Take a look at this compilation of clips at the shop. We get to play with all kinds of toys, I mean tools and equipment. Everything from cameras and scanning equipment to CNC routers and lasers. With the type of equipment in the shop, we can pivot our product type at any given moment. There have been times when a product was born into my brain, and within 1 day, a prototype was done, it was up on the website and ready for production and online sales. All within less than 24 hours!
The PAKstrap is a cost effective struggle stopping product that allows you to utilize the outside of your toolbox systems by securing and hanging your most used items for the project you are working on, and staying completely mobile at the same time. The basic design of this product was driven by the way we functioned as millwork installers. We had many carts over the years for rolling around the jobsites, with tools hanging off all sides of them. When I was installing, the Milwaukee Packout system had not been developed. Due to its massive current popularity, I decided to bring that concept over to this brand. The PakStraps were born…
This was another product that I designed WITHOUT a name. So, as usual, I put it up on Instagram for suggestions, and I think within minutes, a friend of mine came up with the perfect name. The PAKstrap!! Thank you to Nate Adams, he can be found on IG @builtby_n8
My goal here was to integrate a superior sounding sound system that is completely independent of the car itself. It is run solely from the iphone. We have a restored original radio that will be re-installed with its own paper cone speakers to allow us not only to keep it original, for that original sound. The original radio does not put out clean enough sound to even consider running through an amplifier.
Some of the gear used is below:
Amplifier: Audison AV 5.1k 1650 watt – https://amzn.to/3d1UVU1
Dash speakers: Audison, custom mount – https://amzn.to/3CPnf6n
System Designed & Installed by: Speed Of Sound, Milford, CT
Custom painting and masking Torq Thrust wheels for a C1 Corvette
After looking at endless options of wheels, everything from EVOD to Schott, and back to the basics of American Racing, I ended up with the Torq Thrust wheels by American Racing. However, I wanted them customized/personalized to match my car. Check out the video below to see my process on how I painted the wheels to match the cove panel color of the corvette.
The car had Crager wheels on it when I purchased it. Both Crager and the AR Torq Thrust wheels were both available for this car, even back in 1961. So I thought it was most fitting to keep with one of those brands. There is nothing wrong with the Cragers, it was simply personal preference (mostly of my wife) that they were simply just too much chrome for the C1. I did agree, so that started the search.
I can not leave well enough alone with anything, I customize almost everything I have. Why would the wheels be any different? The outcome was exactly what we were looking for, and there is no one that has exactly what we have. Makes it easier to spot the car in a lineup…
See all the product links below for more information:
Here are all the grits of the SunGold soft back sandpaper we have always used in the shop: https://amzn.to/3MzdU85
The most amazing 3M tape for chasing those curves: https://amzn.to/3Ltg6xu
The knife I used for trimming the tape: https://www.kaizensource.com/?product/kzen-knfthin/kaizen-knife-thin
Find your Torque Thrust wheels on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Lm95yD
Kaizen Foam: https://www.kaizensource.com/?product/sheet-2×4-30/30mm-2×4-kaizen-foam-sheets Paints Used for Project:
Primer Used: https://amzn.to/3xQSbUU
Paint – Custom color made to match
Top Coat: https://amzn.to/3kgWcd6
Mobile work stations were the backbone of my business when I owned a millwork installation company. The Milwaukee Packout did not exist at that time, so most of our setups were custom, and towards the end we used primarily DeWalt Tstak Systems. There is always a project going on around the shop, so we figured it would be a great time to build a new mobile setup, utilizing many of our product lines!
I would like to thank Milwaukee tools and Acme Tools for supplying the cordless saw for this project. Here is the link to the Miter Saw at Acme Tools: https://imp.i284638.net/6bQjOV
If you are interested in a pre-cut bench similar to this, please go to the following link and enter your email address. Also, signing up for an account (no purchase necessary) will also keep you up to date on product updates and releases. https://www.kaizensource.com/?product…
Milwaukee Packouts available here: https://imp.i284638.net/DVZoPo
Kaizen Foam Inserts available here: https://www.kaizensource.com/
Holstery Products: https://www.kaizensource.com/?catalog…
FastCap Products: https://www.kaizensource.com/?catalog…
Tacoma/Packout mounting accessories: https://www.kaizensource.com/?catalog…
Be sure to leave a comment about what you would like to see available, and any ideas you might have for this custom lineup of mobile bench gear!
The Taco Mount for the 3rd gen Toyota Tacoma(2016-currect) is part of the Kaizen KNEX line of products. The TACO-MOUNT-DSR allows you to easily link your Milwaukee Packout boxes to the backside of your rear Tacoma seat, without interference of the seat latching in the upright position. See product here: https://www.kaizensource.com/?product… Full video with installation instructions: https://youtu.be/0CQapDVNREc MORE MOUNTS AND ACCESSORIES COMING SOON!
