One of the reasons I got my Rikon 14” Deluxe was to mill small logs into lumber and bowl blanks. In order to do this safely it is important to keep the log steady while pusing it past the blade. Here is my version of a log sled that I built for it 1) The base is 3/4” BB Ply. On the top I have placed two Incra tracks to help adjust the depth of cut. 2) I have added a runner to the bottom to ride in the miter slot on the BS. (it also fits in the slot in my router table ...
Well, here we go. I have been working on the design and preparation of this project for 3 years. The final prototype was just completed. This is my second prototype. The first one was a quick (that is a relative term) mock up to see if I had the size correct. I built this out of scrap 2×4s and screws. Pieces were only roughly shaped. After building this, we determined that it was about a half inch too tall. The second prototype was built as a prelude to actual construction....
Well, I picked one of these up today from HD. $184.50 plus tax. Looks like they are clearing them out. Wonder if that long rumored new BS from Ridgid is about to finally show up? Sales person said they had 3 yesterday morning. I got the last one this morning. I left straight from there and headed over to Rockler. Picked up a 1/8 inch Olson blade. Took me the rest of the evening, but I got it up and running. Doesn’t appear to be too bad. A little vibration, but not as bad a...
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Yesterday was a good day, by almost any woodworking standard. Regrettably I didn’t touch wood to a tool. So how can it be a good day? I got to spend it with David Marks of WoodWorks Fame. He taught a class at my local WoodCraft and my wife was kind enough to give me the day to go. This was my second class with David; I took one about a year ago on Double-Bevel Marquetry (keep meaning to get a scroll saw, but something bigger and more powerful always seems to get in the way). The class ...
I noticed an item the other day that I generally take for granted or otherwise don’t notice. It occured to me that I have dragged it all over the country with me, through high school, on to college, moving on to my first job. I have had it in every place I have ever lived. I use it in the house and in the garage. It was my first formal introduction to a lot of different woodworking tools. I always had an interest in working with my hands and working with wood and this was one of th...
When I was looking at band saws one of the things that the Powermatic listed as a pro is that when the blade is detensioned, the quick-tensioning handle is in line with the blade so you will see it before turning on the saw. This gave me the idea to implement something similar for my Rikon. Using a little cloth and a magnet I fashioned the following View from the front when blade is detensioned and from the back Alternative detensioned views View when blade is tensioned ...
Ok, spent last night and this morning tuning the saw. The nice thing about this saw is that everything I can think of that might need adjusting is fairly easily adjusted. I followed the instructions on Rikon’s site and was able to adjust the lower wheel so the blade now runs on the center of the tire. This involved loosening and tightening the bolts that hold in the prescribed fashion. I over compensated a little bit on the first try but hit it dead on the second. I was able t...
http://s730.photobucket.com/albums/ww302/Dopamax/?action=view¤t=CarpentryEngineeringExpandingTable.flv Now that is some drop leaf table!
Here is a walk through of the unpacking and setup process The box came on a pallet from ABF. Amazon’s free shipping included lift gate service and they put it in my garage for me. (90 lbs Golden retriever for reference) Opening the box reveals the manual, fence face and the fence rail The rest of the components are accessible after removing the top styrofoam packaging. you can see the main body (far left), the table (middle), and the stand (small box upper right)....
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