Today I share with you a technique to make multi-compartment trays or even shadow boxes from scrap pieces. With a slight modification, you can also make single storage boxes in large numbers for all your shop organization needs. And if you go that extra mile, you can turn what starts out as a shop project […]
Category: Quick & Dirty
Quick & Dirty projects are those that allow you to do more, either by solving a projlem or by streamlining a process. Sometimes they save you time, other times it is money that they help you keep.
The idea behind these projects is that old engineer adage, “As complex as it needs to be, as simple as it can be”. Sometimes, doing things the simplest way possible will still yield comparable results to methods that take up much more time. While they may look more polished and refined, the end product will look just the same.
So check out these projects and ideas, and make sure to keep an open mind and do not let yourself be bogged down by conventions and how things have always been done (just do not disregard safety, please). And if you think one of these ideas could be improved upon further, do not hesitate to let me know in the comments!
Full disclosure, these projects do not actually involve dirt. I thought I should point that out, just in case.
In a project I was working on (the tintin rocket) I had to flatten some segmented rings. I ended up using the thickness sander method I am showing you here, using a spindle sander or a sanding drum. I hope you find it useful and share it with your friends! Enjoy, and remember to be […]
An air blower gun paired with a compressor in your shop is a great way to remove dust and debris, be it from a workpiece or a workbench. But while the looped hoses that are available offer some advantages, mostly in terms of reach, tidyness is not one of them. Fix that with a simple […]
If you are using an orbital sander, your pad is bound to wear down eventually when the hook material gives. Here I show you how you can make a quick and dirty (cheap) replacement! Enjoy, please share, and remember to be Inspired!
There are many reasons to have rolls of loop-backed sanding paper in the shop, and cutting your own orbital sanding discs to the specs of your tool is one of them. In this video I show you how easy it can be, using a simple homemade jig! Enjoy, and remember to be Inspired!
For a project that has since become obsolete – a shopmade lathe – I made a base from plywood. For that, I needed two matching dados in two pieces of different width. Here I show you the method I used, without a dado stack, and it worked well, was quick and precise on top. Enjoy, and […]
I am working on the promised video about my first Whirligig build, and this came out as a by-product, based on Adam Roman’s video about his bandsaw dust extraction. Enjoy, and remember to be inspired!
Yet another Quick & Dirty project, this one is meant to solve one problem that I have been fighting in my shop since the very start – falling objects. I had my personal safety equipment on hooks, and it kept falling down onto my overcrowded desk, tossing other stuff down on the ground or outright destroying more […]
Repurpose the paper tray of an old printer to make a cheap center finder for your drill press. It does not take much – apart from the paper tray, of course – to turn this into a simple center finding jig for your drill press. Combined with a piece of scrap wood or a sufficiently […]