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Shop Stuff #5: Machine Cut Through Dovetails

56 days ago by SPalm | 28 comments »

Simple, Fast, Easy, Thin Pins, Variable Spacing, Looks Hand Cut, Simple Set Up, Tastes like Chicken. I have been playing around with dovetails for the last couple of weeks. I have tried many methods of making them, as complete hand cut ones are just too much work for me. I own a commercial Leigh dovetail jig but I have never been happy with the look or the futzing that it took to set it up. So this is what is working for me, all ideas are cobbled together from other designs. I cut the pins...

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Season of shop upgrades #2: Table Saw Outfeed

63 days ago by PJ72 | 3 comments »

A need for out-feedI have tried using out feed rollers and various stands for some time and have never been satisfied with the results, especially when cutting large sheet goods on the table saw. For reasons including safety and quality of cut, I decided that I needed an out feed table system. Primary ConcernFor my garage workshop I needed a solution that was easily stored out of the way quickly with minimal storage space. I patterned the out-feed table on a design by Dwayne Intveld in t...

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The Furniture Begets

83 days ago by Darrell Peart | 20 comments »

Much of my work is spawned by my previous work. I like to call it “The Begets”. One design begets the next and in turn that one begets the next one – and so on. The line of begets can be rather long and intertwined. A beget starts out as an idea. The idea is usually some shape or theme found in my environment. These ideas are not available upon demand. They are most often spontaneous and come uninvited. They are a gift. Once an idea has solidified and the initial design is co...

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oak box #12: oak box photo blog

84 days ago by Dan'um Style | 11 comments »

Will fill in text as time permits etc. So check back Jar has old mix of steel wool and vinegar. It is for ebonizing the oak Jar was first started about 5 years ago. Still using the same container. Add some vinegar or water to juice it up.tip to remember … do not torque the lid down or jar will crack. A gas is given off during the reaction going on in the jar.1This is very stout solution and reacts quickly. What is not shown is the solution high lights all the glue sque...

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Yet Another Souped Up Harbor Fright Dust Collector with Cyclone

88 days ago by Garth | 3 comments »

So I know that lots of people have posted their dust collection systems, so I thought I would post mine. Below is the final picture and a schematic of what I built. In short, it’s a Harbor Freight dust collector, a Wynn Engineering Filter, a salad bowl as an internal baffle, and a Super Dust Deputy cyclone. The dust connections are made with 4” rubber pipe connections to the tools. To top it off, I just made my own remote control switch using some relays and a $10 wireless remote fo...

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Boxland: Work Stations and Boxing Tips #8: Cutting the Corner 45 Degree Angles

405 days ago by Boxguy | 17 comments »

A Quick, Accurate Way To 45 Your Corners If you build boxes at all, eventually you tire of cranking your blade from 90 degrees to 45 degrees and back…I did. So I built this simple jig, and now I can cut all 8 ends of a box accurately in about 5 minutes, AND STILL LEAVE MY TABLE SAW SET AT 90 DEGREES. Assumption: I am assuming that you have already laid out the board for your sides and have cut all four sides of your box to length. Short side, long side, short side, long side...

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Not Just Any Box #2: It all hinges on these..

2285 days ago by YorkshireStewart | 35 comments »

I have a love affair with wooden hinges and this challenge gave me the opportunity to go one step further with them. (It started some years ago when I came across the work of the late Tim Stead – in my opinion, a genius.) Accurately drilling the hinge pin hole in such a hinge is never easy, and those I planned for this box are 9.5” long and therefore impossible to drill. The following is an attempt to show how I overcame this bit of the challenge. The first shot shows the oak blan...

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Dust Collection Issues. #3: Some different blast gates

589 days ago by shipwright | 6 comments »

My blast gates are nothing special but since some of you wanted to see them here are a few photos. The first one is my planer in use and closed. The band saw is the same. This is the downdraft section of my bench open and closed. I don’t mind that the two finger holes are always open. This is the very end of the line and I find that it’s good to have the bitter end of the line at least somewhat open. I think that when an open line is joining the main and the gat...

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Dust Collection for 12" Delta Planer

95 days ago by Underdog | 8 comments »

Well it’s kinda clunky and made outa junk ductwork, but the price was right, and it works! I started with some old pipe from a friends vent hood off their old stove. It had an accumulation of gunk from years of cooking. It was serviceable after scraping and bending flat though. Then I drew up the 4” high transition from a 13.5” x 2.75” rectangle to a 4” circle. I cut that half pattern out and transferred it to the sheet metal with a center p...

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Homemade Air filter

96 days ago by Garth | 4 comments »

I made an air filter using a series of filters and then also a fan from an AC unit. Below are two pictures of it and more on how I made it. Here is more on how I made it.

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