Last time I promised a blog on work holding. This subject has almost become an obsession with me the last few years. I got tired of making do with c clamps and other ways to clamp something firmly and safely. I grew up in a shop where safety was not always a big priority and as a result saw numerous accidents over the years. Working in production for years influenced my thinking to do things safely, but yet maintain a certain amount of speed. In the next few blogs I would like to share some ...
I’m switching up my original plan of doing all the lessons in the self-study course back-to-back, and am instead alternating with projects from Power Tool Woodworking for Everyone that utilize previously learned/practiced skills and techniques. The first batch of projects are: 1. An adjustable miter gauge extension 2. A miter guage with sliding stop block 3. An adustable stop block 4. A tapering jig All of these use primarily the skills/techniques I learned last week. C...
The router cabinet is not complete, but I’m getting close. With the table top installed it is now functional. Here’s where I left off the other dayThe main carcass assembled, so my assembly bench is now free for other projects—specifically 3rd cabinet for entertainment center. Table Top PlacementI have a two inch overhang in the front for clamping if needed. I had originally considered pushing the top back 10” and adding a sliding table. However with a coping s...
Been using the Shop Smith drum sander to make wheels, train boilers and on and on, so thought I would make it have a fine adjustment to more easily get it set up right.The sander on the SS has a great depth stop but it’s on the wrong side of the tool when using the tool in horizontal mod. What I’ve been doing is getting the stop to get a wheel sanded close then would unlock the table and tap it with my hand to get just a tad closer , which works fine but I have no real idea how fa...
This little blog is to supplement my project labelled ’Meet “Arty” my little articulated friend.’ which should have been or will be “projected” shortly. A brief word about the author…. I am currently chair ridden due to a sprained ankle so I can only channel my “talents” to typographic mistakes rather than woodworking ones and thereby inundate LJ with my verbal diarrhea. As the “Arty” project briefly discusses “nuts”, th...
Been using the sanding disk on the SS more and more with all the model making I’ve been doing so needed to get the cyclone hooked up to control at least some of the dusty mess.Wanted it to be a quick change over so here’s my out fit so far. I should add that I don’t have the newer sanding disk that will work with the newer SS’s saw guard.I bought my saw 2003 used and all the tools that came with it are for the table saw but for $400I’m not complaining. LOL ...
The more I thought about it I realized I wasn’t going to be able to stand over the Shop Smith to turn the parts for my train engine so was on the look out for an option.I don’t know how or why but Izzy’s video about making Lathe Router Duplicator [LRD] came up and the gears started turning.Here’s his blog on it.http://lumberjocks.com/projects/89782#comment-3140930 Needing to use the lathe to build a Toys and Joys train engine but I don’t have any lathe tools a...
As much as I would love to brag about all my perfectly shaped hand cut mortises, that’s just not going to happen. particularly the perfect part of that. So I decided to cut all the mortises into the legs with a plunge router. I started out with just marking out where all the mortises are going to be, very carefully since that are not centered on the leg (I 100% messed that up on one) Then I made a base for my router with some adjustable guides, that slides along the legs. I also m...
To fasten the rockers to this rocking chair’s four legs and to fasten the top of the back legs to the chair’s crest rail, I need to make mortises so I can fit loose tenons. Making these mortises would be easy if I owned an expensive power tool: the Festool Domino. It on my wish list, but it is further down the list or at least below my top expensive priority, a Saw Stop cabinet table saw. I have already had a shop accident on my Porter Cable table saw. It was a silly act that d...
There is always a need to make JIGs so you can make something in woodworking. To make this rocking chair there are many JIGs required. Here are a few I have made for this project. There will be others needed as I get into this build further. A side slat sanding JIG. It was important to sand these side chair slats the same so that the tenons that would be cut later would be precisely the same size: 1/2 inches square. Saw burns on cherry… Orbit sander on seven slats at one ti...
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