From Marine Surveying to inventing a woodworking tool: why of course, what else would one do? This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jim Lindsay, President of OMS Tool Company and inventor of the DowelMax. The HistoryI asked Jim how the transition to inventing took place and he shared a bit of history with me. In 1995, he was ten years away from retirement and not really looking forward to it. Then, one day as he was working in his shop, he had the idea for the soon-to-be “Do...
I blogged a couple of weeks ago about what I should charge for a small box I was asked to make. I thought that those of you who haven’t delved into the wonderful world of box making might like to journey along with me as I make this commissioned box. I was given the outside dimension for the box, as the owner intends to place it in a chest of drawers, so it must fit the size constraints of the drawer. The box will be 95mm high x 360mm wide x 240mm deep (approximately 3.75” x 14...
Today at the Mason – Dixon Woodworking Toy workshop I was making the plastic windows for our Train bank. We usually make 105 or so of each item. and 1000 – 1200 total that are distributed at Christmas time. Here is the toy bank. The plastic window is inserted in a whole drilled into the sides of the bank and is held with screws. The window is the only way to take the money out of the bank. First we cut the Plexiglas circle with the center bit removed from the hole saw. a ...
One thing nice about not being allowed to use glue, No glue clean up and you can pre-finish all of the parts before assembly. On my finishing blog I wrote about using Pumice and Rottenstone as a wood filler, I thought I’d try something different on this cabinet. I used my private blend Danish Oil (1/3 Boiled Linseed Oil BLO, 1/3 varnish, and 1/3 Mineral Spirits). I squirted it on the boards and used a 120 grit Random Orbital Sander (ROS) to sand the oil and sanding dust. In doing that I wa...
The home renovations are nearing an end (for now) and I am making some Victorian style base boards to replace the ones which were torn up during the renovations. More info on the base boards when they are installed. I need to scarf a couple of boards together for the longer walls and miter all the ends. The stock miter gauge worked fine for the smaller pieces but wasn’t up to the task when I tried to cut the ends of the 8’ long 1×10’s; too much torque. A crosscut sled was clearly nee...
Mortise and tenon joints just scare the dickens out of me, the fit requires perfection. Joinery is the epitome of craftsmanship, at least in my book, oh sure down the road with more experience I will probably determine something else to hold in such high esteem but for now, from an inexperience point of view perfect joinery separates the master from the apprentice. With this in mind I try to muster the my spirit to give it a go, just to get started scared me, no formal training, never having ...
Well, I made it back into the shop this weekend, fingers are a bit tender and that slowed me down a tad but I did make some saw dust. I also got a package on Friday from Amazon with my new Kreg (small gloat) miter gauge in it. It went together fast and according to my engineer’s square was right on the money. Building this entertainment center is a true learning experience. I want to get it built but I keep getting side tracked to build other items to aid in the making of the entertainment...
This is the jig that really should have been the first of the series. I have to lay out the story a bit. Let’s just say that I am 3-D challenged. I started off to make a batch of mitered feet for jewelry boxes. I used the table saw and jointer to make a long strip of wood with a 45° chamfer on one edge, about 36” long x 3” wide x .5” thick. I laid out the edge opposite the chamfer with an approximate 30° taper, each foot section about three inches long. Having cut each...
At the request of oscorner, I’ve posted some pics of the jig that I use to cut box joints on the table saw. The box joint jig that I use is a shop made jig from ¾” Birch ply. I recall getting the plans from a Mark Duginske book (“Mastering Woodworking Machines” – I think). I remember that he called a “Universal Table Saw Jig” that you adapt for making box joints. So, it basically improves upon the stock miter gauge and if you make up a bunch of fences you can use them for va...
This 8 minute video details the various operations that can be performed with WOOD Magazine’s Universal Tablesaw Jig. This video shows how to use the jig for crosscutting, mitering, tapering and panel cutting. It’s a neat little jig and works well: To see the rest of the videos in this series and the other project details:http://www.eaglelakewoodworking.com/post/Wood-Magazine-Universal-Tablesaw-Jig.aspx
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