Videos uploaded by user “Dan The Maker Man”
Mini Forge Build - Making It Yourself
In this video I make two mini forges for heat treating knives. I make a 2 fire brick forge and a 4 fire brick forge inspired by John Heisz. I used furnace cement to adhere the bricks together, this is the first time I work with this material and am not sure how it will hold up. If you do this make sure you follow the instructions on the can, I followed the instructions the best I could and it seems okay. I used a hacksaw and a rasp to shape the 2 brick forge and may end up doing the same for the 4 brick forge. I may eventually but a protective case around them because they are very brittle and will probably get damaged in my shop. This was a fairly simple build I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for watching.
Views: 80026 Dan The Maker Man
Forged Rebar Tongs - Making It Yourself
This started off as something completely different but end up as a pair of rebar tongs. I plan to use these for holding knife blades while I heat treat them. That's why at the end I am testing the grip of different size and thicknesses of flat bar stock. I was surprised with how well they gripped. These are a definite upgrade to what I was using before. Eventually I would like to try my hand at forging a blade in which case I think I will be able to use these as well. Thanks for watching!
Views: 40105 Dan The Maker Man
Wolverine Wall Art - Pallet Wood - Making It Yourself
I just saw the second official Logan trailer and was really impressed with how good the movie looks. I've been wanting to make this for awhile and finally decided to make it. I spray painted a Wolverine stencil on a pallet wood "canvas" I made. Before painting the pallet wood I burned the edges to give it some shadowing and further emphasize the figure. Then I sprayed the whole thing with an Ivory colored paint and then went over that with a bright white paint just randomly on the 'canvas'. Then I masked it off with blue tape and attached the image and cut it out with my knife. Then I hit it with the black spray paint. I had to touch up a few spots with a brush that I had missed when I cut out the stencil. I wasn't happy with the burned in shadow so I sprayed some black paint directly on to a rag and sort of dry brushed the edges and corner to add a little more depth. I didn't film that but its basically as I described it. Just a light burst of black paint on a rag and then rub it in the areas that I wanted to darken. Affiliate Links: Blue Painters Tape: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064N00DE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0064N00DE&linkId=8bae7118be187574ddac4cfed43f1e5a Propane Torch: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00008ZA0B/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00008ZA0B&linkId=8a134916c2a2ee65925cae518b7a5ddd Propane: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DVN7OU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B002DVN7OU&linkId=bb596ff2a53c733b633a4c4b83b35c08 Hose Extension Kit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002FXGLV2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B002FXGLV2&linkId=97c2d2e33601cf6b5e313916f4c6bcf2 White Spray Paint: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MRAB62/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B002MRAB62&linkId=0755c82ab264757e909813073244c8d4 Almond Spray Paint: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013LT5Z5G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B013LT5Z5G&linkId=9401e5673925d9028d1b6bf6c93b483f Black Spray Paint: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009XB3VI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0009XB3VI&linkId=0f23d4e6e568fe8287e070492a9beddb
Views: 130814 Dan The Maker Man
Marking Knife from a Saw Blade
I got the idea to make this marking knife based on the shape of a fountain pen. I used an old saw blade for the blade portion and walnut with brass pins for the handle. This was one of those knife builds that I had to get out of my system. I'm not sure if the shape is very good for marking as the blade is longer than most marking knives but it is very comfortable to hold. I wouldn't call this a how to build a knife video or a DIY knife video but it does show pretty much all the steps it took to make it. Of course the sanding, filing and grinding take up most of the time but I was able to make this over the course of two days so it is a fairly easy knife build. I'm not a hand tool woodworker so I really don't need this knife so I am giving it to someone who I hope will be able to use it. Thanks for watching.
Views: 39301 Dan The Maker Man
Batman Stencil Experiment
In this video I tried to make a Batman stencil of a drawing that I really, really liked by comic book artist Jim Lee. It came out okay there was some over spray but I can live with it. I sprayed the stencil on a piece of MDF that measures 22 x 28 inches. Next time I wont spray paint the base white color I will just brush on a coat of white paint it will probably be quicker. Also next time I will wait longer in between coats to let the paint dry, I had some paint sticking issues and had to go back and touch up some areas. I hope you enjoy the video and it will inspire you to try it out for yourself. Music Firebrand by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-... Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Views: 185584 Dan The Maker Man
U.S. Flag made from a single 2x4
I started my YouTube channel one year ago today, a day I will always remember for more than one reason. In my first video I made a US flag out of pallet wood. So I decided for my one year YouTube anniversary to make another US flag but this time, see if I could make it out of a single 8 foot long 2x4. Thank you for watching.
Views: 33320 Dan The Maker Man
Texans Logo from Pallet Wood
A relative asked me to make this sign for their husband as an anniversary gift. Since the star in the center of the logo is cut out I had to first glue the pallet wood to the plywood. I painted the plywood black so that it wouldn't be visible from the front. But as it turns out this wasn't necessary since the spray paint covered any exposed plywood anyways. I also decided to brad nail the plywood to the pallet wood from the back just to make sure it was nice and secure. This is a fairly simple project that I enjoyed making mainly because it was an anniversary gift for someone that I know will appreciate it.
