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Nerf Gun Cabinet – With Plans

For Christmas, my son got a full Nerf Gun Arsenal. We built this simple Nerf Gun Cabinet to give him an easy place to keep them. This is a simple and fun project that your kids can be involved in, click the button to purchase the easy to follow plans.

(Note: this cabinet has proved ineffective in the goal of providing an easy place for him to place his Nerf Arsenal after play. His Nerf Collection remains mostly strewn about the house)

Nerf Gun Cabinet.  Nerf Gun Storage ideas
Nerf Gun Cabinet

A Basic Wall Cabinet

The body of this cabinet is a simple upper wall cabinet like you’d find in your kitchen. In fact, if you don’t have the means to build the cabinet body you could simply purchase a wall cabinet from your local store.

I built the cabinet 42″ Tall by 32″ Wide. This is a good general height. It’s tall enough to provide the room for all the Nerf Blasters and accessories. At 32″ Wide the cabinet will span two wall studs (at 16″OC) making it easy to mount securely pretty much anywhere.

Watch the Video to See It Built

The Perfectly Boring Workbench – An Easy, Simple Workbench

Simple Easy to Build Workbench

I needed a new workbench.  After spending days on Youtube watching video after video on the “Perfect” “Ultimate” Workbench, I was more lost than ever on what I needed for my shop.  After several failed design attempts to create my own “ultimate” workbench, I decided to go in the complete opposite direction.

What was the simplest, easiest workbench that I could make that would meet the following criteria?

  • Large enough to use as an all-purpose table saw outfeed table, assembly table, and work area
  • Strong enough to be used and abused in a production shop every day
  • Relatively easy to move around
  • Provide flexible storage that I could customize as my needs develop
  • Built for less than $100
  • Easy for new woodworkers and DIYers to build themselves with limited tools

I did it.  I created a basic, common, cheap, no bells, no whistles, boring workbench…and I LOVE it.  Thus the name, “The Perfectly Boring Workbench.”

Build Your Own

I decided to publish a set of easy-to-follow plans along with this video.  They should be easy enough for a new woodworker or DIYer to follow.  You’re local Home Depot or Lowes may even be able to cut everything to size for you in the store.

You will need some basic tools

One tool or rather set of tools you may want is the Kreg Accu-Cut System.  This is an attachment to your circular saw that will aid you in getting straight accurate cuts.

Materials

  • Two 4’x8′ Sheets of 3/4 Plywood (Other Materials like MDF are fine I just prefer plywood)
  • Two 4″x4″ Posts 8ft long (Or Four 2x4s doubled up for the legs)

Get the Step by Step Plans

The Perfectly Boring Workbench is easy to make.  It’s even easier with our step-by-step plans.  The plans include a full material list, cut list, and assembly instructions.  Purchasing our woodworking plans helps us put out more and better blogs and videos.

Plans to build a simple workbench

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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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