Streaming again soon

It has been a long time since the start of the renovation project, but I find myself with the need and desire to do some furniture making again! This week my goal will be to clean out the shop, check out twitter for the disaster that it is in and the steps to get it all figured out.

I hope to be streaming again on this Saturday (april 29) as we are waiting for drywall to be installed and there is little to no work to be done.

 

We will be making a bed for my daughters new big-girl room and probably a lot of mistakes! (hopefully a few sub shavings too!)

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The Birth of a House

This post is about my favorite youtube video.  As expected, it is mostly about woodworking, carpentry and traditional hand tools.  But it also has always struck a chord with me in how I would like to live my life, in what I would like to achieve with my efforts and what I would like to pass along to my children.

The video is beautiful.  It is the story of Jacob and his dream to build a house for his family... by hand...  If you have not seen it, please check it out. I'll wait.

The first time I saw the video, I was in awe of the craftsmanship, the effort, the perseverance and the sheer will it must have taken to complete this house.  But as I have watched it more and more, I find myself drawn to the small clips and snippets that show him and his family, show how his daughters have grown during the long build, and shoe him and his friends as they have completed the frame.  The experience was arduous I am sure, but the pride and content show in the final product. I immediately wanted to do the exact same thing. I wanted to build the house that my children would grow up in.  I often find myself watching this video every few weeks.

I bring this up as there was recently posted a follow-up video, a few years later, that is an interview with Jacob and showing him and his family in the house.

 

It leads me to a larger ethos that I try to live by: 

 

Working hard is ok. 

 

So go make something! use your hands. Fail, Succeed, it doesn't matter. Learn from it, and make it better the next time, and the next time.

Upcoming DIomgY and KirkwoodWorking Project: My Office

The new floorplan for the upstairs renovation (check out the DIomgY Podcast to hear all about it) has a little available room for a personal office, something that I had by default previously, but was always just my desk in a room that we never used much. 

When we finish with the renovation, there will be a new master, a new (small) master bath, a walk in closet and a little room for me to edit, blog, record and game in.  It will only be about 7'x12'6" and will have some pretty low ceilings thanks to our converted attic, but it will be more than enough, and I wont have to share my space with the laundry room or cat litter box!

It will have a small, east facing window and will be heated just like the rest of the house, with baseboard hydronic heat but it wont be air conditioned.  This is a cost that I am willing to pay for not installing another ductless mini-split, and I think it will be just fine.  You might see my production of videos and blogs reduce in the months of June-August, but the saved money is worth it.

My plan with this office is to make it a feature project of all of my creative outlets: Twitch.tv, YouTube and the DIomgY Podcast.  I will be doing almost all of the renovation work in the upstairs, and so the design and decisions that we made will be covered in the podcast, and once the space is done, I plan to make the office furniture for the space.  A reasonably sized computer desk, some organization (Boarded Bookcase, Window seat, File Cabinet, etc) and some more fun stuff like a wood computer case for my editing rig.

The woodworking will undoubtedly be done on the twitch stream at some point as a few of these project are highly requested by my audience, and I also plan to make YouTube videos of all major builds for the room.

This will also be accompanied by a computer upgrade... but we will cover that in more detail in another blog post.

If you have a suggestion for my small little office space, leave a comment below!

Until then (starting very soon with the renovations) please check out the KirkwoodWorking YouTube channel as well as the podcast- DIomgY- a DIY Podcast...Mostly that I make with my co-host Geoff.  It is a good time, and I think you would enjoy!

DIOMGY Podcast
DIOMGY YouTube 

KirkwoodWorking Twitch
KirkwoodWorking YouTube

 

CNC Build Videos are Up!

So I finally got around to posting the live build videos of my CNC router build last fall.  It took far too long and I wish I had gotten to it sooner.
 

But now they are up!  I was able to cut the 5 days of build (about 15 hours) into 4 parts, each around 2 hours in length.  This series is not for the feint of heart.  This is a step by step walkthrough of how to build the C-Beam XLarge CNC router. It shows everywhere I messed up (not including the blood sacrifice to the aluminum burr gods) and all of the areas where I found the build very straightforward and simple and everything in between.

This series was meant to be more of a realistic primer on how to build this particular CNC or use a similar aluminum extrusion kit to make a CNC.

Part one includes most of the grunt work of prepping the aluminum extrusions for assembly, including squaring with a file and tapping. It also includes some of the assembly work for the base of the machine and some sub-assembly preparation.

Part two finishes the base assembly and starts on the preparation of the gantry assemblies, including the wheels and gantry plates.

Part three sees me marrying the gantry plates with the extrusion rails and further marrying those sub-assemblies to the base platform.

The final part has me work through the acme rod attachment and some binding issues as well as the final assembly of the machine, addition of motors, wiring of electronics and then running my first program.

I was only able to complete this build in such a timely fashion because of all the good people at OpenBuilds, PlanetCNC and the great audience on twitch that was there to help this complete beginner noob.

I haven't been able to use the CNC as much as I wanted or planned, but I am able to engrave names into cutting boards, which is a nice feature to be able to provide, and I am also able to perform a giveaway where I name the subscriber wall in the shop after 1 luck Sub, engrave their name into a piece of wood, and then send it off to them in after the month of adornment is complete.

If you are looking at building a CNC and have little to no experience... I hope these videos can help you out!

The renovation is starting

Today was the real first day of the 2017 renovations to my circa 1896 house for this year.  We are updating the upstairs with some new insulation, subfloor, carpet, asbestos-less drywall and new bathroom.  We have been planning on this since we learned we were going to have another child.  Turns out it is hard to have 4 people in 2 rooms, especially since one will be an infant.

So to kick off this whole ordeal, we started in the most logical place...... Upgrading our kitchen with a new (mildly dented) gas stove.

This is the last hold-out appliance in our kitchen from when we purchased the home in 2014, well, to be fair, there wasn't a dishwasher or microwave.  I guess we only really got rid of the old fridge...

We started this all of by asking a few of the HVAC vendors how much it would be to run a gas line and then we were pleasantly surprised that we could afford it and get it installed relatively soon.  With no gas stove in our posession, or in mind, I thought it might be prudent to get the gas installed during the renovation so that it is there when we needed it.

I asked my wife to pick out a range, and then wait for it to come up on scratch&dent or at an outlet, thinking I had at the very least weeks or even months until we had one locked down.

Nope.

Picked it out. Found it at an outlet in Denver. Bought it and brought it inside no less than 36 hours later.

The gas was installed today, way ahead of my original plan, but the stove is in, the kitchen finally matches and the wife is happy. I only broke one thing installing it too!

Cheers.