Harbor Freight Belt Sander to Shop Vac Dust Port Adapter

My Harbor Freight 3 x 21 belt sander (Chicago Electric, #69859) has served me well, but the dust collection could be improved. I wanted to hook it up to my Shop Vac's 2" hose for a bigger sanding job, so I turned to 3D printing to get the job done. This video takes you from the design process through to a finished working part.

Get the STL file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2338492
 

Pentagon Pencil Cup in Walnut and Aluminum

Recently I was motivated to get out in the shop by a cup build-off put on by Izzy Swan's Tool Masters Association. There was a prize up for grabs and it was a fun excuse to get out in the shop. I had some rough walnut from craigslist and a desire to play with some interesting geometry, so I got to work on this walnut and aluminum pencil cup.

Overall I like how it turned out. If I were to build another one, I'd get some thicker aluminum, as the scraps I had on hand were pretty thin. Other than that, it was a fun project. Since the aluminum was embedded in the panels, I had to clean the dust off well before finally coating it with spray lacquer.
 

Custom Designed 3D Printed Pens [2017 No Lathe Pen Challenge]

Get the 3D designs here: http://www.thingiverse.com/benbrandt22/designs
Get the pens here: http://amzn.to/2lndAQm

Bill Livolsi over at One Car Workshop challenged the maker community to get creative and try making a pen without a lathe. My original plan failed, so I decided to dive in and spend some time with my new (new to me) 3D printer and see what I could come up with. As you may know, I enjoy designing things in 3D in Fusion 360, so I came up with a couple interesting geometric pen designs, built to fit the ink from a cheap pen.

For more inspiring pen projects, check out the No Lathe Pen Challenge playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khokap7AP5o&list=PLHoCZ7LR6hNrJHIlhZxW876wEhs9ReQTt

For those of you who are interested in the printing details, these were printed in PLA with 100% infill and a high detail resolution. I didn't use automatic supports because they were generated inside the pen body which would have been too hard to remove. Instead the supports were manually placed around the outside and that was sufficient. The hexagon pen was placed flat-side down and only had supports added to the two ends.

Simple Stanchions for Wire Shelves

I was tasked with fixing an unusual storage problem. Large rolls of fabric had been stacked up on a wire shelf that was much too small and not designed for this type of item. The rolls were nearly falling off the shelf, held back by a random length of ribbon that had been tied around them. Despite the poor solution this was the best place to keep them, so I came up with a simple wooden stanchion that could "slot into" the wire shelf and hold back the rolls of fabric. This way we had a better, cheap solution that was easy and not permanent.

Box Jointed Cement & Walnut USB Hub | #USBHubChallenge inspired by Giaco Whatever

This USB Hub challenge was inspired by a project where Giaco Whatever made a USB hub cast in cement, and the video was met with a lot of criticism. A number of fellow YouTube makers, led by Michael Lawing, decided to get together and make our own Giaco-inspired USB hub projects as a show of support, and to show how much good can happen by sharing even a small idea with the community.

To see all the projects in the USB Hub Challenge, check out the USB Hub Challenge Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtOpzFLh4wxwkOPFP7-Euqf8ZpEhvOrsd

For me, this was a fun opportunity to get creative and experiment with some new materials and techniques. I got to plan out, sketch, and model my idea, experiment with the concept, and make it happen. The cement parts were cast in molds made from MDF and packaging tape, placed down on a sheet of glass I salvaged from an old scanner. I need more practice with my router, having blown out some chunks of my walnut, and my first time cutting mortises resulted in some blowouts as well. Thankfully the outside turned out good enough that I didn't have to start over. I learned a lot from this build, and I hope it inspires you to get out and try making something yourself.

Giaco Whatever's channel:
https://www.youtube.com/c/giacowhatever

Michael Lawing's channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVBiW0_QzrsS3vZdCjAitQA