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Tool Storage

Your workshop, is not a workshop, when it is a mess.

That's why I've put together an Instructable showing 9 unusual methods for storing your workshop tools, guaranteed to hold every tool has ever existed on planet earth! From Instructables.

Mike John

If you click on the button shown in the pic here you get all the steps of an instructable.

Could Be Used for 3D Boat Modelling

If you haven't been living under a rock for the last few years you have probably heard all the cool stuff that is going on with 3d printing. We are now capable of printing almost anything provided we have a 3d model to work from. There are many ways to make a 3d model, but one of the coolest is to 3d scan an existing object. With a 3d scan and the right printer you can reproduce any object at any size from a house to an earring. You can also use the scan as a starting point for a new creation. Think of everything you can do with a picture in Photoshop. Now you can do that in 3d with real stuff as well.

From Instructables.

Mike John

Wood Database

For those looking for solid info on the various kinds of wood we run across for boatbuilding or any project for that matter, I have found this site to have very solid and fairly complete information on almost all the US woods and quite a few from around the world.



Here is a homemade pneumatic clamp that I use to clamp scarf joints in sheet plywood. There are many ways of cutting scarfs in plywood, but you don't see much about about clamping the joint after the cut. This thing generates an enormous amount of evenly distributed pressure over as big of an area as you need. I have used it on joints as large as 5' but I see no reason that it couldn't be used to join any size. I also think it might be useful to scarf in place with some modification. It uses a bicycle inner tube to hold the pressure. They are usually rated at around 90 psi. So I figure that a 4' version has the potential of generating around 6480 pounds of pressure. 1.5 x48 x90 psi=6480. Obviously way more than needed and you engineers are welcome to complicate that conclusion. I don't have time for that so lets just say that a little air pressure goes a long way. Try about 20 psi. Hopefully the pictures will explain more than words but I'll be happy to answer any questions. It can be constructed from a couple of 2x4s and 1x4s and some scrap 3/4 ply. The next time I use it I am going to improve it by screwing or clamping plates of 3/4 ply to the ends to keep it from twisting. When you apply the pressure those 2x4s are trying to go anywhere they can. So here it is. Remember on long pieces to set up horses or benches to the proper height so everything lays flat and use wax paper or plastic as a glue barrier. I usually dry fit the joint, then clamp the bottom sheet to its bench, then mark the location of the upper sheet on its bench, then take it apart and apply glue, then return it to its marked location, add a layer of plastic or wax paper and apply the air. Have fun!



I thought you might be interested in a different use I found for the glue on studs you sell. They make great power posts for electrical connections. With all those little holes one can attach many wires to the same contact.

They are much less expensive than standard electric power posts. You can even sell them into your electrical section. I checked the conductivity of the system and it is fine. I expect they would be good up to about 50 amps and 48 volts. This picture is just a test. The studs will be used in a solar powered RV trailer I am building - not a boat this time. BUT, if I had thought of this earlier I would have used them in the solar powered boat I built.

Tom H

Repairing Split Wood

"In an otherwise attractive piece of wood, an unsightly split or crack can run deep like family turmoil.  Most wood fillers are intended to be little more than aesthetic solutions.  Even the hardiest fillers are intended to withstand compressive forces but not sheer stress.  Here I will demonstrate my solution for when I don't want to give-up on a piece of wood."

From Instructables.

Mike John ed

(I call it reconstituted wood and I would use epoxy. ed) 

Garden Hose Trick

I have been doing some glassing and to keep things clean I have been using a piece of garden hose to get small quantities of resin from the large tin. Insert into resin place finger on end of tube and remove the tube with resin place in container and remove finger.



There is an interesting video about Howard Rice's running shrouds.


Grippy Work Holders

Build these super effective grippy work holders ! also know as bench cookies.

It makes for an incredibly useful tool whilst it does move a little when using a finishing orbital sander on worktop surface it grips really well when using the random orbit sander, circular saw and the router it holds it firmly in place and lifts it up of the workbench so you can concentrate on the work. From Instructables.

Mike John

Ipod Holder

Here's an ipod holder.


15 Genius Table Saw Mods

Add a router table to a table saw. More mods on instructables.

Bill M

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