I started out with, what I believe is a 1.5 HP Jet from Low’s. I originally hooked up to router table, with flex, 4 in. Well Here is my Dust colector set up at the presrnt time. I know that it can be improved upon, so I will welcome all suggestions for improvement. I decided to add a few tools, and thought that I would run some 4 in. pvc around the back wall. Please excuse the formating of this blog, as you can see, I am just in the learning stages of this new...
Digital gauge for Woodmaster 718 Planer/Moulder/Sander Allthough it is close I wasn’t satisfied with the “count the turns method” for setting depth. I added a digital planer gauge from Wixey to my 718 a couple years ago.I had to build my own bracket to install it but now Woodmaster is selling one for about $70. www.woodmastertools.com It allows me to set up to within .001” accuracy and cut my change over time between operations by a bunch. This is the li...
Man, I can’t beleive I made my first posting almost 2 years ago…time flies when you work to much…and have kids…and move… I purchased a bunch of wood more than a year ago…sound familiar…and finally decided last week that it was time to get back at it. I had purchased about 40 bdft of Cypress to build a couple of adirondack chairs. I had plans, I had templates…I had the wood…time to get going. I went down to my “workshop”...
This past Wednesday, all in the span of an hour lunch break, I ran home, cut a chunk off the end of one of the Jacaranda logs from my recent haul, resealed the main log with Anchorseal and washed out the brush. Sliced the chunk in half through the pith, and turned one into a thin-walled, simple bowl, took a quick shower, and brought the resultant piece back to show off at work. Amazing what can happen in one hour! The turning itself took less than 15 minutes! I’m getting faster, if not ...
Well I finally made a trip to Woodcraft and purchased some zero-clearance made by Carter. All and all I am pretty happy with them. $10 for 3 inserts and they fit well. However what I quickly learned about zero-clearance inserts is that they do tend to impact the removal of saw dust. There was a LOT more dust on the table of the bandsaw than when I was not using the inserts; but overall they performed as expected. I have the box completely cut out and rough sanded and glued. All that i...
Three Acts of Working the Wood ….three acts of working the wood that have be-spelled me,one is the art of hand-cutting wood joinery,two is the collection and using of old weathered wood,three is the beauty of creating pieces of ‘wood art’…. ….one; ….two; ….three; —-by flp —————————————————————————...
I finally shimmed the brackets on the correct side and added matching shims on the opposite side of the front vice bearing and vola. turns smooth as butter. The front vice jaw is planed and sanded and has bench dog holes drilled in it. The TSV is Done. All it needs is a coat of oil, boiled linsead oil.and it is DONE> You can see the bench dog holes drilled in the apron, it is ready to be glued on to the bench. Then it is time to move the top off the legs, fix the wedged tenons, fli...
I have worked with designers from time to time over the years, but this was my first time working with a designer located in New York City with a local client here in South Carolina. Anyone that has ever worked with a designer knows there will be challenges…............Let me count the ways! lol. First challenge was distance, thank goodness for the internet, fax machines, e-mails and unlimited long distance calling on my phone. No real problem there. Second challenge was the de...
ugh… well these drawers didnt turn out to be as hard as i thought. theyre just regular half blinds with a little bit of extra fitting and different side lengths. dont let curves intimidate you. its not as hard as it looks. just a few little tips. you need to make sure that both of the ends of your drawer fronts are parallel. the picture below shows now to find that. just use two squares and set the front up in between them. if the surface your squares sit on is flat the blades will be p...
I was looking for a clamp that could hold a glue up of two 45 deg strips of wood to make a block. Basically two triangles glued together to make a square. All the woodworking site searches produced nothing. Then I came across these clamps on a welding website. http://www.stronghandtools.com/products/pdt_img/pgv_pic.html I ordered three of them from my local welding supply store to see how they would work. The man at the supply store had never seen them, apparently they have a patent...
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