I recently went digging through my late Grandfather’s garage and found a practically new Craftsman 1 1/2hp router with the box, but no instructions. I decided to buy a small router table at a local box store knowing it wasn’t anything great but just something to try my hand at for the time being. I finally got around to using it today. I’m finally finishing the cabinet doors I’ve been putting off for months, and decided to route the dadoes using the table. For some rea...
I finalized the design, and am getting ready to build. Here is what I have so far. I will be sure to take some photos during the journey and update this posting later in the summer. Materials List ○ 8 4×4 PT posts 10 ft long ○ 100 linear ft of 2×2 lumber ○ 16 2×8 PT beams § 8 at 16 ft long § 8 at 14 ft long ○ 32 bolts at 7 inches long (3/8 carriage) ○ 32 nuts for the bolts ○ 8 Post brackets and wedge bolts ○ 8 copper tops for 4...
I got tired of making due with my current router table (a single sheet of MDF for a top sitting on an old HTC folding bench, rudimentary fence held on with clamps and adjusted with a hammer) and decided to build a new one. Of course, I’ve started about 3 different designs in Sketchup, and I keep finding something on this site to make me revisit it. I did settle on an overall size, so I figured I’d let the cabinet design age a bit and work on the top. I decided to make the top a to...
I have been working on the overall project for the last several weeks. The panels and shelves glue ups are done and the initial sanding is done. Next up on the list was to turn the shelves from squares to quarter rounds. So it was time to stop and start making the jigs needed for the project. The Rounding Jig and The Quarter Rounding Sled, the Sliding Dovetail Socket jig, and the router fence for the Pins. The Rounding Jig is based upon Norms, however my little 9” BS was not up to th...
Had an enjoyable day but again what day is not enjoyable when you get to spend it making sawdust? The first thing I did today is finish out my location jig so that for all future beds I will be able to align the pieces in the jig mark all the locations and do a quick check with the ruler and drill and cut. The first pic shows the jig with all of the holes and locations finished and properly marked. The second one shows the jig in position to lay out the opening for the Left Panel Lockin...
Howdy everyone, I thought I’d post a few projects that I’ve had to put on the back burner for a while. The first one is on the back burner simply because I’m not sure what to do with it! If you folks have any ideas on what to do with it, I’d love to hear it! This is a solid oak hand hewn barn beam that is about 5 or so feet tall. I don’t want to make a bench out of it. I think it should be a centerpiece someday. I’d make a manltle but I don’t ...
Welcome back Friends! First an apology. It has been several days since I have offered to you the previous installments of this blog. Time constraints (kids, work, etc) and my desire to use video demonstrations of the technique have kept me from keeping you informed in a timely manner. Well, today a window of opportunity has opened up. It is raining today, so turkey hunting, softball practice, and yard-work have been postponed. So I have been able to devote some time to my blog view...
Yo whats up everybody I was just wondering which is a better router a porter cable 1-3/4 1/4 collet or a skil 2-3/4 1/4 collet with the option of a fixed and and plunge base. I have heard a lot about the porter cables but not a lot about the skils.
Yo whats up everybody so I went to my grandfathers garage and he had brought all of his routers which was like 30 to show me what types their were.their were plunge base fixed base and d handle bases. Their were some that were 15 amps and some that were 3-3/4 hp. Most were 1/4 and 1/2 collets their were skils, porter cables, dewalts, ridgids, and even the big triton router. The porter cable looked like the standard with the 1-3/4 hp being the most common I havent picked out which one yet bu...
I have had the cabinet completed for sometime now, and had the Incra Fence already. However it is not a general purpose fence, one that you can attach feather boards and such to. I need to be able to keep my work flat on the table for my current project (Sliding Dovetails) so I am now having to build this guy out. Having read about the complaints about the MDF swelling after a period of time I have decided to finish mine out with paint. I went to the BORG and grabbed a can of a off white spr...
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