Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Making a wooden toy car



Block of wood 
Drill press
Flush cut saw
Marking gauge 
Forstner bit 1 1/8” and 3/8” for recess in the wheels
Brad point drill bit 7/32” and 3/8”
Sandpaper 80-220
Axle pegs for 1/4” wheels. 7/32”
(1/4” dowel and a piece of scrap wood for jig)
1” dowel or 4 1” slab wheels with 1/4” holes 
Wood glue
Food safe finish

Optional: paste wax for wheels and axles. Whittling knife, spray adhesive. 

*Start with a squared piece of wood

*Draw out car shape or attach template or design 

*Using a marking gauge and an awl, mark out placement of holes for wheels, axle pegs and headlights 

*Trim axle pegs to size using a simple jig and flush cut saw 

*Drill holes using drill press using wheels and pegs as a reference

*Cut out car shape on bandsaw (or handsaw)

*Round over sharp edges using sandpaper (optional: chisel, knife or apron plane)

*Apply food safe finish 

*Glue axles and wheels

Let dry and swerve fast ; )

Printable template with measurements is available below. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Tools, Tricks and Tips for the Workshop!

Using the dewalt 4.5” circular saw

In this video I show you how I use my super portable cordless Dewalt 4.5 inch circular saw. I also show you how to make 2 very useful jigs for making quick cross cuts and rip cuts. This little saw doesn’t take up much space. It’s light weight, portable and cut wood up to 1.5 inches thick and can handle plywood as well. 
The simple crosscut jig for your circular saw: Using Thin CA glue and accelerator guarantees nothing shifts while driving in the screws. And after that first cut is made you have a reference for all subsequent cuts simply line the end of the jig to your line and cut. 
I recommend using a wider board so the jig is more ridged. Guide track jig is simply a thin piece if MDF and a straight piece of wood. It’s made in a a similar fashion as the crosscut jig and can be used for cutting plywood or making rip cuts. All that is needed is a clamp to secure it down. 

 Izzy Swan’s Tablesaw Infeed Saddle

I recently purchased an infeed attachment for my sawstop table saw. It’s made by Izzy Swan. This thing is a must have for anyone who uses a table saw. It lets you use the miter gauge past the table which if you’ve ever tried doing it’s pretty much impossible to get an accurate cut. It also makes cutting sheet goods easier and most importantly safer. You no longer have to pull a balancing act to get it done. It’s easy to assemble. Easily attached and removed when not in use. I highly recommend this infeed table. I purchased mine directly from his site www.izzyswan.com He makes different versions for different saw types and brands. Thumbsy approved ;-).

Turn an Old Pullsaw into a Cabinet Scraper

In this video I show you how I turn an old pull saw into a card scraper. I usually go through about one saw per year. Since I use the cheaper saws as my beater saws the get ruined pretty quick. This is a great way to bring new life to an old worn out saw

Monday, October 12, 2020

YouTube gear

 This is a list of some of the equipment I use to make YouTube videos. This includes cameras, microphones, lights...etc.  


I set up a few areas in the shop to mount little action cameras or GoPro type cameras. These are small and stay out of the way for the most part as I go about using machinery. 


I use a few different microphones when recording. For voice overs I prefer this one. It’s part of the amazon basic line but it is actually an exceptional microphone. I recommend getting a pop screen for this microphone. It is highly sensitive and will pick up a everything. I will be making a egg carton sound proofing box. will let you know how well that works. The voice over in my longer videos is done with this mic. You can hear the difference in quality from the shorter vids which is done through my phone or iPad. 

I use this mic to record exclusively with my Windows os laptop. I have yet to try it with other devices but will update this post when that happens. 

The other microphone I use is a smaller mic that works well for me in the shop for direct recording and shop noise. It works with the iPad and my iPhone but it does require adapters to connect and work. 

My workshop is quite dark. The walls are dark and most areas aren’t well lit so for sometimes a bit more light is required that why I also use these lights hey are cheap I mainly use them for product photos and adding light to areas I want to focus on. To avoid harsh lighting I bounce the light off of some white card stock that I usually have in the shop. A diffuser would also help. 

After everything is recorded it gets edited on my iPad Pro. I prefer to use adobe rush (limited free app). It is very similar to iMovie which is also free and comes with the iPad software. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Sandbox Play Area and Marble Machine

In this video I will walk you through how I built this sandbox play area in the small area in our backyard. it features a standing sandbox with storage and a marble machine.

