Here you will find my collection of project and other shop videos that I publish to my channel over on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe so you catch them as they come out!
How to Laser Etch a Coir Welcome Mat
I decided to revisit one of the very first projects I did on my YouTube channel, where I made a template and painted my design directly on a coir welcome mat / rug. I discovered that technique hasn't held up the best over time, and wanted to revisit the project with a direct-to-rug laser etched approach that is somewhat popular with laser enthusiasts, and I was sold on the technique!
How to Install Roof Ventilation for Laser Cutter Exhaust
In this video I'll show you how I installed ventilation in my garage roof in order to ventilate smoke from my laser cutter. A proper ventilation system for a laser cutter is key to proper fume extraction and by extension, the longevity of your laser mirrors, lens and other internals, so hopefully you find this video helpful if you’re planning an exhaust system for your own laser.
Why I Bought a Thunder Laser (or Why I Didn’t Buy a Glowforge)
After 5 years of doing laser cutting as a hobby at my local maker space, I was finally ready to buy my very one laser cutter! But which one? So many options on the market, from super hobbyist options to the ultra-pro machines, and lots of options right in the middle.
Making a Modern 3D Reindeer on the Bandsaw
Inspired by some holiday decor on our friends' mantle last Christmas, I set out to create a modern bandsaw reindeer that looks a little bit more like a reindeer, at least to me. After tracing the profiles of my inspiration sculpture, I created a new template that produced a viable reindeer on the bandsaw in short order, and I'm making it available for free!
Download the template
Shop Buildout: Part 4 – Wall and Attic Insulation
In this fourth video in my shop buildout series, we'll go over not only how I did the wall and attic insulation in my garage workshop, but what considerations I made before starting to make sure I insulated it properly for my climate in central Minnesota.
Laser Cut Jack-o’-lantern Luminaries for Halloween
I love making homemade decorations when I can, so this year I wanted to experiment with making some luminary boxes on the laser cutter. What are luminaries? You've probably seen them before! They're those paper bags set along a walkway and illuminated from the inside with tea light candles – they're comon at weddings and other outdoor events, and they give off the most charming glow!
Shop Buildout: Part 3 – Wiring the Shop Outlets
After the getting electrical service installed in the garage via a trench to give it it's own subpanel, it was time to wire all the outlets I could possibly ever need for my dream workshop: general purpose outlets, lights, and dedicated outlets for things like my future laser cutter and a ceiling drop for my table saw.
Building Cedar Grape Trellises
My husband loves gardening and working outdoors, but because we don’t have a huge yard, we always try to find ways to optimize the space that we do have out there. One space that was being underutilized was the area on the sides of our front porch, so we decided it would be nice to put grapes in those spaces! But grapevines need a trellis to climb, right? And so, two grape trellises – one for each side of the porch – were promptly added to my honey-do-list.
Laser Cut Wedding Sign for Taylor & Brad
My good friends Taylor and Brad got married a few years ago, back in August of 2017, and I recorded the footage to eventually, just maybe, one day make a video out of. Their wedding name sign was the first one I ever made with the laser cutter and while it may have had a few imperfections, I still loved how it turned out!
Making Homemade Nutter Butters with Laser Etched Stamp
My friend Ryan and I are huge fans of Claire Saffitz over at Bon Appétit and her YouTube series, Gourmet Makes. Feeling a little inspired by all of her creative problem solving, I decided to make a laser etched peanut cookie stamp and a custom peanut-shaped cookie cutter for us to play in our own “test kitchen” and make our own gourmet version of Nutter Butters.