More Me – More YouTube.

In the very near future, I’ll be starting up a YouTube… show… thing. Not sure what to call it, but in my head, it’s a simple one-man show where I pick a subject, and discuss it, while in my garage. Maybe I work on something, maybe I just sit in front of the camera. Maybe I try to do something I’ve never done or attempt to teach you a skill. Whatever it is, it’s going to happen daily, Monday thru Friday, and each episode will last about 10 minutes. Watch this video, I explain it more…

YouTube – CHANNEL ANNOUNCEMENT!

What does that mean for you? Don’t worry, I’m not going to be posting every episode on cheveedodd.com so you won’t be getting daily emails from me if you subscribed. When the show starts, there will be a new website specifically dedicated to the show and you’ll be able to subscribe there if you want updates. This website will still focus on my creations, games or otherwise and project videos will still be posted here.

I hope you’ll join me on the new project! I’m excited for it and can’t wait to see the response.

Ten Foot Wide Baby Gate

Recently, I’ve found myself in need of a large baby gate. Specifically, a baby gate that would stretch the width of my garage door. Everybody needs a baby gate in their shop full of dirt, dust, and power tools, right? Extreme daddy day care? Well, somewhat like that… but not with actual babies.

YouTube – Ten Foot Wide Baby Gate

I have two small dogs. Two, squirrelly small dogs that find their way into the outer world with ease and terrorize our neighborhood. My neighbors are mostly good sports about it, but I’d rather not have it happen often.

wire-gateMy previous solution was to stretch a piece of chicken wire between my garage door runners. While this worked, it wasn’t ideal for quite a few reasons. Mostly, it was crazy floppy. The dogs could have easily stepped over it if they tried. Luckily, both of them are slightly skittish.

The bigger problem, however, is that the wire attaches to the garage door rails which means that the door cannot be raised and lowered while the wire is stretched. This is a problem because I get home before the girls do and while I like to spend that time in the shop, the dogs absolutely hate that I’m not near them. So, they come down with me… and when the girls get home, it’s a mad rush to corral them before the garage door opens.

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IMG_20160227_132440So, that’s what this is. Two simple frames, a few pieces of hardware, and the same chicken wire combined to create a baby gate that spans 10 feet. In the video, I show you how I attached the frame to the garage door. I found the spring-loaded hook and eye fasteners at the hardware store. They are perfect because there’s no chance for them to come undone accidentally by the dogs pulling on the gate.

The best part is that the door works fine with the gate in place. I no longer have to worry about the dogs running free on cold days when the girls come home.

This isn’t a highly technical build… or anything really complicated at all, but I still had fun with the camera while working on it. I hope you enjoy!

What is Depression?

Depression is a disease… ailment… an infliction. It is an extremely personal experience and though some symptoms may be present in many different forms of depression… mostly, it’s extremely difficult to explain or understand. I’ve dealt with it one way or another my whole life. It’s a subject that I don’t hide and I openly encourage others to discuss it. Understanding it is a key to relief…

YouTube – What is Depression?

 

DIY Push Block

If you work with power tools, safety is important. A push block is a safety tool I should have had already, but… well… I have no excuse. Cutting rabbets and dadoes on a table saw or router is dangerous. So, let’s make a push block. Sure, they are super cheap to buy, but free is always better.

This project is super simple. I don’t have much to say about it or build pics to share. Take a piece of wood, glue on a handle, attach mouse-pad, done. In the video, I do show a few techniques… like jointing on a table saw… but really, this was just an excuse to get down to the shop and make something.

I could have been fancy with this. One thing I’ve always heard woodworkers say is that you should use your shop projects to try new techniques and learn from them. I could have laminated some wood and made a pretty handle… or tried a new finish. I could have trimmed the whole thing in edge banding or painted it… but really, I just want to get my jointer set up and running. I needed this tool before the weekend. Enjoy!