The plans and cut list will be available soon. 
The materials can be found in most home centers. and can be built in a with a few basic tools.
You can use a small 4 1/2-inch circular saw. with a speed square for most of the cuts. I will have a video showing how to make cuts with this saw for this project.
a tape measure for obvious reasons.
a drill and a variety of bits.
pocket hole jig is not necessary, but it helps.
building the maze portion, you will need a level especially if the ground is uneven
a jigsaw with a scrolling blade, an acrylic cutting blade and metal cutting blade or a hacksaw for the aluminum rods
a step bit is usually known for drilling metal, but I found that it works well for acrylic sheets
hammer and nails, and exterior screws
a heavy-duty staple gun and staples are optional as well
I built this play area before I decided to put videos up online but after I saw how much my son loved it. I decided to make a video about it, and I created this 3d model so I can show you how it was done.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Whimsical Birdhouse Build

In this video I show step by step how to make this Whimsical birdhouse. Its sure to bring a smile to your back yard. I used an 8 foot cedar deck board for this build. I also show you how to carve details using a bench chisel and a knife. And to take it a step further I decided to add contrast to the roof in a non traditional way. I painted it with FIRE! I also show you a few tricks along the way! I used a table saw for most of this build but you can use a variety of tools with the same results. I built this birdhouse to attract local nesting birds in my area. But you can adjust this birdhouse for the birds that you want to attract.

Air BnB (read as Air bird and beak) 

I live in New York, there are a lot of bird species that might call this birdhouse a home. This all based on my own online research, I am not an expert ornithologist. But I do play one on TV. 

The hole opening and floor size, as well as the hole height. (1 1/4 inch opening minimum 6 inches from the house floor. With a floor space of 4 1/2 x 4 1/2.) 

Cavity nesting birds 

Nut hatches

House sparrows

Downy woodpeckers





You can adjust this birdhouse to fit other birds as well. Birds that larger hole and slightly larger floor space. 

Yellow belly sap sucker

Blue birds

Tree swallows

Rough Cut list 

Cedar deck board 

Actual size 1 inch x 5.5 inches x 96

All cross cuts unless otherwise specified 

Face and back

2x 14 inches 


2x 7 inches


4 inches


4x 6 inches

Then into 1/2 inch strips 

5 from each board

Leave 4x 1 1/2 inch pieces for ears/sides

Back panel 

Cut this last! 

24 inches

7 Screws 

1 1/2 inches long

21 gauge pin nails

1 inch and 5/8

Eye hook

Monday, June 15, 2020

Do Make Build Recommended! Summer Edition

There are times when I may have purchased or used a product that has simply made life easier.
Sometimes its a kitchen tool or a something that helped with parenting or something that was just awesome. I will be posting these items here. You can help support Do Make Build by using the affiliate links below.

Mosquito repellent
Every summer and spring I like to spend as much time as I can with my family in our little backyard oasis. Nothing ruins our outdoor fun like those pesky mosquitoes. I have tried everything from bug zappers to citronella plants and candles nothing has worked as well as this. Hands down my favorite mosquito repellent is made by Thermacell. Practically no odor, no harmful chemicals, user friendly and this version comes with a nice lantern. It has about a 15 foot "protection zone", which is great for small backyards. You have to purchase replacement butane cartridges and mosquito repellent pads.
I have two versions, one of them too take with us when we decide to go for a picnic. I purchase the cartridges and mats in bulk about once a year and stay mosquito free all summer long!



Nothing smells more like summer than BBQ or wood fires. The easiest and fastest way I've found to get my summer started is with some lighter cubes by Webster. Just one cube under your charcoal chimney or wood stack is all you need. If your old school there are always fatwood sticks. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Making a magnetic chalkboard.

Here’s a quick, simple build. Making a magnetic chalkboard. 
In this my video, I go over the steps and show how to make an old fashioned chalk board. Good for indoor or outdoor displays. Teachers, stores fronts, moms, dads and kids can all enjoy using this chalkboard.
Super simple to make. I used a table saw, a handsaw, a chisel, a small hand plane and a drill.  If you don't have a table saw you can make this using any saw and a router. 
The materials can be found at most home stores.


1/4 in 24x48 exterior grade plywood sheet

24x36 26 gauge galvanized sheet

Chalk board paint

Paint primer

120 grit sandpaper

Pva glue 

Cedar 1x6 decking board (4ft used)



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