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New Router Table #5: Building the Top

09-07-2013 03:12 PM by jeffbranch | 2 comments »

Before I get to the top, I left off in my last post on this build with the tricky addition of the dust port to the back of the router table. This would have been a lot easier if I had completed this step prior to attaching the back to the case, but it just didn’t happen that way. To get started on the dust port, I taped it in place on a thin piece of pine… Using a flush trim bit in my router I create the template I need to cut the hole in the back… After pos...

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Dust Collector

01-20-2013 01:02 AM by chazmonro | 14 comments »

I modified my Harbor Freight dust collector. I run it through a dust separator first which works like a charm, and then the fines end up in the black can. I was tired of struggling with the bags so I added the black plastic can, i went overboard on the lever latches.

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Harbor Frieght Dust Collector Modification, or, not leaving well enough alone! #4: Good enough for now!

02-10-2015 07:26 PM by luv2learn | 12 comments »

I have created four zones, so to speak, for my D.C. upgrade. They are controlled with four 4” blast gates all located close together and close to the D.C. I will only use one zone at a time for maximum efficiency. I used a combination of D.C. fittings, blast gates, sheet metal fittings as well as sheet metal duct work. Now an explanation of the various zones. The first zone on the right is dedicated to my planer and later to my joiner once I get it modified. The second zone is...

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Small workbench based on shipbuilt's Short Block V8 (Workbench Challange) #1: Concept and leg assembly

02-06-2015 05:57 AM by brianb6603 | 3 comments »

ConceptI have been needing a proper workbench for a while. The top of my table saw and fold up extension have been the only spot to use. I would love to have a large proper workbench but my shop is just too small for a full size bench. I have been looking at benches in Lumberjocks and marking some for reference. shipwright had come up with some excellent ideas. His concept for the Short Block V8 is a low cost way for a beginner to get a strong, stable small workbench using tools that many b...

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Workbench Challenge #2: Getting Started and the Plans

11-22-2013 08:11 PM by shipwright | 16 comments »

I know that I said I would post the Sketchup at the end of the build but after some thought I have decided to post it now even though there may be some changes made during the build. I think it will make the blog easier to follow. If anyone wants to look for mistakes (proof read) feel free, I’d like this to be glitch free when it’s done. I will format the rest of this blog as building instructions and will try to do it to suit beginning woodworkers so please bear with me if you...

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My shop #2: (second) Clamp modification

01-31-2015 02:33 PM by Dutchy | 4 comments »

I modified a second clamp. This time for the top of the MFTC. It isn,t the most beautiful one, but it works well. First I made a wood block on the top of the rod and a wood block on the clamp: Here you can see how it is set: After the modification: I was forgotten to tell that I first did some band saw work:

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Complete Kitchen Remodel

01-21-2015 11:37 PM by Scott C. | 9 comments »

I spent the better of 2014 remodeling my kitchen. I did 95% of the work myself (by myself, my friends aren’t particularly handy). Here’s the details: DesignThe first phase of the project was designing a new layout for the kitchen. Our old kitchen, in addition to being outdated, was pretty cramped and hard for 2 people to work in. We had an eat in area originally, but since the dining room is right next to the kitchen I wanted to use that space to expand the main work area of th...

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Dewalt 735 Mods and Repairs #1: Dewalt 735 Planer Dust Collection Fix

12-09-2014 05:12 PM by pintodeluxe | 8 comments »

Have you ever noticed the depth crank on your Dewalt planer getting tougher to turn? Do wood chips collect under the top cover near the blades? If so, then I may have the solution for you.Unplug the planer and remove the top cover with the supplied hex wrench.-----Remove the dust collector fitting by pressing the spring loaded pin, and twisting the fitting. -----Remove the three red thumbscrews to loosen the dust shroud. -----Carefully lift the infeed side of the dust shroud, and gently p...

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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #7: Platform Support Boxes

09-08-2013 07:18 AM by pintodeluxe | 1 comment »

The platform support features ten plywood panels that transfer the load straight to the floor. One corner is knocked off, so it won’t be visible under the arched sides of the bed. -----My wife and I worked on assembly of the carcase. We started by gluing and screwing five panels to the side rail. The top of the panels are flush with the groove in the side rails.A lower strip of plywood is then set into notches in the panels. -----Then another strip fills the top notch in the panels...

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Porch Glider #1: First entry, not exactly just starting out...

12-28-2011 09:31 AM by Jimi_C | 3 comments »

A little over a year ago, I started this project with the intention of it being my in-laws Christmas gift. I was slightly overly optimistic on the time it would take me to complete it… The sad thing is I’m still only about 50% complete on it, with lots of little life issues getting in the way. In the 13+ months since I’ve started, I have probably only put 100 hours into it, if that. It is starting to come together though, so I thought I’d start posting some updates in ...

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