Views: 5093 Dan The Maker Man
Kiridashi Knife from broken file
I made this Kiridashi style marking knife from a broken file. This is the first time I make a real knife. Music: Navajo Night by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/
Views: 108595 Dan The Maker Man
Saw Blade Knife with Limited Tools
GIVEAWAY- CLOSED! This video is a collaboration video with Howie from the July with Fitz YouTube channel. In this video I use only hand tools to make the knife except for a handheld power drill. I don't have or know anyone that has a hand powered drill. But other than that I only used hand tools. Howie from July with Fitz made his knife using power tools. We both started off with the same blade design but the rest of the design aesthetic was left to us. This was a fun build that took a lot longer than I expected. Overall I am very happy with how the knife turned out. As part of this collaboration we are having a giveaway of the knives we made. To enter the giveaway just leave a comment down below and in two weeks we will randomly draw the winners names. This is only open to Canada and the United States. Good luck! I hope you enjoy the video and as always thanks for watching. And remember to subscribe and checkout Howie's build video Howie's channel - "July with Fitz" https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2mSVc3U6F-fOK5ktmbCaiA July with Fitz's (Howie) knife build video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY8qfHhCX58 Links Matt Haas - "Awesome Wood Things" channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSNay_aJz05rKDj-Ob7zUcQ Pacman cutting board link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI_43_k-7tc James Wright - "Wood by Wright" Channel link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbMtJOly6TpO5MQQnNwkCHg Pacman Ghost cutting board video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QuESltlLIQ&list=PLAbayqjimalHlmr3nte4dMVhtrnHlCZQc&index=1
Views: 298713 Dan The Maker Man
Portable Bandsaw Stand - Reclaimed - Making It Yourself
I was recently gifted a portable bandsaw and knew immediately that I would be making a stand for it. I was lucky, a neighbor gave me a large piece of 1/4 inch steel plate that he didn't want. I also got some pieces of a bed frame from my brother. I wanted to keep the build simple since I don't really know how to weld, so I went with a really easy design. This was really easy to make aside from the material prep, there was lots of rust on the steel plate. If you were to go out and buy a piece of steel plate and some angle iron you could definitely knock this out in no time. While I haven't had much opportunity to use the stand I do like the way it came out. The blade is at 90 degrees and the quick release toggle clamp makes it fast and easy to set up. I hope you all find this video helpful and thanks for watching.
Views: 9357 Dan The Maker Man
How to Make a Houston Astros Logo - Pallet Wood
The Houston Astros baseball team had their home opening game on April 11th. They beat the Kansas City Royals 8 to 2. Let’s hope the rest of the season goes just as well. Thanks for watching.
Views: 5667 Dan The Maker Man
How To Make Black Micarta - Making It Yourself
This is the first time I make Micarta. I used an embossed fabric for this because I was curious to see if the pattern would yield any additional pattern on the Micarta billet. I didn't notice any significant increase in the patterning but I do like the way it turned out. I used All Purpose Fiberglass Resin and a homemade jig/mold to make the billet. Next time I would cut the strips slightly undersized so that they fit in the mold better. Also I will probably use a lot more paste wax on the jig/mold also so that the billet will release more easily as well. Thanks for watching! Affiliate links: Fiberglass Resin: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ODJ8J4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B003ODJ8J4&linkId=c5b0faec2c7ef7df3397d56a7223f008 Clamps: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004TRCD/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00004TRCD&linkId=e5ce963158cc24fb5514a55527b63bb3 Rubber gloves: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KE233NU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00KE233NU&linkId=b7644a77e9676b6d34852be745845aa9 Scissors: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YZ8RGA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B000YZ8RGA&linkId=e927e5cb31060fa29c1e8f3dc145cdf7 Wax Paper: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MUECG38/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00MUECG38&linkId=07ee8772bba80730bb90f37b348658b6 Paste Wax: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LNOZAW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B000LNOZAW&linkId=a469a61a76292a103c888cf70d175f8a Belt Sander: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NAXSYT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00NAXSYT8&linkId=7d59392788ee3e734f7355a490a20be7 Sanding Belts: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UEBPDW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B000UEBPDW&linkId=faee28e78c42dc2e17adb037aebcb3eb
Views: 10989 Dan The Maker Man
Lord of the Rings Wooden Sword
I have always liked the shape of this sword from the Lord of the Rings, it appears briefly in the movie but it instantly caught my eye. It is called a High Elven Warrior Sword. I made this from a scrap piece of 1x12 pine board. First I enlarged the image I found on line and then printed it out. I then taped the sheets together and cut out the shape that would become my template. I then traced my template on to the wood and cut the shape out with a jigsaw. I needed to thin down the blade portion so I used my table saw. Its times like these I really wish I had a band saw but sometimes you just have to make due with what you have at your disposal. Next came a ton of sanding to refine the shape. I used my belt sanders and did a bunch of hand sanding to get the finished shape. After the sanding I used some brown spray paint to spray the handle. Once I sprayed it I immediately wiped it off I didn't want the handle to be a solid brown color. Then I used a piece of rope to figure out where the gold leaf decoration would go. Once that was done I used a gold colored paint marker to draw in the gold section. After that I used a technique that I saw Adam Savage use to make a wooden sword look like metal. I used aluminum foil tape to cover the blade. I used some steel wool to add a weathered effect as well as a kind of dry brush technique with spray paint. Basically I sprayed a rag with some black paint and then rubbed that rag all over the blade. Lastly I used some polishing fluff to bring a shine out of the edge so that it would add some contrast. Overall I really like the way this came out, my kids were already calling dibs on it so I know at least that they like it. Affiliate links: Aluminum Foil Tape: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A7I5L86/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00A7I5L86&linkId=6c702cf234e64b5230aefd23e765cc4e Gold Paint Marker: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008CVNX6C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B008CVNX6C&linkId=1d6921ee42e9616e685d3677f4554d76 Never Dull Metal Polish: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CNBI1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B000CNBI1A&linkId=a088ac28ef84c44fa07ebba98a011331 Brown Spray Paint: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BWOS30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B002BWOS30&linkId=3a69880ab1da8961cd89c8f1f764bf24
Views: 43230 Dan The Maker Man
How to make a rustic flag using pallet wood
I make a rustic US flag from pallet wood. I hope you all like it. Overall dimensions of the flag are: 40 inches wide by 21-1/2 tall. Each stripe is 1-5/8 inch wide The stripes for the blue field are 16-/34 long. EDIT: STAR TEMPLATE Go here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Rustic-American-Flag-pallet-Wood/ and at the bottom there is a pdf. file of the flag template. You will have to print a few copies and overlap them to make the template. You can use a window as a light box and tape the sheets together. When you print out the template the stars should measure 1-1/8 of inch across from tip to tip. If the dimensions are not correct check your printer settings to make sure you are printing "actual" size. Some printers default to a "fit to page" setting which screws up the dimensions. The pallet that I used had boards that were 40 inches long. I ripped the different planks in to 13 individual strips that were 1-5/8 inches wide. I took seven of those strips and cut them at the 16-3/4 inch mark these seven strips make up the blue field for the stars. I sprayed painted everything the appropriate colors and glued and screwed the pieces on to a backer/hard board. I created a stencil for the stars and traced those on to blue tape and cut out each one to act as a template. Then masked everything off and sprayed the stars. Music: "RetroFuture Dirty" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 62048 Dan The Maker Man
Alex Ross' Joker Stencil Experiment
In this video I try to recreate the amazing work of Alex Ross. I am not an artist, I can not draw, I am not an air brush artist. With that said I wanted to try and see if I could recreate a piece by Alex Ross using a stencil. At first I was just going to make it black and white but I decided to try my hand at using the air brush again. This is the third time I try to use the air brush and still have a lot to learn. I chose Alex Ross' version of The Joker because I think, like most of his work, it captures the essence of the character. Alex Ross uses paint and live models as well as photo reference for his artwork. That combined with his amazing talent give his work a very distinct look especially amongst other artists in the comic book world. If I could chose one word to describe his art it would be "Iconic" he seems to capture the intrinsic qualities of superheroes with every brush stroke. He gives them a soul. I hope you enjoy this video and highly recommend that you check out Alex Ross' work it is truly amazing and inspiring. Thank you for watching.
