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The Basement #41: Moddin' the Table Saw.....

04-30-2014 08:58 PM by JL7 | 38 comments »

This is another project that I’ve been kicking around for awhile now. Kind of time consuming but think it will be a good one for the long run: First off, this is an older Craftsman “113” contractor saw. I would much rather have a shiny new cabinet saw, but lack of power and funds are preventing that! Some of the mods were done earlier and here was the saw prior to this last round of changes. I’ve never cared for those sheet metal bases on those saws. Really...

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Hot Rodding a Harbor Freight DC #3: Cory to the rescue

03-21-2011 06:59 AM by newTim | 17 comments »

Thanks to Cory and input from other LJs, I was able to figure this thing out. Once you get past the idea of flipping the motor a number of possibilities become available. So I tossed the cabinet idea and went with Cory’s design. I did not include a Thein separator, and as you can see , I’m still using the flex hose as a conduit. Still and all, with a commercial cyclone lid from Woodcraft and about fifteen feet of 4” flex hose with a couple of ninety-degree bends, this th...

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Hot Rodding a Harbor Freight DC #1: If you build it, dust will come.

03-15-2011 08:18 AM by newTim | 9 comments »

Here’s my big idea for converting a HF to a 2-stage DC. I sold my Jet and bought the HF for $139. I got the vortex (?) lid from Woodcraft and am using a regular plastic trash can. I didn’t take the time, yet, to draw in the intake/outtake hoses, and I don’t know how to draw the plastic bag, but you can get an idea of the concept. I must confess, however, I already built one of these, but it turned out to be too small. It was too short, too narrow, and not deep enough, o...

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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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Walnut Slab Coffee Table #1: Flattening slab with router sled

01-01-2012 07:14 PM by Lumber2Sawdust | 5 comments »

I started a post about a wood gloat about a month ago. I found some nice walnut slabs at a sawmill for some projects. The first one up is a coffee table. I thought I would start a blog about the process of preparing the slab. I may follow this with more about adding a base to the table as it progresses. I’ve done a fair number of projects in the past, but nothing involving a big slab like this. I have been excited about getting this project started, but Christmas was approaching...

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shop jigs/furniture/fixtures #1: Zero Clearance Insert

08-13-2013 04:17 AM by Tugboater78 | 3 comments »

Well last night I was piddlin round with an idea to make a ripping fence/jig to attach to my circ saw. The one that came with it apparently grew feet and walked away, when i was on my last boat trip. I have some 9 and 10 foot long SYP 2×10-12s i want to rip the pith out of for a future project. Longest board i can try to rip on my table saw is 8’ give or take an inch. I was trying to rip out some ~1/4” strips to frame out the circ saw base on a piece of plywood. One of the st...

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W-pod speaker (Ipod speaker from recycle).

08-30-2012 10:59 AM by mafe | 24 comments »

W-pod speakerfrom recycle parts WOOD-POD SPEAKER.For a long time I have been using computer speakers as sound system at the workshop.The speakers were playing really well, but they were as usual dead boring to look at and could need some more mass to make better sound.Also I am a Lumberjerk so I needed a speaker that fitted this… WOOD-POD SPEAKER mafe2012. The speakers are Phillips computer speakers, the box an old veneered sofa table top and the logo from an old Noris ...

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Drum/Thickness sander

11-11-2011 11:14 PM by wildbill001 | 7 comments »

Why oh why did I wait so long to build this? It has been a joy to have in the shop since I finished it a month or so ago. Here’s the little beauty: Built almost completely with what I had on hand. 2×4 frame, 1/2 hp motor spinning at 1725rpm. 5” MDF disks on a 5/8” cold-rolled axle. No velcro for the sandpaper, just wrapped around the drum. Adjustment is via a piece of 5/16” all-thread I had in the shop. The table is 12” wide with a usable sanding o...

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Around the Shop #16: Rough tenon jig

05-26-2011 06:02 PM by Don W | 6 comments »

I had a few request for this so here we go. I used this jig for the Really Rustic Chair and several other similar type projects. You want the hole to be a little bigger than the tenon size you want. You will need to make a template for each size. I had a couple more made but one got broke and the other lost in my shop move. This is the adjustable stop. It determines the lenght of the tenon. I usually make the tenons long and cut them after. I made the router base from aluminum becaus...

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2 DYE 4

06-16-2009 06:33 AM by trifern | 56 comments »

I have had numerous requests for a how to blog about my dyeing techniques. I use water base aniline dyes. This technique the dye is applied using 20 cent sponge brushes and cheap paper towels. I typically work from the darkest colors to the lightest, creating layers of color. This piece is turned from fiddle back maple. My apologies for not taking a photograph prior to applying any dyes. The first coat is black. I apply the dye liberally inside and out. I then wipe the outside with a...

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