So before I begin any more building of fixtures and/or parts I generated a list of items I want to be available at all times. This is just a quick update and the starting point of all my necessities. - Drill bits-Driver Bits – PH,Straight,Star, Square (Magnetic dish inset from HF)-Screwdrivers-Pliers -Countersink-Drill and Impact Driver-Most commonly used hardware for current project (modular component)-6” Clamps-12” Clamps-24” Clamps-measuring tools – Comb. Square, Eng. Square, Steel rul...
After working with pegboard walls for 6 months I have grown to despise the functionality of it. I often do most of my work on the assembly table or my small bench and find that my tools never quite make it up to the peg board and when they do they seem to immediately need to be used again. As a fan of the TESTED – Adam Savage podcast I came across his concept of using tool carts to get tools out of drawers and into a state of first order retrievability. This is a method I often use a...
It seems that everybody has a YouTube channel. Well I decided to get into the game myself. My mother bought me a GoPro camera for Christmas. I`m sure she is hoping I will shoot some video of her grand kids for her. Which of course I will, but trying to keep up with a 7 and 10 year old is a lot of work, so I decided to take it into the shop and try my hand at shooting some woodworking videos. This 1st video is a fairly simple build so I could figure out how to work the camera into my wo...
NOTE: A PDF version of this post and the Sketchup model are available in the downloads section of my blog. If you’re planning to build this stool, I suggest you get them as the images herein are of pretty poor resolution. My time in the shop is pretty limited and building shop furniture is not something I particularly enjoy (I’m more of a fine furniture kinda guy), so when I do feel the need to make something for use in the workshop I like it to be simple, sturdy and quick to build....
Well, just about a week or two after I finally got around to shooting a shop tour video, I decided to finally purchase a drum sander which forced me to rearrange the shop. Of course, since I knew that changes were coming, I also decided it was as good a time as any to really take a look at the shop and fix the nagging problems that I encounter here and there. So, here’s a short list of things that will be upgraded: 1. Dust Collection 2. Shop Layout 3. Lighting 4. Too...
Taking inspiration from zzzzdoc, tedth66, Jeremy Greiner, and others (here, here, and here), I am setting out on a mission to create a Table Saw Station for my SawStop Contractor saw. The reasons for the project are similar to theirs: I need more storage space in my small shop, I’d like a robust stand for the saw that’s easy to move around, and their’s look really cool! I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this and many hours mocking up ideas and dimensions i...
I ran across this design a few years back and it has always been on my mind and on my “to build” list. I thought it was so cool. I really needed a stool for my shop and the outfeed support part of it is pretty neat. even if I never use it it’s cool to “show it off” when people visit my shop! I’m sure Ill use it though. So I made a how-to video of the build: http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-ultimate-shop-stool.html The plans:htt...
Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options This one is all about assembly! I receive a lot of requests to include more details on my assembly process. This is a detail that many articles, videos, and DVDs tend to leave out, so hopefully this helps to fill some gaps. Keep in mind that every project will require a different glueup and clamping strategy, and this is just one way to get the job done. Hopefully it will give you some tips and tricks that you can pu...
It’s been a while since I’ve updated on the garage conversion. It moves forward, slowly, but it is moving forward. While waiting for the money to free itself up to start on the walls, I’ve been getting a few small projects done to allow me to clear stuff away from the walls so I can get them insulated and clad. First item I made: I made it from Blue Stain Pine, that was really inexpensive. I messed up on the shelf alignment, so I figured I’d hang it on the wal...
Here you see some of the trays with the drawer fronts completed.This picture is a close up of the drawer fronts with custom wood pulls. Not sure what to call this style pull but it worked great for this application. I needed to make them low profile in order to clear the cabinet doors that they reside behind.More pictures of the parts trays.On the left side of the front of the Table saw island, I had two pull out trays behind cabinet doors. These trays now have drawer fronts to match the part...
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