Views: 26512 Dan The Maker Man
How to Make Rebar Legs -  $35 Bench
The inspiration for this bench comes from some of my favorite YouTubers. Every time I watched these guys weld, "I thought man, I really wanted to do that too." This is my first time trying to weld something structural and my second time trying to weld. I have plenty to learn and realized some of the mistakes I was making as I built the legs for the bench. Next time I weld something I hope to do better and have to grind less. I want to thank all you for the content you create. I hope you enjoy the video and as always thank you for watching. Here is the list of the guys that inspired me to give welding a try: Make it Extreme: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkhZ3X6pVbrEs_VzIPfwWgQ/videos RetroWeld: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8NjHgDV5nHEfQGj7JNfp9Q Renaud Bauer - Createur: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcvjirQdPVsVB3OWf5gXIgg David Waelder: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcapFP3gxL1aJiC8RdwxqRA Jimmy Diresta: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiEk4xHBbz0hZNIBBpowdYQ elmcityvintage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCIts-RYRGzie7OVYGfEWg Artisimia: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-4ODKcxB71BNkOSvbnyvA Elbow Grease: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4qN2oI4MHjHxjJ2F1UtnbA Music CGI Snake by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/divider/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/
Views: 5484 Dan The Maker Man
Wonder Woman Fidget Spinner
I made this Wonder Woman fidget spinner out of 1/4 inch thick brass. I used my band saw to cut out the rough shape and then used my sander and files to clean up the shape. I used a stepped drill bit to make the hole for the bearing. I also used my "Dremel" tool to add some of the detail. And lastly I epoxied the bearing in place. Its not perfect but it looks pretty cool in my opinion. I hope you enjoyed the video.
Views: 21808 Dan The Maker Man
Rustic Shelf with Hammer Head Hooks
In this video I make a rustic shelf with hammer heads for the clothes hooks. I thought about making this out of a nicer wood but I had some leftover pallet wood and decided to use it instead. If I don’t like it I can always unscrew the hammer heads and attach them to a nicer shelf. I purchased the hammers awhile ago at Harbor Freight for around $3-$4 ea. I bought them because they were cheap and thought I could use them for something other than their intended use. I didn’t have a set design or plan for these I just put it together as I went along. Overall it came out okay. No major issues except for the split wood, that was the shelf, that I should have fixed before I attached it. This is the first time I tried adding a hammered texture to metal I really like the way that turned out it fits the piece well. If I were to make this again I would probably want to add something to the bottom edge it feels like it is missing something but I don’t have any ideas what that might be right now. Well I hope you enjoy the video and hopefully this gets your creative juices flowing. Over Time by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/
Views: 90489 Dan The Maker Man
3 Different ways to make a Superman Clock out of Wood
In this video I show you how I made 3 Superman clocks using three different methods. From slightly challenging to super easy. I hope you enjoy this video and thanks for watching. Music: Cold Morning by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/ Minor With Cricket by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/
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How to make a Wooden Katana - The Pallet Upcycle Challenge 2016
This is my entry for The Pallet Upcycle Challenge 2016. I made a katana with a scabbard all out of pallet wood. Originally I was only going to make a wooden sword but decided to give the scabbard a go. There are many things wrong with the both the sword and the scabbard but overall it was a fun project. I hope you enjoy the video and hopefully can learn from my mistakes. Thanks for watching. Link to Sterling Davis' Challenge Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1tF8i0EIHs Link to Sterling Davis' Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx-CRYaP4pCOIsheNE6yflw
Views: 33109 Dan The Maker Man
Making It Yourself - Star Wars Drawer Pulls
Since its "May the fourth be with you" day I decided to make some draw pulls using a fast setting resin and an ice cube tray that has several of the Star Wars helmet designs. I purchased the ice cube tray at a $5 and below store. This resin is the same resin I used to make my Batman Spinners. I was curious to see how it would work in a rubber mold. Mainly I wanted to see if the resin would stick to the mold. And I am happy to report that they indeed did not stick to the molds. The resin will stick to wood though so it is a good idea to pour in just enough resin to fill the cavity but not go over. Other than that this project went fairly well. I hope you like it thanks for watching. Music: What True Self, Feels Bogus, Let's Watch Jason X by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/reappear/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/
Views: 2297 Dan The Maker Man
Japanese Style Bench from pallet wood
In this video I make a Japanese style bench made to resemble a Torii Gate. I’ve always really liked the shape of the Torii Gate and finally came up with a humble way to emulate it. I made this using the 2 x 4s from pallets, which I would normally throw away because they aren’t very usable. They tend to have a lot of damage and tons of nails. But this time instead of throwing them out I did all I could with what I had to make something presentable or at least functional. I wish I could say that the bench is entirely made from pallet wood. But I can’t, I didn’t have enough material for the bench top so I had to use a 2 x 4 which I had from a previous project to make up the missing portion. I also used some strips of plywood as fillers, initially because I thought they would look “cool” but later realized that was a mistake as one of the legs split right at the plywood filler piece. In hindsight I should have used some pallet wood instead. I am pleased with the end result even considering the staining. If I were to make this again I would probably just paint it one solid color. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this bench. I really don’t need another bench. Inspiration drove this project; I made this for the sole purpose of making it. The idea was floating around in the ether of my mind until I pulled that first nail out of the bruised and battered 2 x 4. From that moment on the bench was born and the idea had a home a place to grow and become something more than just an idea.
