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Ten Gifts for Your Handyman Under $100

I’ve been accused of being hard to shop for.  I think most Carpenters, Handymen, and other skilled tradespeople are.  The reason is that most of us like tools, a lot.

Umm…That should make it easy right? 

Wrong. 

Buying Tools is the Whole Point

An HVAC friend, who really helped me out when I got started, said, “If buying new tools all the time isn’t part of the job, then what’s the point?!” He’s right.  We’re a bunch of big kids who now have a legitimate “business reason” to buy all the toys tools we need.  Shh… don’t tell our wives. 

Seriously though,  If I need a tool for a job, I buy it.  If I have a good month and a new tool will make my work a little easier, I buy it.  If it’s in the right spot at the Lumber Yard, I buy it.  Having the tools to do a job safely, do it well, and do it fast ultimately makes or breaks our businesses.

Therefore, here are 10 gift ideas for some less common tools, under $100, that we may not have… yet.

 Bosch Laser Measure – $89.99 –

Why don’t I own one of these?  A laser measure can quickly and accurately measure a room with a push of a button.  It will speed up estimates, measuring for base and crown, and generally just save time on the job site.  If I don’t get this for Christmas I’m buying one.  I should have already.

Leatherman REBAR Multitool – $59.95

While the multitool doesn’t excel at any one job, having a small tool that can do many jobs readily available is handy when you find yourself in a surprise situation where you did need that flathead, wire cutter, etc.  I had a multitool really liked but have no clue where it is.

Audible Gift Membership – $45-$90

Reading books regularly correlates highly with being a successful person.  “Readers are Leaders” or something along those lines.  My problem, I’m busy.  I’m always working toward the next project deadline, or catching up on family time.  I rarely sit down to read.  By the time I’ve given up hope on finishing my to-do list, I can’t focus on words on a screen or page anymore.  But I do spend a lot of time driving, working in my shop, sanding, and painting.  There’s plenty of time to listen to a book and learn new things.  Audible is something I’d like to try, but never do myself

ISOtunes PRO Bluetooth Earplug Headphones – $89.99 

Good, quality headphones tie in with the Audible Gift.  I’ve tried a few different $20-ish dollar Bluetooth earbuds, but they don’t block enough noise to really be useful around loud equipment.  These headphones from ISOtunes, are also earplugs.  Blocking the loud noise from saws, sanders, and planers is a safety issue that I have been lax in addressing.  These are also Bluetooth so there’s no wire to create an additional safety hazard or be in the way.

GRR-RIPPER Advanced 3D Pushblock by MircoJig $51.80

This is one safety tool that I should already own, but I don’t.  Microjig’s GRR-Ripper is a push-block everyone that uses a table saw should have.  

MicroJig MATCHFIT Dovetail Clamps $45.00

These are the best, most versatile clamps I’ve ever owned.  Yes, I already have 8, I could use 8 more.  The concept is simple: route a dovetail groove and use it as a track for this clamp.  I’ll have a video on these soon because they are amazing.  I use them for; Auxilary Fences, Face Frame Assembly, Jigs, Stop blocks, and they also fit in dog holes and can be used basically anywhere.  These clamps are high quality and worth every penny.  

CLC Custom Leathercraft 1579 20 Inch, Open Top, Soft Sided Tool Box, 27 Pockets – $56.85 

I am leery of recommending a specific tool box, tool bag, or toolbox system because everyone has their unique needs and preferences.  I work out of a trailer so I don’t need an interlocking rolling toolbox system, like the DeWalt Tough System.  However, I do need a good bag that I can put all my cabinet door installation tools into, or my crown molding tools into and take into a customer’s house.

 

Coast 265-Lumen LED Headlamp – $13.98 

I had one of these and a lost it, or my son took it to play with.  It was great.  Bright, comfortable, and useful when crawling into dark, confined spaces.

DeWalt Folding Sawhorse with Adjustable Metal Legs – $36.97 

These are my favorite sawhorse.  They are lightweight, sturdy, and adjustable height so you can get them to the perfect height for you or the task. 

Cosco Shifter 300-Pound Capacity Multi-Position Heavy Duty Folding Hand Truck and Dolly $59.99 

I’ve had this tool since I started my business 3 years ago.  I have used it in countless ways and has been one of the best purchases I’ve made under $100.  It folds flat for easy compact storage and both the cart and dolly positions have plenty of uses.  I don’t use it all the time but it has a designated spot in my trailer so I can get it when I don’t feel like hauling something heavy 

There you have it 10 gift ideas that you can give the handyman in your life this Christmas season.
 

