Here I am trying to clean and organize my shop, told myself that I wont buy any more tools or supplies until I take a full inventory but look what followed me home today. A friend from work over heard me saying I would like to get a radial arm saw and he said that he had one that was collecting dust since his father in law passed away 6 years ago and that I could have it if I wanted it. Of coarse I’m not one to turn down a free tool, especially when its a power tool. So I followed...
After creating a program to calculate dimensions and cutting angles and designing and building a jig to make the cuts with, I was ready to put things into practice. My first trial was with some old (30+years) cedar fence pickets. I wanted an old “barnwood” 3-D star. I quickly decided that even though the wood was cheap (free), it varied greatly in thickness, even within one piece, and it was extremely brittle and splintered easily when cut. Needless to say, I wasn’t pl...
Trying to cut narrow pieces for the stars at steep angles and bevels on my radial arm saw required some assistance. I designed a simple jig that would clamp into the table in the fence joint, anywhere along the fence joint. You can make angle cuts to ~60 degrees left or right while leaving the saw carriage arm to run straight back and forth. You can bevel the saw carriage to ~70 degrees to create compound cuts on small pieces. Best of all, you can clamp down the workpiece and keep your han...
A tour of the workshop, shop layout, machine set ups, storage ideas. Ljockers enjoy checking out other shops. Hope you enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GryJsOD8ds
A video of the opening of the package.
This has been done for quite a long time, I am not sure why I have never updated the blog but I wanted to post the final product! I made the tabletop according to the Mr. Sawdust book and I must say that I am extremely happy with it. The top is a couple of pieces of plywood glued together with 3/4” steel bars on edge for re-enforcement. I transferred the bolt holes from the old table. The top layer is 1/4 hardboard. This will be easily replaceable if it gets too beat up. I spent a...
After giving the glue a chance to set up overnight, I used today to accomplish final assembly and sanding. The top of the bench is 3/4” hardwood plywood. Of course, since the bench is longer than 8’, I had to piece the top from several sections. This was not a problem since I’m painting. The doors look great and, to my surprise, fit the bench door openings almost perfectly. I trimmed the front plywood edge with 1 3/4” pine…two pieces spliced together with a ...
This week we reveal the latest “invention”- A copy machine that duplicates woodworking projects! Then we talk about using a radial arm saw without losing any fingers, bees wax and hand planes, before ending with a tribute to a lost loved one. This episode is one for the Woodworking Hall of Fame… enjoy! Afterward, watch more episodes at Stumpynubs.com! And one last thing… everybody is emailing about the bag over my head. Well, it’s an inside joke from ove...
Grandpa had a secret that he kept covered with an old blanket in the back corner of the basement where we were forbidden to go. It was a big evil monster that would leap upon and devour any unsuspecting soul that wandered too close. But I was fascinated with it, and I often risked death to peek beneath the cover. I admired its scaly green body, its long arm and gleaming teeth. I knew it was old, because most everything grandpa had was old. But it still looked like the day it was born because ...
I got this Dewalt radial arm saw from Criagslist for $80.00 Feb 2012. It is an MBC 202, 1/2HP, 9 inch blade. The person I purchased it from had lost the key for the switch and it was in a storage unit so there was no power to run it any way. I took a chance and bought it. After getting it home the first thing I did was to take the keyed switch out. That is when I learned that the keyed part of the switch was a removable attachment to a regular toggle switch. After getting the switch ba...
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