Necessity is the mother of invention. I have this saying above the doorway into my shop because just about every day I am having to create something new to be able to complete what work I have set out for that day. Yesterday it was a portable router table to replace the piece of $#!* Skil router table I bought from HD some time back. The router table has always been a pain in my arse and was never truly good for routing anything well. When I milled all the pieces for my Greene and Greene styl...
I’m trying to make a triangular table base with 3 legs and a circular top. Okay, to make the base, I cut the apron pieces out of pine at 60 degrees: The ends are such that one end overlaps the one beside it, which I’m really not sure how to explain other than that and each end is different, with one going past the adjacent piece. Perhaps the photo will show it: In order to have the legs show their “rolls” I will cut a groove in each apron piece at a po...
A dry run was performed first. Evidently, the original threaded rod that came with the plane is not very straight. The tote will rock back and forth as the threaded rod is being tightened. I can see how such rod can put a lot of stress on the tote and contribute to the breakage. The plane’s original rod will not do. Fortunately, I have another one on hand. Though it is not perfect either but the rocking motion was drastically reduced. After the dry run I had to move my projec...
So, I have these places in my shop that beg for some cupboards, with slide-by doors. They are not assembled yet, but I have pics to try to explain what I am talking about. So here is the space I’m talking about. Minus the clamps that are temporarily hanging there I am putting up a series of long narrow cabinet boxes in between each set of brackets. I started with 1/2 inch plywood. I try to avoid 3/4 inch ply whenever possible because it’s so much heavier and hard for ...
The design process for this one is a little different. Using only one 6’ 1×12.
At this stage I popped out the lid and recessed the back of the lid 3/16” This allows the lid to sit in deeper and creates a shadow line.Once the lid is recessed I taped the lid shut and drilled the hinge pivot holes. Shown with loose nails as pins.
It has been a while since I decided to do a project that contained a lot of dowels and I now remember why. I hate working with dowels. No matter how careful I am, it seems like I cannot get them to line up correctly! This time around, I even purchased a dowel jig from Lowe's to help with the alignment and positioning. In the project, the rails are made by putting the slats between two styles. Two dowels on the end of each slat, times 10 slats = 40 dowels. Each rails connects to the ends...
This is a wrap up the kitchen island showing you how I cut the dovetails for the drawers using my Porter Cable 24 inch Omni Jig. This jig is so user-friendly it is almost difficult to screw up the dovetails. I have had my share of bargain brand dovetail jigs before and this one blows them all out of the water. I even prefer it over the Leigh jigs. Hope you all enjoy, be sure and subscribe if you are a new viewer. Thank you for your support and comments.http://youtu.be/vbm_epeuBc8
I have always had a passion for restoring things. One of my favourite activities is the resuscitation of old tools. Not only for the beauty of displaying them, but to give them a new sense of purpose and put them to good use. I pick up old tools at any chance I find. They can be from friends or family that no longer have a use or interest for them. I have found many tools cast away as rubbish and one of my favourite pastimes is routing through piles of rusty parts at secondhand markets. ...
Didn’t know where to post this but I’m selling off my tools (Not that I want to but i’m moving and there is already a shop where I am going) So if your in the pittsburgh area and need/want more tools gimme a call 18564335257here’s a list of the larger stuff I’m selling plus i have a ton of little stuff if you need something who knows I might have itPowermatic 65 10” tablesaw, biesemeyer fence 3hp, 3ph extra baldor motor includedPowermatic planer 18” ...
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