Building a pair of Oak Benches

I was asked to make a couple oak benches to go with a big dining table at a local tasting room. The table had a pretty unique textured and whitewashed finish, so I decided to subtly try to make the benches to match. I didn't want them to be exact, but more just to look like they were made with each other in mind. Does that make sense? Watch the video below for a better look into the whole process.

Building a Modern Bar Stool

I made one of these bar stools awhile back, and wanted to make another so that I had a set of two. I also figured it would be a good opportunity to make a new video. I also decided to experiment a little bit and try to make a video that looked like a continuous shot throughout the whole build. I think I got pretty close, and it gives the video a little different twist. Thanks for watching.

Building a PVC DUST COLLECTION System - Part 2 of 2: To The Machines

Welcome to the machines. The dust collector is all finished, and is plumbed to each machine. No longer do I have to drag a hose around and connect it wherever I am making sawdust. Now I just open one of two blast gates, and I am in business. So far it has had a huge effect on productivity, and also helps to keep my lungs a little bit cleaner, which is always nice. Check out the finishing touches in the video below. Thanks.

Building a PVC DUST COLLECTION System - Part 1 of 2: Ducting

I decided I need a proper dust collection setup instead of dragging around a hose to each of my machines. I did a lot of research online and decided the most cost effective and easily configured ducting would be PVC sewer and drain pipe. I planned out my configuration and did the majority of the building, then I will go back and install all the blast gates, splitters and reducers, and connect everything to my machines. This is part one where I set up the majority of the ducting. Part two coming soon. 

MODERN Coffee Table Rebuild & Repurpose

I made the prototype for my Cantilever Coffee Table a little over a year ago, and though I love the design of it, I was never happy with how unstable it was. This was mostly due to the fact that I used 5/4 Hard Maple for the base which is just over an inch thick. I have made a couple more of these coffee tables and ever since that first one, I have used thicker stock and slightly altered the dimensions of the base to make the whole thing more stable.

I decided to finally redo the base for the prototype version, but didn't want to just throw away the original base, so I decided to build a small side table at the same time. I also filmed the whole thing, so check it out below. Thanks!

Building a MODERN Record Player Cabinet - Part 2

This part of the build is where it really starts to come together, and we get to some of the exciting stuff. The cabinet is almost completely fabricated except for a couple small parts, and I finally get to work on installing the actual record player. I wanted the record player to sit flush with the top of the cabinet to make it look like it is integrated into the whole unit. I'm pretty excited to finish this thing and get it all wired up, which will all be in Part 3, so stay tuned.

Building a MODERN Record Player Cabinet - Part 1

I won't lie, I am pretty excited about this one. I have been wanting to make a record player cabinet for a long time, so I finally decided to pull the trigger. The main motivation was setting up a record player for my shop that could play music to the front office, as well as into the actual shop. I have a lot of cool ideas for this one with the electronics and how everything is going to be incorporated together. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan. Anyway, here is the first part where I start building the cabinet. Thanks for watching.

Building a Custom Walnut Skateboard

I decided to make a new video, but I wanted it to be something simple. I have really enjoyed making skateboards, so I thought that would make for an interesting build.  Though, for this one, I wanted to make it a little more unique than what I usually do. I often keep things clean and simple with my designs, but I decided to add some elements I would usually edit out in my design process. I think it turned out nice, and it certainly screams custom skateboard. Might not be everyone's thing, but it was fun to make, and hopefully just as fun to watch.


Building a Flying V Guitar out of Scrap Walnut - Part 3

The final part. The guitar is finished, and it plays. This was the fun part of the build, getting to install all the good stuff, and assembling everything into a working guitar. I am really happy with how it turned out, and it sounds pretty good, too. There is plenty of tweaking to do, and I have a feeling I will be taking everything I learned with this one, and applying it to the next. I'm glad I went with a bolt-on neck too, because I have a feeling this one will eventually be switched out for something else. Until then, I'll call this one finished.

Building a Flying V Guitar out of Scrap Walnut - Part 2

This is the second part of the Flying V build. This is when the guitar starts to actually take shape and starts to look like a guitar. And this is when all the fun stuff like the electronics, controls, and neck start to find their place in the body of the guitar. I decided to order a neck online instead of making my own for a couple reasons. First of all, it would just take too much time to make one. And second, there would be a bit of an investment into buying specialized tools to do all of the detailed work that goes into making a fretboard and neck. At some point I would like to give it a try, but this was the best solution for this guitar.

Part three is coming soon, so be sure to check out the finished product soon. Thanks.

Building a Flying V Guitar out of Scrap Walnut - Part 1

This video is the first part of a three part series where I build a custom guitar based on the Gibson Flying V. Even though I rarely play guitar these days, I have always wanted a Flying V, and building guitars is a challenging and rewarding process, so I decided to make one. This is the second guitar I have built, and I wanted to take on a bit more with this one than the last and improve my knowledge and skill. I also wanted to do it without breaking the bank, while still creating a unique guitar. That is why I decided to make it using scrap walnut that I had left over from previous pieces.

This first part shows the initial process of making and shaping the guitar body. Thanks.

Building the BROADCAST Credenza

This is a video that I shot when making the first BROADCAST Credenza. This video really shows the process for making a piece of furniture using layered plywood, and how many individual pieces go into it. When I first shot the video, I painted the edge of the cabinet doors and drawers, but wasn't happy with how they turned out. I eventually trimmed a 1/16 of an inch off every edge and added painted poplar edge banding, which I didn't film. It is a tricky process because I can't trim the edge banding flush once it is glued on since it would remove the paint, so I have to be very careful to get it just right. I might try to come up with an easier solution to get those painted details in the future, but I am really happy with the final product.

Also, part way through the video you will notice I upgraded my table saw to a 3hp SawStop. Extra safety and extra power has really changed my building process.