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Shopnotes 126 Belt Sander #3: Belt Guard and Power switch

04-12-2017 04:29 AM by OregonWoodRat | 3 comments »

The belt guard took some figuring for me. Mine ended up taller than the plans due to I allowed the drive shaft to stick out further to allow for a different pulley in the future. The plans called for it to be 1.5 inches tall and I made mine 2.5 inches. The tool rest arm is made of the same oak as the pivot arm. So it was very hard to cut a slot in it. In the end I really like how it turned out. Someone on the internet posted a sander restore and made a wooden box for...

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Shopnotes 126 Belt Sander #2: Pivot arm and Platen

04-12-2017 03:48 AM by OregonWoodRat | 0 comments »

So I decided to paint the base winter grey. The pivot arm and related parts used polyurethane. I like how the base turned out since it was old growth pine. I cut a simple 45 all around it. The pivot arm is some kind of foreign oak type of wood. It is very hard and was smoking my table sawblade. The motor I am using a 1/3 HP Ge from the 50’s. It still works great. At first I had the 3 inch pulley on the sander and the 2 inch on the motor. I found it ran too slow. Af...

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Roll Around Tool Cabinet #30: Project Completed: Lessons Learned

04-12-2017 03:29 AM by HappyHowie | 6 comments »

Completed Roll Around Tool Cabinet: Lessons Learned A few months ago I noticed how many storage and toolboxes I had sitting flat on my garage floor. I decided to make them more mobile in the simplest manner possible. I took one of my dolly carts bought from Harbor Freight Tools, placed a 2 by 4 foot sheet of plywood on it, then began stacking the Rubbermaid storage boxes, etc on top of it. This made the items mobile but the tools and items in them were not easily accessible. This problem ...

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"A window into the garden" box in progress (2017)

04-11-2017 02:19 PM by FancyChip | 3 comments »

Thank you for looking!

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Shopnotes 126 Belt Sander #1: The base and rollers

04-11-2017 03:38 AM by OregonWoodRat | 2 comments »

Building the ShopNotes Belt Sander turned me into a Time Thief. I would steal time to work out in the shop. Sometimes it was as little as 5 minutes or just before going to church. The most time was generally on a Saturday and I would get a whole 6-8 hours in the shop. Overall it was a fun project. For the frame I used cabinet grade pine plywood from Home Depot. The plans called for the top pivot bolt to be threaded into a tapped hole but I never had much luck with that so I ...

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Dining table inspired by the Greene & Greene Thorsen table #9: Gluing Up the Leaves

04-11-2017 03:07 AM by TungOil | 2 comments »

The next step is gluing up the four leaves. Each of the leaves consists of three of the laminated boards edge glued. I contemplated adding biscuits to help with alignment for the glue ups. When I dry fit the boards before gluing, everything was extremely flat and well aligned, so biscuits were not needed. The glue ups came out very consistent, I measured no more that 1/64” misalignment after I pulled the four leaves out of the clamps. The random orbit sander quickly lev...

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Saw Til #2: Moving day, crosscutting parts

04-11-2017 02:03 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Found a spot for the til to call “home” ....right on the end of the lathe bench…..first, a few things have to move out of the way. A B&D WorkMate was sitting in that spot, with a huge sander sitting on it… the sander moved elsewhere.. To the Power Tool Bench. Table is merely stowed for now, can place it where it is needed, later. Almost cleaned off workmate is in it’s new home…might even be able to USE it, now. Swept the floor a bit...

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kitchen cabinets #8: Making progress.

04-11-2017 12:57 AM by MC | 2 comments »

All face frames are done and I have finally moved on to the cases. I added a curved element to one of the face frames, the kreg beading bit would not cut a curve but fortunately I have a LN beading tool that did the trick. I did have to spend some time on a blank that came close enough to the bead from Kreg. Before assembly of the face frames I morticed in the hinges using some jigs I built. This did take some time but better now than after assembly. I am making raised panels for th...

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Trefoil How-to

04-10-2017 03:20 PM by BanjoBen | 9 comments »

I posted this project over the weekend and got several questions from people about it, so I thought I’d share some of the process in case anyone’s interested. You can find out more about where the object comes from here: here: warned….there’s math in them thar links! The process is pretty straightforward. To begin, I cut bars 1 inch x 1 inch, making sure they ...

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Mongo: my first real workbench #5: Completion of the ribs and a start to the aprons

04-10-2017 02:18 PM by TheRiflesSpiral | 0 comments »

This weekend was consumed primarily with installing a dog door and a ceiling/lighting in the breakfast nook off the kitchen of the farmhouse. I did get a couple of hours to steal away to the shop though. “Last picture first” isn’t that what all the cool kids are doing these days? The first order of business was to re-cut the ribs I tried to make on the router table. I used the table saw but I’ve never been very good at (accurate) with a miter gauge nor am I c...

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