We built this late spring in 2020, and I am happy to say, we do actually use it regularly! (Weather permitting…)
Construction notes : – Our posts are 12’2″ apart (but really should be 13′, your hammock will stretch over time) Most Hammocks come with recommended hook dimensions. The hanging hooks are 60″ off the ground – 8′ to the bottom of the 2×12 support beam – top cross pieces are set at 16″ on center – top cross pieces measure 48″ across at the longest point – 6×6 posts are set in ground, each with 2 bags of quickset.
– Approx build time is 10 hours for 2 people:
Material List: Hammocks that will work: https://amzn.to/3hRyiC7 (Seems as though they are hard to find at this time…)
SHADE SAIL: (We did only pay $35.00 at the time….) https://amzn.to/302AOz8
hardware to hang shade sail: https://amzn.to/30LYmaQ
Simpson Strong-Tie Accessories: $126.44 app cost View the family of Accessories here: https://amzn.to/2CIRsv0 homedepot.sjv.io/6JvVV 4 – Model # APDJT2-6 large post brackets – $7.56 each 3 – Model # STN22-R8 packs of hex heads – $12.64 each 22 – Model # APA21 small angles – $1.54 each 1 – Model # SDWS22312DBB-R50 screw pack – $24.40
Pressure treated Material: $307 app cost Find current Home Depot pricing here: https://homedepot.sjv.io/a0yrb (You will always find better quality material at your local lumber yard) 2 – 6x6x12 – $46.00 each 1 – 6x6x8 – $31.00 2 – 2x12x16 – $32.00 each 6 – 2x12x8 – $20.00 each 1 gallon of
Stain finish – not necessary (figure $50)
This locking system is something I created out of necessity for my box truck. After owning many trucks and fighting thefts and break-ins, I decided I needed a fast, easy locking system for my box truck. Because there was nothing on the market like it, I decided to build it as a universal product that can be adapted to many different types of trucks. Paul Akers of Fastcap had seen my new system on the truck during a video shoot of the American Innovator. From that point on, his company has been manufacturing the TailLock for me in WA, USA.
I developed the product, and If my recollection serves me correctly, and the name was brainstormed over breakfast with by good friend Lui Nobrega, who is currently the webmaster of KaizenSource.com. Lui also designed the Logo.
I installed these Rigid Rock Lights onto my Tacoma side steps and the work fantastic. They flood the area perfectly. Tied them into the SwitchPro and used the rear cab light as a trigger wire.
The N-Fab side steps: https://amzn.to/37fKY25
Rigid Lights I used: https://amzn.to/3xhi3W0
Single Rigid rock light: https://amzn.to/2V64trI
SwitchPro System: https://amzn.to/3xgjBj5
Installation side note: I went back with a Q-tip and touched up all the drilled holes with POR-15 to prevent rusting. https://amzn.to/3jrSxJ1
All wiring done by Speed of Sound Technologies in Milford, CT https://speedofsoundtech.com/
Today is April 1st, It is my brothers 1st birthday; No Joke 🙂 His “second” birthday is the day he received his new marrow stem cells. There are many people all around us fighting all kinds of real battles, it should put better perspective on the things that so many people in todays day in age get hung up on.
Check out my “Docuseries”
Just some random notes and thoughts about the process:
First and foremost, there is nothing better you can do for a person than saving and extending the life of a brother, family, friend and even a perfect stranger! As I said in the video, “Short term pain for long term gain!”
For those of you that actually read this because you are preparing to be a donor yourself, I will add a few things that were not mentioned in the video. First, don’t be afraid of all those major possible “side affects”, I think they are just covering themselves legally. What they don’t tell you (and I think they should) is that the likelihood is a bit higher that you will go through some extreme spinal pain and headaches. Everyone’s body reacts differently. I have spoke over a dozen people that have gone through this process that have had sever bone pain, and it more/less goes away within a week or so of the donation.
For me personally, I had longer term bone pain, lasted for a solid 6 months. It was mainly in my larger bones, mornings, especially on stairs were quite difficult. The joints in my hands were also regularly in pain. I called and spoke with the doctor at City of Hope and he said it is likely just arthritis, and I should go visit my PCP. He claimed he has never heard of a side affect like that from those injections. I did see my PCP, and it wasn’t arthritis… The short of that story is, it all eventually went away. However it’s issues such as these that do not seem to be recorded about the donors themselves.
During the 5 days on injections, i experienced what I would call “temporary paralysis”. During this “episode” I thought I was having a heart attack. It was short lived, and I was not having a heart attack. Needless to say, it was the scariest moment in my life. The night of the final injections, I did experience some minor hallucinations as well. I told the nurses and doctors about all of this, and they looked at me like I had 2 heads. They said they never heard of such a thing. BUT, you know what??? THE NEVER RECORDED IT EITHER! Donors need to be treated as patients, not as a separate entity. I am sure I am of the minority, but the fact remains, no one took a note of what I said. I often wondered how many others experienced this. I would have rather been made aware of what was to come. Surprises are stressful.
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