1. Knockdown Chair: Build This Unique Collapsible Lawn Chair.


    from TCO Media, Inc / Added

    3,744 Plays / / 0 Comments

    This unique lawn chair is perfect for the deck, patio, or even on the go. It's lightweight while still being collapsible for storage and hauling. Best of all, you can build one just like using ordinary woodworking tools and some cedar from the local home center.

    + More details
    • Handcrafted Wood Buttons For A Coat or Jacket


      from Alan Stratton / Added

      111 Plays / / 0 Comments

      http://www.AsWoodTurns.com Recently a viewer, Jari Hirvonen from Finland, asked how to make wood buttons. Hmmm. Buttons need to be all the same size and same decorations. They're also small and have those four closely spaced holes in the middle. After some research, I made a drill press jig to conquer the drilling problem. My blanks then had four equally and uniformly spaced holes in the middle. So far so good. Then how to get them all the same diameter. I made wood faceplates for both the spindle and live center. A center hole in each faceplates aligned to a scrap block drilled to the same pattern as the buttons but with an extra hole exactly in the center. I glued these scrap blocks to the faceplates using the center holes for alignment. Now to turn the faces. Yet another chuck -- this time a jamb chuck to hole one button at a time while turning the face and the back. I could not turn the outer edge at this time -- it would damage the jamb chuck and reduce the wood holding the button in the jamb chuck. So finally, I resorted to another faceplate -- this time reusing one from when the buttons were stacked. This time two short brass rods held the button in alignment while the outer rim was refined. A rubber stopper on the live center kept buttons from flying around the shop. The buttons are about 1.25 inches in diameter and just less than 0.25 inches thick. They are finished with a blend of beeswax and mineral oil. I only lost one button to a catch when turning the outer rim. This project took some figuring, a new jig, new faceplates, new jam chuck. After that, the rest was easy. I'll show more of the drilling jig in a separate video. Enter your email at http://www.AsWoodTurns.com & I'll let you know when the next woodturning project video is ready.

      + More details
      • Installation Video - Rotary Phase Converter with Push Button Controls


        from Phoenix Phase Converters / Added

        3,018 Plays / / 0 Comments

        www.phoenixphaseconverters.com Installation guide on installing your phase converter,

        + More details
        • Faceplates and Drill Press Jig for Handcrafted Wood Buttons


          from Alan Stratton / Added

          369 Plays / / 0 Comments

          http://www.AsWoodTurns.com When Jari Hirvonen from Finland, asked how to make wood buttons, I had to pause and reflect, "What could be so hard about a wooden button?" The challenge is not in the individual buttons but in making them consistent with each other in pattern, hole positioning, and diameter. Very different from a one-off turning or even a series of similar turnings that never are used together. I must credit a AAW discussion forum for highlighting the core problem: Consistent hole placement. But short of precisely measuring each hole and making sure the drill bit hits that spot - what is a woodturner to do? My first thought was to use stops on the drill press. Even these seem to lack the precision that would be required. Finally the epiphany, use spacers on each wing of a right angled fence. The width of the spacers would be the distance between holes. Great, now I just need something to hold the button blank down while drilling the holes and by the way, how do you turn them evenly and consistently. As my thoughts evolved, I hit upon a solution that grew into a system. 1. Modify the spacers to be exactly one half the distance between the holes. Now it would take two spaces to position each corner hole. The new spacers could be used to drill a consistent center hole. But I did not want a center hole in each button. Instead, drill the center hole on two waste blanks the size of the buttons and at least two corner holes. 2. Now make wood faceplates: one for the spindle and one for the tail stock. I prefer threaded faceplates as shown in a recent video. Glue one of the drilled waste blocks to each faceplate. Use the center hole in the waste block to align it to the faceplates. Now we're cooking. 3. Next, stack up all the drilled button blanks on two brass rods. The rods are the same size as the holes in the buttons. The rods go thru opposing holes in the button blanks. 4. Insert this stack into the corresponding holes in the faceplates. Note that everything is indexed to the spindle axis using those holes in the waste blocks. 5. Turn the stack of button blanks as a single column. Watch out for short grain tear out. Near completion of the column, glue some sandpaper to a scrap block and sand the column. No need for fine grit sandpaper as the rims will be finished later. At this point, aim for a consistent diameter for the column of button blanks. 6. Create a jamb chuck with a recess sized to fit the newly rounded button blanks. (Remember the consistent diameter - I hope you measured it) 7. Turn the face and backside of each button. This goes fast. Just watch out for tear out over the button holes. There's a lot of fragile short grain. Try shear scraping. Don't worry about the rim. Tooling the rim will just ruin the jamb chuck. 8. Now take the spindle faceplate from #2 and reduce its diameter enough to have access to the entire rim area front and back of the button. 9. Put short brass rods in opposing holes in the faceplate and mount a button to the faceplate. Bring up the tailstock to secure it. If you're careful to keep pressure on the button, you can remove the tailstock for final sanding and finishing. That's it - an integrated system where the jig, faceplates, and chucks work together to deliver a consistent and beautiful results. Free Sketchup models of the handcrafted button system are available at http://www.AsWoodTurns.com/ButtonJig Enter your email at http://www.AsWoodTurns.com & I'll let you know when the next woodturning project video is ready.

