Embracing woodworking

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Blog entry by FreddyS posted 01-02-2011 10:30 PM 3456 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess it all started back in the day when my now late father taught me, by letting me do things by myself at a young age, to always dig deep to find a solution for any task at hand no matter how hard it seemed, this got stuck really well on me I think, and sometimes to the point of obsession I’m afraid hehee.

To be honest, it has been a source of some troubles, but mostly it is a source of great joy as it has lead me to a path for searching new things to learn and new things to create all the time, and for that I’m really grateful with my father, if only he could see!

And what brought me to woodworking? easy question, a woodworker lazy enough to even give me a quote I was looking for an enclosure for another of my hobbies, a do it yourself analog music synthesiser I was building.

So, with no help from him, I decided to take care of things myself and learn about woodworking too.

I been doing some simple small boxes for my electronic projects and so far so good, but after seeing all the nice projects over here I wanted to step up my game and start building beautiful things too and so the journey begins.

So far I have built some jigs to help me to gain accuracy and speed when making future enclosures for my other projects, and would love to hear from you any tips or advices for more jigs -if needed- to help me in this endeavour, thanks!

Oh, almost forgot to ask, what do you think would be best:

no-tilt bevel jig like this one?

or a crosscut sled with the blade tilt at 45 angle?

I kind of hate to have to adjust the blade angle on the table saw :)

The jigs I made so far:

Thin strip table saw jig:

Box joint router jig:

Table saw spline jig:

Table saw superSled:

Drill press table:

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 11:20 PM

That is a nice collection of jigs! You are off to a great start!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 12:48 AM

Your dad SEES and is proud! Believe it and have faith in that too!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 05:16 AM

If you’re working with short boards that no-tilt bevel jig could be really handy. I wouldn’t try to use it on any board longer than 1.5 times the width of the jig.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#4 posted 01-03-2011 09:33 AM

I have been thinking about making a tilt sled too. Not necessarily 45, but maybe 20 or 30 so I do not have to tilt the saw to the extreme end to get to 45.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-06-2011 01:39 AM

ShopTinker: thanks for the tip, already cut all the parts for the no-tilt version as I’ll work mostly with small boards, but now I have to figure out how to put together the jig so it ends being true 45 hehee.

TopamaxSurvivor: that can work too, or maybe a variable angle base from 20 to 45 to make it more versatile?

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#6 posted 01-06-2011 03:12 AM

Yup, no point in making it if it isn’t versatile! :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 07:35 PM

Your father would be proud.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 08-08-2011 09:18 PM

Nice set of jigs. My super sled, which looks a lot like yours, gets used a lot. I find you can make on the fly jigs using the slots (mine has T-track), increasing the utility. I came here looking for your workbench, when you commented on my Multifunction Bench, and said you might revamp your bench. One tip, cheap plywood and lumber is not a good way to go. I spent too much time accomodating the issues with my materials. I did it that way initially, because I knew I wanted a lot of weight, and cheap materials would make that……........(-:

I like doing shop stuff way too much, I don’t build much else…........oh well…’s a hobby, supposed to have fun.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 08-08-2011 11:16 PM

Hi Jim, hehe my bench is too ugly to show it, I will when it gets updated with your tips ;)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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