I got side tracked and didn’t accomplish any of the goals that I set for today. The day wasn’t a total loss though. I made a batch of chili and I watched a few videos on dovetail joints and marked up my boards. I need to clear space on my bench to do the cutting, so that was my excuse for not starting on them until I finish gluing up the top. Out in the garage, I glued up a few more rows and while I was waiting for the glue to dry, I started thinking about the game pieces th...
Inspired by Rmac’s tool rest here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/44468 After building the base I decided to simplify things a bit, eliminating the sliding piece on top as I won’t be needing it and using a single pivoting support under the tool bed allowing greater range of angles. I used 3/4” material instead of 1/2”. It’s not quite done, there is a 1/4” dowel acting as the pivot pin until I get to the store and buy a 1/4” carriage bolt and wingn...
Hello again. I printed out a plan and side elevation 1:1 so The first thing to do is make a simple jig for cutting circles (arcs) in wood veneer. For this I will be using; an offcut of 18mm MDF, four pieces of 3mm Hardboard (Masonite) and a 6mm dowel. First drill a 6mm hole 15mm in from two adjacent edges in all the Hardboard pieces. and a 6mm hole near one end and central in the MDF Glue the dowel into the hole in the MDF and using a suitable jig, route (with a st...
After sharing my micro-adjustment mechanism with my dad and discussing its shortcomings, he suggested epoxying the two threaded rods together to achieve better alignment. So I gave it a try. I began by creating an alignment jig using two V-blocks and some rubber bands. I notched out the V shape in the end of a piece of scrap MDF on the table saw. Next I drew a few lines on a scrap piece of pine and predrilled some holes in the bottom. To ensure the two V-blocks are lined up, I clampe...
My homemade micro-adjustment mechanism was featured in my Super Accurate Crosscut Sled project and it generated a lot of interest. Thank you everyone! It was awesome to make it to the daily top three! I have posted a YouTube video showing how my mechanism works. You can view it here.The big error, see if you can catch it, is my left-right mix-up. Thank you for watching. I’ll be glad to answer any questions about how this works. The next posting in this blog will detail the cons...
An end center marking jig is a simple and very useful jig to have in the shop. It is used to locate and mark the center at one or both ends of your square or round stock. great for locating and marking the center of dowels, etc. This shop jig uses very little scrap wood and takes no time to build. In the video I go into a very brief explanation of 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 triangles as they are used in the shop along with how the 30-60-90 triangle is used in the jig as the marking guide. ...
My short and to the point video on an adjustable router dado jig. I know there are several plans and videos about these floating around but there don’t seem to be many videos that are short and to the point. I have been needing one of these and finally decided to jump on it and get it done. Hope you all enjoy! Thanks for watching!
Hi all, I was recently inspired to build some cribbage boards after seeing some really nice samples on this site as well as elsewhere on the web (and after taking up the game again and losing regularly to my wife :-). We currently use a crib board that I must have built almost 20 years ago using a scrap piece of pine door jamb, a felt tip sharpie pen for numbering and a drill press. But now that I have more experience at building ‘stuff’, I’d like to make some nice boards from some nice wo...
Fly fishing is one of my other hobbies and like wood working, it can be very expensive. Thankfully, I’ve been fly fishing for close to 25 years and gradually acquired some really great gear that will last a lifetime. To keep costs under control, I like to tie my own flies and build as much of my own gear as possible. I built a custom fly rod back in 1998, and it is still my favorite (a 9ft 6wt on a Winston 3-piece LT blank). I was able to save 60% off the stock rod by building it ...
I was cross-cutting the blanks for my latest set of cutting boards when I noticed that my cuts weren’t square. Not a big deal in this case, as I’m only going to be planing them down to thickness anyway, but in the long run it means that a Lot of projects have been ‘just a tad’ off, probably for awhile now. that shows the ‘variation’ here’s my venerable sled, just something that i threw together awhile back: it is about as simple as yo...
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