Category Archives: DIY

A Bad DIY Day…

This was my second attempt changing out the bushings in our 1999 Monaco Dynasty. I should have learned my lesson the first time. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but nothing is more frustrating than spending all day on a project only to end up worse off.

I took the RV to a semi-truck suspension shop and they are having an extremely hard time. I feel a little better knowing that it was a difficult job for a reason, but I’m not looking forward to the extra hours on the bill.

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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.

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Valuing Your Time (feat. Joshua Sheats, Jason Fieber, and Kraig Mathias)

Last year we made a video about how your free time cannot be valued the same as your hourly wage. This week we wanted to revisit that idea with the help of Joshua Sheats (Radical Personal Finance), Jason Fieber (Dividend Mantra), and Kraig Mathias (Create My Independence) as our special guests.

Links:
How Much is Your Free Time Worth – https://goo.gl/oZoPfG
Most Profitable DIY Skills for Beginners – https://goo.gl/B93xMC
The Convenience Paradox – https://goo.gl/TtV9BM

Joshua Sheats – http://radicalpersonalfinance.com/
Jason Fieber – http://dividendmantra.com/
Kraig Mathias – http://createmyindependence.com/

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 🙂

DIY Wood Steering/Suspension Support for VW Bug

We’re gathering and organizing all of our stuff to start selling before our big adventure, so I didn’t have time for a full project. However, I did help my friend Chase clean up his VW Bug project.

Without the body, the suspension of the VW Super Beetle just kind of hangs there making it look like it’s in rough shape. I figured if we could make a steering linkage support system out of wood, not only would it look better but it would also be easier for the potential buyer to load it on a trailer.

We only had an hour and a half to build this so I forgot to film a few steps. Hopefully if you’re restoring a bug yourself you can get the gist of what we did.

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

Mike Makes a Luxo Style Desk Lamp (TEASER)

Ever since receiving my X-Carve, a “Luxo Style” desk lamp has been on the top of my priority list. Unfortunately, every time I tried to design it, I would get frustrated. Last weekend I finally took the time to learn Google Sketchup using Jay Bate’s tutorials.

Jay’s Tutorials – https://goo.gl/zpSHPv

I made a prototype of my lamp, and I’m very happy with the results. I want to make sure I take my time building the real thing, so here is a quick teaser of my progress this weekend.

X-Carve: https://www.inventables.com/