I finally added another tool to my shop. It’s my first “big” tool purchase; it’s big for me, at least. I was given my table saw and drill press, so no money spent there. I’ve been wanting to move towards being able to mill my own lumber. This is step 1. Although, I think a band saw is next on the list of tools I need most, then a jointer. The planer is a DeWalt DW734. I’ve seen it at Lowe’s and have read plenty of reviews. I didn’t want to ...
I finally got around to drilling the dog holes in my bench (only a year late) and now it was time to make some bench dogs. Now I like traditional woodworking, but wanted something quick and easy. I will be making some traditional bench dogs, but here is the simplest bench dog ever. Check out the VIDEO HERE Please Subscribe to my channel for more woodworking and general DIY videos.
I have a couple of styles of Stanley Bit Gauges that I thought may be of interest to folks using auger bits. These are Stanley #47 and #49 Bit Gauges. Essentially they attach to your auger bit and indicate when to stop drilling. The #47 has a spring that flexes when it reaches the desired depth. The #49 has a couple of wings and will not let you drill any further. Keep your eyes open for these guys if you happen to be out rust hunting… Stanley #47 Bit Gauge ...
Check out my latest blog post on how to use a feeler gauge to help improve the quality of your furniture, click the link below. http://joshhallfurniture.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/top-tool-tip-feeler-gauge.html Hope you enjoy Josh Hall
So im cleaning up in my garage shop a couple saturdays ago when a white SUV pulls right up to it and the guy inside tells me his daughter is my neighbor, he sees all my wood and wants to know if I’m interested in an old band saw? His father handed it down to him when he passed, but he doesnt use it now since he’s older and doesnt do woodworking anymore. I told him its the missing ingredient in my shop and I’m very interested! He sends me some pictures and it looks prom...
Just like many woodworkers out there, I am obsessed with my tools. They perform a function in my shop but they are more than just functional. They provide a sense of pride and aesthetic beauty that only my fellow woodworkers can understand. We spend countless hours mulling over specs. reviews, online videos, pricing, and countless other factors to find that perfect addition to the shop. When we find that perfect hand tool or piece of machinery, we obsess over fine tuning, adding accessori...
Many complex shop tasks can be simplified with basic geometry. One good example is laying out an Octagon on the end of a square board. The math required to calculate the distance from the corner to the next point on the Octagon is more than I care to pursue. Luckily, through the magic of geometry we can easily mark of this distance with a compass. The only tricky part is getting the point of your compass to register into the corner of the board (This is especially tricky with dimensional l...
I got this off a craigslist add a few years ago. It’s old school with oil bath bearings. And tracking adjusters on both sides of the idler roller. The disk sander table has a really terrible angle adjuster, a screw wedge, but it also has two support arms that help lock the table in position. It has worked well for me although the belt has a tendency to drift.The problem was pretty bad until the rubber sleeve on the idler roller disintegrated due to dry rot.I decided to repla...
A while back, I posted my sliding crosscut sled, but then I later built another sled that slid over both sides of the blade. The original sled was just to the left of the blade and left a cutoff piece to dance around and connect with the blade a few times. I found the perfect use for the old one sided sled at the band saw. I had to make a new runner, but the old one popped off easy enough. I cut it down to 12” wide and moved the end clamp closer to the left so it would not be off bal...
The router lift is finished. I used plans from John Heisz and they are just superb. The plans include detail drawings with dimensions for each part, good explanations for the assembly and a Sketchup file that allows you to explore the design and see how everything works together. The completed lift works very smoothly – I can’t wait to put it to use. First, some pictures of the lift before installation. It’s just sitting on top of my current router table. ...
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