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This category of our site contains a large number of free metalworking and woodworking plans that are suitable for both beginners and experienced craftsmen. Each plan that we have published contains the basic text on the product purpose, product image, exploded view with parts list, detailed assembly drawing with characteristic dimensions of assembly, detailed and precise drawings of each part, drawing with separated standard parts and detailed step-by-step instruction for assemblage in words and pictures. Nowadays more and more various CNC machines and 3D printers can be found in small workshops or at various DIY enthusiasts. There are many cheap machines that you can buy, and the Internet offers a number of DIY plans that you can use to make your own CNC machine and 3D printer. Therefore, we decided to publish on these pages 3D models that are suitable for use on such machines.

Making Wood Quilt Blocks - by WoodMosaics First of all you have to determine what shape you will need that you can make accurately and repeatedly. This is where my jigs come in. I was to poor to buy several miter gauges so I made mine out of angle iron and bar stock. I made them set close to a certain angle, adjustable just a little. "Sign up in seconds" ... and then what? Today I saw a familiar pattern on a website for an analytics product. The home page pitched the product, and then above the signup form there was a headline: “Sign up in seconds.” I see this all the time on signup forms and it makes me wonder: why did the designer put that there? My best guess is that they were trying to relieve some anxiety the customer might have. Like, “don’t worry, it’ll be over soon!”

Incredible Book Art by Brian Dettmer [30 pics] Born in Chicago but currently living and working out of Atlanta, Georgia, contemporary artist Brian Dettmer creates incredible works of art with old books and tremendous patience. Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian meticulously exposes various layers to create his mind-blowing artwork. Dettmer has received critical acclaim around the world and his work can be found in countless galleries and publications. Below you will find a small sample of his art along with an artist bio and statement from Dettmer. Be sure to visit Brian’s official site: for more information and photographs of his fantastic art.

Jeff Branch Woodworking Many woodworkers attempt to understand the powerful 3D modeling software called SketchUp. And many woodworkers get extremely frustrated with SketchUp because it’s capabilities are so vast, it is hard to learn on your own. I know because I was one of those woodworkers. Over the last few years, I’ve been determined to learn SketchUp and I have learned a lot, but not all of what I learned has been helpful. Some of the techniques I taught myself are more like bad habits. Ozone Lite, Clean Air Lighting Recent studies have shown that no home is immune to indoor air quality problems. New homes tend to have higher concentrations of chemicals. Older homes are breeding grounds for mold and mildew. And all homes, no matter how clean they appear, are contaminated with airborne bacteria, viruses, fungi and mold.

Eco Tuesdays / The UnwantedBooks Buen Día ! As much as I love sculptural book art, I love the idea that this art is made from damaged or unwanted books. I feel for all the trees. manmadediy I spend quite a bit of time setting up for projects on the tools. It’s amazing how much time it takes to make a few simple yet complex cuts. For the type of cuts that happen often, it makes sense to make a few go-to jigs to help with those annoying set-ups. One of my favorite places to find jigs and other ideas is

Instagram and Optimizing Favicons Something interesting and cool happened with photo sharing service Instagram in the last week. No, I’m not talking about Facebook buying them for $1,000,000,000.00. I’m referring to Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, and the talk he gave at AirBNB entitled "Scaling Instagram."

Insane artwork made out of books Follow Bob on Tapiture I never learned how to read, you see, only write. I honestly have no idea what I’m typing which I think is why my writing is so spontaneous, sexually charged, and full of errors. Woodworking New on Our Blog: Setting Up Factory Blade Guard Systems (Editor's Note: Join us every day for new posts from the web's best woodworkers. You can check out our past content on our new blog page.) When set up properly, factory blade guards are easy to use and offer another level of protection for the operator.