First small video.

Finally got a YouTube channel going and have posted the first tool video.  It is small but it’s a start.  It’s actually harder than I thought to create, but not impossible.  

The youtube channel is “1000 irons in the fire”

And the title is “what is a cold chisel”

OK so the point […]

What is a dado and how do I make one.

And yet another hi-tech lo-tech hybrid! Behold the awesome power of a buck fifty dry board. And who says education has to cost millions or billions. Anyway a dado is basically a notch cut in a board. If the notch is on the corner it gets another name rabbet. Not to be confused with […]

Wooden box with sliding lid

There are a number of techniques involved in making this box but the short version is this is mainly a table saw project though of course you could use a multitude of tools. This needs a prop.

Behold the mighty napkin sketch, use it’s vagueness to create your own particulars. -Anyway I’ll start […]

Cheap metal stud finder

Necessity is the mother of invention is very true. So I needed a stud finder for metal studs but it is not something I do every day so rather than stop working and spend money to buy a stud finder I just assembled this little gizmo. Two magnets and a strip of something like […]

Tool butler

The tool butler is the roll being played when there is only guy able to work on something and the only thing someone else can do to help is hand tools and materials to the guy working.

Fixing a tounge and grove floor

Here is a small bathroom that had a water leak which made the wooden floor buckle pop off the concrete.  In retrospect I wish I had a before picture this thing was sticking up a good 2 inches. Anyway some of the boards were salvageable and some had to be replaced.  The problem was […]

Big pile of tools.

A general observation that has held fairly true is that it takes a big pile of tools to get things done but once the pile gets large enough you can do anything. Some times a project is small enough that you only need a few tools but usually it starts with OK I need to […]

Router setup for cabinet door

Another router picture and with it another several techniques. First is the dust collection system. Simple, direct and it works with the airflow created by the spinning bit. Before the vaccuume hose was placed there it made a nice fountain of dust coming out the top. Also I added a bit of duct tape […]

Router setup for cabinet door.

Another router picture and with it another several techniques. First is the dust collection system.  Simple, direct and it works with the airflow created by the spinning bit.  Before the vaccuume hose was placed there it made a nice fountain of dust coming out the top.  Also I added a bit of duct tape […]

Observe and interact

A thought for tuesday, probably the best advice I could give on learning to do anything is observe and interact. With all the different tools and all the different features they each behave a little different and projects always change so the techniques must be flexible and adapt.