2021 Super Awesome Glass Family Giveaway!!

Welcome to the first-ever Glass Family Giveaway! Myself, my wife Donna & our daughter Cara will each be giving away items from our online shops. The giveaway will run from 1/18/21 – 2/1/21 with the winners announced on the evening of 2/1/21.

What you can win

How it works

* Send Dav or Donna a DM on IG with screenshots of these so your account gets credit.

Maximum number of 20 entries per person. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Etsy, or Twitter. Only open to residents of the US, sorry international shipping is too expensive.

HackSI and making COVID-19 Face Shields

Updated: 04/13/2020 – Items in italic are new

My Files: hacksi-shield.zip
Based on: COVID-19-Plastic-Mask
Original Files: Facial mask Laser Cut (Covid-19)
Black Sheets: Amazon
Clear Sheets: Amazon

The video above is for our GoFundMe campaign that I am launching to help me make as many shields as possible for our local healthcare workers.

I can’t take credit for the design of these files. After looking at these awesome options, I took the files and had a friend modify them to fit on 8.5″ x 11″ material. This allowed me to purchase the items for a very low price on Amazon.

The way I’ve laid out these files, if your laser can cut a full 8.5×11 sheet, you can make 2 masks with 4* pieces of material. One sheet of the black (straps) and three of the clear (2 shields and tops*). My FLUX Beambox can handle all of these files as they are. For the Beamo, I can only cut the face shield file without modification. An extra sheet of clear is required for the Beamo to complete these shields to accommodate for the smaller deck size.

FLUX Beamo
The current set of files do not all fully work on the Beamo. The cutting size is a little too small to cut all of these files as they are. You can either scale them all down just a bit. Or you can open the SVG files and split them into more files. This will cost more material but you can cut everything at full size.

The files in the zip have been updated to include working versions for the FLUX Beamo laser.

I’ve also included in the zip an instructions sheet for assembling the masks. These can be printed and given to the healthcare workers so they know how to assemble the masks when they need them.

2k Instagram Followers Celebration

Recently I hit 2k followers on Instagram and instead of doing a traditional giveaway I’ve teamed up with FLUX and Ultimate 3D Printer Store to offer my followers a $100 coupon code for either the #beamo, #beambox or #beamboxpro lasers that I have here in my shop.

This offer is only valid in the US & Canada for two weeks (3/1-3/14/2020).
The coupon code for this discount is GLASS2020. Use it with the following referral links to get your $100 discount.

Beamo: https://fluxinc.pse.is/dav_beamo
Beambox: https://fluxinc.pse.is/dav_Beambox
Beambox Pro: https://fluxinc.pse.is/dav_BeamboxPro

I get nothing for this discount, I’m passing these savings on to you so you can enjoy these lasers as I do!

Adding a Rockler Drill Press Fence to a Ryobi Drill Press

I picked up a Rockler Drill Press Fence a few months back when it was on sale. It has been sitting in my shop gathering dust while I was recovering from my recent surgery. I had a little spare time in the shop while my laser was busy and I figured I could knock this one out pretty quickly.

I started out with half of my old homemade table saw cross cut sled. It was already 12″ x 24″ and was made from 3/4″ thick MDF. It also had a T-Track slot cut in it from the old sled. I also had the old Powertec T-Track pieces from the sled lying around the shop as well.

After a quick “dry fit” of the new platform I setup my router table with a 3/4″ bit, set the height to 3/8″ then set the fence to 3″ off center of the bit.

Once the table was set I made two runs on the table, one for each side. These T-Track runs are to attach the back side of the fence and allow it to be moved freely along the table.

Now that I had all three T-Track slots (one was existing from the old sled) I needed to cut down the second bar to fit into these new slots. So I grabbed a hacksaw and secured the track to my assembly table with my Kreg Bench Clamp. Then proceeded to trim this piece into the 4 pieces needed to mount into the table.

I then secured the T-Track to the table with the supplied screws and mounted the fence to the back side following the instructions in the book.

Once this was completed, I fit the table to my Ryobi Drill Press. After I was happy with the placement, I took a couple of 3/4″ wood screws and washers and attached the table through the holes in the underside of the drill press table.

At this point I went to test it and found a major flaw in this design. The adjustment handle for the table height could no longer turn as it hits the table.

So, I pulled out my trusty Ryobi Jig Saw and fixed the issue..

All in all, the entire process took me less than an hour. Even tho I already had the MDF pre-cut to 24″x12″ and one of the T-Track slots was already cut, that didn’t save me that much time. It’s still a pretty simple way to add a high quality Rockler fence to a Ryobi Drill Press.

Southern Illinois Heart Walk

Help me to help others!

