Used to have a shop, X got in the divorce. :( Fast forward 15 years & I have 2/3 of 1/2 of a garage to build a cabinet shop in. The core of any shop is the table saw and within my (retired) spending limit I got a brand new Grizzly G0715P. Simultaneously with the saw purchase I added an Incra LS-III rip fence and an Incra miter gauge. I’m disabled and can’t walk / stand a lot so everything is within reach of my chair in front of the saw. I’ve got most all of th...
I got an awesome buy it now deal on this plane. I did a light clean-up this afternoon to get him in the tool box. The plane got its name from a crudely scrawled owner’s name “Tony” on the side and tote. I’m down to two bedrocks to complete the full set.
So I decided to make a mess, um, no I mean a router table. Man I forgot how routing hardboard and MDF makes copious amounts of the most nasty dust imaginable and there’s almost no way to capture it, so I gave up on trying. Respirator all day and then a massive cleanup. Well anyway, I’ve been using a Craftsman Workmate with an Incra top bolted to it. Actually there’s even a layer of oak flooring strips below the top making for a heavy load. Not sure why I did that. I ...
This toolchest in part has been the longest ongoing project I’ve built. I did finish this in March of 2016, and am realizing I never finished the blog build so here it is. Now that all jointery has been completed, it was time to plane down the proud parts of dovetailing, some scraping, sanding and I then put two coats of Zinnister shellac on- inside and out. Sanded between coats. Then I applied two coats of black milk paint. Sanded between coats and then applied a light boiled l...
Lid finally finished. Here’s a pictures of the build process. Dovetailed the lid support to be later attached to the lid panel. Quick dry fit of the panel and support before glue up. Final lid glue up. No pictures of the hardware install, but I built a back support as well using my bevel gauge to let the lid rest on and set the chain as partial support. And finally I needed a resting place for my panel saws so I built a hand hole holder that quickly releases the saws.
Hey everybody! My name is frank and I am a hobby craftsman from germany. I already talked about the build of my DIY table saw in my blog. In my youtube channel you can find the video for this build. If you are interested, just click here!But as I completed my table saw, I soon realized that I have to work on the dust extraction. After a lot of setbacks I figured out a very effective solution. The main problem was still being able to reach the saw (for the settings). So I made four removabl...
Hey guys, I’ve started a daily vlog with a heavy focus on my woodworking business. Here is todays video. View on YouTube
Now that my table design is finalized, it was time to head to the hardwood dealer to pick up materials. Hearne Hardwoods in Chester Country, PA is my hardwood dealer of choice for projects requiring very fine wood. They have an extensive selection including figured woods, which I wanted for the top on this table. I loaded up the trailer with 75 bf of 8/4 and 35 bf of 5/4 sapele, along with 40 bf of highly figured 8/4 to be resawn for my top veneers. I unloaded everything and broug...
I’ve been moving towards hand tool work but I didn’t want to buy a new set of drill bits for my grandfather’s bit and brace that takes square shank bits. Three jaw bit braces exist but the chucks they use are disappointing. Some poking around revealed that the chuck on the brace is held in place with a rolled spring pin. I knocked the pin out and measured the chuck shank to be 0.485” in diameter. I bought a 1/2” drill chuck with a JT33 to MT2 adapter. Since...
I’m in the process of putting together a complete set of combination planes. I recently added a Stanley 55 and some accessories to go with it. I have a small tool cabinet that I am adapting to store the planes. If you need a manual for the 55 one can be found here Combination Plane Manuals Note: The Hollow and Rounds are for use on a 45. The fence configuration is different between the 45 and the 55 and they do not fit on the 55. Photos below.
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