Views: 43464 Dan The Maker Man
Making It Yourself - Kiridashi - Easy
I've made on these before from a broken file and with walnut handles. I really like the shape of it and wanted to make another but naked with no handles. This version is slightly larger than the other one I made and this one is made from 1095 steel. Kiridashi knives are fairly simple to make mostly because of the chisel edge geometry that doesn' t require a ton of experience to make. Thanks for watching.
Views: 4246 Dan The Maker Man
Forged Feather Pen - No Lathe Pen Challenge
Let me start by saying I am not a blacksmith and I did everything wrong and used all the wrong tools. And no one should ever try to make this or anything else I make ever. This is my entry for the "No Lathe Pen Challenge" put out by One Car Workshop You tube Channel. Thanks Bill for organizing the challenge and huge thank you and shout out to Rockler for donating the prizes. I made a feather quill out of flat stock mild steel and a 3/16 inch brass rod. First I cut out the rough shape of the feather but found that it was too wide for my mini forge so I trimmed it further. Then I hammered out the shape of the feather. I added the detail to the feather using various parts of my vice anvil and a chisel. I refined the shape with files and a hacksaw blade. I didnt' include footage of the hacksawing but basically I just made a few random cuts along the edge to try and make it look more like a feather. I then shaped the feather body a little more to give it a rounded look. Then using my belt sander I shaped the brass rod so that it would fit in the groove of the feather. I used plumber's solder to attach the brass rod to the feather. Then I sanded and filed a lot more until it looked relatively clean. Then I made the nib or writing portion of the quill by drilling in to the end of the brass rod. Then using my small belt sander I shaped the nib to a point. While it does write this is a completely impractical pen mainly because of its unbalanced weight. But it was fun to make. Thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed the video. No Lathe Pen Challenge Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHoCZ7LR6hNrJHIlhZxW876wEhs9ReQTt One Car Workshop link: https://www.youtube.com/user/johnnyatropos/featured Rockler: http://www.rockler.com/
Views: 29687 Dan The Maker Man
Simple Carving Knife - Limited Tools Build - DIY - Making It Yourself
I've been wanting to make a simple carving knife for a while now. I decided to make this one using as few tools as possible to challenge myself. I feel its good to go back to basics every once and a while. I also had a renewed appreciation for all my power tools when I finished this project. This is a fairly straight forward build the one part I did experiment with was the heat treat and tempering. I usually use a mini forge to get the blade to temperature this time I just used a torch. I also usually use my oven to temper the blade but this time I just used the torch. I'm relatively confident with the heat treatment but time will tell. If you would like full details on this build I have written an Instructable with a lot more detail. The link will be down below. Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Carving-Knife-With-Limited-Tools/ Music: Cryptic Sorrow - Atlantean Twilight by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100276 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Views: 8876 Dan The Maker Man
How to make a Sketchbook out of wood
In this video I show you how I make a wooden sketchbook. Check out my other video where I show you how to make a notepad that I use for the insert in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6syilSYCIM Music: "Faster Does It" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Lord of the Rings inspired Letter Opener
A letter opener I made inspired by the Lord of the Rings High Elven Warrior Sword. This is my first time making something that resembles a knife, since this is just a letter opener it was not heat treated. This was more of an exercise to get an idea of what it would be like to grind and bevel a blade. I hope you enjoy the video and as always thanks for watching. Music: Firebrand by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100830 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Views: 139929 Dan The Maker Man
Letter Opener made from Junk Mail - Making It Yourself
Like everyone else I get a lot of junk mail and it usually ends up in the recycling bin. But I had an idea to see if I could make something with it instead of just throwing it in the bin. So I came up with this, I made a letter opener from the junk mail using fiberglass resin to make it stiff. It is basically the same as making Micarta from fabric but instead I used the paper from my junk mail. The process is fairly straight forward and the end product ended up working quite well. I don't know how long the edge will last but I only plan to use this for opening letters so I'm not too concerned with it becoming dull. And if it does become dull I can always touch up the edge. Thanks for watching! Affiliate links: Resin: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ODJ8J4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B003ODJ8J4&linkId=dc309a8d3bfdd66ab8fa223132453f91 Vinyl gloves: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FGDXAVC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00FGDXAVC&linkId=814ef84710b8925ac00cc1a3b5a65db3 Belt Sander: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NAXSYT8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00NAXSYT8&linkId=9bb9139666e005555cde32afa0027afa 1x30 Belt Sander: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D96ZCG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B004D96ZCG&linkId=623cc8a3e5a7821d72c07ed9f2ae2ba9
Views: 7084 Dan The Maker Man
Tree Silhouette - Wall Art - Making It Yourself - Limited Tools
This is a limited tools project. All you need is a jigsaw, drill, and clamps. This project has a lot of bang for the buck. If you have a large wall and don’t know what to hang on it you can make a huge impact with this wall hanging. You can paint it any color to match your décor or add a backing to it with an accent color. I say you get a lot of bang for your buck because a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of MDF cost less than $30 and you only use half sheet. You can ask the employees at the home center to cut the full sheet in half for you when you purchase it. The jigsaw I use is one I purchased several years ago for about $30-$40 it’s not the best but for MDF it’s more than enough. I got the inspiration for this while at a craft store. I found the mini-tree I show in the beginning of the video in a three pack and really liked it the first thing that popped in to my mind was this needs to be bigger. So I scanned it and then enlarged it. I printed out the sheets and taped them together to make the template. The great thing about this project is that it is an organic shape which lends itself to irregularity. In other words it doesn’t have to be perfect you don’t have to cut exactly on the lines. Any imperfections only add to the final piece. I even changed the shape of the leaves from rounded ends to pointed ends because they are easier to cut out with a jigsaw. So if you have never used a jigsaw before then this is a good beginner project any mistakes can be hidden by the organic shape of the leaves and the tree. The only time you have to follow the line is when you cut the circle or you could just make it a large square and forgo that part. Also you should know that MDF is extremely dusty so it’s best to work outside if possible and either wear a dust mask or if you have it a respirator. This project can be completed in a weekend or in one day if you start early. It took me about 2 hours to cut out all the shapes and that was with a few rest breaks in between. I really liked the way the final piece turned out. I’m not sure if I will keep it or give it away. I hope you all enjoy the video and it inspires you to create your own version. Over Time by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/