Memorial Day weekend of 2019 I suffered a “heart attack like” event which sent me to the Emergency Room. After a couple of days at Heartland Regional in Marion it was determined that I had 4 blockages in one of my main arteries that totaled 75% blocked. These could not be stetted, so I was immediately transferred up to St Louis University Hospital and within a few days I had a Cardiac Artery Bypass Graft 1 (CABG1). I am now several weeks past this major, life-changing surgery and recovering one day at a time. If it wasn’t for the awesome doctors and nurses I wouldn’t be here today.

To give back, I’m walking in the next event and I need your help! Any donation can help!

So let’s kick heart disease’s ass!

I urge everyone that reads this to do your heart some good and please make a donation today!

My #RyobiNation Story

Many people have asked me why I chose to use Ryobi tools and some have even questioned it. Well, let me tell you how I joined the #RyobiNation and why I still love that community.

I had always been a woodworker.Back in high school, it was one of my favorite classes. I was always tinkering with something, taking something apart, modifying things. That’s just how I was, and still am.

Back in the mid 90’s, when my wife and I were first starting our life together, we managed to live paycheck to paycheck. We didn’t have much, but we had one another. After moving into one of our first apartments, I needed some basic tools to do some of the “fixes” around the place.

Back in the day, Home Depot was the only real hardware store in town. We went in and I found a blue Ryobi Drill as well as one of their powered screwdrivers, similar to the ones pictured below.

Between these two and my very old hand tools, I proceeded to fix all the little issues in the apartment: hanging pictures, fixing cabinets & shelves. Pretty much anything I could tinker with, I did.

After leaving our first apartment, we moved into a rental house. This property was run by an older gentleman. After the first month, I made a deal with him that if I fixed issues with the rental house he would take it off of my rent.

Before you know it, he was asking me to help fix other houses on his property. I then started to acquire a few more Ryobi tools as I needed them. A circular saw, a jig saw, etc.. The list just kept growing..

After about a year or so, we moved into another, larger, house. This one had a shed attached to the garage. I was in heaven. I had a workshop.

In reality, it was a dark, dirty, and very small “hole in the wall” but it was “my shop” and I was damn proud of it. I made the same deal with the owner of this house. I built shelves, installed cabinets, painted, and even installed a swimming pool.

After a few years here, we decided to buy our own place. We picked a nice little house that had an attached garage. Guess what? My shop got an upgrade! I was able to get even more tools! I finally got a table saw and a drill press! Oh was it awesome!

As I outgrew that, the next project was to add on a room to the back of the garage so I could have even more of a workshop. The game was on then; this was the first major renovation I had ever done. And guess what? Every power tool that I owned was still a Ryobi tool. They had never let me down. They were affordable and they always had my back.

We moved yet again into a larger house. This one had a shed outside that was larger than my old garage, by a long shot. I immediately set up shop in there and started tinkering with things.

This was about the time that my wife started taking notes of all the things that I wished I had in my shop. My birthday presents were all Ryobi tools. Christmas came and there was more Ryobi blue! She had a list and had been buying them all for months, hiding them so I wouldn’t know.

I spent all my time out in that shop. Building things, teaching my son to build things. He had his own little workbench out by mine.

Then came the big change…

I took a job in California and we had to move. I had to sell everything.. Well, almost. I kept the blue Ryobi Drill and that little screwdriver that started it all.

Once out in California, we moved into a couple of apartments. Which didn’t give me a chance to build anything but store bought furniture. After a few years, we finally moved into a house. And it had a garage!!

This garage quickly became my new shop. We worked on my Jeep, my Harley and anything else that I could get into that garage was worked on. I started to slowly build back up my tools. Not too many as it was still a small shop, but you know what? I went straight to Home Depot and bought more blue Ryobi tools.

Then came the move back to Illinois, we found a nice house and it had a massive two car garage.. Shortly after moving in, I started adding work benches and started collecting more tools. At this point, I could have gone with any tool brand that I wanted. But you know what? I went straight to Home Depot and was surprised to see all that green!

Gotta love that color!

This is where I started replacing my blue tools with new greens ones. Over the course of the next few years, every time I needed a new tool the first thought in my head was Does Ryobi make one? And if they did, it was mine.

My collection has grown but, up until two weeks ago, I still owned a couple of the blue tools. A couple of older sanders were still in my shop.

I saw that Home Depot was having some sales and Ryobi has released the new Brushless line of One+ tools. So, I replaced a few of the ones that had given me several good years and replaced the last of the blue ones.

I then tossed them all into a blue and a green Ryobi bag that I had gotten with a tool combo purchase and gave them to a friend. That way I am passing my Ryobi love on to another garage.

To sum up this very long post, I’ve stuck with Ryobi for more than 20 years because they have always had my back. Their tools have never let me down and have always been there when they were needed.

And that’s my “Ryobi Nation Story”. Thanks for reading.