I've been using the CNC as shop tool for a couple of years now. Mostly, I create templates for routing. I've been playing around with using CNC to make some Toys out of scraps from cutting boards and other larger projects. Recently, I started creating some cars from the Bourbon Barrelhead Pieces. The car design was a free download from https://www.toymakingplans.com/index.php and they own it so I can't provide the CNC version. The Tractor is my own design so I am going to provide it for anyone wishing to make on a CNC or more traditional way with scrollsaw or hand saw. I'll try to update with instructions, tips and tricks and possible a video. If you do make it, email me some pictures to email@example.com
I have had a pretty disappointing couple of weeks in the online Maker communities. I'm hoping the arrogance and crappy attitudes is not "the new norm." I think there are too many Maker types that are doing things with money as the primary goal. While I will not fault anyone for doing what they feel they need to do, this is not a good thing overall. As a conservative, I definitely believe that capitalism is a good thing, but the Maker community needs to remain immune from it. Until recently, it seemed as though it had. The new attitude seems to put competition above the cooperation and collaboration that are the foundation of these communities.
If you challenge me or my motivation for what I do, you better have your shit together because I will defend myself. I have 3 core principals/rules I follow and expect other to follow in our communities.
Through the Beechwood School District, I was invited to present at the 2017 NKAGE DreamFest at NKU on Mar 9th. DreamFest is an annual one day event where "Gifted and Talented" students from all over Norhern Kentucky come to NKU to attend break-out session with topics ranging from creative to science and technical I have been working on growing the Maker community in Northern Kentucky --especially with Primary and High School students. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about the opportunity to get young people excited and interested all of the great things in Maker world. This particular presentation will have a have Science and Technology Education (STEM) which is definitely a major focus of mine. The details are below.
High Tech Tools and Toys of the MAKER
Presented By: Kelly Burns
See these cool tools and toys of the MAKER are used to turn their ideas into a creations. Get up close with CNC Machines, Laser Cutters, 3D Printers, Software, Electronics and other cool tools and toys used by the MAKER community to bring ideas to life. You will not only have the opportunity get your hands on these cool toys, but also build your own MAKER Gadget with parts created on them.
Anyone who has talked to me about woodworking knows that I can get very excited and ramble on annoyingly about it. I just discovered this "Submission' from June on my website. Here is a case where my exuberance actually helped someone. Never under estimate the power of your words. Positive or negative, they can have a tremendous effect on the people you come in contact with. In this case, I definitely didn't go out of my way to do anything and I certainly don't feel I did anything extraordinary, but it still feels good to hear things like this...
KELLYBURNSWOODWORKS.COM CONTACT SUBMISSION
Name: Susan M
My son and I met you at the City Flea event in Cincinnati a few weeks ago. You spoke with my son at length about tools and woodworking.
I am writing express my gratitude and sincere appreciation for the way you treated my 15 year old son. He can be a bit awkward and adults often dismiss him. You did not. He was admiring your wine boxes and your bottle openers. He said they were "awesome" and that he wished he could do that. You thanked him, but quickly assured him that if he wanted to, he definitely could make any of the stuff on your table. He said he had no tools and had never done any woodworking. You then explained that it doesn't take a ton of expensive tools and everyone starts somewhere. You told him that many people use inexpensive handheld power tools or hand tools. When he kept being negative, you just kept assuring him that he could and you joked that you could knock down any excuse he could come up with. You even offered to send him "KIT" that he could build to get started. I kept pulling him away, but he kept wanting to return to your booth. When we stopped by before leaving, you gave him your card with and listed a few online Woodworkers for him to check into. You then told him to email you with any questions.
You also told him about "Maker Spaces". We do not know anyone that makes or builds things and we did not know these types of places existed and were available to a teenager. He could not wait to get back to Indy and find a Maker Club or Space near our condo. He talked about it all the way home. Since then, he located a Maker Space and has managed to complete his first project. He is so excited about the new skills he is learning.
So thank you for being willing to talk to an awkward teenager and giving him the motivation to go for it. You told him that "there is nothing like the pride that comes from a finished project and knowing that you made it" and to "never let any obstacle keep you from experiencing that." He has experienced that and is now focused on what he can make next. The excitement and confidence from this experience has also drifted into other areas and he is a much happier kid. You took an extra 5 minutes to talk to him and it had a huge impact on him. I can't say Thank You enough for that.
I have been working on a finish for the cutting boards and toys that is not only 100% All Natural, but also made with Local Beeswax from Carriage House Farm. The wax is fantastic and has an amazing scent to it that makes the finish smell great. I have small tins for it and have created labels.
I'm still playing with the recipe a bit, but if you want try it out here is a draft of recipe.
Over 18 Years ago when I was a sapling woodworker I was at the Library going through some woodworking books. I did this quite often as the World Wide Web was still very new. I came across a book on "Chainsaw Lumber Making". I was immediately hooked and knew that I wanted to purchase or build a DIY version. For a woodworker, it can get no more "Scratch-built than this. The thought of building a piece of furniture from lumber I milled myself was appealed to me. It took a couple of years, but I eventually purchased an "Alaskan MKIII" Chainsaw Mill from Granberg. Soon after discovering that my current Chainsaw did not provide enough power, I purchased a Stihl 066 from a local dealer. I had purchased the biggest configuration available at the time. A 56" Double-Ended bar that would give me a 48" cutting capacity. At the same time I received the Mill, my brother had a 34"-36" diameter Maple tree that needed to come down. So this would be my first milling project.
Welcome to first Woodworking Blog Entry.
For the longest time I have been envious of my fellow woodworkers that are able to not only design and produce great products, but also share their stories with photos, videos and creative writing. With that in mind, I have always wanted to document my projects as well as provide some regular updates about what I'm doing in the shop. I'm sure this will be boring for many, but I know it is valuable to me and I'm sure others will be able to glean some useful information from it.
I am not, by any stretch, a "Fine Woodworker." Nor do I believe that my skills put be at a level of Craftsmanship that I am happy with. There is just so much more that I want to do and even more that I am know I am capable of. More importantly, some things that I'm not sure I'm capable of, but I definitely want to test myself with. That said, people seem to like the projects and the updates I post on social media. They receive a lot of positive comments and lets face it, that makes most of us feel good.
One unique aspect of my Woodworking is that I have a true infatuation with "reclaimed" materials. In other words, materials that generally served another purpose or function or simply saved from the landfill or burn pile. I am completely addicted to locating, saving and collecting these materials and creating new useful items from them. These reclaimed materials have included both vintage and modern building materials, barn timbers, woodwork and flooring from building demolition sites, wood pallets and leftover construction materials.