Awesome way to secure your PackOuts in your Tacoma!

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!

Spring is here! What’s next on your honey-do-list?

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)

The “TailLock”

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.

The TailLock is available for purchase at dealers all over the world, and of course on my website, CLICK HERE. For questions on the system, reach out to brian@bpway.com

My Bone Marrow Stem Cell Donation Experience

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.

Feel free to comment on this blog, or email me directly at brian@bpway.com

Building a vacuum hold down table for my Avid CNC machine

In this video I quickly talk about the steps taken to build a vacuum hold down table for my Avid CNC Router Parts table.

Table Layers: 1” HDF glued and screwed to the 80/20 frame 3/4” MDF used for the milled plenum layer 3/4” ultralight used for the “sacrificial layer” Manifold and piping: The manifold was made using 3” PVC All other pipe and fittings is made with 2” PVC Black Box Hurricane Vac System & blast gates

Black Box Hurricane Vacuum System

2P-10 adhesive: https://www.kaizensource.com/?catalog/FastCap/Adhesive_and_Accessories

Amana CNC router bits: https://www.kaizensource.com/?catalog/tools/AmanaTool

How we vectorize objects

This process has always been time consuming to perfect. We have always used photos to generate vectors. However, the method of tracing the object has varied. This method of using reference points allows the vector to import into the software at the actual size. This is a huge time saver over the previous methods. Check out the video for a basic overview of the process!

Tool Stories: The Titans Behind Your Tools

As fathers day is upon us, my friend, Jennie Ho is dedicating this Q and A to her father Man Kit Ho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Mr Man Kit Ho, accompanied by company successor Jennie Ho, received 2018 Honorary Award from National Television of China for his exceptional contributions to Craftsmanship and Fine Engineering in lifetime achievement. Documentary of Woodwell Tools will be aired nationwide in Fall 2018.

Tool Stories: The Titans Behind Your Tools

Featured Guest: JENNIE HO of Beiter Technologies, aka Beiter Laser

 

Don’t fake it when you can make it. Confidence comes from authenticity.

– Jennie Ho

Q & A

  1. For those who doesn’t know you yet, tell us a bit about yourself and your tools.

Jennie: I’m the Founder & CEO of Beiter Technologies USA based in San Francisco, California, which manufactures and specializes in professional leveling and surveying equipment. Our best selling laser level, the “BART-3DG II” is consistently rated as the brightest and most user-friendly green laser level by our general contractor customers worldwide.

I’m also the Managing Director at Woodwell Tools Group which manufactures over 1000 SKUs of professional tools, under both our in house brands and private labels for companies in more than 50 countries worldwide. So that’s my professional summary; but if you go to my Twitter bio, you will get a livelier picture of me and my work. It will say “Multi-passionate global entrepreneur. Educator. Human Rights Advocate. Obsessed with time and happiness management, and life.”

  1. How did you get into the business?

Jennie: My father, Mankit Ho, was a carpenter and a GC. He started his tools manufacturing business, Woodwell, 36 years ago from scratch, back in 1982. As the oldest child in the family and the one resembling my father’s entrepreneurial personality the most, I shadowed him to international trade shows and customer visits since I was 16. I’ve witnessed the company’s growth from woodworking tools, to tile cutters, to laser measuring tools, to now power tools. In 2011, I took over the company’s management role and started to restructure the business to make it more transparent and customer-focused.

  1. What’re your biggest obstacles and how do they help you?

Jennie: Being in a manufacturing business is never easy. People tend to have misperceptions on our role as a manufacturer. Some big importing companies come to us expecting nothing but the lowest price, then they would sell the products with high mark up after a large spending on marketing. While these well-known brands definitely help the volume, their minimal technical knowledge pushes the entire industry to a price war and discourages quality and innovation. Very unhealthy.

For some end-users, they are still skeptical on the Made-In-China label, which I can totally understand. Some of the products made in China are in bad quality due to the reasons I mentioned above. But I have to say, there are always good and bad factories in all countries. In fact, a lot of goods we use, only makes sense to be made in China because of the entire supply chain ecosystem.

I recognize there’s a huge communication gap between manufacturers and end users. Traditionally manufacturers are “the best kept secret” of brands. They want to hide the roots of the supply chain as deep as possible. Hence, customers almost have no access to understand how and why their tools are made in certain way. Factories also have no idea on user experience to make better products. For years, I saw poor performance in some regions but got no answer from the middle-parties explaining why. Coming from frustrations and being obsessed with user experience, I finally created our own in-house brand, BEITER. And these days, through social media and our direct sales website, customers can communicate with us easily. They can also buy the tools directly from us, knowing every dollar they spend goes to the high quality parts in their tools, not advertisement or high management’s commission. This changes the entire game in the industry.

  1. What drives you? In other words, what keeps you in the business?

Jennie: Good question, ha! Like I said, working at a factory is tough, being a minority and a woman makes it even harder. I’m basically working between the production and sales world, living a very packed work schedule. But I enjoy the challenges and people I get to meet along the way. Every time I come to a hurdle, I think of my father who founded this business with almost nothing, and my 200 employees who have been with us for more than 20 years. I then ask myself “how can I best take care of them and their families.” It helps clarify all doubts. I know I have to prolong Woodwell’s and Beiter’s legacy.

  1. What is your secret to success?

Jennie: I don’t think of ourselves as successful. There are many definitions of success. If we look at revenues, there are many tools companies out there that generate way more sales. But if we look at customers’ satisfaction, we do pride ourselves to be the No.1 brand our customers trust for years and years and would recommend to friends. In fact, we treat our business partners almost as well as we treat our family, making sure they share the same values and that we can grow together. In my team, we invent the word “friendomers” for customers who we enjoy hanging out with, just like our close friends.

