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When ever I get a number of similar questions, it tells me that there are a lot of other people out there who have the same question, but just haven't asked it yet, it also tells me that I may not have explained something clearly so it's time for me fix that, so here goes. There are 2 main questions I have had repeatedly for ... well ... a long time and I should have addressed them earlier instead of trying to answer emails and messages one at a time.

Question #1 - How do I know when you are releasing a new video?  ... great question.
The answer is, I try to release a new video every Thursday morning (not I am not always successful at that goal). The BEST way to know when I release a new video is to go to my YouTube Channel and right next to the "Subscribe" button, is a little round GEAR. If you click on that GEAR it will pop up a new little window with a check box  ... if there IS a check mark inside the box, it means you will receive an email every time I release a new video, with a direct link to that video. If there is NO check in the box, it means you will not be notified of any new video releases or any other channel information, so check the little box, then SAVE that change and watch for the next video release notification.

Question #2 - How can I find specific videos you released in the past?
Another good question. Currently I have something like 250 videos online so yes, it can be hard to find one specific video. The best way to do this is to go to woodworkweb.com to do a search for the video. 
For every video I release I also write and article about that video. knowing this, it is now easier to find a video if you can recall a key word or a couple of key words from that video that would have been used in the article.
If you use the "Search" box in the upper right area of the woodworkweb.com website, you will be able to find that video by typing in a key word ... hit the return or enter key and every article in woodworkweb.com will be searched for that word or set or words.
To search for a set of words it is best to use quotes "  " .
Such as "trim router"  or "saw blade". Try NOT to look up words that are used commonly like router, wood, joint etc. as these will give too many responses for you to look through.

With that info you will all be able keep up-to-date with the latest videos, and be able to find older videos in much less time.
Thanks everyone for watching my videos, and to all of you who ask questions and those of you who help me by answering other people's questions ... these are an enormous help to me, so thanks everyone.

Colin

 

A Tool Tote Teaching Task

tool toteThere are always new people interested in woodworking, and often these are younger people who have an interest in learning how to do woodworking and the best way of teaching them is getting them involved in making something. In the past I have made bird houses, and they are fine, but more recently I discovered another project that is still quite easy, but this one gives the woodworking student something to take away and something they can use in the future ... their very own tool tote.

It's easy to make, can be made with power tools or hand tools, there are many different designs, sizes and methods of making these all of them have their own unique advantages and perfect build for helping to teach newcomers to woodworking some of the finer techniques and methods.

I prefer to use Pine, or some other softwood as it is lighter in weight, so less to carry around. Softwoods are usually less expensive and easier to "work" than hardwoods, and if you make a mistake, it's not too costly to fix or replace. What's nice with this design is it doesn't take all that long to make, the tote works great and you can use a wide variety of tools in making and assembling it.

2016 Tractor and Industrial Swap Meet

Here I am back at the annual "Tractor and Industrial Swap Meet" and as usual you never really know what is going to be for sale at these events until you attend them. Last year I picked up a great little woodworking plane, this year, I left empty handed, but I still had fun snooping around and seeing all the different things for sale.
This year there was not the volume of woodworking tools but there was a nice variety of woodworking and re-finished furniture for sale that I often use for ideas on other pieces I might want to make.

One thing that did catch my eye this year was the use of iron and wood used together for tables, mirrors and other things, something I might experiment with in the future. There is something about mixing different kinds of mediums together that can make for some interesting furniture pieces.

 

I am looking forward to the 2017 swap meet and in the mean time there are plenty more other swap meets around to take up my time and help cultivate new ideas ....

Working with Plastics to Build an Engraver Stand

There are many things that plastics can help us out with in the workshop from creating certain jigs to making new throat plates for your table saws. The nice thing about working with plastics is that you can pretty much use all you existing woodworking tools to cut drill and shape it into the form you need. There are a few things to know about working with plastics, like what bits and blades to use, but other than that, it's not difficult at all.

For our part, we are building a stand for our laser engraver that will have a place above the engraver for a laptop computer to sit. This will save us a lot of space by stacking the units rather than having them side by side.

 

 Working with plastics is fun and something different to do and for some projects, it's can be used to make special jigs or augment new or existing projects.

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