It's NOT about what I make,It's about the process of making it!

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Don’t Fear Failure: Learning the Art of Innovation

Hey, have you ever thought about just diving into a new project with all those tools you’ve got? I mean, it can seem a bit scary at first, messing around and worrying about messing up. But honestly, that’s how all the best people started. Like, did you know Thomas Edison said he didn’t fail, he just found a ton of ways that didn’t work? It’s all about getting closer to nailing it.

And think about it, if you never try, you won’t hit upon something totally new and cool. It’s all about mixing it up, trying new things with your tools, and seeing what comes out of it. You might just invent the next big thing without even realizing it!

Learning new stuff is half the fun, right? Each tool or material you mess with opens up a whole new world. And it’s not just about the end product; picking up new skills is super rewarding on its own.

Plus, every project you tackle boosts your confidence a bit more. It’s like, with every little success, you start believing in yourself more, and that kind of confidence can really make a difference in all parts of life.

And don’t forget, there’s a whole community out there of people doing the same thing. Sharing your hits and misses, getting feedback, and maybe even teaming up with someone can make the whole journey even more awesome.

But the best part? Creating something from scratch, with your own hands. There’s nothing like the feeling of looking at your finished project and thinking, “I made that.” It’s a huge boost and just makes you want to dive in and start the next thing.

So, what do you say? Ready to pick up those tools and see what you can make? Let’s shake things up and get creative!

It’s not about what YOU make. It’s about the process of making it!

It’s not about what YOU make. It’s about the process of making it!

  • Are you a “Multi-passionate Hobbyist.” Discover a world of endless creativity and fulfillment through diverse hobbies and projects.
  • Watch and learn how you can make fun and profitable projects using rocks, glass, metal, wood, vinyl graphics, and graphic design!
  • “Tool hacks” A creative and unconventional ways of using tools for purposes other than their original design or intended function. These hacks often involve modifying, repurposing, or combining tools to make them more versatile or suitable for specific tasks. Tool hacks can be a cost-effective and innovative way to solve problems or create unique projects.
  • I have spent a lot of time and money inside my shop learning skills that can help YOU save money and time with your creations and hobbies while having fun doing it.

Creator | Inventor | Blogger of all things Hobby Shop related.


Ken R Cox @insidemyshop

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Enhance your woodworking projects with a Dremel router base!

“Learn how to enhance your woodworking projects with a Dremel router base by following these steps:

  1. Gather Your Materials: Collect the necessary tools and materials, including your woodworking project, a Dremel router base, carving tools, and safety gear.
  2. Attach the Dremel Router Base: Carefully install the Dremel router base onto your Dremel tool according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Prepare Your Project: Set up your woodworking project on a stable workbench. Make sure it’s secured properly to prevent movement while you work.
  4. Plan Your Carving: Decide which parts of your project will be hand-carved and which parts you’ll use the Dremel router base for. This will help you achieve the desired results.
  5. Hand Carving: Begin hand carving the designated areas of your project using carving tools. Take your time to achieve the desired level of detail and smoothness.
  6. Dremel Routing: Switch to the Dremel router base for areas that require more precise and consistent carving. Adjust the router settings as needed.
  7. Safety First: Always wear appropriate safety gear, such as safety glasses and dust masks, to protect yourself from debris and dust.
  8. Finishing Touches: Once the carving is complete, use sandpaper or other finishing tools to smooth out any rough edges or surfaces.
  9. Inspect and Refine: Carefully inspect your project to ensure all carvings meet your expectations. Make any necessary refinements for a polished result.
  10. Finalize Your Project: Complete any additional steps required for your woodworking project, such as staining, varnishing, or assembling.

By combining hand carving and tool carving techniques with the Dremel router base, you’ll find that your woodworking projects flow more smoothly and exhibit enhanced craftsmanship.”

Unleash Your Inner Artist with Rock Painting

A Fun and Easy Way to Decorate Your World!


Are you a rock? Okay, maybe that’s a bad joke. But have you ever thought about painting rocks? I mean, if you’re an artist or just someone who likes to be creative and have fun, then this is for you! In this guide we’ll teach you everything from the basics of rock painting to the most popular techniques and themes. We’ll even show you some examples of what people have done with their painted rocks!