  1. For someone who wants to get into your field, what advice would you give them?

Jennie: Well first, get very clear on what aspects in the Manufacturing or Sales & Marketing field excite you. Once you have a clear vision, look out for an internship or a short-term project to test the fit. Small to mid-sized companies like mine, value culture and quality of staff a lot, so we do not hire often. However even if you don’t see any opportunities posting, reach out to the owner or GM of the business with your track records and pitch how you can potentially utilize your strength to advance the business. Keeping a humble and professional manner always help. And lastly, doing over talking. Always put your thoughts into actions. People can see.

  1. Who are your role models, or mentors?

Jennie: In business, it has to be my father. My father has a special gift in noticing trends and devoting 100% effort into making the best products even when they don’t exist yet in the market. I haven’t met any other human who’s as persistent and as focused as he is. He’s the best example of #PowerofOne

In life, I have met many great people in all ages along the way whom I honor as my mentors. I especially respect people who are compassionate, sensitive and confident to inspire others, in their most humble way. They might not even know but they do help shape who I am today. I also love to read. Ideas from entrepreneurial authors like Tim Ferriss and Seth Godin have made a profound impact in my early career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My father checking on Beiter laser’s distribution in Thailand.
  1. Any important message to our audience?

Jennie: I spend a great deal of time giving back. This summer, Beiter joins forces with Tools & Tiaras sponsoring young girls from aged 6-19 to a customized summer camp to learn all about building skills. Your help can make a big difference in these girls’ lives. We are raising funds to put as many girls to the camp as possible. Before July, for every Beiter Laser you purchase directly on our website, proceeds benefit the Summer Camp. Details: www.beiterlaser.com/Future

  1. Lastly, quote you live by:

Jennie: Will be my own motto: Don’t fake it when you can make it. Confidence comes from authenticity. When we do works from true heart, connection and trust come naturally.

Fun Fact Corner:

  1. Why “Beiter”? The word derives from a German word “bauarbeiter,” which means professional building worker. The professional aspect of the title and high quality in German engineering resonate to my belief and respect to our builder users, so I took a part of the word and make it our brand. Hence, it’s also pronounced in German way – “bite-ter.”
  2. What you have for breakfast? I don’t usually eat breakfast as a straight intermittent fasting practitioner. But I can’t say no to coffee, especially Pike Place Roast from Starbucks. Straight black. I can indulge 5 cups of that during trade show.
  3. If you are a superhero, which character will you be or want to be? Most people will associate me with Wonder Woman or Lara Croft. But if gender isn’t a concern, I’d love to be Dr. Strange. I’m passionate about many things in life and obsessed with planning and time management. Will be cool to have his academic knowledge and super power to travel through time.

Featured Product Corner:

The international bestselling laser: BART-3DG II, with breakthrough 3 sources of power system: alkaline batteries, rechargeable battery, and direct-current charger. You will never run out of power again.

Check out some videos here about Beiter Laser!

 

How to stalk Jennie:

Twitter: @jennie_beiter

Instagram: @beiterlaser

Facebook: @beiterlaser

Website: www.beiterlaser.com

 

Construction Lasers – more than meets the eyes…. like diodes, frequencies, and the color spectrum

Interested in learning a little more about laser diodes? Watch these 2 videos where one of the leading experts on laser technology, Jennie Ho, talks about the difference in laser beam colors and frequencies. Find out why laser beams are all different colors, and what it means.

PART 1

Part 2 – See Jamie Sikorski of Cadex Tools asking Jennie all the questions!


Check out the factory where the lasers are made!

If you are interested in purchasing the Beiter Laser line, click the link below!

Beiter Lasers & Accessories

 

Connect your old Milwaukee Organizers, to the new PackOut system!

Pack-Aid is a Band-Aid for your Milwaukee PackOut system. It allows you to attach the old Milwaukee organizer to the new PackOut system

Here is the link to purchase this innovative solution to connect your 2 box systems!

https://kaizeninserts.com/products/milwaukee-packout-pack-aid-pre-order

 

Tool Box Foam – First Impressions are everything!

Do you own a tool bag? Or worse… a bucket?? First Impressions are everything, with both your customers, and those working around you.  If you portray to be a slob with your tools, why wouldn’t it be perceived that your work will be the same? It is time that we, as a whole, step it up! Make your trade stand apart. Better yet, make yourself stand apart from all the others on the jobsite.  Add a level of organization to your tools, to your job, and to yourself.  You will feel much better!


Do your tools look like this???

Image result for messy tools     Image result for messy tool bag   https://i0.wp.com/www.organizingla.com/organizingla_blog/images/tool_bucket_2.gif   messy!! photo messy03.jpg

There is NOTHING Lean or organized about this.  If you remove a tool, how do you know it is missing?


Just the simple process of adding Kaizen foam tool box inserts to your arsenal will give people a better perception of you.  You will look and feel more professional.  When you know where everything is, a level of stress is eliminated.  When you are cleaning up at the end of the day, your are much more likely to leave with all the tools you showed up with.  As you open the drawer or toolbox and see that shadow of where your tool should be, you will now go locate and put it away in its proper place. So the next time you need it, it will be there, resting, safely, and securely. Protect your tools and life long investment with a little bit of Kaizen Foam (made by FastCap)  If  you dont see your tool box listed on www.KaizenInserts.com, send an email to brian@kaizeninserts.com –  Maybe, just maybe, it is available or on the list to become available!


Wouldn’t you prefer this?

         


JUST REMEMBER: IF YOU SPEND A LITTLE TIME, YOU WILL SAVE A LOT OF TIME!

BRIAN P. WAY