Views: 11560 Dan The Maker Man
Batman Stencil Experiment #2 with color
In this video I used the same stencil as my last Batman stencil video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2K4HvCX3Ss ) but I wanted to see if I could add some color to the piece. I used the stencil to help me figure out what I had to mask off and basically added layers of the different colors in stages. The final product came out alright the skin tone doesn’t show up very well in the video but looks a lot better in person. I did have to do some touchups with a paint brush which helped clean up the piece in the end. I didn’t film the paint brush touch ups, I thought the camera was on but it wasn’t. All I do for that is spray some of the spray paint in to the lid of the can and use a small brush to add paint where ever it is needed. I realize that I need to make sure all of my stencils have a reference point to line up on the edge of the canvas or in my case the MDF. That way lining everything up will be a lot easier next time. I hope you all like this video. Which one do you like the best the black and white version or the color version or neither? Music: Firebrand by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100830 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Views: 17930 Dan The Maker Man
The Flash Hand Spinner Fidget Toy
My buddy Ray Pena makes some amazing fidget spinners on his channel. HIs worked inspired me to try and make a metal fidget spinner. So I decided to try and make one of the comic book superhero The Flash's logo. Since I didn't have a precise way to drill a hole in the brass I used a step drill bit that was pretty close to the size of the hole I needed. Then I used my angle grinder and hacksaw to cut out the rough shape. Then I refined the shape using my belt sanders and hand files. Lastly I epoxied the bearing in place. I hope you enjoy the video and please check out Ray Pena's Flash Fidget Spinner video over on his channel, link below. Ray Pena's Flash Spinner Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCcYcxtkEW4&feature=youtu.be Ray Pena's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyNfhZ2kZuB-lfZtSRcLiuw Ray's Batman Fidget Spinner Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2TsJVGdm3c&t=6s Ray's Spider-Man Fidget Spinner Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW-noa7wbF8 Ray's Superman Fidget Spinner Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQNOtAoKVac&t=246s Music: Rhodesia by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/
Views: 342685 Dan The Maker Man
Making It Yourself - Wood shield - Shogun-Jimi Skull Challenge 2017
I had no clue what to make for Shogun-Jimi's Skull challenge link to Jimi's channel below. The only skull that came to mind was the punisher skull and I didn't just want to make a stand alone punisher skull out of wood. Then while watching Game of Thrones it hit me how freaking cool would it be if The Punisher was a medieval knight!!! So I decided to make a shield with a stylized Punisher skull on it. I also made a sword to go with the shield because, why not. I used 1x4x6 pine boards. I cut five pieces to 24 inches long and six pieces to 32 inches long. Then using my table saw set at a 1-2 degree angle I ripped the sides of each board. I say 1-2 degrees because my saw is anything but exact so the 1-2 degrees is a guess. Then I glued up the pieces, this is where I ran in to some trouble I had trouble clamping all the pieces together so I had to clamp and glue them 3 at a time. This worked way better, then I glued up the entire panels to make the shield and skull. Since the cuts weren't perfect I had to use some wood filler on the joints. Once that dried I cut out the shapes on the band saw and sanded them down. I used my angle grinder to carve out the shape of the skull, its not perfect but it adds a little more character to the piece instead of just being a flat skull. I painted and weathered the pieces and then I attached the skull to the shield using construction adhesive. I did not put a handle on the shield because I might end up hanging this on the wall and the handle would protrude too much. Thanks for watching. #skullchallenge2017 Shogun-Jimi's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/shogun21jimi Skull Challenge 2017 playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp1gai6QjnefwwhGO6VlyW7ZYmCy7iVO1 Music: Birch Run - Primal Drive by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100600 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Dama-May - Primal Drive by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200086 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Views: 10468 Dan The Maker Man
Oklahoma University Logo - pallet wood DIY
Music: Faster Does It by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100794 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ My kid’s science teacher found me on Twitter after I started following her on Twitter and asked if I could make this Oklahoma University sign for her. Both my kids love her and she does a wonderful job, they enjoy telling me about what they learned in Science class each time they go. She also does a lot of building and hands on projects which is awesome for an Elementary School teacher. She is a positive influence and molding those younger Maker minds. So as a gift for Teacher Appreciation Week, which was last week, I made the sign for her. It’s made of pallet wood and it measures roughly 34” x 40”. It’s a pretty straight forward build the only thing that I feel is noteworthy is the color achieved on the lettering. OU’s logo is crimson and white. The white by itself I felt was too bright so to tone it down I mixed three different colors white, ivory, and almond and by mixed I mean I just sprayed them individually one on top of the other until it looked right. I was going for a cream color that I think turned out great. I was very pleased with how this turned out and more importantly the science teacher loved it. I hope you all enjoy this video and as always thanks for watching.