Step 1: Gather the materials.

The first step to unleashing your inner artist is gathering the materials.

You’ll need rocks, paint, brushes and a place to do the painting. You can get all of these things in one kit or buy them separately. If you have some rocks lying around in your backyard then that’s even better! The only thing that matters is that they are smooth enough for easy painting–so no sharp edges or corners on them please! As for paint–any type (acrylic or oil) will work just fine as long as it’s thin enough so that when it dries it won’t leave any residue behind on top of whatever surface has been painted over with it (which would be bad).

Step 2: Pick the right rock.

Now that you have a paintbrush, it’s time to find the perfect rock. A good rock painting canvas should be flat on one side and smooth enough so that paint will stick to it without chipping off.

Here are some things to look for when selecting your canvas:

  • Flatness – Your canvas needs to be at least somewhat flat so that you can paint on both sides of it without creating an uneven surface. Look at several different rocks before deciding which one is right for you!
  • Smoothness – You don’t want any rough edges or jagged parts sticking out from beneath your project because these will make it difficult (or impossible) for paint to adhere properly. It should feel like a nice smooth surface when touched with bare hands — not too hard or soft but somewhere in between those two extremes–and feel slightly gritty underfoot if someone were standing on top of them while wearing shoes made out of leather rather than synthetic materials such as plastic or rubberized fabric

Step 3: Paint away!

Now that the rock is dry, it’s time to paint! To make a design with a paintbrush, simply start at one end of your rock and work your way across. If you want thicker lines or more coverage, use an angle brush instead. For a more textured look (and less mess), use a sponge dipped in acrylics or watercolors–the choice is yours!

For those who prefer stencils: You can find them online or at any art supply store for around $5 each. Try using different types of brushes to create different effects by varying how much pressure you apply while painting over them (e.g., light pressure = thin lines; heavy pressure = thick lines). You can also try stamping on top of these designs using stamps made from rubber erasers–a great way to get some variation without having any skill whatsoever! For those who prefer markers: Keep in mind that these tend not work well when applied directly onto wet surfaces such as rocks because they will bleed through before drying completely; however if applied after everything else has dried completely then there should be no problem getting excellent results every time!

There are many ways to paint rocks, many different types of paints, and different themes.

There are many ways to paint rocks, many different types of paints, and different themes.

The best part is that you can make them look whatever way you want!

The most important thing is to have fun and create something you love!

The most important thing is to have fun and create something you love!

It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that your painting has to be perfect. But don’t worry about it–and don’t spend too much time worrying about whether or not your rocks are round or if they’re painted in straight lines. The important thing is that you enjoy yourself as you go along and make a piece of art that makes YOU happy.

If this is your first time painting rocks, try out different techniques and materials so that when someone asks what kind of paintbrush or paper towel rollers work best for rock painting (or whatever else), you’ll have some answers for them! You could even make a series of paintings based on one theme: maybe all five pieces would be animals from around the world? Or perhaps each one would feature a different color scheme? The possibilities are endless!

You can do this in your own backyard or take it on vacation with you!

You can do this in your own backyard or take it on vacation with you!

  • You can paint rocks with your kids or with friends.
  • You can paint rocks with a group of people or by yourself.
  • You can paint rocks with different themes, like flowers, animals, or landscapes.


We hope this guide has inspired you to unleash your inner artist, and that it will help you create beautiful rock paintings of your own. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun! You can do this in your own backyard or take it on vacation with you!

Playing on the ScrollSaw

I am still a beginner on the scrollsaw.

You know the old saying, practice makes perfect. I, for one, don’t think the “perfect” part will apply to me.

Don’t get me wrong, I have learned a lot and am getting better. But I have to learn patience because I think that it takes a lot. But all good things come to those who practice.

Here are some pictures of a few things I’ve made and kept.

Most of these designs I downloaded from Steve Good,so credit goes to him.You’ll find his site here

My wife and I also make a lot of our Christmas decorations.

I’ll make the stencils on a vinyl cutter and cut out the silhouette then my wife will paint them. Here are some we have done over the years.

I created a getting started with scrollsaws here.

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