Moving along with the woodworking bench. The previous blog showed the final glue up of the laminated top. even planing the sections before gluing didn’t lead to a perfectly flat top. So that leads to the 64 million dollar question, how do we get it flat. Since I don’t have 40 inch wide planer or sander I guess we’ll have to look at other options. One method is to cross plane it with a fore plane or jointer plane (a very long bench plane). As I don’t have a bench...
Since the router bits are now clean, I might as well sharpen them. Yesterday I showed you how I clean saw blades, router bits and clean up the belt sander belts. Since I’ve got the router bits clean and I was ready to put them away I figured I might as well sharpen them. I use 3 in 1 oil with the sharpening tools on my router bits. I use Eze-lap diamond paddles for sharpening. Here is a place that carries them. They come individually, sets of three and sets of ...
This is a video on how to set up and use the Loose Tenon and Mortise Jig I developed over the past few weeks. It is in three pieces. Part One Part Two Part Three I made two project entries: First One - pre-tested and the Second One - post-tested
OK. I caved in and bought an Incra Insert for the router table after they posted it back in stock. It’s the 3/8” phenolic plate that is their ‘old’ design. the opening for the router is 3 3/8” as opposed to the new Aluminum plate which are 3 5/8”. also it’s not as mechanical capable as the aluminum plates, but for $35 it’s within my budget. and still a very good plate. what I really like about the Incras is their MagnaLock plate inserts which sn...
to make my routing work environment more enjoyable i added a few different dust collection systems to my router table. as well as showing the fence that i made for it. first I’ll start off with the fence. it has a 2” opening that goes up high about 3 1/2” to allow for higher bits. so the fence is about 6 inches high for maximum support. and about 2 inches longer than the router table on both sides for maximum work piece support on both the infeed and outfeed sides. so here i...
I kept having the need for a router table to use bigger bits, so I decided to make a table. After much review of other projects, I designed what I felt would work best for me. The top is made of two 3/4” mdf sheets cut 22 1/2” x 34 1/2”. They are glued with regular titebond wood glue and screwed with coarse thread 1 1/4” drywall screws. I laid out the areas where the insert and miter track would go so as to keep from putting screws in those areas. At this point I ...
We’re going to use a Dremel router to make a sign with recessed lettering. I suggest barnwood because of the contrast between the weathered surface texture and ‘fresh cut’ letters. I also have enhanced the letters by burning (pyrography) the edges of the letters for increased readability. Of course you can scale up to larger routers if you chose. Stock: Barnwood 2”x10”x24” Suggested material and dimensions Safety: Goggles, F...
I scored 2 1×6x7 boards of Catalpa today, they will be used to make my wife a cross for our home. I make and sell these crosses and she asked me why we don’t have one in our house hmmm good question. The grain in this wood is very beautiful, she should be happy with the outcome. When my wife is happy I am happy which is pretty much all of the time.
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...
Hey LJ! So a few weeks back I posted some mid-project photoes of how my bandsaw build was going and although it is not entirley finished and still needs little extras like a coat of paint, a stand and a fence I can now show you the fully working and (built bandsaw). Heres a quick video showing the build process… Enjoy! Its been a great project and I hope to soon post another video showing it in all of it glory.
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