In Need of a KnobI am in the process of designing and building a horizontal mortise machine. For that, I needed a precise circle cut-out. To do that, I needed a circle jig. For that, I needed a knob, one with a threaded stud. I had made one a while ago, and found my template, improved my technique a bit and went to work. The Knob ConceptMost knobs are formed like a star, with five “pointers”. I took Inkscape to the rescue to create a template, here a picture: It’...
Over a year ago I posted this blog entry [link] about the jigs I’ve made for my table saw. Even then I knew the tapering jig pictured above was in need of augmentation. At the time it was adequate, but every time I used it… This week I decided to just take the time and fix the old tapering jig up so that wouldn’t feel so much on the edge when I use it. The main reason though is that I want to use it more for putting a nice clean edge on boards that are not straight. ...
This simple routing jig to be used on 4” diameter x 1 1/2” piece of wood to rout treads using a 8mm guide bush. The jig was designed in Sketchup. The top plate (pattern) can be changed as required as long as the “channel” is 8mm wide and is positioned on the jig using 4 locating dowels. The jig is small approximately 200mm x 140mm x 130mm and is designed to be used with a trimmer. There is a side viewing window to line up indexing marks as you spin the wheel ar...
I made a router sled to flatten a Farmhouse style dining table top I’m making. It’s a simple project that produced good results. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/ykNEqxTe23g
I love to sharpen my tools with Japanese water stones. It is like meditation. First you choose appropriate stones for a particular blade. Then soak these stones in water for a while. Then level surfaces of the stones. Then pick up one stone and start to sharpen. Thoroughly, thoughtfuly, unhurriedly. Then you take second stone, then third, then fourth… Using nagura… Listening to shamisen… This way inevitably leads to full and ultimate enlightenment. But, to be honest, sometimes I just want to ...
After I completed my recent project – mini plane – I realized that the iron of this little plane was too small to sharpen it comfortably. I sharpen my edges free-hand, and this iron is just too small to hold it while sharpening. So I came up with this simple solution: some kind of iron holder made from mild construction steel. Now it’s pretty easy to do the job: When it was done I remembered how Paul Sellers made his simple jig for sharpening spokeshaves ir...
My third dowel jig. This one for edge joining boards for table top glue ups. Simple, inexpensive and easy to make. https://youtu.be/MLMpO8BQfFk
I’m in the process of making a small dust separator to work with my CNC and needed to make very tight fitting lid for a 5 gallon bucket. After fiddling for a few minutes and getting ten different measurements, it donned on me to take advantage of a flat table and some squares. It’s so stupid simple, I can’t believe I’ve never seen it done this way before. http://www.gowoodwork.com/2016/measure-diameter-circle/
I’ve made a couple of dowel jigs to use on a table and bench project that I’m making from 2×12 Southern Yellow Pine. One is useful for joining two pieces of 2 by # lumber and the other is for 4×4 lumber. They’re very inexpensive as they are made from a scrap piece of 1” oak and some “steel spacers” from Lowes. Both have proven to be accurate and easy to use. https://youtu.be/lZRZTXYKiJE
DIY solution to using the mini Kreg pocket hole jig on 1.5” thick lumber. It’s simple and easy to build. It’s made from shop cutoffs and a little common hardware. It even makes the mini jig easier to use on 3/4 stock. Sometimes the simple things work well. https://youtu.be/mr1jDFCXHt8
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