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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 01-29-2011 06:57 PM 781 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately I’ve been busy in the “shop”. Winter is here in Houston and the cool weather lends itself to actually WANTING to get out in the garage and do … something.


Put the fence face on my router table fence.

Built shallow drawers for our kitchen counter cabinets and mounted them. It’s nice to be able to use all the space in those cabinets and get to everything. No pictures, just half inch baltic ply glued and nail-gunned together. Since our cabinets are open on the inside, I had to mount the drawer slides to wood pieces and screwed them into the shelf. While I was at it I built a pot holder rack for one of the drawers after discovering that Ikea no longer sells the cheap little $10 (US) wood racks. It was an easy build, two pieces of wood cut down to an inch square by 20” long, drill holes in the tops and pegs for the sides, then cut some dowels 4” long and tap them into the holes. I may go back and glue it at some time, but I don’t expect a whole lot of wear, so not a lot of need for strength. We’ll see what happens this summer when the A/C is kicked on.

A while back I got a deal on a used 17” Craftsman drill press which included a Rockler drill press table, fence, and sliding stops. One of the faces to the fence broke at the point where the dado for the inserts ran through it. Took some scrap pieces from the board left from my router table fence and cut to size, then routed the channel for the jig inserts.

I play flutes, recorders, and whistles. A while back I had a small box that I could use to hold my instruments when I’m playing in concert or in a sesiun, but I lost it at one event or another, and so I started working on building a replacement. The box is a little flat thing, about 8” wide, with three pieces of wood sandwiched between hardboard. Holes drilled in the wood will accept dowels of different sizes, while one end is screwed in with washers so the ends can pivot, with a 45 degree cut in the middle where the pieces meet. I’m planning on finishing it today and drilling for the pegs as well as buying a piece of felt to put on top.

One of my first major projects after buying my table saw was to build a cabinet for it. It’s a doozy (I think I have it in my work shop pictures if you want to see what a doozy looks like), and I purposefully left room for a router table on the other end of the cabinet.

To shorten the story, I put two drawers of unusual size in this, and when I got my Freud router it became the router for the table. So far things have worked well, but I’ve lately seen some pictures of other router tables and am inspired to “neaten” up the original workings. I’ve got dimensions for the space, and me and Sketchup are going to have a talk for a while as I figure out how to reconfigure everything in that part of the cabinet.

Pictures? The drawers? No. Router fence? Maybe, but still chewing that idea around. There are far better router fences than mine, but the purpose serves me fine. The router table rework? Yes, when I get to work on it, maybe in the next couple of weeks. Definitely pictures of the instrument holder when I’m done.

I still butcher wood, making REALLY stupid mistakes because I’m trying to hurry through a project rather than taking the time to consider what I’m doing, but the mistakes are coming less rapidly despite the fact (or because of the fact) that I’m doing more work. I still enjoy the completion of a project, and have so many in line that I’m not worried about what to do next, just which one.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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