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ULTIMATE Mobile Workshop – PART 3 – Bandsaw Cabinet w/ Toggle Clamps

How to build a bandsaw cabinet on wheels with piano hinge doors. I used toggle clamps with e-track tie offs to secure it to the wall of the trailer when not in use.

**This project was built and filmed before deciding on Makers on the Move version two**

HUGE THANKS to Lark United Manufacturing:
http://www.larkunited.com

Trailer Pre-construction Tour:
https://goo.gl/7mKcNp

Pull Action Toggle Clamps:
http://amzn.to/2fdUsO0

E-track Tie Offs:
http://amzn.to/2fhmwmJ

Clamping Baby Monitor Arm (Scrap Wood Build)

We needed a better way to mount Hudson’s baby monitor when visiting other people’s houses. The curve in the wood was just decorative. I wanted to experiment with alternatives to steam bending wood. Versions 1 through 3 were not my proudest moments, but the final product actually clamps extremely well.

Jay Bates Knob:
http://goo.gl/2cIM6A
Our baby monitor (amazon affiliate):
http://amzn.to/291rBt5They work pretty good, we haven’t had any problems.

Drain Cleaner as Wood Stain?

For some reason my camera didn’t record that I used a very diluted lye/water mix AFTER applying the stain to make the wood appear a little darker. That’s why the cut to the polyurethane looked a little darker. It didn’t work as well as using lye directly on the cherry, but it helped a little when things weren’t looking right.

Patreon only videos!
https://www.patreon.com/mikeandlauren

Drain cleaner I used:
http://amzn.to/1ToYOVr

DIY “Chorreador de Café” | Pre-Hipster Pour Over Coffee Maker

In just about every kitchen in Costa Rica you’ll find a Chorreador de Café. It’s a simple pour over coffee maker that’s been used for hundreds of years.

They come in many different shapes and sizes, but I wanted a compact one for our upcoming RV trip. It fits nicely in a drawer and makes one cup of coffee at a time.

Stay tuned for the video of our first cup in the morning 🙂

Extreme Buzz Wire Game with STUN GUN!

What would you do if someone gave you a broken stun gun? I decided to make an extreme DIY buzz wire game. I knew no one would touch it if the only option was the full 4 million volts, so I broke it into 3 stages.

Level 1 feels more like a vibration than a shock. Level 2 is a little uncomfortable. Level 3 is all the power this thing has! So far no one has finished it!

Ben’s YouTube Channel – https://goo.gl/HDK1gA

PLEASE READ: Do not try this at home. Also, I’m sure people are going to comment about letting the kids use it…Those were the parents who were standing right there and by that point the battery was so low it felt less powerful than a static shock. Still dangerous but it was their choice 🙂

Nitro Engine Powered PENCIL Sharpener!

My friend Bryan found a nitro engine RC car in the garbage. The piston was seized and the carburetor was dirty. I spent some time getting it up and running, but it was still missing the remote control, battery, driveshaft, and other parts.

I decided to turn it into a gas powered pencil sharper instead! I was fully expecting it to fall apart at such high RPMs, but it’s actually held up great. Stupid invention? Yes, but it was fun to build 🙂

It’s quite possibly the highest performance pencil sharpener on the planet.

mike_and_lauren_pencil_sharpener

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Saying Goodbye to the X-Carve

I’ve been spending too much time messing with the X-Carve and not enough time in the shop. Here’s my honest review of the machine and my thoughts on who it’s really meant for.

I’d like to thank Inventables for being an OUTSTANDING company from start to finish. The two people I worked with were understanding and accommodating.

http://www.inventables.com

Mike Makes a Luxo Style Desk Lamp (FINISHED)

Well it’s finished! I made a balanced arm desk lamp completely out of wood (except for the salvaged brass shade). It took WAY too long, but I’m very pleased with the results.

I wanted to make it out of mahogany but in a last ditch effort to finish, I used cheap plywood instead. With stain and lacquer it still looks classy!

Download the Sketchup/SVG Files