There are some projects I do that are not woodworking related but are crafty type.
I figured I should make an Other Projects tab to dump all of these into. You never know what you might see in here.
VHS Cassette Tape String Maker
Yeah, this is a weird one.
I have all these VHS tapes that I can't use anymore and I really don't like to throw things away so I thought I might try to make some rope out of them but I'd need a way to twist them together.
I read up on the old fashion rope machines and thought it would work except I didn't want to have to unravel all these tapes, just to have to twist them into a short piece of rope. I wanted something long so I could easily carry/use/cut the size I needed.
After far more iterations than I'd care to admit I came to an acceptable method of holding a spool of VHS tape so I could pull out a section at a time, turn it into rope (string), then pull out more and continue until the entire spool is empty.
Turns out I get about 70' of strong 4 ply string from 20 minutes of tape so a full 70 minute tape will give you a good amount of strong string. I'm not going to sugar coat this, This project was pretty tough to build and setup properly. it's also pretty slow and I got bored with it after doing just the 70' I mentioned above. I'm going to shelve this project for now and possibly motorize it in after I have had a break for a while.
After I get four ~70' long strings I'm planning on winding them up on some empty spools and twist them into some actual rope to see how that does.
Carving Knife "Chip Knife"
I have had a carving knife for quite a few years and while I do like it, the handle was always a bit small for my hands. I have had a few old saw blades kicking around for a while and decided to cut one up to make some new carving knives.
I drew up two different designs using my existing knife as somewhat of a pattern, but as I didn't take the blade out, I had to guess how the blade was made. I found that a small circular saw blade was just about the same width as the blades I was cutting so I used that to cut the groove in the handle for the blade. I also realized in this process that using that small blade was quite nice in my table saw so I may start using them more often.
The handle by the way was some Maple Pallet wood I have been saving for a special occasion since it's Ribbon Maple.
Backyard clay into fired pottery
So, this one was a pretty fun project with the kids.
I planted a few trees in our back yard and since we only have about 6 to 8" of topsoil before hitting solid clay, I had a lot of clay to try and get rid of. I figured this might be a fun project to do with the kids. Turns out, they had a lot of fun. If you do this with your kids, make sure they don't wear nice cloths as clay does stain.
oh, yeah... Socks and sandals, I rock that...
Cutting steel quickly
A few years ago, I read a book about a guy that cut up old saw blades into kitchen knifes to sell during the Depression. He only used a cold chisel, a vise, and a file.
Since another project I was working on required a long strip of thin steel I decided to give this a try.
Turns out, this actually works better than the angle grinder/cutoff wheel that I typically use. It's faster, and it produces just as clean or cleaner cut.
You need to clamp the steel into a vise with the piece you want to keep clamped down. Take a cold chisel and angle so the tip is right at the top of the vise and give it two firm strikes to cut it. Slide down a little and repeat until you are through your cut.
Below is a video of the process. This is not sped up at all, it's really this fast.
Tin Can Rose
The temperature has dropped to 10°f recently so it's too cold to be spending time in the garage. I figured I'd record making a rose from Tuna Can lids. This is the 8th rose I have made.
you can download the pattern from the Instructable I put up a while ago when I first started making these.