The drill press is a terrific tool in the woodworking shop especially when it has a drill press table that conveniently clamps the work, provides a fence for repeatable and accurate cuts, and also offers a safer working environment. The drill press was originally set up for metal working and most tables that come with the drill press are small metal tables. As a result, the metal tables can be rather awkward for use in the woodworking shop. A better solution for the woodworker is to buy...
I built a large hardware storage cabinet to house an assortment of fine thread bolts.My friend builds custom cars in his shop.In order to secure these expensive nuts, bolts and washers, he hired me to build a cabinet to lock them up when he isn’t around. The assortment came with a large blue rack with a lot of bins for all the different fasteners.This rack is made in three parts that will slide right into my cabinet.If you’ve followed my blog, I built the Table saw island for the ...
As evidenced in my first post in this series, I have a severe lack of organization in my garage/shop. Two weekends ago I threw up some shelves with my ‘chop saw’ (that’s for you Don) so we could get my soon-to-be wife’s side of the garage organized. That was a quick and easy project, and we (mostly she) got that part of the garage in tiptop shape. Well last weekend she wanted me to start cleaning my side (two thirds) of the garage. We’re getting married in Se...
I have been looking forward to this part of the table saw island for a long time. In fact its been in process for a month or so, but I have had the idea to build one for years. I need to have out feed support on the table saw when ever cutting large sheet goods or long lumber. However I don’t always need the extra table taking up space and I don’t always need the support in the same position on the back of the bench. So here is my first sliding flip up out feed extension table, bu...
A short video of one of the reasons I can’t spend the time on LJ that I would like to! The wheat was short this year because of a wet and cool spring,yields were nothing to wright home about, test weights were ok.After the wheat was cut,I plant a crop of soybeans in the wheat subble(notill).I can get two crops off those acres. Now, to tie this to woodworking… straw is used in the making of MDF. (Man, that was a longway to go for that piece of information!)
I am really happy with the way things have come together on my latest project, The table saw island. Today I got the torsion box structure in place. After taking these pictures I cut the top of the torsion box, but it needs to be trimmed some more to fit right. I made an attempt to cut it out and put it in place but ran out of time for tonight, left there at 8:45 and it’s a 45min drive home. In one of the pictures you will see what I came up with for the dust collection to the saw. If...
Another cross cut sled, big woopee. While not my intention, this cross-cut sled is too big, too heavy, but is square to a gnat’s behind and can handle 20” wide board. Rather than tell you how great it is, I’m going to tell you the problems I had and what I would do differently. But first, thanks to Alaska Jim for PMing me to get off my duff and finish the durn thing. This behemoth being exactly the dimensions of my Grizzly cabinet saw top – 48” wide by ...
good afternoon jocks,The garage is freezing so i decided to take a break and share the project i have been working on for the last couple of months. I am far from finished but have made some progress. This is also my first time to use photo bucket therefore im not sure if this will come out like i think. Here is a photo of my work in progress. Im far enuff along that you can see the basic concept that im going for. The platform on top is 3/4 mdf in which i plan to add a hardwoo...
I started trying to make some zero clearance inserts for my saw so I can start cutting up the wood for the blanket chest I am working on. I have never done this before so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I looked around at premade inserts and could not find one specifically for the used saw I picked up. I did find some blank sheets of laminate coated phenolic made by Leecraft. The one I ordered was the Leecraft BK-1. It is about 1/2” thick and is 11” by 15”. ...
Well all finished just have to add a few more coats of poly to the mdf I do about 6-8 on the mdf for the extra protection. Anyways here are a few pictures of it completed, i’ll try and get some pics of where it’s new home will be. The sides are walnut lot’s of sap wood, entire boards of it first time using wood like this, red oak doors and drawers.
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