Shop layout. Shop organization. Shop set-up. Dream shop? This... is what I've been thinking about lately. As many of you know, we moved into this house and shop past summer, and the eight months leading up to this point have been spent, to a large degree, trying to sort out the shop and building things to make it more organizedRead More
I believe that the structure around us, directly impacts how we think, act and work. Now this may sound rather convoluted, but it's basically a way of saying that your environment matters, and if the space around you is nice and organized, then you'll spend a lot less time being frustrated, you'll be able to think clearer, and things generally go right, more often than they go wrong.Read More
Today we're celebrating my mother-in-law's birthday (Happy Birthday Rosie!), and like often when a birthday comes up, I'm thinking about creating presents myself. Isn't that one of the best things about making and woodworking, that you actually have the power to create something custom?Read More
Running a content-based business involve many things, however one of the most fundamental aspects probably come down to how you actually make money. Of course there are many ways to make an income while running a YouTube channel, writing a blog, or cultivating a following on some other social platform, and most people probably realize you tend to make money online from some or all of the following…Read More
People often look at me a little confused, as if they can't quite connect the picture of me and the way I act and behave with the tools and projects that I build. And I get it, woodworking and building is not a path I probably would have come to on my own. Sure I did wood shop in school when I was a young girl, but so did the rest of Sweden, and it really hasn't made that many Swedish women interested in using a table saw or operating a lathe.Read More
Sometimes it's nice to switch things up a bit, don't you think? While I love using nice hardwood or quality plywood (Have you seen the gorgeous cherry plywood I’m using on my built-in- library! 😍), every now and then it's fun to go basic. And that's what I did with this project.Read More
When we first found our property, one thing that immediately caught my eye as we walked around was a small 10x14 foot pre-fab shed which the previous owners used to store garden tools. It was nothing fancy, in fact it looked a bit worn, and in contrast to the two car garage which was to become the main shop, it was tiny. There is something rather intriguing however about a small space, and that little shed just screamed opportunity to me.Read More
I'm not sure exactly where I first saw a froe in use... probably in some video where they made old fashioned shingles by splitting a log like a cake in many pieces, positioning the long blade across the log and banging on it with a large mallet. The froe is an L-shaped tool, with a long metal blade attached to a wooden handle. The wood split quite easily, and the froe seemed like such a clever and simple tool. Unlike an axe or a hatchet, you're not actually swinging the froe, you keep it in place and excerpt force on it with a mallet instead.Read More
Guys, you know we're leaving soon, and we'd love to have a last meet-up here in Corvallis. So, if you're anywhere in the general area, put this on your calendar:
- Four Spirits Distillery (family friendly restaurant and distillery) in south town
- Corvallis, Oregon,
- Saturday May 12th at 2:30 pm.
Meet other makers and youtubers - WE'RE GIVING AWAY OUR LATHE - have a drink :) Hope you can make it! 🍻🌳🌍☀️🍺
I look at my main YouTube channel (Darbin Orvar) as a mix between engineering and design that always results in something practical. However in keeping it within that field, I've missed making videos that are more involved in art and thinking.
So in an effort to challenge myself to be a better creator, from both those directions I have decided to take my 2nd channel Darbin Notes completely in the latter direction, where I have the freedom to explore philosophical concepts or just weird ideas.
So - on Darbin Orvar I build and make, on Darbin Notes I experiment and try different creative endeavors. I'm so excited about this direction, and I want to connect further with my viewers and especially Patrons through this effort.
Yesterday's video was all about taking a roll of film and thinking about what the self really is, however tomorrow's effort will be completely different. If this sounds interesting don't forget to subscribe and watch.
Four Main Boxes
8 - 29x12x0.75 inches (736x304x19mm) - sides
2 - 28.5x12x0.75 (724x304x19mm) - middle
4 - 31.5x12.0.5 (800x304x12mm) - backs
4 - 33x29x0.5 (838x736x12mm) - tops
8 - 15.38x3x0.5 (391x76x12mm) - bracing pieces
8 - 23x10x0.75 inches (584x254x19mm) - sides
8 - 12.875x10x0.5 (305x254x12mm) - front & back
4 - 15.125x11.25x0.5 (384x286x12mm) - drawer faces
4 - 22.5x13.38x0.25 (578x340x6mm) - bottoms
Front Boxes w/ Basket Area
2 - 29x12.5x0.5 inches (736x317.5x12mm) - tops
4 - 29x12x0.5 (736x304x12) - bottoms & back
2 - 12x11.5x0.75 (304x279x19) - sides
2 - 11.5x2.2 (292x50x50) - posts
When planning out this project, I really wanted to create the ultimate home office system where various objects had a home, especially my beautiful typewriter, electronics devices, laptop and odds and ends. At the same time I wanted to make the space feel airy and light, so I decided to distribute the various shelves, cubbies etc... on the entire wall. Here are some more in-depth pictures of how it turned out.
