Shortly after I finished the router table base it occurred to me that this could be a multi-purpose base. I knew the melamine top wasn’t deep enough to accommodate the Skilsaw 3410-02 table saw, but the newly acquired Delta 35-510 had a smaller body that fit nicely with room to spare all around. The bolts you see sticking up from the melamine are for the router table. I was glad to see that they wouldn’t interfere with the table saw. I am a pack rat, holding onto anything t...
In the process of converting the dungeon into a less-than-scary, useful workshop, I continue to come up with necessities that divert my attention while solving needs. For instance, since I can’t afford right now (and may not have the room for) a 6” jointer, the next best thing is to joint on a router table. Yes, I can do it on a table saw. The Skilsaw’s accuracy is still debatable. More important, I can’t use it until I can make room for it in the dungeon ,and I finish...
So last night I headed out to a rural homestead about 40 minutes away to look at a table saw selling for $25.00. It looked well used in the pictures supplied on Craigslist. My hope was that it wasn’t more beat than it looked. The Delta 36-510 Motorized Bench Saw ran fine, but it had been stored in a garage for a couple of years and it looked like it was pistol whipped into getting work done. Without question it was going to need a breakdown, cleaning and lubing before I could use it....
Over a week ago I contacted Lowe’s for a replacement lever cap or swap for a new Kobalt No. 4 plane. They gave me the only new plane on the shelf, which I checked over at the service counter before leaving for home. Not only was the sheet metal spring for the lever in perfect shape and connected to the cap properly, the throat was better formed and the frog sat better to my eye. It just looked better overall. Before cleaning it up and putting it to use, I spent some time with the Kor...
A little while ago I decided to contact Lowe’s Customer Care about the damaged spring underneath the quick-release lever cap. If you didn’t see my previous blog entry about this, here is what it looked like when I first disassembled it shortly after purchase: I explained what I found and asked that they either replace the plane with a new one or just ship out to me a new level cap. The representative said a senior manager from the store I bought the plane from would call me...
Earlier this afternoon I started out with the notion I would get as much of the superstructure for the table saw done as time would allow for. The bottom of the base (seen earlier) is made entirely out of new lumber, which wasn’t my intention from the onset. I was getting ready to make a trip out to our local Lowe’s for more 2” x 4”s when I decided to use the reclaimed lumber in the dungeon. After I found a couple of boards with straight edges long enough to cut to ...
Yesterday started out wet, as was the day before it, but the temperature was high enough I could be comfortable outdoors in a short sleeve shirt. I decided to move a couple of portable benches upstairs on the enclosed back porch to see if I could get more done on the table saw base. At that point, all I had together was the base framing, which comprised of four 2” x 4” pieces half-lap joined, glued and screwed together. I decided on building the framing longitudinally because I w...
These days I can’t afford to splurge on many of the things I want, but I still do some impulsive shopping when the money allows for it and the urge is upon me. I had forgotten that yesterday was a holiday for some institutions in our area, in my case the credit union I have my business accounts with. Fortunately, behind and above the credit union lies our Lowe’s hardware center. Sure. Why not? I needed a metal speed square, anyway. I imagine that some of you shop much the same ...
Our house was built in 1900, as close as the public records will tell. I know many of you are living in homes quite a bit older, especially in the U.K. and Europe, that are in much better shape than ours. The difference is where this home was built and what for. At that time in our local history, Norwich was a sizable hub for railroad traffic. Down at the East end of our street is an embankment that once looked over an large train yard with an engine turn-circle/round house. Across the street...
Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #7: Marble Pieces for Scary Sharp Sharpening & Cheap Trim Router Fix
As I struggle to get my dungeon workshop together before the cold weather makes it impossible to work outdoors, I’m slowly finding inexpensive resources and coming across cheap fixes. I was in our local hardware box store yesterday to pick up some rope caulk for our 100-year-old windows—this is an annual event—and decided to see if I could get a granite floor tile for sanding chisels on. In our fair little ‘city’ it’s impossible to buy just one tile and no ...
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