apologize for the bit of hiatus with the blog. I've had so many irons in the fire so to speak I've had to place it on the back burner.

So whats new? Quite a bit, primarily I'm co-hosting a new podcast entitled the "Crafted Podcast" along with Johnny from The Crafted Workshop and James Wright from Wood by right. The idea behind this podcast is to discuss a broad range of subjects as they relate to making and craftsmanship in general. Some of our future topics are to include, metal, leather, the creative process, transitioning into making for money, etc.

As of today we have recorded 3 episodes and released 2, and are already holding position in the top 10 hobby podcasts on iTunes! We live stream every Thursday at 8pm Eastern time, and we feature an interactive chat where you can ask questions and interact with us during the show.

Here is a link to the site: http://craftedpodcast.com/


 

Hammer Time | Blog

(Prepare yourselves for a bit of a ramble..)

Well, transitioning into--crafting full-time has made for an interesting month. One of my first commissioned projects involved designing & fabricating wall sconces for a local brewery. We settled on a medieval'ish theme which will also incorporate cues from the old steel banded wooden kegs.

I would be hesitant to call myself anything more than an amateur blacksmith, but it's definitely a craft I plan on delving into further.

Anyway, part of my vision(this word makes me feel snooty) relied upon blacksmith nails, the creation of which require a few specialized tools--namely a cutting hardy & a nail header. Many if not most blacksmiths may find it curious that I would order these tools as opposed to forging them myself.  which led me down an interesting train of thought.

I used to teach guitar & sell instruments, and many times I would encounter enthusiastic people trying to learn on the cheapest instrument money could buy. The problem is many of these cheap instruments or hand-me-downs were simply unplayable--the strings were so high off the fingerboard they(or I) couldn't depress them adequately to make a note, they wouldn't stay in tune, etc. The point is this: I found that despite their enthusiasm, and good intentions, often times people set themselves up for failure before they even get started. I'm not saying they should have gone out and purchased a custom shop Les Paul(a top tier guitar), but rather something that offers value, and rewards their effort.

Yes, I could have made these tools myself, but I also understand my limitations, and I know the results & positive reinforcement I would get from using proper tools would help kindle my blacksmithing experience. Were I to have made the tools myself (with my current blacksmithing skillset) the process of forging nails would certainly have been more frustrating, and less encouraging.

I remember when I bought my first hand plane, I decided to purchase a new plane which was in guaranteed working order, as opposed to buying and restoring an old plane(which is arguably a much better deal). The reason being, without the firsthand experience of using a properly set-up plane, how was I to know how to restore one to proper working order. I have since acquired & restored a hand full of vintage planes.

This blog is more of a ramble than a coherent presentation. I suppose if there is a point I'm trying to make it's this: Don't sell yourself short. Whatever it is you do; building, painting, singing, cooking, etc. Conventions aside, it is in your best interest to do whatever you feel is necessary to create the positive reinforcement that will encourage your progress.

Nicholson workbench part 2 | How-To

So as both a right of passage as well as a necessity, I've built a workbench. I've settled on a slightly modified version of Chris Schwarz 's "English Workbench" in his workbench book.  Tools used list below.

Initially I was torn between the Nicholson and Roubo workbench designs, and although the Roubo has a certain aesthetic appeal, the huge front apron  and angled leg vise of the Nicholson appeals to the functionality I have in mind--plus--everyone builds Roubos and I like to do things differently.

I have also added Google SketchUp plans I made to my website www.zhfabrications.com

Thanks for watching, and I'd love to hear your feedback. Also I'm planning on putting out some sort of benefits uses & strategies of proper workbenches video in the future.

Tools used:

General tools digital bevel guage
Delta Unisaw
Dewalt DW716 Miter saw
Dewalt DW618 plunge/fixed base router
DEWALT DW734 Planer
Stanley #7 plane
Titebond ii Wood glue
Dewalt 4 1/2 angle grinder
Dewalt 20V Jigsaw
Dewalt 20v Circular saw
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
Porter cable forstner drill bit set
Dewalt Trigger clamp  
Rockwell 14" Bandsaw
Miller Dowels
Watco Danish oil
 

The Book:
Workbenches - Chris Schwarz

Nicholson workbench part 1 | How-To

So as both a right of passage as well as a necessity, I've started my workbench build. I've settled on a slightly modified version of Chris Schwarz's "English Workbench" in his workbench book.   Tool used list below.

I have also added free Google SketchUp plans I made to my website www.zhfabrications.com

Anyway, thanks for watching and let me know if you have any questions!

Tools used:
Delta Unisaw
Dewalt 20v Circular saw
General tools digital bevel guage
Rockwell 14" Bandsaw
Dewalt DW716 Miter saw
Dewalt DW618 plunge/fixed base router
Dewalt 4 1/2 angle grinder
Dewalt 20V Jigsaw
Titebond ii Wood glue
Fastcap Gluebot
Woodriver 5 1/2 bench plane
Dewalt 20v Drill
Porter cable forstner drill bit set
Watco Danish oil
Freud 10" Dado stack
DEWALT DW734 Planer
Swanson Speed Square

The Book:
Workbenches - Chris Schwarz

Modular Crosscut Sled with box joint jig | How-To

I've had a few people ask me about my crosscut sled--and after realigning my table saw top for the shop fox fence, my old one was about 2 degrees off, so I built another one. I've included a removable finger joint jig, but you could also add miter jigs, etc.

Thanks for watching, I would love to hear from you.

Dewalt DW716 Miter saw
Bessey Auto adjust toggle clamp
Delta Unisaw
Porter cable drill press
DeWalt Trim router
Fastcap Gluebot
Titebond ii Wood glue
Dewalt 20v Drill
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
DEWALT DW734 Planer
Dewalt 20V Jigsaw
Varathane provincial wood stain
Freud 10" Dado stack
Swanson Speed Square
 

Simple wooden knobs | How-to

These little knobs have proven themselves quite useful, I feel like I can't build a jig without them--fortunately they are quite simple to make.

Tools & products used:

DEWALT DW716 Miter Saw    http://amzn.to/2ncPDgZ
Fastcap Accuscribe    http://amzn.to/2nlfhQm
Sharpie (12 pk)    http://amzn.to/2nfYhLr
Porter Cable drill press
Rockwell 14" Bandsaw
Makita random orbital sander    http://amzn.to/2oDBVDN
Loctite Heavy Duty Epoxy    http://amzn.to/2oRnpp9
Briwax Rustic Pine    http://amzn.to/2peXYgl
 

Simple router edge guide | How-to

This was a very simple shop equipment build, that I needed to build as a component for a router mortising jig, although it is certainly useful in it's own right.

Stay tuned for a mortise jig build that incorporates this edge guide.

Tools and products used:

DeWalt plunge router
3/8" rod - Hardware store
1/4x20 J-nuts & Thumbscrews- Hardware store
Delta Unisaw
DeWalt DW734 Planer
1/4"x20 Brass threaded inserts
Titebond original Wood Glue
 

Dowel stop radius guide | How-to

A simple dowel-stop radius guide & compass. I needed something capable of drawing larger radii than most traditional compasses are capable of.

The idea came to me after watching Jack Houweling's dowel stop video--Thanks Jack!

Tools & products used:
DEWALT DW716 Miter Saw
Porter cable drill press
Box of random springs - Big box store
Makita random orbital sander
Titebond original Wood Glue
Dewalt DWE4011 Angle Grinder
Briwax Rustic Pine