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Workshop by Dan Krager posted 04-14-2012 12:45 AM 1926 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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.
http://s837.beta.photobucket.com/user/kragerd/library/Custom%20Wood%20Products%20Portfolio/KCWP%20shop?fromLegacy=true

Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com


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Robsshop

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#1 posted 04-19-2012 02:45 AM

Looking forward to the pics Dan, welcome to L J’s, it is a great site to be part of !.....ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Dan Krager

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 03:20 AM

OK. A few pictures are added. There is much more to this bench. It is designed to be portable and become on site what it is in the shop. If I can’t penetrate the floor for fastening I set it up on a sheet of 3/4 in plywood. On the ground a pet restrainer corkscrew is the fastening point. Remarkably strong and quick. You may wish to click on the picture which will take you to the album on Photobucket. You can read more description detail there. I’ll also answer any questions you may have.

I read somewhere that a good bench is just another holding tool. This truly is a holding tool and only that. Most benches are a flat surface that collects things that have to be cleared away before you can put anything more on it! The assembly bench is next and IT has the flat surfaces. It’s a dream tool that I haven’t finished building yet. Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 12:17 AM

Here is a video I made about a universal precision box joint and small wedge jig. Quick and easy to set up, cheap to make, it replaces the tedious one at a time process usually done. The insidious “creep” of finger joint jigs is eliminated.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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kdc68

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#4 posted 05-18-2012 11:02 PM

Does Olney Central College still have a cabinetmaking program there ?

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Dan Krager

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#5 posted 05-19-2012 12:01 AM

Yes, but it’s at ERHS shop. The college shop is closed. Don’t know what happened to the tools unless the HS got them.
Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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kdc68

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#6 posted 05-20-2012 01:44 AM

Wow…thanks for the info. I graduated there with an associates in Cabinetmaking in 1989. David Roulette was the instructor. You have a great shop by the way.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 05-24-2012 10:29 PM

Here is the assembly bench I’ve been wanting to build. Yes, that’s a salvaged hospital gurney underneath. That makes the 10” casters stop in their tracks when you apply the brakes and you can’t move it. The height is adjustable with a hydraulic pump lift. And yes, John White’s new fangled bench is one source of inspiration. Those nifty clamps are original with me. I’ve learned to make very cheap and fast turnbuckle bolts and knobs. The other side of the top is ready for clamps, but budget constraints held the second pair of clamps up for now. Notice how the side rails are used. A little bit of hardware change allowed them to latch in a position so they could serve as tool or part trays.
http://kragerwoodworking.weebly.com/blog.html

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#8 posted 06-07-2012 01:04 AM

I’m getting ready to post a few shop fixtures that have been invaluable to me. Stay tuned for pictures and descriptions.
Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#9 posted 06-07-2012 03:45 PM

Here is one of the handiest things I’ve done. The idea came from a car mechanic setup and I adapted and added to it. The arm swivels 180 degrees allowing the air, power, and dust collection to travel to the farthest corners of the shop. The cord light is for special dark recesses. I’ve removed the long cords from my most used tools and installed a male twist lock plug on each tool and the female is on the cordomatic. The cord is a 12/3 so there is no short cutting on power. I see now that the plug is hidden behind the air coil.

1/2 inch galv. pipe is the basic arm frame with a wire strut.
This shows the wheel when hose is extended


The dust hose (sump pump hose) is retracted by the weight of the wheel that rolls in the loop as slack becomes available.

The hose adapter fits larger dust ports on stationary tools and the inside fits the smaller dust ports on the hand tools

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#10 posted 06-07-2012 03:48 PM

Sorry about the twisted pictures. My editor shows them correctly. Hmmmm….

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 06-07-2012 04:03 PM

You have a really nice shop and thanks for presenting it. welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 06-07-2012 05:35 PM

Thank you helluvawreck. I haven’t shown nearly all of it yet. There’s too much stuff to show all at once. And I have to learn how to post I guess. The preview is not what you see is what you get, at least it wasn’t this morning.
Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#13 posted 09-09-2012 10:37 PM

I just posted an entry on my website blog that could be a tool gloat, or a cure for something.
http://kragerwoodworking.weebly.com/1/post/2012/09/temporary-cure-for-something.html
You might appreciate the really nice hand tools that pretty well complete my “no electricity” setup.
Thanks for looking.
Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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