Even though I have a decent size garage/shop, all tools need to be tucked away neatly since the space is used for metal working, photography, working on cars and of course parking. So space hogging fixed tools are avoided whenever possible. The idea for this router table is to take an inexpensive foldable table and replace the top with a thick, straight and strong MDF top for routing. I will then be able to collapse the table and stow it next to a wall taking little space. The original top...
In planning to glue to corners I cut some angle blocks to assist in holding the clamps in place. I also used a special clamp for angles that I highly recommend if you have to glue up unusual corners or large miter corners. I then tried to figure out how to cut the bottom and shelf. I decided to use my circular saw. Before having a table saw, I used a circular saw to cut the wood so I have a good blade for plywood. I also own a forrest blade but I didn’t use it for this, d...
I am going to make a few craft items and I need to crosscut some cedar 1×12x10’ lumber – I need a place to do it. Using my workbench and a roller stand seems like a good way to go, but I need a way to elevate the lumber so the bench top stays in tack. I could use the Rockler cookies, but I think I would rather build something myself and use some of those leftover parts I have laying around (you know, the ones that are just too good to throw out). ———...
In my seemingly never ending quest for shop organization, not to mention skill building, I am well underway with the construction of my clamshell cabinet. The design is the one in the Wood Magazine Best Home Workshop Ideas special interest publication (2009 issue, same thing as 2011 issue). At this time, all of the plywood pieces are cut to size, and I must say that I am a HUGE fan of stop blocks now. My recent move of my miter saw to the strong tie workbench, has permitted me to clamp sto...
As I get more experience wood working, I find it interesting how I have come to enjoy seemingly basic or what in the past has been downright challenging parts of a project that I sometimes feared in the past. Stock selection is one of those. I’ve started taking a very different approach to stock selection fairly recently. This is probably the result of watching the Wood Whisperer. I had a great time working with my wife on this step. She helped me pick and choose boards to use for the v...
I’ve used a certain type of circular saw jig to cut straight and accurate lines. All I did was glue and screw a piece of 1×4 to a piece of thin plywood or hardboard. Glue it on a little more than the distance from the edge of the saw base to the blade. When the glue dries, use the circular saw to cut the ply or hardboard to size. Keep the saw tight against the 1×4, using it as a fence. Ne sure the fence is dead straight. Now when you need a straight line cut with the c...
I was gifted by a very generous Lumberjock with a Skilsaw. I just recently used it to crosscut some hard maple, and I wanted to say thank you again to Jim C (it works great!). Also, I wish all of you here a Merry Christmas. That was the early Christmas gift. The late Christmas gifts are for my parents which I am just now working on: A wine balancer & A cutting board. You can see all three gifts in the the pictures
I always enjoy reading project blogs here on LJ, so I’ve decided to attempt one myself. Hopefully some folks will find it enjoyable! I’ve built a few beds over the past years, the most recent being this one that my son uses: It’s solid maple and has been beat up a little over the years and acquired glow-in-the-dark stars, all of which adds to its character, and I don’t mind in the least. I like that the bed has been host to both my children and that they...
Got out on the town today, and picked up some small tools I need. Chisels, files, a 2 ft. level, a bevel. And I finally got around to taking the old blade off the circular saw my FIL gave me. I clamped the blade into the machinists vice I’ve got, gave the bolt a jolt of wd-40, and then went at it with a wrench. I’ll get some new blades later this month. I also found a nice local sawmill that will do small lot surfacing and carries local hardwoods; they’ll als...
i have an 84 by 16×39” Parsons Bench. It is in my second bedroom, up agains the only avalable wall in the room (it’s a gambrel house; my outer walls are slanted inward). The bench has become the despignated storage area for stuff from all the other rooms… stationary supplies form my office/computer area, tools, clothes, books, old computer monitors, junk, sewing supplies and torn clothing, etc. it’s overflowing. so, i drew up a set of plans for a set of sh...
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