A Workbench… I figured it was about time I make one. I’ve been working with hand tools primarily for almost a year now, and my “workbenches” has had many forms. My primary work horse was the work mate. Now, this works, but is far from ideal. And so it goes on. I’ve also used a few other arrangements as well. Parallel jaw clamps, clamped to a folding table, clamped to a porch support beam. This actually worked surprisingly well, until there was any sort of side pressure… t...
You can never have enough clamps, right? I have an odd assortment of bar clamps, including some homemade clamps I made from 25mm (1 Inch) square tubing and a few wooden clamps that work with wedges. I also have some cheap pipe clamps of which the back jaw keeps on slipping under the clamping pressure. The other day I stumbled across this YouTube video i.r.o. homemade heavy duty wooden bar clamps. I drew some plans to get started And so the journey begins.I started ...
While this is the beginning of my construction blog for the V8 Degree bench, I’m not actually going to get into the build just yet. There are a few more features that I didn’t want to clutter the project post with and I’ve added a couple of demo videos on the vices. I thought it would be best to start with a full view of the bench and its operational features first and get into the construction process in the next segment. This photo shows the dog hole inserts that hide a...
Morning all [_]D taking a few minutes this morning to catch up here. I’m a professional photographer (as opposed to just your average person who owns a camera), and my ‘employer’ scheduled me for a training class this week to try and teach me to become a salesman for their products. Well folks, the class was ‘good’ as such things go. Instructors were earnest, knowledgeable and I did learn a few things. HOwever I’ve decided that I’m going to t...
I ran into a problem while making my new box joint jig BJ2. My kerfmaker KM1 does not open wide enough for the kerf that I need to cut. What to do? OK (sigh) This project will have to put on hold while I make a bigger kerfmaker :-( Then a flash of inspiration hit me After fiddeling with the kerfmaker and getting it right sometimes I finaly understand the principal behind it.All that I need is a spacer that makes an allowance for the blade thickness on the one cut. Off to the scrap b...
I’ve just returned to my winter home / shop in Arizona. At home I have all the tools and lots of space but here I have 1/2 a garage and a much smaller budget. That’s no reason not to have all the toys, you just have to be a bit more creative. What I need to go with the chevalet I built here last winter, to pursue marquetry, is a veneer press and a thickness sander. The press can wait until next week but the sander gets built now. Criteria:1) Gotta be cheap2) Gotta be precisi...
This article first appeared on my website, Lockwatcher's Lair – I am duplicating it here to share my experience using this system with my fellow Lumberjocks. While not specificly “woodworking” this system can speed up the process of reconditioning old tools without destroying them. The Rust Bucket Let me first thank my good friend Dave, of Pearce Woodworking for this great idea. Dave had some used hand tools he needed to clean up and had located this method th...
Tray Table Tutorial #2: My Brother's Tray Table - measured drawings and instructions for construction
We left off at a point where it would be a good idea to now do a dry-fit of the top to the apron. Dry-fit the top to the apron. Before going further, now is a good time to dry-fit the slant top to the apron so that you can get the exact location of the dado which stores the metal stand when the desktop is closed. With the metal stand flat against the back of the top, place the top on the right side of the apron, allowing a 1/2” overhang on front, left, and back. Carefully mark where t...
Tray Table Tutorial #1: My Brother's Tray Table - measured drawings and instructions for construction
I was asked if I would share plans for the tray table I made for my brother. It actually took more time attempting to write these plans than it did to complete the tray table. I did not take any construction photos so I have used SketchUp scenes to try to illustrate the steps. Disclaimer: This is the plan which I made on SketchUp before making the tray. ( I didn’t follow it exactly since I found that I had already surfaced some stock to 5/8” and used it instead of 1/2” thickness.) It s...
A few months ago I spent many many hours trying to perfectly align a set of “box joint hinges” for my project ” A Little Cabinetree” After I finally got them working I installed them on the edges of the MDF sides and doors and then veneered over the whole works. The only good part was that there were enough left over prototype parts that I could make a hinge for my next project from the cast-offs Then this week I was making a tea box for a friend and when...
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