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Blog series by Airframer updated 01-26-2013 04:18 PM 4 parts 6056 reads 10 comments total

Part 1: The beginning..aka Adventures with glue..

01-22-2013 05:28 AM by Airframer | 0 comments »

This is kinda a funny story. I had finished up my simple little drill press table and needed a set of hold downs for it. The unfortunate part is that all I had as far as wood cutting tools were my Dremel, a cheap hand scroll saw and a hack saw with a metal blade on it. So basically doing anything other than rough wood cuts that were destined to not be straight was out of the question. In comes Harbor Freight with a 20% off coupon and me having a gift card left over from Christmas. I p...

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Part 2: Forstner Firsts..

01-22-2013 05:55 AM by Airframer | 0 comments »

Picking up where I left off on the last post. I now have a solid block of laminated hard woods and the template laid out on it for 2 hold down clamps. This morning after leaving them clamped up over night just to make sure I had a good solid glueing done I got to work drilling the holes for the 3/4” dowels to go in. First before I did that I cut out the 2 slots for the threaded rod to pivot in. I drilled the ends to get the curve and cut the rest out with my new scroll saw. I t...

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Part 3: The Scroll Saw Learning Curve...

01-22-2013 08:10 PM by Airframer | 1 comment »

I got up early today so I could tackle getting these guys cut out and onto the sanding drum for final shaping. I haven’t used a scroll saw since I was in middle school (that was back in ‘89) so there was a bit of a re-learning involved. Also the size of the piece I was cutting didn’t help matters much. The blade I started with I quickly realized was too thin and was twisting almost sideways when trying to cut the material. So I went to change it with a different blade ...

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Part 4: Light at the end of the tunnel and new challanges

01-26-2013 04:18 PM by Airframer | 9 comments »

I was finally able to get the clamps finished up and ready for use. All that is left now is to install the threaded holes they will thread into for clamping. I did a simple stain and poly on the clamps themselves to match the rest of the wood on the table. I had hoped the layers of wood would be more pronounced on them but oh well they are a tool not a show piece right? After that was dry I used some Plasti Dip like the ones I was using for inspiration to help provide some grip and al...

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