The drill press is a terrific tool in the woodworking shop especially when it has a drill press table that conveniently clamps the work, provides a fence for repeatable and accurate cuts, and also offers a safer working environment. The drill press was originally set up for metal working and most tables that come with the drill press are small metal tables. As a result, the metal tables can be rather awkward for use in the woodworking shop. A better solution for the woodworker is to buy...
The drill press is one of the great woodworking tools for a woodworker to have in the woodworking shop. However, the small metal table that often comes with this tool is rather limiting for woodworking. So, the answer to this limitation is to either buy a drill press table or build a shop-made drill press table. If you choose to purchase the accessory you could have it that very day if you have a woodworking store like Woodcraft or Rockler close by. Then again you could find a drill press tab...
The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #6: Part 6 - What to Look for when Buying a Secondhand Brace and more
I thought I’d mix it up a bit in this part of the blog and record a video where I: Discuss what to look for when you pick up a secondhand brace and consider buying it. Mention variations in design and size and why you would use one size over another. Address Racerglen’s question on restoring plated braces. Answer lysdexic’s question as to why the Yankee 2100 represents the pinnacle of brace development. YouTube only allows uploads up to 15 minutes in length (...
It is this week already and have not posted pics of last weeks efforts… Well that is all the holes drilled for the knobs and pots…all done last week. This week we cut the pocket for the neck… using the TWC… stay tuned…
Circle Drilling Jig I did not design this jig. I didn’t make this jig. But I’ve been using it for the last couple of weeks, and I thought that I’d post it as an ingenious drilling jig. It was designed and made by John Nole of our Mason Dixon Woodworkers Club. He passed away about a month ago, so in memoriam I wanted to post this jig that he designed. John was a machinist by trade and owned his own machine shop. So he was always looking for ways to make repetitive tasks easier and fas...
A variety of woodworking trades require the use of some sort of tapered reamer…. Stringed musical instruments have tapered peg holes, or woodwinds with tapered holes running the length. Windsor Chairs and spinning wheels are often put together with tapered joints. And barrels have tapered holes for both the bung and the tap. I’m currently repairing yet another spinning wheel, almost done: All of it’s joints are tapered round tenons in tapered holes. you mi...
Don’t get too excited – this isn’t an article on porn or sex, but only about making holes in wood! There are times when you need a hole in wood which becomes a challenge, even with the right sort and size bit. Here’s how to deal with some of the more common challenges: 1. Drilling long holes accurately: A. By far the easiest way is by making a shallow saw kerf in the “Faying Surface”①. These are then joined together by glueing or other means, with the kerfs mirr...
Greetings to all once again; I am attaching photos of the clamp for my new Biesmeyer style fence that is under construction. It came out fairly well.The circular pads are adjustable by carriage bolts threaded in to t-nuts to correct any undesired angularity. The ¾” dowel is a plunger that the cam pushes to lock the fence in place. The two piece pad that the dowel pushes will have an elastomer sandwiched between the pieces to provide a spring action so the cam can over clamp it...
As those who have dealt with it know, keeping all four sets of shelf pin holes at the same height as their counterparts is critical, and can be difficult, without a jig. You can buy some nice jigs downtown. Alternatively, you can make your own using aluminum, acrylic, wood or even temper board or peg board. The thickness of the jig will determine the results you get using self-centering bits. For example, a piece of 1/8” thick aluminum will allow the bit to go 1/8” deeper th...
This covers the construction of 26 shipping skids described in project 80698. Lumber:86 – 4×6s 16 feet long26 – 2×6s 8 feet long234 – 1/2×10 inch galvanized hex head bolts234 – 1/2 inch galvanized nuts468 – 1/2 inch galvanized washers780 – 3 1/2 inch framing nails Tools:Hitachi 12 inch miter sawDeWalt miter saw stand.Black and Decker 1/2 inch “Hole Hog” drill, all metal constructionPorter Cable Framing NailerCampbell Hausfel...
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