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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

Old school weatherproofing for canvas and metal | DIY

So this is an old blacksmith formula that I've been using this for years on many of my metal projects, it can also be used to weatherproof canvas/denim. 

Note, there are several annotations in the video which include the formula, so if you have them turned off, you won't see them.

But, just in case--the formula is pretty simple, it's 2:1:1 of Beeswax, Boiled linseed oil, and turpentine respectively.

Thank you all for watching!

Tools and products used:
Bernzomatic Propane Torch
Raw beeswax
Boiled Linseed Oil
Turpentine
Heat gun

Dovetailed wooden mallet from 2' of 2x4

Making a wooden mallet from 2 feet of a  2x4. There are a lot of mallet videos floating around out there, most of which involve a wedged through handle, which are great, but I wanted to try something a little different.

I routed a dovetail in the two sections that make up the mallet. I used southern yellow pine - a very hard species of pine which can be found at most local home centers.

Update: One year later, and the mallet is still holding up great, I use it nearly every day.

Tools & products used:
Delta Unisaw table saw
DEWALT DW716 Miter Saw
Rockwell 14" Bandsaw
Flexcut Drawknife
Makita random orbital sander
DEWALT DWE6000 Trim router
Titebond original Wood Glue
Varathane provincial wood stain