I'm going to California soon and I'm scheduling a couple of meet-ups. If you're in the area, come by, grab a beer and meet other makers! Locations & dates below:
Sacramento, CA: Thursday Oct 13th
Track 7 Brewery (Natomas Location) 7pm - 826 Professor Ln #100, Sacramento, CA 95834
Torrance, CA: Friday Oct 14th
Absolution Brewery 7 pm - 2878 Columbia St, Torrance, CA 90503
Rockler - Torrance: Saturday Oct 15th - 9 am
20028 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
I'm happy to announce that I'm organizing a meet-up here in Corvallis, Oregon on May 14th for makers, fans, YouTubers and artists alike.🎈 I've been wanting to connect with more people in the area - others who also like to make and create things - or fans who watch the videos and who would like to stop by and say hi in person.
Location: The meet-up will take place at Sky High Brewery, located in downtown Corvallis, Oregon @ 160 NW Jackson St.
Parking: There are lots of available parking all over downtown Corvallis, and it's a very walk-able town. If you don't find a spot right outside the restaurant, try a few streets down.
Time: The meet-up will start at 2:30. End time? Hard to say - we'll be there for a while :)
Can minors come? Sky High is a brewery, however people under the age of 21 are welcome in all areas of the restaurant except the bar.
Who's the meet-up for? Makers, youtubers, fans and anyone who'd like to stop by and say hi! If you're located in the general area, come by - I'd love to meet you!
Corvallis has a very picturesque nice downtown, perfect for walking around and checking out stores and coffee shops.
Every Saturday there's a Farmer's Market on 1st street (right next to the brewery) which ends at 1 pm, and it's always very lively and fun with food and music.
Great lumber stores in the general area:
- The Hardwood Centre, 29855 on Highway 34 going towards Albany (nice slabs and a great hardware selection)
- Mikes Bargain Center, 33993 Texas St on Highway 34 going towards Albany (great prices and a nice selection)
- Spaeth Heritage House, 137 N 13th St, Philomath (architectural salvage)
In this podcast, we discuss a little bit of everything, however it mostly revolves around space. Some topics included: personality types, creativity, space travel, the consumer market, determinism, maker community, open source, can you predict the future? Why we should be wasteful.
Linn and Matt discuss how to design a maker space for a home or apartment.
This project is all about building a useful task lamp with led strip lights that are really easy to work with. In this build I use baltic birch plywood but any wood will be fine. Below are some links to the products I either used to make this project or tools that were very helpful.
Parts Used in this Build
- LED Strip Lights - http://amzn.to/1Ubz6BC
- Remote Control - http://amzn.to/1nuiQ1F
- 12v Power Supply - http://amzn.to/1M4Y8Md
- Soldering Iron - http://amzn.to/1TIpUWV
- Variable Power Supply - http://amzn.to/1UbzMHc
- Plexiglass - http://amzn.to/22GeDI2
- Plywood - http://amzn.to/1VFWSqy
- Lamp Magnets - http://amzn.to/1VFX88P
- 6 - 2 inch 1/4" bolts
- 12 - 1/4" flat washers
- 12 - 1/4" lock washers
- 6 - 1/4" wing nuts
Woodworking Podcast Tag
(Feel free to answer these in your podcast or video!)
Oak or walnut?
Polyurethane or lacquer?
Dream shop or dream home?
Pencil or computer?
Blank paper or lined paper?
Dovetails or box joints?
Craftsman or Chippendale?
Sawstop technology - overrated or underrated?
Hand tool importance - overrated or underrated?
Youtube as a teaching tool - overrated or underrated?
Recently there has been a big increase in the amount of podcasts created by and for makers. My podcast, appropriately called "the Darbin Orvar Podcast" started a few months ago, and there are so many topics we're excited to talk about - including building but not limited to business, culture, philosophy and everything in between. I like how this format allows for free-flowing thoughts and how you can get ideas across in a more in-depth way, which video doesn't allow in the same way.
Personally , I think podcasts are great to listen to when working in the shop, or when walking the dog for example. Sometimes however, I think these various podcasts are a little hard to find, or keep track of since they don't all exists on the same system, unlike YouTube videos. So to make it a little easier to find these shows, I thought it would be useful to make as complete a list as possible, so here goes. If you have any podcasts you'd like to add, please leave a comment!
Darbin Orvar Podcast (Linn & Matt)
MakerCast (Jon Berard + Guests):
Making It (Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett & David Picciuto):
Modern Woodworkers Association (Dyami Plotke, Sean Wisniewski, Chris Adkin):
Garden Fork (Eric + Guests):
Wood Talk (Marc Spagnuolo, Shannon Rogers & Matt Cremona):
Matt's Basement Workshop (Matt Vanderlist):
Woodshop 101 (Drew Short & Jeremy Crawford)
The Dusty Life (Brian McCauley, Kyle Toth & Sean Rubino):
The Woodworking Podcast (Jay Bates, April Wilkerson, Nick Ferry):