I am always interested to know how to do everything and when it comes to fishing one of the best DIY projects is painting your own lures (crankbaits). My friend Jake has posted some great videos on Youtube covering the best methods to paint them yourself. You can visit Jake at www.dakotalakestackle.com to purchase the unpainted crankbait bodies and stencils.
I have just finished creating a model of an entryway locker that I plan to start building soon as a donation to for a local charity dinner. When finished I will post pictures of the construction and detailed plans.
Click on the picture below to be able to interact with a 3D PDF model of the Locker. Note you will need Adobe Acrobat reader installed in order to view and interact with the model.
I needed a feather-board to guide some wood through my router so I drew up this quick feather-board pattern. Click here for the full size pdf pattern or click on the picture of the pattern below.
I made my featherboard from some 1/2″ thick plastic I had purchased from a surplus pile at a local hardware store.
My daughter’s dolly needed a warm place to sleep, so we went to our scrap fabric drawer and pulled out a scrap of fleece with a fun pattern larger enough to fit the doll. We placed Anna (the doll’s name) on the fabric and sized it to her.
You can see below that we folded the fabric to create a bag on the bottom for the doll to sleep in and into a space for a pillow on the top.
Now make sure that the fabric is inside out and all the edges are straight with the openings folded over approximately 1/4 inch. Now it’s time to dig out the sewing machine. (I don’t have much of a sewing machine, but it gets the job done. It’s a Shark Mini Sewing Machine and they cost around $20.) Sew each side of the sleeping bag two times for a little extra stregth.
Next I used fabric glue to glue the lip down.
We then flipped the sleeping bag right side out and commenced to stuff the pillow area with some excess fabric in order to make a fluffier pillow.
Finally we glued the seams of the pillow area together the same way that we glued the lip on the other side and the dolly had a warm place to sleep.
Even a kids toolbox is not complete without a good saw. For filling out that toddler toolbox you can download our pattern and cut one on yourself.
This toy saw can be made from a scrap of 1/4″ plywood or any other 1/4″ thick material you choose. It consists of three pieces easily cut on a scroll saw. Click here or on the picture below to downoad a free pdf of the pattern with instructions and then you can follow along with the pictures below to see how I made mine.
You can see in the picture below I cut the three parts of the saw from an 8″ X 10″ piece of scrap 1/4″ plywood.
I then glued and clamped the boards together. I used Gorilla Wood glue, but any polyurethane wood glue should work fine. Make sure to remember to use a piece of scrap material under the clamps as to not dent the wood.
Finally I hand sanded the saw to 220 grit. You can finish the saw with the child safe finish of your choice or you can leave the toy unfinished.
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