Work-Life Imbalance?

Today we ask the question: does Casey Neistat work too much? If you haven’t already, be sure to watch his daily vlogs. In this video we explore whether or not work life balance is important to our generation or are we just looking for meaningful work?

Casey’s Channel – https://goo.gl/KT2up3
Casey’s Studio – https://goo.gl/7DgLwO
Casey’s App – https://beme.com
Study Link – http://goo.gl/P05hqZ

How Do You View Money?

There are some people who seem to attract money and opportunities, and some people who work hard but never get ahead. Why is that? In this video we discuss the differences between viewing money from a position of weakness and a position of strength.

Ultimately money should not be the goal. Instead money is a tool to help you achieve what matters most to you.

Links:
How to Think About Money – http://goo.gl/0M2Ylk

Mike Makes Toy Wood Tools!

This weekend we’re on mission to make an Instagram photo for Lauren. Yesterday she asked me to make a small wood toy tool set and promised she’d help in the shop.

To my surprise she stayed all day! The wood tools turned out great. We made a saw, hammer, screwdriver, square, wrench and tool box. The beeswax and mineral oil finish is both non-toxic and smooth. I will definitely be using it for future projects.

Like Lauren’s Instagram Photo!
https://goo.gl/GyxBvY

Why $420,000 Dollars?

We’ve talked about what retirement means to us before, but we’ve never really addressed how we came up with $420,000 dollars as our target early retirement nest egg.

In this video we discuss why we chose $420k, why it’s probably not enough, and why that’s OK. Hopefully it answers some of your questions.

Links:
Retire Comfortably? https://goo.gl/ufZFR7
What Retirement Means To Us – https://goo.gl/VAeXfx
4% Rule – http://goo.gl/3LdxFy
Internet Retirement Police – http://goo.gl/eKdVmS

Mike Makes a Cable Ramp for Power Cords

I now have a table saw, router table, and X-Carve all in the middle of my shop. Up until now, I’ve just run extension cords whenever I needed power. Today I changed that!

I copied the commercially available cable ramp/cord management design, but I made it out of wood. I could have done everything on the table saw, but I wanted to experiment with the X-Carve so I made them modular.

Now I can add or subtract as many pieces as I want to change the length. It turned out great!

That’s Not Saving Money!

Today we discuss “malleable mental accounting” and how our brain plays tricks on us to circumvent self-control. Put simply, we keep a mental savings account that we use to justify unnecessary purchases.

The best way we’ve found to combat this phenomenon is the pay yourself first system. That way any “savings” you come across can be spent without thinking about it, since your long term goals are being met.

Further Reading:
http://goo.gl/W8n4HF
http://goo.gl/rCQUCw

Better Late Than Never… (X-Carve Lift Table Complete)

You guys confirmed in our last video that the X-Carve would NOT fit in the space I made in the adjustable height table. So, this weekend I took everything apart, cut down my trailer jacks, and re-assembled it.

Since I ended up almost exactly where I started, that wouldn’t have made for a very entertaining video. At 4PM on Sunday afternoon, I started to assemble the CNC. It took 9 1/2 hours over 2 days, but I’m done and it’s working perfectly. I made a few test cuts, and new knobs for my bandsaw!

X-Carve Info: www.inventables.com

Let’s Talk Sponsors and the Future of this Channel

Last week we mentioned we were approached by a few advertising companies. Let’s talk about what sponsorship on the channel might look like.

We’re also interested in your opinion about vessel.com. We were accepted as creators and we’d like to know if it’s something you think you would use.

Jim Collins Stock Series:
http://jlcollinsnh.com/stock-series

Mike Makes an X-Carve Lift/Work Bench/Out Feed Table (Drill Powered Thingy)

Today I finished making my adjustable height work bench with drill powered X-Carve CNC machine lift. I made the lift out of 2 trailer jacks flipped upside down connected by a 1/2″ rod.

Lift Mechanism Video – https://goo.gl/V2577x

I made the top shelf removable so when I need to use the CNC machine, I simply “lift” the middle shelf up to bench level. You could use the same design to build an adjustable height desk by removing the 4 outside legs. I still need to add a hand crank and adjustable feet.

drill powered lift table