Views: 1721 Dan The Maker Man
Come and Take it Flag - DIY - Pallet Wood
This is a pretty straight forward build. I had some leftover pallet wood strips so I decided to make the "Come and Take It" flag from the Battle of Gonzales during the Texas Revolution. This flag is now synonymous with the 2nd Amendment. If you would like to know more about the flag check out the Wiki link below. Since its such a simple flag I tried using the sho shogi ban technique to add some more character to the wood. This kind of worked, but I feel I had better success with just layering the different colors of white paint over randomly sprayed black paint. I used 3 different shades of white. I used bright white, Almond and Ivory shades to get the background. Once I did the initial coat of all three white paints I went back over the piece lightly spraying black paint and then wiping it off. Then I sprayed another coat of Almond and Ivory somewhat randomly to cover some of the black paint. I am pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for watching. Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_and_take_it Music: Rhodesia by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/
Views: 1443 Dan The Maker Man
Making Hammers from a Railroad Spike
Ender 3D Printer Promo: https://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_1845899.html?wid=1433363&lkid=10116770 Promo code GBEnder3 2x36 Belt Grinder Attachment https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BNBAQ90/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00BNBAQ90&linkId=b4053f5966d4ffbcb9d088c2f244563c I was recently inspired by Uri Tuchman's YouTube channel. He does some amazing engraving and all around great builds if you don't know who he is I highly suggest checking out his channel. The first video of his I watched he made a hammer. It sparked my curiosity and I wondered if I could make one. I was looking around my garage for scrap pieces of metal but I came up empty handed that is until I remembered I had two rust encrusted railroad spikes that I've had for about 15 years. The story of how I got these is fairly entertaining but way too long to write about here. Anyhow I thought the shape of the head of the spike, with a little shaping would work as a hammer head. Originally I was just going to make one hammer but since the railroad spike was long enough I was able to to make two small hammer heads. The steel is fairly soft and scratches easily which leads me to believe it will get beat up fairly quickly. I plan to use these for light hammering and possibly for engraving so I did not try to heat treat them. I am curious to see how long they will last with out being hardened. This is my first time trying something like this and as always I made several mistakes and learned a lot along the way. To say that I am happy with how they turned out is an understatement. I suppose part of the reason I am so pleased with them is because of the story behind how I got the spikes. Every time I use one of these little hammers it will remind me of that story. I hope you all enjoyed the video and as always thanks for watching. Uri Tuchman Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHsqqRjziUaMwZgQZHw-n1w Uri's Hammer Build https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2mWvozSdvE
Views: 1948 Dan The Maker Man
Leaf Sword Letter Opener - Making It Yourself
I made this letter opener in the shape of a leaf sword because I really liked the design of the blade. I had found a set of brass fireplace tools in a thrift store for $4. I really liked the shape of the handle and thought it would make for a good upcycle project. Another reason I liked the leaf shape of the blade was because it reminded me of the Lord of the Rings or at least something that you might see in the Lord of the Rings. I wouldn't call this a how to make a letter opener or a how to make a sword video this is more for fun. As you can see in the video the tang ended up being quite small which makes this a poor weapon that combined with the fact that its mild steel also makes this a poor knife. But since it will only be used for opening letters it will do. I closed off the hole in the handle by lightly hammering it, I didn't heat up the brass I just tapped on it with the hammer alternating sides. Once this was complete I decided to re-shape the handle. So I trimmed some of the handle with an angle grinder and then used my belt sander to shape the rest of the handle. This took a little while but I got the results and shape I was after. I then used a template for the shape of the blade again using my angle grinder and belt sander to shape the steel. I drilled out the hole for the tang and epoxied the two together. I tried to hammer the joint closed a little as it was a bit oversized. The epoxy is definitely doing a lot of the work but again this is just a letter opener so it should be fine. Thanks for watching.
Views: 5834 Dan The Maker Man
DIY | Upcycled Stool | Ikea Hack | Making It Yourself
I started using this stool as a small desk stool and decided that it needed an upgrade. I came up with a design and I knew that I wanted to use wood and metal. I remembered I had a table leaf extension made out of oak that was sitting in my garage. It was a good 1 inch thick piece which is what I thought would look good. I had planned something different for the back support but in the end I decided to use a piece of 1 inch mild steel flat stock instead. I really like the combination of the wood and the metal. This would be a relatively easy DIY project since you can buy a perfect 12" table round from Home Depot or Lowes I put a link down below. A little sanding and they are good to go. The back support would be a little harder to make because of the contouring. A piece of 2x4 could be substituted though the back rest would then be flat but it could be contoured slightly with some sanding to a similar shape as the one I made. I am very please with how this turned out I might make another one. Thanks for watching. 12 inch x 1 inch thick wood circle alternative for the seat: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0785H4HWD/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B0785H4HWD&linkId=a2b9293b00cffa138049066366b592ca
Views: 10438 Dan The Maker Man
Making It Yourself | Khopesh Wooden Sword | DIY
I made this wooden Egyptian Khopesh sword out of a piece of mesquite wood flooring and some mystery wood for the handle. I only used a band saw and a belt sander to make it along with some sand paper. If you don't have a band saw you could probably use a jigsaw. I really like the way this one came out I sanded it up to 600 grit so the blade is very smooth. Its finished with some Danish Tung oil. I may add some carvings in the future but I was so please with how it came out I didn't want to ruin it.
