Well, I got the top of the router table done. The next step is to make the 3 drawers that go in the cabinet. Shown in the photo is my set up for milling the rabbets and dados in the drawer pieces. I temporarily put the sacrificial fence from my table saw on the table saw fence to use with the router. The last part of this project before painting will be to make a proper router fence. It will still attach to the table saw rip fence, but will have a few bells and whistles. [Edit] I mi...
Today’s efforts went into building the router table insert onto which the router will be mounted. I laminated a piece of Luan to the 1/2 inch plywood to make it look nice. The underside of the plywood has been routed out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. I hope to create different throat inserts for when I have smaller work pieces. I also installed 3 lengths of 3/8 inch threaded rod with which the cabinet will be fastened to the table saw. That way I can remove it if I should wa...
I’m going to finish the top and install it before installing the drawers. It should be easier that way to get my hands inside, plus I always build the drawers last just in case my ideal measurements were not met. This wooden piece matches the profile of the edge on the table saw, allowing me to use the rip fence further away from the blade and also use the rip fence to hold my router fence. The piece will be attached on the edge of the router table top. Here is a better view of t...
Because I am often frustrated by the limitations of my small table saw, I decided to put this project on the front burner. Today I drove up to a friend’s house to rescue him from being buried under too much wood. I came away with some 1/2 inch plywood less than 2 feet square and a few other goodies for future use. Then I headed down to my big box store and bought some hardware and a sheet of 1/2 inch plywood. I had it cut in quarters so that it would fit in my car. (Last time I asked...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1127: Finishing up Writing and a Great Woodworking Project
Good morning to you all! I am still finishing up the writing on my new patterns, but I am making headway and should be finished soon. I did want to share a great blog with you though that may interest you all. It it from my friend Jim Barry from Woodworkers Workshop . Jim always has great innovative ideas for using scroll saw and woodworking plans in unique ways. His blogs are full of great ideas and many of them include instructional videos so you can see just what he is up to. ...
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I recently inherited this RAS from a friend. He told me that he had a RAS that he didn’t need any longer and if I didn’t have one, he would give it to me. He didn’t tell me anything about it. When he showed up, I have to admit that I wasn’t impressed with what I saw. My friend said that he used it for 30 years until he got a table saw, then he hardly ever used it. I had previously given away my Craftsman because I didn’t have the space – but I alw...
THROW YOUR SANDPAPER AWAY!!! Ok, so don’t throw your sandpaper away, but cut down on the amount of dust in your shop by making this quick and easy tool. A card scraper is also very useful when working around knots in wood. In this video I show you how to take an old, out of service saw blade and turn it into something useful again. Thanks for viewing, comments welcome, and as always, please subscribe to my Youtube Channel.
Just a quick post for you guys out there with a lathe. Since posting my saw sharpening video in Saw Talk #28, I’ve had a few enquiries about the saw file handles I use. I get them from an online retailer here in the UK and as far as I know they aren’t available anywhere else. That means that if you don’t live in the UK, shipping can be a bit prohibitive. So here are the dimensions (in millimetres I’m afraid) for anyone who is handy with a lathe. They are are a ̵...
As the title indicates this is my first true soup to nuts restore of a handsaw. In this instance a Disston D8 thumbhole rip saw. I picked it up at one of my regular stops on the slippery slope. Here’s how it looked after the ride home: Rusty but in good shape, i cleaned the plate, polished the saw nuts, scraped, sanded, and applied a coat of BLO to the handle. All in a days work. Being a full restore i still needed to sharpen it. It came to me as a 6 ppi saw and i kept it th...
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