Category Archive: This Week In the Shop

This Week in the Shop: The DIY Pinball Arcade in Plywood, Router Tables & The One-Bit Box

Catch a sneak peek at a future Home #Makerspace project & a new Woodworking Class at Nova Labs this week!

Tool Primer: Understanding Common Glues for #Maker Project

Sooner or later during a Maker project, you have to stick it together.  You need glue.  Better yet, you need the right glue.   Some glues are formulated to work best porous materials… Continue reading

This Week in the Shop: The 2×6 #Bike Rack

This week I designed and built a quick bike rack to store my young children’s custom bikes from two 2×6’s.  You can check out the two bikes in the DIY Bike Build.  … Continue reading

This Week in the Shop: DIY Height Gauge

A quick jig can make the difference in a woodshop.  This height gauge helps measure and set cutting tool heights and thicknesses for rabbets, dadoes, chamfers, etc.  Since it incorporates a digital caliper,… Continue reading

This Week in the Shop: Milk Paint Finish & Oil+Acrylic Craft Paint

This week, learn two different finishing techniques which incorporate safe, green finishes for fine woodworking. Check out what’s going on in the WoodshopCowboy Shop!

This Week in the Shop: The Split-Top Bench with Plans

This week in my home shop I finished up a new bench project I developed for class at Nova Labs in Reston, VA. While simple in design and execution, it does involve a full suite of woodworking tools and a a custom jig to complete. This great intermediate project uses the Fab Five of a powered woodshop: table saw, band saw, miter saw, jointer and planer.

This Week in the Shop: Get Started #3DPrinting at Home!

A quick post today!  I recently purchased a knock-off Makerbot Replicator clone.  Today, I will share a few of my more successful prints and my thoughts on 3D printers in the home makerspace.

#Makerspace Tour: MILL Studio at Gum Springs Library

Loudoun County Public Library system was recently rated one of the top libraries in America.  It boasts a lot of services and a great collection. I like its makerspace, the Mill Studio at… Continue reading

Home #Makerspace: The Fishing Rod Storage Rack

This week in the Home #Makerspace, I designed and built a fishing rod storage rack. Check it out here!

This Week in the Shop: Spalted Red Oak Nightstand

This week in the shop, my brother-in-law and I completed a simple nightstand featuring an oil & shellac finish, pocket hole construction, tapered legs and proportional design techniques. Check it out!

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