Views: 3368 Dan The Maker Man
How to make a notepad
I show you how I made a note pad using a simple jig, some clamps, and glue. Music: "Cold Funk" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 1280 Dan The Maker Man
Making It Yourself - Punisher Stencil
I wanted to make a Punisher stencil so I did an image search and found one that I thought looked awesome and might make a nice stencil. So I did a little tweaking to the photo to make stencil worthy. I printed out the enlarged image and trimmed the excess paper then taped it together. Then I used my light box to trace the image on to a piece of poster board. I made sure to shade the areas that I would be cutting out. Once the tracing was done I cut out all the shaded areas using my Xacto razor. With the all the bits and piece cut out I laid the stencil down on the black canvas (in this case its particle board) and set some washers and nuts on the stencil to help keep it flat on the surface. I also had to cut out a couple of pieces of tape to make the nose holes of the skull. With everything in place I spray painted it white. I had a little over spray which I removed using a pencil eraser that was wrapped in a towel that had some denatured alcohol on it. I also touched up a few areas with a black paint marker. And that's all there is to it, the cutting of the stencil takes the longest but now I can make a Punisher piece when ever I want. Thanks for watching.
Views: 1785 Dan The Maker Man
Making It Yourself - The Sliver Kiridashi - Knife Build
I was trying to clean up my work space and came across this very thin off cut of 1095 steel. I was about to throw it away, but then I thought to myself I wonder if I could make this in to a knife. It was very thin and light so I knew I would have to add some weight to it. So I dug around my scraps bin and found a piece of brass that I could use as a handle material, this would add the needed weight. I started by cutting off the tip of what would become the blade with a hacksaw. Then I used my belt sanders to clean up the rough shape and added the bevel to the blade. I refined the bevel using my bastard file, i'm not very good at free hand grinding. Then I shortened the overall length by removing a portion of the steel with my angle grinder. I then center punched my pin holes. I just eyeballed this so I had to center punch the blade several times until I finally got closer to the middle. Since this will be covered by the handles I don't mind the extra divets. Then I drilled my pin holes. I then heat treated the blade and cut up some of the brass for the handles. I cut oversized pieces of the brass so it would be easier to drill the pin holes for the handles, accuracy is not my strong suit. I did some rough shaping of the handles and then epoxied everything together. After the epoxy set I cut off the excess pins and began shaping the handles. I really didn't know what I was going for I just removed material slowly until I found a shape I liked. After all theat was done I sharpened the blade using some sandpaper and a leather strop. I think this is a cool looking little blade especially considering it was headed for the trash bin. Thanks for watching!
Views: 148939 Dan The Maker Man
Making It Yourself - PVC Pipe File Storage Rack - Easy and Cheap
This is a super easy project that probably doesn't even need a video, but I decided to make one anyway. I usually store all my files in a drawer and I wanted a storage solution that allowed for easy access and clean up. I used some left over PVC pipe and scrap wood for this project. The stepped drill isn't necessary a simple 1/2 drill bit will do the trick just as well. I did have to alter the shape of one of the tubes to fit the rasp because it was too wide. So I used my heat gun to heat up the PVC and then just bend it in to shape. You could do this for all the files and have them only fit specific tubes that way if one is missing you would know which one specifically. This is a quick and dirty shop storage solution. The best part is it didn't cost me a dime and I didn't have to go to the store for any supplies to make it. Thanks for watching.
Views: 931 Dan The Maker Man
Table Saw Blade Bottle Opener
I made this bottle opener from an old table saw blade. The wooden handle is made from Mesquite wood flooring and the pins are nails.
Views: 5783 Dan The Maker Man
How to Inlay Metal in a Carved Stone Heart - Making It Yourself
This is my entry for the Shogun Jimi Valentine's Day Challenge 2017. If you don't know who Shogun Jimi is go check out his You tube Channel link below. This started off as something completely different. I wanted to do a stone carving on the face of this stone but wanted the stone to be free standing. Unfortunately the bottom was not level and it leaned forward quite a bit. I tried to carve the bottom so that it would stand straight or at least a little closer to 90 degrees as possible so it wouldn't tip over so easily. After several minutes of carving I had made little progress. And then while carving the stone I had a large piece blow out of the bottom which pretty much ruined my chance of getting it to stand upright. So I moved on to plan "B". I decided to try and carve a heart out of the stone. And later decided to carve my wife's and my initials in to the center of the stone heart. But after I carved the letters it seemed somewhat plain so that's when I tried to do a metal inlay of sorts. At first I just melted the solder in to the carved letters but it didn't stick. Once it cooled the letters came out fairly easily. So I decided to clean up the letters and epoxy them in place. This method worked the letters stuck this time. After I glued the letters down I got some 100 grit sandpaper and sanded around the letters to make some stone dust that I could use to fill in the gaps and soak up the residual epoxy. Plan "B" was a success. Why? Because my wife liked it and in this case that's all the matters. Thanks for watching. Shogun Jimi's You tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/shogun21jimi Shogun Jimi's Valentine's Day Challenge Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp1gai6QjnedYDxLQSQyYtbQGzztJMbHR Tools Used: Cold Chisels: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NIFB94/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B000NIFB94&linkId=4b3b7b4c08db8918e07b643916bed906 Hammer: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00433SC4Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00433SC4Q&linkId=228f914b1c00ce06ea085b3e1ae5def2 Torch: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00008ZA0B/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00008ZA0B&linkId=ad18e24e62a566e24aadeab9844e1161 Solder: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GASQ82/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B000GASQ82&linkId=8613320e6a820d75fe6e6ccd973a4a33
Views: 978 Dan The Maker Man
LED Light Box
