I go over two techniques to get around with not having a tail vise. If you have other ways, feel free to share them in the comments.
The purpose of this blog is to share my adventure with learning to make hand cut dovetails. I decided that I wanted to make furniture with better joinery, that meant getting over my fear of dovetails. My first dovetail was an epic failure, not only because the gaps were huge but it had no tails, see the pic below. From DovetailsFrom DovetailsBut I must say the experience is getting better. I have watch lots of video on Youtube, Wood Whisperer (Woodtalkonline.com) and LumberJocks.I have chos...
Hold down clamps!This story are based on a real bench drillpress, all you see are reality, and all at your own risk… So time for the last part for now, the hold down or hold fast clamps.My solution are quick and dirty…Two china clamps 2,5$, some work. First file of the little metalpiece, that makes sure the clamp cant part in two.(It’s at the end of the long silver arm). Then slide it of. Bore a hole thrugh, that fits, a bolt for your fence. Make the mounting,...
I am sure most wood carvers are familiar with this one, as the bench hook is probably one of the first shop made contraptions relief carvers would make for themselves. I do find them quite useful for any task in which I need both my hands and the piece I am trying to hold down is irregularly shaped, a piece that I don’t want marred, or one that is too small to be effectively held in place by the bench cookies. While I know many woodworkers are already familiar with the contraption, I ha...
I have been looking for a way to add holddowns to my benchtop for a while. All the plans i saw called for either complex cuts or glueups or special hardware or reaching under the bench. I ended up with making these, which I find so far VERY satisfying. Actually, they are much better than i thought they would be. The overall cost for the pair is ~5$. ok, lets do it: From 270509 hold downthese are the things you need:1) 2 lengths of threaded rod (i used 8mm). they should be (the thickne...
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