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Mike Makes a Rolling Truck Bed Slide

Shane needed a better system for organizing the tools in his truck. We decided to build a DIY bed slide for his pickup (Ford Ranger) out of plywood, 2x4s and casters.
So far it’s working great. It’s not nearly as strong as the commercial versions (you could break it if you wanted to) but it’s still holding several hundred pounds of tools without a problem. We could have made it stronger by framing all four sides of the slide out, but Shane didn’t want to loose the space.

We’re Back! (And a Quick Channel Announcement)

We’re back with a quick update about DIY videos and the introduction of Lauren’s baby videos. Happy to be making videos again!

Progressive Video Links:
Does moving in together really save money? – https://goo.gl/X2XwMb
Living together before marriage? – https://goo.gl/IT0f8Q
Who pays for the moving truck? – https://goo.gl/W894N6

Loose Ends in the Shop

This week I take care of a couple projects/repairs that have been sitting on the back burner. 2 weeks ago I cut MDF for the first time on my X-Carve and walked away from it before verifying the settings were correct. It ruined the motor, but I’ve wanted to upgrade to the Bosch trim router anyways.

I had help this week from Ben who found our YouTube channel and discovered we live in the same city. Thanks Ben!

Mike Makes a Contemporary (kind of) Triangle Bench

Our church’s high school group needed some benches for their meeting area. I decided to copy Louis Lim’s ’round and round’ contemporary bench design, somewhat successfully.

I had trouble figuring out how to measure the “skin” that goes around the base of the triangle. I think I was trying to make a “truncated cylinder” but I couldn’t quite get the dimensions right. Ultimately trial and error prevailed.

Louis Lim (Original Design) – https://www.makingworks.com/

UPDATE: One of our viewers Joseph Malovich figured out the math for us in Solidworks. ?Here is his design. ?Thanks Joseph!

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Mike Makes a Cable Ramp for Power Cords

I now have a table saw, router table, and X-Carve all in the middle of my shop. Up until now, I’ve just run extension cords whenever I needed power. Today I changed that!

I copied the commercially available cable ramp/cord management design, but I made it out of wood. I could have done everything on the table saw, but I wanted to experiment with the X-Carve so I made them modular.

Now I can add or subtract as many pieces as I want to change the length. It turned out great!

X-Carve Info: https://www.inventables.com

Better Late Than Never… (X-Carve Lift Table Complete)

You guys confirmed in our last video that the X-Carve would NOT fit in the space I made in the adjustable height table. So, this weekend I took everything apart, cut down my trailer jacks, and re-assembled it.

Since I ended up almost exactly where I started, that wouldn’t have made for a very entertaining video. At 4PM on Sunday afternoon, I started to assemble the CNC. It took 9 1/2 hours over 2 days, but I’m done and it’s working perfectly. I made a few test cuts, and new knobs for my bandsaw!

X-Carve Info: www.inventables.com

Mike Makes a Safety Gear Cabinet

I bought a bunch of woodworking safety gear on Amazon a few weeks ago. I’ve been working with it and my only problem is everything gets too dusty in the shop.

I decided to build a safety gear cabinet with a plexiglass door so it stays dust free and always on my mind. I also do a review of a few items including: 3M safety glasses, Uvex s1600x bandit glasses, 3M Peltor H10A and the 3M TEKK worktunes hearing protection.

Mike Makes a Table Saw Crosscut Sled

How to make a small table saw sled with built in t-track, toggle clamps, and stop block. A simple crosscut sled can be used to make accurate 90 degree cuts on the table saw and allow you cut small pieces safely.

I made the runners from UHMW plastic (low friction) since they are less likely to warp or twist. The track is 1/4″ mini t-track from shop fox, and the flip stop is from peachtree woodworking. My favorite features are the Bessey auto-adjust horizontal toggle clamps. They were a bit pricey, but they are well built and easy to use. I modified them to slide onto the track with more UHMW plastic and brass threaded inserts for 1/4″ bolts.

My finished sled was precise to .02″ inches over 4ft (using the 5 cut table saw sled test for accuracy). If I want, I can easily shim the back fence and probably cut that in half. The size ended up being 24″ wide and 15″ tall/deep.

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Mike Makes a CUSTOM Apple Watch Charging Stand

Ryan Parker just bought an Apple Watch and wanted to make a charging station to hold it next to his iPhone. We designed this stand together and made it from layered wood (black walnut) and UMHW plastic.

It uses the magnet from the Watch charger to hold it horizontally next to his phone and will be able to display the time ( Watch OS 2). Next week we plan on adding LED lights to the base so that the white plastic illuminates when it’s plugged in!

Overall this project came out WAY more professional than my expectations. The finished product looks and feels solid.

Link to the accident video – https://goo.gl/v2vC7L
Who is Ryan Parker? – https://goo.gl/EoLfJD

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