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  • Up, Up, and Away!

    16 May | 16
    • in Woodworking • 
    • in Vinyl Cutter • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    Piled on the floor A couple of years ago my tiny little 9.5’ x 9.5’ guest room/craft room became overloaded when several very large printers that I had been keeping at the office got jammed in there. And with the printers in there, all of the consumables that go with them such as reams of tabloid paper, color laser cartridges, ink jet cartridges, rolls of E size paper, and many rolls of vinyl also got dumped in there, leaving no room at all.   To free up some floor space...

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  • 3D Printing + Woodworking = Christmas

    31 Dec | 15
    • in Woodworking • 
    • in 3D Printing • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    I’ve really enjoyed my 3D printer, so much so that I wanted to see how many gifts I could make using it. Making things for kids is pretty easy, there’s tons of little toys all over Thingiverse. Ideas for everyone else though are much harder to come up with. Sure there’s lots of silly little trinkets, but those are things for handing out at a trade show, not for giving as presents. The beer lock & puzzle box I made Looking all over for ideas I found these beer locks...

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  • 3-in-1 Game Boxes

    31 Dec | 14
    • in Woodworking • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    One of my favorite channels on YouTube is Steve Ramsey's Woodworking for Mere Mortals . At the beginning of December he did a video showing a game called Quoridor and showed how to make the board and the pieces for it. It looked like a really interesting strategy game, something that both my nephew and I would enjoy playing. But if I make something for him, then I've got to make something for his little sisters too. Plus I was concerned that Quoridor had a lot of small pieces that...

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  • Lighting Up the Fireworks

    06 Jul | 14
    • in Woodworking • 
    • in Fireworks • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    Back when I first started doing fireworks at my house, we need a place to stack all the fireworks and sort through them to decide what should be lit and when. I cobbled something temporary together out of scrap wood I had around. Over the years it has evolved to make setting it up and taking it down easier. Instead of screwing supports together, they are now hinged. Pieces of wood that had been intended to be re-used in real projects later have now become permanent parts of the stand. A few...

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  • Forts, Houses, whatever

    28 Apr | 13
    • in Woodworking • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    I made these toys for the kids a couple of years ago. I found a single page description in a woodworking book for making toys at the library. It seemed very simple but it looked like one of those kinds of toys that kids would go back to again and again because it could be used in so many different ways. The construction is very simple, it's thin sheets with notches cut into them. The wide notches represent doors and windows, depending on which way it is turned, and the thin notches allow...

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