Be Inspired with Dominic

Find all the inspiring projects you are looking for here, as well as some of the more unexpected things I have made in my shop. And as always, remember to be Inspired!

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Make your own Googly Eyes!


Googly eyes are a great way to make things fun, cute or at least whimsical. There are several ways to make your own, and in this video, I show you how to do just that. There is something for every size and shape, so go right ahead and make your own and send me pictures of how cute your tools can look!

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“Forge” a Plastic Knife


When I recently tested a blacksmithing technique on a piece of plastic cutting board. I had the idea to tick something else off my list. Something that had been on there for ages. I wanted to make a knife. And what better way to do that than fake blacksmithing? Well, yes, there are better methods, but I challenge you to tell me that they would be more fun!

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Simple Boom Arm for your Equipment


This boom arm is a great addition to any shop! It is easy to make from scrap pieces, preferably plywood (but you can get away with virtually any kind of wood if you adapt the dimensions a little). Have things within reach without cluttering up your work space with stands or such.

Let me know what you think, and remember to share – and to be Inspired!

The Diced Rod – Plastic-Forging-Experiment


I saw this diced rod (which is what I call it, there might be another term for this style of decoration) at a local blacksmith’s workshop and had the opportunity to ask how it was made. Unlike what I made in this video, it was not all that obvious. But since I am not set up as a blacksmith – at least not yet – I decided to give it a try in another way – using plastic from an old cutting board.

Please share & enjoy, and as always, remember to be Inspired!

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Whiteboard from old Fridge Shelves – 4 Versions


A Whiteboard is a cool thing to have around. They offer the permanence of paper notetaking with a glimpse of the versatility found on digital devices. From shopping lists to planning your week, a whiteboard always comes in handy. Here I show you how you can easily make your own out of old glass fridge shelves. Please share this with your friends, and remember to be Inspired!

Turned Christmas Tree Tealight Holder – Adventure in the Workshop


Christmas is a great time for making things. So what better reason to introduce my olders daughter to the lathe in this newest Adventure in the Workshop? She makes a Christmas Tree Tealight Holder from walnut. Her patience for sanding is not the best, but as she says, this way you know you made it yourself. Please enjoy and share! And as always, remember to be Inspired!

Acrylic Wand – made from Fluorescent Acrylic


A friend asked me whether I was interested in a couple of display cases made from some kind of plastic. They were colorful and free, so I said yes. When I learned that they are actually made from fluorescent acrylic – a good choice for things supposed to catch the eye – I was even happier that I did. Now, I turned them into an acrylic wand that looks, as the kids say these days, “lit”. Enjoy, and remember to be Inspired!

Death of Rats – Discworld Halloween Decoration


The Death of Rats has been guarding our home against supernatural incursions around Halloween for a few years now, but I finally got around to redoing it with a skeleton and a light show of its own. Let me show you how I made it, so that you can make your own – or something completely different! Please share this with your friends, and remember to be Inspired!

Table Saw – Tool Basics


The table saw is the centerpiece of most woodworking shops, at least in the opinion of many table saw owners. There are many things you can do with it, and if you are doing furniture on a regular basis there is probably no reasonable way to avoid getting one.

Welcome to the second article in the Tool Basics series. If you have not done so already, check out the first one about general thoughts on tools here, or dive right into what the table saw can do “out of the box” below.

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Rolling Stamp from an old Garden Clog or Shoe


Give your old garden shoes new life and pretty up letters, invitations, and drawings with this rolling stamp. In this video, I make one that leaves behind tiny footprints, akin to a gnome toppling over your inkpot and running over that important paper you were writing. Enjoy, please share the video, and remember to be Inspired!

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