This week I made a hockey puck re-bounder. I saw so many online that costed a $100.00 for a piece of plastic with a bungee cord. I couldn't live with myself if I spent that much money on something I could make for $6.00. So I went out to the shop and found a scrap of 2x3 and purchased a bungee cord at my local hardware store for around $6.00. I used a pocket hole jig to connect the 3 boards together and screwed the bungee cord to the rebounder. Since I didn't have a shooting pad, I picked up a 4'x8' sheet of hardboard at my local hardware store and used that. It actually works great and it was only around $8.00.

Ep. 6 | How to Build a Small Wood Shelf

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Nothing this week!

This week I made an extremely sturdy shelf for your garage or basement. I used 15-2x4's and 2-4'x8' sheets of 3/4" plywood. I had my local hardware store cut the 2 sheets of plywood into a total of 8-2'x4' sections. This gave me the perfect size for my shelf. Unfortunately, I don't have plans for this project, but it is really easy to make if you follow the video! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out all my other videos on my channel!

Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:

Steve Ramsey's Whirligig

Ep. 21 | How to Build Wood Shelves | Garage/Basement

Ep. 5 | How to an iPhone/iPod Charging Dock

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Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:

Nothing this week!

Ep. 19 | How to Make a Hockey Puck Re-Bounder

Ep. 26 | 2013 Year End Wrap Up!

Ep. 18 | How to Change a Bandsaw Blade

Ep. 25 | How to Build a Treasure Chest

Ep. 20 | How to Make a Spring Clamp Rack

Ep. 3 | ​How to Build a Baseball Bat Rack

Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:

Nothing this week!

Ep. 13 | How to Make a Fall Pumpkin Decoration

Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:

Steve Good's Website

I saw a similar model of this over on Steve Good's website, The Scroll Saw Workshop and I thought it would be a cool little project for my show. It's not a only a stand for your iPod or iPhone, it's a charging dock as well! It works great and you can cut these out on the scroll saw fairly quick. These would probably be a good item at a crafts sale. I would recommend making them out of hardwood if you are planning on selling them though. You wouldn't want to sell this if it was softwood because it may not last as long

Halloween is right around the corner so I thought it would be a fun idea to make a typical Halloween cat that could sit in the window. After I made it, I thought it would be even cooler if it could play music, so that's what I did. I soldered a speaker and connections to an aux cord and now it can play music. I used 1-2'x4' sheet of 3/4" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) to make it. I added some black paint to give it a silhouette look. If you would like to make your own Halloween cat, you can download the template for free!

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Cutting Guide

Ep. 23 | Woodworking Tools I Recommend for Beginners

Ep. 2 | 2013 Shop Tour

This is the very first video on my YouTube channel. I made it to "educate" viewers that there was a new woodworker in town! A few months later I got a few videos in order and started my YouTube channel: Woodworking Nut.

Ep. 10 | How to Make a Whirligig

This week I'm just thanking all of the fans I have received over the past 6 months. Season 1 has come to an end and I had a lot of fun making videos for you guys this year!

Subscribers at Beginning of Season 1: 0

Subscribers at End of Season 1: 477

Total Gained: 477


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Ping Pong Paddle Template

Updated Version of this Video

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This whirligig was model after Steve Ramsey's whirligig he made a while back. The concept stayed the same, but the theme was the main change. I decided to go with Matthew Stafford throwing a football. I painted it Lions colors and it was all made from 1/2" and 1/4" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). I had a lot of fun making this project and it came out great! I would highly recommend building one of these and the possibilities are endless when you make one. I love the versatility and overall concept behind harnessing the power of the wind to make something that can entertain your family and neighbors!


Tip: I would add some type of waterproof spray or coating on your whirligig to keep your whirligig running smooth and looking nice for many years to come!

Since I was new to YouTube, I wanted to show my viewers how my shop was all set up. This way my viewers would know where everything was when i was building my projects. This video is very rough, but it was the start of my channel and everyone has to start somewhere.

Happy Halloween! I thought it would be fun to make a goofy video for Halloween. Enjoy!

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Note: Since this video has been made, I've made an updated video if you would like to watch it instead.