Straighten Boards With This DIY Table Saw Jointer Jig

Straight boards are essential to quality woodworking, however, I’ve yet to buy a perfectly straight board.  This easy to make jig can be made in a few hours and will definitely up your woodworking game.

A Jointer is a woodworking tool that is used to get a perfectly straight edge on a board.  You cannot typically do this on a table saw because the curve of the wood will follow the fence and you’ll be left with a narrower curved board.  A Jointer is a specialized tool that is able to deal with the imperfect boards to get them straight.  They are also expensive ranging from $400-$3000.  

Also, I don’t really have room for one in my shop.  But I can achieve the same results faster and a whole lot cheaper with a jointing jig for the table saw.  With this jig, I’m able to get perfectly straight edges on lumber up to 2x12x96.  That’s a little overkill for most folk so you can make a smaller one that better suits your needs.  The jig uses plywood, which will have a straight edge from the factory and inexpensive toggle clamps.

Watch the Video Below to See How It’s Made

 

Improving Dust Collection on a Jobsite Table Saw

how to improve dust collection on a table saw

I recently purchased the Ridgid 10in Heavy Duty Portable Table Saw (R4513) to replace my Hitachi C10RJ Table Saw (Sigh). The Ridgid R4513 has a great fence, plenty of power, and a “gravity rise” stand.  I’m mostly happy with this saw and can trust it on the job site unlike the Hitachi.

One area that really could use improvement on the Ridgid Jobsite Table Saw is dust collection.  I’ve really been on a dust collection crusade recently, because of the health benefits, time saved in clean up, and an overall more enjoyable woodworking experience.

Check out my youtube videos for my homemade two-stage dust collector and the amazing auto switch I use to automatically turn my vacuum on and off.

I noticed fairly quickly that the dust collection was poor on my new saw.  Looking underneath I found that the shroud was mostly open which didn’t allow for strong suction.  I decided to do something about it,

I couldn’t make a shroud cover out of plywood or stiff material because it would interfere with the blade tilt mechanism.  Therefore, I simply doubled up some duct tape (sticky sides together) and started closing in the empty spaces.  I also used Zero Clearance Tape by Fastcap to quickly make my stock throat plate a zero clearance throat plate and to add some rigidity to my Gorilla Tape shroud underneath the saw.

The results were too good.  I actually closed up the saw to the point that air was only entering through the zero clearance throat plate.  This caused too much restriction and quickly caused the dust shroud to clog.  I cut out a small portion of the duct tape at the front of the shroud to allow for air flow and it works great.

This simple improvement greatly improved the dust collection at my table saw and makes it far more enjoyable to use.  I did this to my Ridgid Portable Table Saw but the same method should work on any table saw.

VIDEO

Watch the video below to see how I did this.  It should work on any jobsite or portable table saw.

how to improve dust collection on a table saw

*Click image above to watch video*

Cheap and Easy Two-Stage DIY Dust Separator

I don’t have an elaborate dust collection system at my shop.  My system is two shop vacuums that I got on Black Friday deals for about $40 each. I did splurge on a few extra hoses here and there but that’s it.

One thing that I always do is run filter bags in my vacuums.  Especially while sanding the fine particles will quickly clog a filter and dramatically decrease performance.  The filters also really suck (no pun intended) to clean.  Filter bags do a great job of keeping your wet/dry vacuum performing at full capacity until the bag is packed full, but man they are expensive!

Filter Bags get Expensive, Y’all!

The best prices I’ve found for filter bags are on Amazon (which is not always the case).  Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2u5oCzU

These are 3 for $10 with free shipping,  If you look sometimes you can find better but $3.33 per bag is about the best I can find.  The Orange store runs about $5 per bag and the Blue store is a shocking $7 per bag.  It pays to shop around!

If I’m building a Dog Kennel running my miter saw, table saw, and sander I can fill one of these up in a day, easy.  So I decided to try and make my own dust separator.

 

There are, of course, commercially available cyclones and chip separators (Like the Dust Deputy) that probably work better than mine: but where’s the fun in that?

My separator is about 80% effective.  This means that every time I fill up the trash can I used I save at least $13. That adds up over the year.

What You’ll Need

Here’s what I used:

All together I spent about $20 in supplies. If you count the trash can then it would be about $50 total.  Use what you have and be creative!

Form Fit PVC to Shop VAC hose with a Heat Gun

Now we run into a problem when we try to connect a 2″ vacuum hose to a 2″ PVC pipe.  It doesn’t work… but we can make it work.

