In my last post, I finished cutting the double dovetails … sorry for the passive aggressive parting line. It was late and I was tired. Now I will put the finishing details on the tray. The only 1/4” plywood that I have in the shop is a piece 13”x72”. My tray is 14 1/4” wide. So this is an opportunity to create a composite panel as a tray bottom. It will look like this: First I cut the center panel on the table saw. Then I cut the outer...
Today marked the day I actually started my last project before Christmas gifts… (I’m still in the planning phase) When you walk in the door to our house, there’s a 37”W x 20”D cubby hole on the left: I started by creating a 2×4 frame that will serve as the bench, that I’ll probably attach to the wall tomorrow and then attach the front-most 2×4 to that. I’ll then double up more 2×4s to make a leg to support the front of the bench....
In the last “Table Saw Adventure” entry, I mentioned a major wobble in the arbor. While my original thinking had me polishing brass screws, that did not turn out to be the solution. I assumed these little guys;From Table Saw Adventure were the responsible party. I thought they had come away from the motor/arbor mounting plate and had caused the bearings inside the arbor assembly to not be seated properly. You can see the set up here. From Table Saw Adventure I got the brass polish...
On the first one of these I made, I cut the slot at the rear (for holding the tail) on the band saw. But that was because I didn’t have a table saw that I liked to use. So, I decided to try the slot on the table saw. The tail and all wing pieces will be out of 1/4” thick material. I have a Freud thin kerf blade installed, which cuts about a 3/32” wide kerf, and didn’t want to bother installing my dado blade. Two passes of the thin kerf is less than 1/4”. I ...
After a weekend of cleaning up the shop, I decided to start with the rest of the arrangement. The workbench and table saw tune up. The workbench will be another “work in progress” project and, if I’m lucky, will have an overhead drum sander at one end . . . but, that’s another story. The table saw needs a whole lot of attention. It’s not the best model available, but the JTS-10DD has served my basic needs for about 7 years. It has survived an attempted abduction ...
This is a non traditional workbench designed and built by a homebuilder as his work site saw table. It is a fairly simple design, yet quite sophisticated at the same time. It is very well thought out and quite useful. What makes this one special is the way he designed it to give you space to keep your tools all at hand, but not taking up space on the work surface. I have a feeling that many of the Lumber Jocks here will appreciate it and perhaps want to use it for inspiration. This is u...
Finally finished this project. Turned out pretty good in spite of the table saw at work being way out of whack.
I do a lot of drawing approvals at work and have been using the top of a copier box for a long time to hold my drawings from the drafting department. The copier box lid looks unprofessional and I had some oak plywood left over from building my B-Sized drawing file cabinet so I decided to build an in-box. Here’s a picture of it with the first coat of spar varnish drying. I think it is a big improvement.
Here is so more construction and the finished product of the separating coffee table.
I know, weird title, but I am busy celebrating the release of my latest video, “The Making of the Rocker Cradle.” Sure had a lot of fun with this one. As they say, “what I really want to do is direct…” Okay, maybe not. Hope you enjoy the clip. Cheers! video
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