This week I decided to make a ping pong paddle. I thought it would be a fun project and it's pretty easy to make as well. I used black grip tape on one side and red sandpaper on the other. If I were to make the paddle again, I would've chose an extremely high grit sandpaper for the paddle. Then to attach the sandpaper to the paddle, I would've used spray adhesive. That's just what I would do though, you can do whatever you want. If you would like to make your own paddle, I've created a template that you can download and print out for free to help you make your own!

Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:

Steve Good's Website

A lot of people ask me, "I'm getting into woodworking, what should be the first tool I purchase?" And I reply, "I would most likely get a tale saw first, but to understand what each tool does best, watch my Woodworking Tools I Recommend for Beginners video!" This video just gives a brief explanation of common woodworking tools that are used in my workshop and many others. If you are new to woodworking and want to know which tool you should buy first, this video is perfect for you!

This week I'm building a trophy out of wood. I thought it would be fun to make a few of these trophies and hand them out when I play backyard baseball with my friends. You can easily customize the size, shape, and sport to make a unique trophy of your own. Have some fun this summer and maybe pass out a few the next time you're with your friends!


​Tip: Depending on what sport, you can simply google a coloring book image of a batter or hockey player and print it out as a template.

Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:

Cat Template

Note: This is the older version of my workbench build. Since then, I have created a new video on how to build a workbench that is better quality.

After receiving the top of this workbench piece for free, I had to make a workbench for it. This is the perfect size workbench for my chop saw to sit on because it is 10' long and 2.5' long. This allows me to easily support the wood that I cut on my chop saw because of its length. After getting many suggestions for measurements, I have made a simple set of plans for this workbench. You can view or download them for free if you would like to make your own. Don't forget to give the video a thumbs up and subscribe to help support my channel!

Ep. 9 | How to Make a Push Stick

I thought it would be a cool idea to make a meat cleaver since Halloween was coming up. I just made a simple outline that you can download below and cut it out on my scroll saw. I used 3/4" MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) and gave it some paint. To add the bloody blade look, I dabbed a paper towel into some red paint and dabbed it on the knife. I think it gave it a cool looking blood effect. I had a lot of fun making this project and hope you guys enjoy it! If you want to make your own, you can download the template for free!

This week I'm back in my basement (Michigan winters are cold in the garage!) making a boombox for my room. I thought it would be a fun idea and I recently got some speakers from an old TV we were throwing out. I saved the screws that mounted the speakers and I ripped out an old circuit board from some computer speakers. I used the circuit board to connect the speaker wires to the power source (a 9v battery) and to connect the aux jack. I simply built a wood case for the speakers to mount to out of 3/4" plywood. After I mounted everything, I realized something was missing, buttons for the front! Unfortunately, the buttons don't actually work, but they dress up the box a little bit. Watch the video for a better understanding of how it was built and don't forget to give the video a thumbs up and subscribe if you’re new to my channel!

This is the old trailer video I made for my channel. Just a simple video saying who I am and what I do. It basically promotes my channel and it automatically played when new viewers would see my channel. If you like what you see, please don’t forget to hit that subscribe button. Thanks for your support!

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Nothing this week!

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Download the Free Plans!

Ep. 1 | Woodworking Nut's Preview

Ep. 12 | How to Make a Ping Pong Paddle

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Nothing this week!

After making the cruiser board for my friend, I decided it would be cool to make a longboard. It is basically the same concept as the cruiser board, except you don't need to make a curve for the tail on this one. I was actually commissioned to build this one for another friend of mine. I bought the wheels, trucks, bearings, and hardware all from a complete kit for only $40.00 and I can honestly say they are pretty good quality for the money. I would definitely purchase them again. As for the grip tape, I picked it up for around $11.00 at the time, but I believe it's up to $14.00 now. You can get cheaper grip tape, but I'm not sure if the quality will be as good. I picked up 1- 2'x4' sheet of birch that was 1/4" thick at home depot for around $10.00 (I would recommend baltic birch if you can get your hands on it). As for the template, I went online and found a website that gives free templates for multiple style longboards.

Ep. 8 | How to Build a Cruiser Board | Free Templates

Ep. 15 | 2013 Woodworking Nut Trailer | Old Trailer

This week I decided to restore and old fall decoration I had. I really liked the decoration, but we lost all the pumpkins on it. Luckily, we still had the post that was painted green with all of the decorations on it. Making the post is really simple if you don't have one. All you do is cut a 2x4 down to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and paint it green. The dollar store probably sells fake leaves and by taking a staple gun, you can easily attach the leaves. From here, I just cut out pumpkin templates that I made and painted them the appropriate color. After that was all done I epoxied the pumpkins to the stick. If you want to make your own, you can download the pumpkin templates below for free!

