|Workshop by Dan Krager||posted 04-14-2012 12:45 AM||2709 reads||2 times favorited||14 comments|
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I am a one person wood shop. I specialize in custom items that are so well designed and made that they can become heirlooms. There are a number of innovative ideas incorporated throughout my shop and I hope to share them in the days ahead. Many are original, many are modified copies inspired by someone else’s idea.
For example, my workbench is inspired by a 40 year old advertisement for saw horse brackets to connect two saw horses for a table. Since my shop is totally portable, the conflicting notions of strength, rigidity, and lightness are all important. See how I solved this problem when I post pictures. Its design forces me to put my tools where they belong because you cannot lay a tool down on the bench! That was motivated partly by the destruction of a $300 tool that I carelessly left on the bench and knocked it off. And I hate to look for stuff that I laid down someplace. So all tools are carefully arranged on portable carts that stay within reach of the bench. It is just as easy to put away as to lay it down someplace invisible.
Another example is the marriage of three ideas for an assembly table. The base is a hospital gurney with 10” casters. It locks securely to the floor on a brake stand. It adjusts from 28” to about 36” by pumping a foot pedal. The top is inspired by Jim Mattson whose bench is detailed in Scot Landis’ book “The Workbench Book”. The third contributor is John White (FWW 223) whose clever clamping arrangement is incorporated.
I love to read about jigs and store the information mentally until the day comes that the notions of several jigs come together into a very useful and versatile one. There are many of those in my shop. I have a few standard specifications that are used in nearly every jig. I was using wooden T slots before aluminum extrusions were common. All my shop fixture bolts are 3/8×16, since the original Shop Smith clamp kit was based on that size.
Am excited about being a part of this site. It is fascinating, and I hope to contribute to that fascination for others.
Here are some pictures in a slideshow. Click to pause and get descriptions.
-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com If you take something apart and put it back together enough times, eventually you will have two of them.