Use a heat gun to soften the PVC and then work it over the shop vac fitting.  When it cools it will stay molded to the fitting giving a nice friction fit.  (BTW I love my DeWalt Heat Gun)

See how I put it all together on Youtube

diy dust separator

One More Thing…

I purchased an auto switch that automatically turns on my vacuum when I start up my saws.  It is an amazing time saver and I should have bought one sooner.

See how it works with this Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/BYaHQQNWKgY

 

 

 

 

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How To Install Upgraded Tow Mirrors On Your F-150 (With Video)

Towing is something that must be done carefully and safely.  Tow mirrors increase your ability to see your trailer and surroundings.  See how to install aftermarket tow mirrors on your Ford 150.  It’s easy.  


My shop is completely mobile.  This allows me to do everything from building you a Murphy Bed to a full remodel anywhere within our service area.  I’ve dubbed this “The Dailey Portable Shop.”  This is the fancy name for my 6×12 Cargo Trailer that I have meticulously organized and optimized to serve as my shop.

Everything in its place and a place for everything

Pulling this trailer is not without its downsides.  The increased traffic in College Station paired with all the road construction has made driving through town stressful.  Adding a trailer with into this equation doubles the stress.  The Dailey Portable Shop is backed into the driveway of most homes so that we can set up shop in the garage.

So how can I see everything I need to see to do all this safely?

Enter Aftermarket Tow Mirrors

My primary concern in adding tow mirrors is to increase my visibility while backing my trailer.  I have small children.  It honestly terrifies me that one of them may run behind my trailer while I’m backing it in and I not see them.  (Obviously, we try to teach them safety and keep them in a safe space while this is happening but…they’re children who don’t recognize and process the danger.  They’re just excited to hear daddy’s truck and want to run out to see me).  Tow Mirrors have dramatically increased my visibility.

I did a lot of research to find an affordable, quality aftermarket tow mirror that would fit my 2014 Ford F-150.  The reviews online pointed me to 1A Auto, and these Trail Ridge Tow Mirrors for only $173.00.  If you’ve looked for Ford OEM Mirrors you’ll know this is a much better deal.  These mirrors will fit 2007-2014 Ford F-150s but be sure to double check before ordering.

How to Install Tow Mirrors On Your Ford F-150 (Video)

See it’s that easy.

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Staining and Sealing Your Woodworking Project is Easier Than You Think!

Many DIYers are happy to paint their projects but freeze when they think about staining it.  Will it look right? Will I ruin it? Where do I start?  Hear is the truth: Staining and sealing your own furniture is easier than painting.  Even if you’ve never attempted to apply stain or apply wipe-on-poly yourself you will get great results if you follow the steps in this Youtube Video.

SEE! So easy only a politician could mess it up!

Here’s the steps and the products I used to finish this Rustic Style Barn Door. 

  1. Always sand your project up to 220 grit: Sand paper I use: Mirka 5-Inch 8-Hole Dustless Hook-and-Loop Sanding Disks
  2. Clean off all the dust with a slightly damp lint free cloth
  3. Apply stain. I like using a brush to get the stain in all the nooks then wipe the extra off with a lint free cloth. The Stain I used on this project is Provincial by Minwax:
  4. 4) Once Dry you will apply a least two coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly, I like Satin:

Now I like to use old based stains and finishes. The results are consistently better than with water based stains and polyurethanes.  If you’re finishing your Wooden Dog Kennel don’t worry once dry it is completely safe.  In fact polyurethane is food safe when fully cured, but I still wouldn’t eat it. Because we’re using oil based products you’ll also want some nitrile gloves and Paint Thinner/Mineral Spirits for clean up.

Here’s a Front Door I refinished following this same process but using exterior grade Spar Urethane.

Not quite up to doing it yourself? Well if you’re in the Brazos Valley Area CONTACT ME and I’ll be happy to help make your home look amazing.

If you have any questions or comments leave them below.

Wooden Dog Kennel Furniture Built By You

Easy to follow plans to to build your own wooden Dog Crate.

The first time I was asked to build a dog kennel, I almost said no.  We were getting ready to move and finalizing the adoption of our Son.  It was a busy time.  It sounded like a fun project so I took it on and did a video for my youtube channel.  It has snowballed into one of my most popular videos and launched a whole new area of my business.

Today, I build custom dog crate furniture built-to-order and I also sell plans so you can make your own.

Maker: mbdefrieze

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To Purchase Plans for How to Build Your Own Dog Kennel Click Here!

