Making a Monster High skull with resin bow – Shogun Jimi Skull Challenge 2017

This is my entry to Shogun Jimi’s skull challenge 2017. I was initially planning to go in a different direction, but decided at the last minute to make something for my youngest daughter. So here it is, a Monster High skill with an Alumilite resin bow!

Skull Challenge 2017 Playlist
Shogun Jimi’s channel

Making a pencil holder from scraps of plywood

This week we get one of the girls back into the shop to make a pencil holder to organize her art supplies.  We started with a sketch and used scraps of plywood to bring it to life.

The supplies and tools we used are:

  • 3/4″ Plywood
  • Wood Glue
  • Table Saw
  • Band Saw
  • Router with roundover bit
  • Drill Press with hole saw and forstner bits
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane

Checkout the below video to see how we did it.

Walking Dead Valentine’s Picture Frame

Here’s my entry to Shogun-Jimi’s Valentine’s Day Maker Challenge.

This year I decided to make something classy for my wife.  With the return of The Walking Dead falling so close to Valentines day we had zombies on the mind, so she was bound to get something fun.  Checkout what I put together below.

Valentine’s Day Maker Challenge Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp1gai6QjnedYDxLQSQyYtbQGzztJMbHR

Shogun-Jimi’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJJ-UBIoWBnSdhoOubqMkBQ

Harbor Freight 8×12 wood lathe unboxing and initial impression

I’ve been wanting a lathe for a while and all it took was for my family to leave me alone. Well, that, and for the lathe to be on clearance at Harbor Freight.

Now that I’ve used the lathe for a few weeks I’m impressed. It works well, is more solid than I expected (which isn’t saying much), and it let me get into wood turning very inexpensively. Like I said in the video, the tool rest lock is a bit flimsy. I’m expecting to rip it off at some point, but it hasn’t happened yet. No big loss if it happens, now that I know I enjoy wood turning I’d be OK with upgrading at some point. That being said I have nothing else to compare it to, but if I needed to drop $300 on a mini lathe I wouldn’t have given it a shot.

As for the $20 chisels, they’re better than I expected for $20. You get 8 chisels that somewhat hold an edge for almost nothing. You’ll need to give them a really good sharpening out of the box and you’ll need to touch them up often when working. In just a few weeks I’ve made a lot of pens, bottle stoppers, handles, etc. and if you keep them sharp they work well. The great thing is I was able to try 8 different chisels, decide what I really like, and upgrade them one or two chisels at a time.

If you’re interested in this lathe or chisels, the part #’s are below.

8 in. x 12 in. 1/3 HP Benchtop Wood Lathe: Item #95607
Wood Lathe Turning Tool Kit 8 Pc: Item #62674