In this video I make a new light box, which I intend to use for tracing out stencils and possibly some photography. My old one was smaller and didn’t diffuse the light very well. After watching a few Youtube videos I decided on my design. It measures 22 x 28 inches and is big enough for a full size poster board. I purchased some frames with glass from a thrift store for $9.00 each. For the box I used some scrap MDF to make support pieces and some other wood scraps to make the rest of the glass support pieces. I also used some 1x4x6 lumber to make the main part of the light box which was about another $8.00. I bought some foil tape to line the inside of the box to reflect more light the tape was about $8.00. Lastly I ordered some Bright White LED strip lighting for the inside of the box this cost $15.00. So for about $50.00 I was able to build this light box. Granted I did use some of my scrap pieces of wood so that helped keep the cost down. I wanted to mention two Youtubers in particular that influenced my design. The first is “Get Hands Dirty” she built a really nice light box it was in her video that I got the idea for the foil tape. Another Youtuber that influenced my design was “Epic Fantasy” his light box build is really inexpensive he gave me the idea of using the foam poster board as the diffuser. I highly suggest checking them both out “Get Hands Dirty” has really nice video production and some cool builds. “Epic Fantasy” will blow you away with his prop making skills. What I liked about my build: I liked the end result it works and that’s always nice when it all comes together in the end. What I don’t like about my build: I need more lights it works well but I think it could be better. Also I would like a different solution for the very small trim that holds the glass in place I feel like it could be improved. Also I might need a support across the middle for the glass it feels okay but I wary about putting too much pressure on it. I hope you like the video and the light box, hopefully this will inspire you too make one. Music: "Drop It" by Silent Partner Affiliate links: LED lights: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HSF65MC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00HSF65MC&linkId=2e4a5ef272fa130d5a412cd19a2ed5c3 LED Power Adaptar: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DKSI0S8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00DKSI0S8&linkId=1c13bc4a95844b7ba10f5ca718f9d635 Foil Tape: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A7I5L86/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=dathmama-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00A7I5L86&linkId=bbb67205af9ac1a0de85ccd1ea638118
Views: 367763 Dan The Maker Man
Iron Man Wall Art - Limited Tools - Making It Yourself
I've done similar projects like this before so if you like this one checkout the Spider-Man Wall Art - Limited tools video. This is a fun project with a lot of satisfaction and it isn't too expensive to make especially if you have the spray paint already. I actually used a scrap piece of 3/4 inch MDF for this and I already had the paint from a previous project so I really didn't spend anything on this piece. The best thing about this project is you don't have to know how to draw you just have to know how to trace. And you don't need a lot of tools either. A jigsaw and preferably a drill is all you really need to make this. This would be a great addition to a child's room or any man cave. Every comic book lover that has ever seen one of these always falls in love with them. They would make a great gift too. It's size is a definite WOW factor. I hope you enjoyed this video and thanks for watching. Feel free to leave a comment, like share and subscribe.
Views: 3392 Dan The Maker Man
Making It Yourself - Huge Spider-Man - Wall Art
I came across this drawing of spider-man and immediately knew I wanted to make a larger MDF version. This is one of those drawings that looks like its in motion even when its completely still. This is as iconic as it gets when it comes to Spider-man. I was lucky enough to find the original artist, PatC-14, of this image on Deviantart.com (check out PatC-14's other work, link below) so I reached out to ask him if I could replicate it and he very kindly agreed. I've done this type of project before several times. As someone who can not draw I get a tremendous amount of joy when I make these. I really do think anyone can replicate my process to make their own versions of wall art. And the best part is that you don't need a ton of tools either. With that said, I hope you enjoy the video and thanks for watching. Original artist of the Spider-man drawing - http://patc-14.deviantart.com/ Music: Rhodesia by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/
Views: 2207 Dan The Maker Man
Monitor Stand - Making It Yourself - Reclaimed Wood Flooring
I made this monitor stand because I noticed that since I started editing more videos I spend a lot more time in front of my computer. I have a bunch of solid wood Mesquite flooring that was given to me. So I decided to make a stand using the flooring. It has a tongue and groove already, so glue up is fairly easy and it is already milled flat so there isn't a lot of extra work that has to go in to it. This is a very simple build no fancy joinery or any angled cuts. The wood flooring has a nice grain to it which really "makes" the whole project in my opinion. It also added a nice touch of warmth to my sterile home office which was mostly white. Thanks for watching.
Views: 2477 Dan The Maker Man
Easy Texas Flag made by a 6 year old (mostly)
My son and I made this rustic Texas flag as a gift for his teacher. It is a fairly simple straightforward project. First off you don't have to use pallet wood you can use regular store bought lumber. There are only a few cuts which could be done with limited tools like a hand saw or even a coping saw. The backing can alternatively be nailed on as well. The backing doesn't have to be thin plywood either it can be regular lumber or pallet wood. You just have to make sure you glue the wood in the opposite directions. I just happened to have a piece of scrap wood that was the perfect size for this project. I used spray paint because it dries fast but you could use regular acrylic paint too. While this is a Texas flag this could also be the base for any sign. Gluing the pallet wood boards to a separate backer board makes this a versatile substrate. You can make this as large or as small as you want. Instead of a flag make a personalized sign or write out a favorite quote or paint a favorite image on it. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Thanks for watching.
Views: 2825 Dan The Maker Man
Making It Yourself - Wooden Sword - Punisher Sword
This build came about while I was building the Punisher shield. I thought the shield would look too lonely so I decided to make a sword too. The blade is poplar and the cross guard is red oak and the handle is a soft mystery wood. I do have to apologize for not including footage of me carving the skull. I didn't film it because I didn't think I could carve a decent looking skull it was my first time trying to carve something like a skull. I was pleasantly surprised when it came out looking half way decent. I don't really consider it necessary to the sword though I think of it as more of a decoration. I do show how to make the rest of the components though. I hope you like this video as always thanks for watching.
Views: 4071 Dan The Maker Man