Hi everyone, first post here on LJ. I’ve done my fair share of lurking and finally decided to sign up. Today I have a few photos of some improvements I made to my Ridgid R4512 hybrid saw. Given that this saw is available at HD and is reasonably priced for a new tool, I imagine I’m not the only hobbyist with one of these and I also imagine every other owner has been a bit peeved with the inherent design flaw of the aluminum extrusions that the fence slides on. In a brilliant log...
Hi LJ’s, I’m finally starting to work through some of the wood stores I’ve had lying around for years. With the new shop setup, I’ve got more efficiency in my workspace than I’ve ever had (and a lot more plans to continue improving the setup to come). This past Mother’s Day, my mom shared her new found passion for whittling with me. We had a nice time sitting out in the yard of my sister and brother in-law’s beautiful country home picking out ...
After sanding the cast iron top with some 150 and 220 grit sand paper I decided to try the advice of EEngineer. I came across an old bottle of Naval Jelly that belonged to my grandfather so I applied some and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and here’s the result. I never used the product before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It took off a lot of rust so I am happy with the results. There is only a small amount of rust that I will need to sand. I can jump to a higher grit san...
So here are the wings all cleaned up. I worked with 100, 220, 500, 1000, and then 1200 grit sand paper. I wet sanded the gray painted area and it cleaned up well so I don’t think I will be painting them. I think that they will shine with some wax. There was one small area that I hand to sand down to the metal because there was some sticky gunk stuck to it. The insert had some deep scratches in it so I sanded it down and painted it. The blade guard cleaned up real nice. ...
I have been putting together a woodworking shop in my basement. My father in-law has a pretty nice set up in his but since I moved over an hour away I decided to build my own. He has a nice older Craftsman contracting saw that I thought would be a nice size for my shop and I was able to find one on Craigslist for $75.00. The ad said that the saw has been sitting for almost 20 years in the garage and has been used as a table. The top was flat but rusty. The blade would crank and tilt but was h...
I am building a set of two benches; one for me and, hopefully, a profit bench. The need for the bench is due to a lack of sitting locations to install shoes on my feet. We have a shoeless policy in our home. In one of my earlier project post, I made a simple bench out of treated pine scraps to get an idea of what I was doing before moving on to this build. This project is a skill step up from my previous bench. It has a small bit of shaping added by my 4-1/2” angle grinder usin...
This time about some project updates, looking back at the easter video with the bunny and the pole lathe. About a new workshop made tool and….. a safety tip! As always, at the Não Só Serradura workshop, it’s about using reclaimed materials and working on a zero budget. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC8OOLjGKUI Highlighted Youtube Channel: Harry Rogers at Mr.Windsor chair
There are the strips for the latest two end grain boards I’ve been working on. Craft show season is upon us again, and my wife and I are tooling up for a big push now that the weather is nice enough that I can get out in the shop without frostbite setting in. I’ve been cranking out a bunch of smaller boards, plus a few of what I consider average size… roughly 10×12x1.25” or so… I’ve done ‘enough’ simple boards now that it has ...
Here is my attempt to build an affordable wooden 4 drawer filing cabinet. I rule out: Plwood, as it is way too expensive in Australia for anything but the most expensive style of furniture.MDF, I built a single draw prototype and, even when using frame construction, it was way too heavy.Melamine, may be a good choice but for this project I don’t think it looks good enough.Solid wood, as it is too expensive. My current choice is to go with premium (knot free) pine and pine panel...
I went to visit Taylor Design Group, the manufacturers of Incra tools. They are located in Carrolton, Texas. I must say, I was somewhat surprised. I expected to see something of a showroom. Various implements or tools set up on display ready to be inspected, played with and perhaps drooled on. Not so…. Entering the door, I stepped into a small foyer To the right was a room full of parts and a man sitting there working on an assembly. I was toled to go down the hall to ...
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