The added work I get from these Doggie Dens really helps the family.  We now have three kids 3 and under.  Being able to work in my shop and have the flexibility to run inside to help my wife, have the three year old with me in the shop while I’m working, etc. has been a blessing, and I owe it to your constant pestering!

You see, when I built that first kennel I never planned on making another one.  Then came the requests for me to build one, then for plans.  Then I made promises to make plans and y’all held me to my promises.  These Dog Crates can be easily tailored and customized to match your furniture.

I’m planning on really ramping up the products and plans I offer in 2018.  I’m currently designing a Tack Trunk/Hope Chest for my Son and Daughters for Christmas.  I’m working on making a set of plans and Youtube video to go with it.  I recently did a video on how to make your own Barn Doors. I’m not sure about making plans for those. They are so easy the video may be enough.  I was also contracted to build a fold down workbench in a garage in the near future.  Is that something you might want plans for?

Order A Custom Dog Kennel Here

(We ship nation-wide!)

Maker: Charli

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Maker: Alex

I would love to see your finished DIY Dog Kennel too.  Please send me a few pictures that I can share. Do you use your Dog Kennel as a entry table, a sofa table, an end table, or entertainment center?

What would you like to see plans for the most?  I can make plans for a Single Wooden Dog Kennel.  I can design plans for the Large Wooden Double Dog Kennel.  Down the road, I want to do a full bedroom suite.  I’m also going to be making new cabinets for my kitchen. I could make plans for a few of the basic cabinets so you could build your own cabinet for a remodel?  Let me know your ideas; that’s how this all got started in the first place. Dog Crate end tables and sofa tables…who knew.

Thank you for all your support; without it, Dailey Woodworks would not be where it is today.

To Purchase Plans for How to Build Your Own Dog Kennel Click Here!

Farmhouse Style Bunk Beds – Times Two

Custom Furniture in Caldwell TX

Last year I built a set of Double Bunk Beds and I recently completed my second set.  These were for a family’s guest room and we designed them to fit their beautiful farmhouse home.

I love these projects and most importantly the awesome people I built them for loved the finished result.

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Essential Kreg Tools and Jigs for Carpenters

The Kreg Pocket Hole jig is owned by almost every woodworker I know, and every woodworker should have one.  But Kreg also makes a lot of other useful tools and jigs.  Over time, I have found that I really like most of their tools.  Their prices are very reasonable as well.  These are tools I actually own and use professionally on most of my work.

The Kreg K4 Master System

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Custom Murphy Bed Build

Custom Murphy Bed in Caldwell TX

If you live in the Brazos Valley, and would like me to build a custom Murphy Bed for your home contact me for an estimate.

Shortly before Christmas I was commissioned to build a Murphy Bed.  Building a custom Murphy Bed is a project I have been wanting to do for a long time.  My wife and I had talked about building one for our guest/craft room, but it just never seemed to happen.  So when I got the chance to build one I jumped at the opportunity.

After some research we chose to use a professionally made hardware kit from Create-a-Bed.  There are several less expensive ways of putting a bed together but with something like this hacking together a cheap mechanism just creates problems.  By using a high quality hardware kit it saved time and therefore the client money in the end.  Also, the hardware comes with a Lifetime Warranty, which is reassuring.

This is what you get in the kit:
On each side of the Murphy Bed I built a bookcase.  Following the “Rule of thirds” each bookcase is a third of the width of the Murphy bed.  I also set the book shelves back from the face of the Murphy bed for some visual appeal.

(The “Rule of Thirds” refers to the idea that the human eye finds a 1:3 and 2:3 ratio visually appealing.  Take a look at your doors, cabinets, and dressers and you’ll see this in practice). 

We debated painting the bed white, but I’m very happy that we decided to stain it.  To add detail I made a faux door frame once again using the “rule of thirds.” to finish it up I added baseboard and crown molding.  A Murphy Bed can be taken from a ultra modern look to Victorian depending on the details you choose to add, or not add.

The Murphy Bed itself (for the full size, vertical mount) comes out from the wall 16inches, is 82inches tall, and has a width of 60inches (5ft).  Each book case is 82h x 20w x 12d.

The gas struts make raising and lowering the bed easy.  A firm tug lowers the bed and it can be closed with one finger.  My client is a very small person and had no issues raising and lowering the mechanism.

It is necessary to anchor the bed to at least 3 wall studs.  And while it is a semi-permanent addition to your home it can be partially disassembled and moved if the need ever arises.

Murphy Beds can be made to be either vertical or horizontal and are available. in Twin, Full, or Queen sizes.

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