I needed to add some weight to a wooden base. I'm always finding wheel balance weights on the road when commuting on my bike. Wheel balance weights are made of zinc, lead, or steel. Zinc and lead both have melting points below 500F, making them easy to cast with steel tools and a propane or propylene torch. In this video, I melt down some weights and cast them into a piece of half inch steel tubing, which I can later insert into holes in the wood base.
Monday, September 12, 2022
This time I fixed the camera in one spot and not to my person. I can see where different situations could call for each, but I suspect I will prefer the fixed angle when possible.
In this episode, I harvest parts from a broken clamp and route a pocket for my homemade nutplate to fit inside my benchtop to engage the screw that will draw the vise in and clamp material against the bench dogs.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Today I built and tested a setup for streaming on Twitch.tv. I've wanted to share my weekend garage therapy with interested people without the editing needed for my published videos. As this is my first test of live streaming, I am open to feedback and recommendations.
My projects in progress include a wooden bench top made of scrap butcher- block counter top, as well as a table top for my radial arm saw (RAS), including aluminum T-track. I have some more modifications in mind to test on the RAS, which will need the table top to hold workpieces firmly in place.
Saturday, April 23, 2022
I turned a drum from a 4x4.
In June, 2020, the parks were closed due to COVID-19. At Chip's Wood Shop, we built our own tree house. Not just one, but two- each in its own avocado tree, linked by a swinging bridge.
The foundation of each tree began with a frame around and through a fork in the trunk. The frames were contoured on the inside to minimize stress on the bark. For added support, I put steel fence posts between each frame and the ground.
Next, I made a bridge with steel rope, strung through palettes and around the frames, creating a "belt" around the two trees without strangling them. I sprayed all palettes with termite treatment before using them.
After a year and a half, the tree houses have held up under many friends coming to visit and the highest winds we get in our area.