          + More details
          • Making custom knobs for Porter Cable 15" Drill Press from 6061 Aluminum


            from Jon Kensy / Added

            298 Plays / / 2 Comments

            In this video I make some knobs to replace the stock plastic/rubber knobs on the Porter Cable 15" 12-speed drill press quill feed. I do not like the plastic/rubber knobs because they strip and then they turn and turn and leave you with an uncertain feel as you feed the quill up and down. I matched the relative diameter of the stock knobs but put a 15 degree taper on the aluminum and sanded it for a nice, positive feel. MUCH BETTER!

            + More details
            • Baldwin Metals, Dallas TX


              from Shofner Films / Added

              1,394 Plays / / 2 Comments

              Baldwin Metals P: (214) 747-6722 F: (214) 747-7872 sales@baldwinmetals.com A short story through the eyes of Don Kent on Baldwin Metals. Baldwin Metals is a metal fabrication shop in Dallas that can handle just about anything that you throw at them. Baldwin Metals is one of the most capable shops in the metroplex, but another thing that sets it apart from the rest is the amazingly friendly, charismatic, & experienced employees. With some spanning more the 20, 30, & 40 years in the industry Baldwin Metals has a complete lineup of powerful metal working employees. Id like to thank Michael Johnson for the opportunity. Don Kent for sitting down and talking with me, and the rest of the Baldwin Metals staff for being so camera friendly. If you like the video, please take a second to like my new facebook page Shofner Films Facebook.com/ShofnerFilms

              + More details
              • Making an Aluminum Disk


                from Product Realization Lab / Added

                569 Plays / / 0 Comments

                Making an Aluminum Disk with Kathy Spriggs This video demonstrates how to make a disk from a non-circular plate. A 1” aluminum plate is first scribed using a compass, and center-marked with a punch. The plate is then rough cut using a horizontal band saw, and center drilled using a vertical drill press. An aluminum log/billet is then decked on a lathe and used to pinch the aluminum plate against a live center mounted in the tailstock of the lathe. The end result is a 9” diameter disk, 1” thick.

                + More details
                • Cutting Metal with a Dremel


                  from Hey Mimi / Added

                  This 4 min video shows how I cut a metal bolt with my Dremel Rotary Tool. I am using a Dremel Multi Pro Model 395, mounted horizontally in a Dremel Workstation so that both my hands are free to hold what I am working on. I use a EZ Lock 1.5 inch Metal Cut Off Disc and it cuts through without any trouble. It seems slow in the video because it was the first time I had cut metal with it, and because I did not want to distort the threads of the screw.

                  + More details
                  • How it Works: Drill Chuck


                    from Crazy Builders / Added

                    4,219 Plays / / 0 Comments

                    How does a drill chuck work? Check out http://www.crazybuilders.com for more info.

                    + More details
                    • Metal Marks


                      from Katelyn Bottoms / Added

                      43 Plays / / 0 Comments

                      My mantra is everything is my textbook. So representing multiple interests - art direction, film, user experience, writing and blacksmithing - on a piece that lives in a textbook seemed like a good reason to mess up my manicure. I made these because we all need bookmarks. They don't just hold our place, they show us where we've been and where we're going. it's a big job, no doubt. Good thing these are made of metal.

                      + More details

                      What are Tags?


                      Tags are keywords that describe videos. For example, a video of your Hawaiian vacation might be tagged with "Hawaii," "beach," "surfing," and "sunburn."