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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
 

Small chest of drawers | How-To

This thing has taken me forever to edit/post! I've been experimenting with some different video/editing styles--I'd love to hear your input.

I used 3/4" maple plywood for the carcass, soft maple for the drawer faces and top, and mahogany for the legs & drawer pulls, and supreme pine for the drawers themselves. For the finish I used multiple coats of Boiled Linseed Oil. 

Thanks for watching, I'd love to hear from you all!

Tools & products used:
Empire Drywall square
Delta Unisaw
Dewalt 20V circular saw
Titebond ii Wood glue
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
DEWALT 20-Volt Drill
DEWALT DW716 Miter Saw
DEWALT DWE6000 Trim router
Makita random orbital sander
Kreg pocket hole kit
Woodriver #5 1/2 bench plane
Boiled Linseed Oil
DEWALT DW734 Planer

Router Mortise Jig | How-To

Here's a mortising jig I built based on an old book titled "Router Magic" I found at a garage sale a while back.

I thought it would make one of the jigs featured which will allow me to clamp and rout small pieces. You can see me use this jig to route the drawer pulls on the "Small chest of drawers" video.

Tools & products used:
Delta Unisaw
DEWALT DW734 Planer
Dewalt Trigger clamp
Makita random orbital sander
1/4"x20 Brass threaded inserts
DEWALT plunge router
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
DE STA CO Toggle clamp
Fastcap Accuscribe
Titebond ii Wood glue
Briwax Rustic Pine

Simple DIY candle holder

I wanted to familiarize myself with Sketchup, so I chose a relatively simple build. Having a layout sheet proved to be quite handy. It also helped me to reduce my waste.

I think Sketchup will be of great assistance on larger more intricate builds.

Thanks for watching!

Tools & Poducts used:
Walnut & Cherry wood
DEWALT DW716 Miter Saw
Delta Unisaw
3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive
Rockwell 14" bandsaw
Makita random orbital sander
Porter Cable Forstner bit set
Boiled Linseed Oil
Howard Feed-N-Wax
Tea Candles (100ct)

Industrial chain lamp from start to finish

I had a lot of fun with this one, back when I was living in Portland, Oregon, I sold quite a few of these. In this video I'll take you through the whole process of how I build chain lamps.


I'd love to hear your ideas, input, suggestions, and/or questions.  I'm considering a bi-weekly video update on new acquisitions, and a (non-sponsored) featured tool of the week.

Tools & Products used:
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig Welder    http://amzn.to/2o4Z9RW
18 gauge sheet metal
DEWALT DW872 Cold Saw    http://amzn.to/2nH4KdP
Dewalt DWE4011 Angle Grinder    http://amzn.to/2oDDrGc
Patina - Hydrogen peroxide, vinegar & salt
DEWALT DWE6000 Trim router    http://amzn.to/2o62P5M
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill    http://amzn.to/2ncJIZe
Rubber grommets - big box store
Copper wire
Hanging porcelain fixture socket    http://amzn.to/2ochKM2
Electrical components - Big box store 

 

Anachronistic light bulb oil lamp

I saw these little light bulb containers at the local hobby shop and thought about how it would be interesting and unconventional it might be  to use them as an oil lamp..

All in all this was a very simple project, other than drilling through the porcelain for the wick.
Thanks for watching!

Tools & Products used:

18 Gauge sheet metal
Empire Drywall square
Throatless Shear
1x1x1/8" angle iron
DEWALT DW872 Cold Saw
Dewalt DWE4011 Angle Grinder
Lincoln Electric 140C Mig Welder
Hydrogen peroxide, Vinegar & salt(for patina)
Dremel 4000
Glass light bulb jar
Loctite Heavy Duty Epoxy
Boiled Linseed Oil


 

Wooden State Cutout (Florida) | DIY

Still trying to work my way through my pile of scrap wood.

 If I had to do it again I would recommend the thinnest plywood you can get for aesthetic reasons--or better yet(if your boards are thick enough), glue the boards together prior to cutting out your shape.

Thanks for watching!

Tools & products used:
Pallet wood
Bernzomatic Propane Torch
Minwax Red Oak wood stain
Makita random orbital sander
Varathane Cabernet Wood Stain
Minwax Dark Walnut wood stain
Hitachi NT50AE2 Brad Nailer
Epson VS240 Projector
Dewalt 20V circular saw
Rockwell 14" Bandsaw
Dewalt 20V Jigsaw
Porter cable drill press & crappy drill press sanding wheels I don't recommend
SC Johnson Paste Wax

Magnetic Bottle Opener | How-to

In this video I show you how I made a magnetic bottle opener. I used a combination of walnut, cherry, and maple for mine, but obviously you can use whatever you have on hand.

I used a very powerful Neodymium magnet which is capable of holding somewhere in the vicinity of 35-40 bottle caps.

Tools & products used:

DEWALT DW716 Miter Saw
Delta Unisaw
Dewalt trigger clamp
DEWALT DW734 Planer
Makita random orbital sander
DEWALT DWE6000 Trim router
Loctite Heavy Duty Epoxy
Porter Cable Drill press
Fastcap Accuscribe
Boiled Linseed Oil
Mountable bottle opener
Dewalt 20V XR Brushless Drill
Self-stick mini felt pads