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Evolution of a Shop #36: A few shop upgrades

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Blog entry by Cory posted 533 days ago 1811 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 35: Quick drill press table fence upgrade Part 36 of Evolution of a Shop series Part 37: The End Of An Era »

While I’m between major projects, I had a chance over the weekend to make a few upgrades to the shop. The first is on my drill press. I was drilling mortises in a tall work piece and my old “tall” fence just wasn’t performing like I needed. So, I whipped this up:

It’s two layers of 3/4” MDF with a couple of slots for t-bolts. I created a rabbet on the bottom for dust to accumulate. Finish is two coats of shellac.

Next is a t-track in my outfeed/assembly table. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but just never got around to it. The t-track opens up all kinds of possibilities for work holding while routing, sanding, etc.

Finally, I recently purchased a Rikon belt/disc sander. I like this little tool a lot. I cleared out the area next to my miter saw and parked it there. While lifting it up and over the miter saw fence I nearly dropped it. If the machine wouldn’t have broken, my foot most certainly would have. So, I created a little platform for it out of MDF and put a couple of cabinet pulls on it for handles. Now I can get a secure grip on it when moving it around the shop. The platform also makes it easy to clamp the sander down to my bench or table.

As always, thanks for looking.

Cory

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 533 days ago

looks like useful additions.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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SPalm

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#2 posted 533 days ago

Nice. Some great ideas there.
I like the handles on the sander – smart.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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rodman40

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#3 posted 533 days ago

Going to give the handles a try, thanks Rodman

-- Rodman

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Roger

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#4 posted 533 days ago

Very nice. Thnx for sharin your fine ideas

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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