Ep. 16 | How to Make a Halloween Meat Cleaver

This week I'm making a simple wood shelf that I painted brown. This is actually a pretty cool project if you made it out of a nice wood and gave it a nice finish. This shelf was really easy to make and if you routed the edges with a nice bit, it would help dress up the shelf. This is another project that I think would be good for a craft sale because it doesn't require a lot of wood and it doesn't take a lot of time to make it either.

Ep. 4 | How to Build a Trophy

Ep. 14 | How to Make a Halloween Cat that Plays Music

Since I did a goofy video for Halloween, I thought I would upload a little video showing you guys how to replace the blade on your bandsaw. Even though this is a bench-top bandsaw, the process is basically the same as a full sized bandsaw. You can find all the information for your bandsaw blade size and specs in your owner's manual. It may even be on the door of your bandsaw just like mine was. If you don't have luck with any of those options, you can always look online and I guarantee you will find it there.

Ep. 17 | Happy Halloween from the Woodworking Nut!

Ep. 11 | How to Build a Longboard

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Nothing this week!

This week I decided it would be a great chance to make some Christmas ornaments on my scroll saw. You can find many scroll saw templates on google images, but I recommend going to Steve Good's website. He is a scroll saw artist that shares his templates with the world. Almost everything on his website is free, but consider giving him a small donation if you decide to use any of his templates (it really helps him keep the site up and running). I'll be sure to leave a link below, and the two ornaments you see here are probably my personal favorites!

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Nothing this week!

This week I made a quick and easy project for the shop, a push stick. A push stick is an absolute necessity for any workshop. It essentially extends your hands when operating a table saw or router. Instead of your hand being close to the blade as it's going through the saw, the push stick is. In the case you accidentally touch the blade, it will be the push stick instead of your hand. I would recommend watching the video for a better explanation, but trust me when I say it's a necessity for every SAFE workshop. This push stick was designed after Steve Good's template from The Scroll Saw Workshop. You can download it there for free and be sure to take a look around at all of his other templates. Mr. Good does excellent work and almost everything is free. Feel free to leave him a tip if you feel he deserves it!

Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:

Steve Good's Website

Ep. 22 | How to Make a Boombox

Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:

Pumpkin Templates

My first project video. This week I'm in the shop building a rack to hold and store baseball bats. I'm just doing a real simple, but practical design to hold 6 of our baseball bats. This project doesn't require a lot of wood and if you paint it, it has potential to look nice. If you have a little more time than I did, you could add a few spots to hold baseballs as well.

Ep. 24 | How to Make Wood Christmas Ornaments

Ep. 7 | How to Build a Strong Workbench | Old Version

This week I was approached by my friend/neighbor, Alex Traub and he asked me if I could build something similar to a Penny Board, but he wanted it to be wood instead of plastic. Of course I said yes and I'm glad I did because it is now my most popular video on YouTube! The hardest part of this project was figuring out how I would get the bend in the tail. You can either use a solid piece of wood and steam bend it or you could use a technique called bent lamination (gluing together multiple pieces of thin wood to create a bend). If you would like to make your own cruiser board, I've made a set of templates you can download for free!

This spring clamp rack is a simply, but effective little project. I just grabbed a scrap of 2x4 and some leftover 1" dowel and by drilling a 2 holes in the 2x4, the dowels slid right on in. Just add some wood glue to hold it in place and you're all set!

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Nothing this week!

Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:

Nothing this week!

In my freshman wood shop class, we built these treasure chests from a single pine board. Since then, my original chest broke and I'm in the shop this week to make an exact duplicate. All you need is 1- 1x6 that is 8' long. With the proper layout, you can get the entire treasure chest built from that single board. On the bottom of the board, I did butt joints with a 1/8" groove cut towards the bottom. This allowed me to slide in a piece of plywood for the bottom of the chest. On the top of the chest, you cut a bunch of strips over on the table saw. You will also need a little template for the sides on the top piece. For this, there is a basic template you can download below!

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Nothing this week!

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Meat Cleaver Template

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Updated Video