Hi Here I show my newest adition to my shop, my homemade vacuum system. The video is in spanish but If you have any questions feel free to ask :) The dust showed is from 2 weeks or so of ocasional woodworking. As you can see, the vacuum bag is almost dust free, and the machine keeps all his power I really recommend trying this thing Thank you for watching
Fed up of carrying my pencils in the basic, cheap, crappy chinese plywood sliding top pencil case…Found a scrap of thick pigskin leather at work for 1€, the color was not uniform and the veins were visible, which I absolutely LOVED. Grabbed it fast and ran away with it. I knew I would turn it into a pencil case, but I needed the kick to start it. This is the model I started with, changing it to account for the thickness of my leather: no outer rims, no liner :) http://sewmamasew.c...
Here’s a video update on my steam bending project. Enjoy:
Quick update on the whereabouts of my homemade bandsaw.Glueing-up the bottom wheel support: Close-up of the top wheel support opening for the wheel orientation and blade tensioning mechanisms: And the two wheels in place: When hand-turning it to align the wheels I realized that my blade is warped in a spot, which makes it jump out of the wheels. Oh, well, anyway, I will recut and resolder an older blade from my shop bandsaw next time i go to the parents’. I also ...
Last winter Steve (kizerpea) posted this home built canister filter. It caught my attention because I had a large DC system in my Canadian shop that employed a bag filter. Having just done a canister conversion on my HF DC in AZ (how’s that for acronyms), I was all ears especially the part about using truck filters. .... FREE truck filters. It has taken me a while to get around to it but today I was at the point where that &%^$#&^# dust bag needed to be cleaned. I HATE clean...
Here’s a picture of my cyclone dust separator shop vac: I used three different sizes of chlorine buckets from the pool supply store (we bought them full…), an ancient Craftsman shopvac, some scrap pvc tubing, a couple bought pvc fittings, a couple types of epoxy glue, an HF furniture moving dolly for the casters, a section of a pool vac hose which we’ve never used, and some plywood scraps. I studied all the cyclone designs I could find, many here on LJ, many on you...
Lately I’ve been looking around trying to find inexpensive ways to make clamps to use in the shop. I think of my purchased commercially available clamps I own two 3 foot bar clamps and three Quick Grip clamps, plus two old c-clamps. Bar Type Clamps: The first information I found about making your own clamps was Alex Harris’ video. I made one of these out of some second hand wood I had, though I did fudge the screw in favor of my own variation. Spool Clamps: I ...
Necessity is the mother of invention. I have this saying above the doorway into my shop because just about every day I am having to create something new to be able to complete what work I have set out for that day. Yesterday it was a portable router table to replace the piece of $#!* Skil router table I bought from HD some time back. The router table has always been a pain in my arse and was never truly good for routing anything well. When I milled all the pieces for my Greene and Greene styl...
I recently decided to tackle my router table problem. I wanted to incorporate it into my mobile tablesaw workstation, which was an earlier project. I searched for DIY plans and could not find anything that seemed suitable, so I designed my own. The fence (not pictured, because it hasn’t been built yet) mounts to a box that slides within a bigger box. Wedges or ramps then adjust with a knob in order to push the inner box out. This will be the micro-adjustment. The whole assembly sl...
I’m pretty frugal. I had it drilled into me by my parents, who are also extremely frugal. Most of the time I’m grateful for it. Every now and then I’m just the tiniest bit ashamed. I’m not sure yet which category tonight’s escapade falls into. Maybe you can be the judge. ;) I wanted to get some calipers to measure diameters of whatever I’m turning. I looked on craigslist, and the only thing they had was a Starrett 36 for $575! (Click here for proof...
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