I made this steampunk/vintage steel box for a client, using reclaimed steel and some super cool tig welded hose clamp oak handles. It’s used for storing cards, and looking super badass. I used hydrochloric acid to remove the zinc coating from the hardware, and I stained the wood with acid and steel - not paint.
I have wanted a lathe for a fair while, and my mate Ethan and I even started working on building one. But then last weekend at a farm, my friends gave me this antique Herbert Home Workshop. I modified it a bunch, and took the table saw and planer off. I made a tail stock from some old parts, and turned one of the planer beds into a motor mount! It’s absolutely terrifying to use, but it works great!
I made this vice, not sure why precisely, but I like that I can screw it to my workbench, and close it with my impact driver! I made similar ones before using pine, they worked surprisingly well, but this model fixes a few issues. Such as holding the nut better, and having guides. The pin fits into the channel around the bolt, meaning the jaws can be both opened and closed - previously it was just a way to put pressure on something. MK3 will use acme rod, be bigger, be steel with tapped holes, have a handle and potentially a cog system that let’s me turn a wheel on top to close it, for ultimate bench top vising.
I made this pulley for my gravity lamp project, it turned out really well! I cut the wood bit using a hole-saw, and then spun it on my drill like a lathe and carved the groove with my dremel tool spinning opposite to the drill.
I made this tabletop out of old pallets to test my homemade clamps. I used the shortest pieces of wood I could, to incorporate the joins.
It turned out pretty crap, because I only used a sawzall to cut it, and near the end I just wanted to get it done. But it served it’s purpose as a proof of concept! The top looks great and I learned a lot about laminating.
I made this shelf to mount on the wall in my room, it was a drawer in a former life, but I added some pallet wood shelves and a power cord running into the right side. Power goes to a power point on the bottom, so charging my laptop is a breeze, and through a switch on the bottom that controls the reading light.
I made this temporary motorcycle seat to last me until I could redo it with leather. I just used a shop towel and some string to see it together with a needle I made from an Ikea shelf support!
It has since been replaced with a nice leather on that I made using the same method.
I made this Swiss Army key for my motorcycle, I had this idea years ago, and I finally got a steel key cut for my motorcycle so I had to try it. I cut off the bottle opener from the knife, and test welded it to the key material. Worked! Then I welded it together, and ground it smooth.
Worked perfect until I lost it.
I made this winch as a prototype for a lighting system I’m thinking about. It’s all using scrap (the cog was jigsawed from a skateboard deck…) but as a proof of concept it has served it’s purpose well!
I made this heater out of an old keg and some random hardware I had about. Last night the whole thing was glowing cherry red! It puts out a ton of heat and actually burns wood rather efficiently… Next will be adding air holes so the door can be closed, and running a proper chimney so it can be used indoors.