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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!

Storage Boxes from Scrap – Quick & Dirty


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 into something beautiful, too!.

You can find more information on determining the sizes required below! If you found this video valuable please share it with as many people as you can find! Thanks for watching, and be Inspired!

How do dimension Storage Boxes

Two things determine the dimension of what storage boxes you can (and should) make. One is the size of your scrap pieces, the other is what you actually want to store in them.

There is no way to influence the size of your scrap pieces (or possibly new stock you might be willing to use). So let us look at how to get from the desired size of the compartment to the actual measurements of the pieces. I drew up this sketch. You need the three dimensions of the desired size (yellow) and the thickness of your stock.

Keep in mind that you can (and should) double and triple C as many times as your stock allows. Do not forget to add the kerf-width as well. You will need to true them up later anyway, so you might as well cut them up then.

dimensions for the storage boxes

How to easily get the measurements you need from the compartment size you want.

What are the limits?

The main limits to what you can make are your clamps and the size of stock you have on hand. The tray design should keep things stable enough for most purposes and sizes. If you want to go really big, I recommend using thicker stock than I did or glue the whole tray onto a board large enough.

If you use this technique to make your own storage boxes or trays, I would love if you took pictures and sent them to me. Thank you for stopping by! And as always, remember to be Inspired!

Mass Ornaments on the Table Saw


You can never have enough Christmas decoration, right? There is a technique called “Reifendrehen” that involves a lathe, but you can use the basic principle to make a bunch of similar pieces on your table saw as well to produce mass ornaments. Watch the video to see how it works, and read on for some additional considerations and a video (not mine) about the original technique. Enjoy, and remember to be Inspired!

Safety – Adventures in the Workshop, Episode 01


This is the first episode of a new series that I am doing, called “Adventures in the Workshop”, in which I try to teach my daughter Nina about the workshop and the tools I use frequently. But before we can dive into it propery, we needed to discuss safety. After all, I want my daughter to remain in one piece, and I imagine that you will feel the same about any kids you might want to introduce to the marvelous world of making. Enjoy, let us know what you think, and remember to be Inspired!

Lathe Shavings – Gotta Catch Them All! (Fail?)


Dust collection is a big topic in the shop these days, and so it should be. But some tools do not play well with a dust collector, and the lathe is on the top of that list with all those pesky shavings flying this way and that. So I came up with a solution that did not quite live up to my expectations, but even though I stopped using it, I give you – the lathe shroud. Let me know if you find some use for this in your shop! And as always, remember to be Inspired!

Air Blow Gun Holder – Quick & Dirty


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 holder that allows you to put the loops in their place. And on top of that this can be made from scraps and in very little time. Enjoy, and remember to be Inspired!

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Clutter or Thoughts on my workshop (blog 3)


I recently did my first shop tour, and since then I have been working to improve on the clutter I have shown you. And apparently, making the video has really shown me where to dig in, because it forced me to look at the shop the way others might see it – as “What’s that heap of junk doing there?” rather than “Well, if I ever needed something like that I would be happy that I kept it”. From the comments I got, I am probably not the only one feeling this way. But I digress. What I wanted to write about is my thoughts about my workshop’s clutter situation and what I am going to do about it.

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