Weekly Findings #3 – April 29, 2016

Lets be honest, we could all spend hours upon days browsing the web, hopping from one video to another.  Here, I’m going to share some pages and videos that I’ve found particularly interesting.  If you find them interesting as well, make sure to like, subscribe, or share their content because it really does motivate to users to create and share more content.  And if you’ve found anything particularly interesting that you’d like to share with me, make sure to pass it along in the comments down below.

Jay’s Custom Creations

I’m a big fan of Jay Bates, and the dining table that he builds in this video is exquisite in my opinion.  This is actually video #2, he builds the top of the table in another video (here), but I love the simple design, grain, and subtle details that he puts into this table.  My only change would have been to make the table bigger, but then the details might have gotten overlooked.  Regardless, check out his table and his site jayscustomcreations.com.

Fine Woodworking

The guys at Fine Woodworking test out the new Bosch Reaxx table saw.  This is a less expensive and more mobile competitor to the SawStop table saws.  It’s incredible how these things work.  Surely a feature that I think we’re going to start seeing in more and more tools.

Jimmy DiResta

I wonder if Jimmy lost a lot of stuff when he was younger, because he puts his name on EVERYTHING.  There was a girl at a high school that I used to teach that would write her name on anything and everything too (walls, windows, books, desks, etc).  I remember another teacher stepped out of their room for something, and when they came back in she was trying to climb up to write her name on a tall, wall-mounted fan blade.  Anyway, in this video, Jimmy DiResta turns an old sawmill blade into a “big ass” knife (a lot of time at the belt sander).

MTM Wood

I’m a big soccer / football fan, and follow the English Premier League very closely.  And while I’m not a Manchester United fan (GO LIVERPOOL!), I do appreciate this cutting board.  I know most of the work is done by CNC, but it doesn’t take away from the project in my opinion.  It’s crazy to think that we’re at the point now with tools where we can make something so detailed and so custom.  Plus, I like to tinker with machinery.

The HomeMade Modern Team

I know they’re just boxes… but I like boxes.  They store stuff, they’re easy to stack, they’re easy to make, and you can give them any amount of detail you like.  I also like a lot of the HomeMade Modern team’s furniture; it’s very industrial.  It doesn’t necessarily fit in with the decor of my house, but they’re stuff is so simple and so tough.  Check them out here, or take a look at Ben’s book here.

Frank Howarth

I think the thing that I like the most about Frank’s videos are the pace and description that he includes.  He seems very mellow and descriptive, and for me that makes him very easy to understand, as well as learn a lot from his videos.  In this particular video, he turns a finger-jointed bowl that I think just looks great.  I’ve never turned anything on a lathe, but this is definitely something that I’ll try when I eventually do get one.

Shop Built

Ryan with Shop Built tackles a problem that probably most everybody in the video woodworking community has had at some point: getting solid camera angles when filming.  He makes a ceiling mounted track system that he can just pop part of his tripod into.  And with a couple twists of some hand knobs he’s got a nice, sliding camera mount that enables him to get some great shots from angles that might not be possible with just a tripod.

The Wood Whisperer

This last video isn’t a new video, but it’s one that I’ve probably watched 10 times.  Marc Spagnuole’s shop is something that I dream about, and watching this video of him making an incredible dining / gaming table out of cherry is a huge tease.  The quality and precision of his tools, and the cleanliness and organization of his shop are really something I envy.  If you haven’t seen this video before, give it a look, and pay attention not only to the build itself, but also how “dialed-in” all of his tools are.