A few years ago I built a bunch of bar clamps for my shop. The original post can be seen here [link] While they work adequately and I use them, I’ve always been a little dissatisfied with the movable stop (second picture above.) When edge gluing, they tend to force the wood up off the bar of the clamp. Also setting up for the glue up is a bit time consuming with having to unscrew the eye bolt and find the right hole and such. So Today my old clamps got noticed again, so I de...
Years ago when I just needed a cheap table saw for misc household projects, I bought a Ryobi BT3100 at Home Depot. At that time, it was cheap and was one of the nicer ones for the money. Now, years later, as I am getting back into woodworking, I need a good saw that will handle jigs and such. I know this is a divided topic – some LOVE it, some HATE. I own one and I’m still on the fence. It only had a miter slot on one side, doesn’t have a nice flat cast-iron bed and ...
As i get older I find some shop tasks tedious and difficult. Cranking my drill press table up and down is one of those tasks. In my wanderings on the internet I came across a drill press with an electric motor for the hand crank and I said to myself I think I can do that. A special thanks to Jerry at home shop machinist. And here are the result.!https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/n5hj9pr.jpg! Motor is from a hospital bed. The rest is scraps from the metal bin.Crank shaft and the...
How to build a Custom Sculptured rocking chair Lesson # 1 Here is the free class text you wanted. It is complete and you can build a rocker using it. If you are following along with the Web Class and are anxious to upload the new text before I am able to post it to the Web Class site you can send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and request the next lesson. You now have three choices: (1) Send me an email for the Free text in which case this Free text will give you all you need to kno...
I recently Purchased the Heavy Duty Roller Stands from Rockler (the ones with the 3 rows of roller balls).I thought they were an absolute solid product and probably some of the best roller stands available but the tops were SO heavy, it was impossible to adjust their height in fine amounts. Since all of my equipment at the moment is at different heights, this was a problem. I wanted to add a type of crank mechanism that would allow the stands to function similarly to a screw jack.So I went...
Hi guys, On the “fast & furious” series, I had some nice time with the parents at our countryside home, and grabbed a mahogany cutoff in one of them bins, cut it to size and brought it back home (along with some goodies for someone here that will recognize himself ;) Just attached it to the pen lathe (drill press helped drill and countersink the holes), the previous part was a crappy plywood chunk which edge was quite worn off, resulting in less than linear motion fo...
A good friend of mine and local Accordion player of note, Tom Pearce, has ask me to collaborate on the refurb/ upgrading of an old instrument He’s done the initial separation of the parts He has asked if I can make a new carcass for it. This could be expensive and time consuming in solid wood (the first idea) but looking at it the plywood body is in good condition with some work needed on the plastic coating (green bit). Tommy is after a natural wood finish instead so I...
My Router Cabinet Upgrade #2: Phase 1 - beefing up the bottom partitiong and enclosing the sides with plywood
Beautiful weather outside and after a hearty breakfast I went out to work on the router cabinet. There was one other aspect of this project that I hadn’t mentioned before – try to use up as much of the wood that I have laying about the shop before having to go and buy any more. And off we go. Below is a shot of the exploded view of this plan. I want to place 2×6 on the bottoms to support the bottom shelf as I plan to put heavy things there (routers, sanders, blah bl...
Years ago I built a large cabinet to hold my (then) new Jet table saw. The preliminary design of the cabinet was to give a long enough extension for the fence as well as eventually provide me with a router table. As with most projects, it took a while, but I eventually found a Freud router that would work with what I wanted, so I got the router, a router table plate from Rockler, and the template to match the place, and installed it. The cabinet was very raw in it’s design, thoug...
as I mentioned in the previous post, I started working on refitting my Craftsman 10” table saw with a Delta T2 fence, based on Jaime’s blog posts. I have everything measured and marked but I’m not at all clear on how high the front rail (or the rear rail, for that matter) should go relative to the table. Jaime mentioned drilling the holes offset vertically from the manufacturer’s holes, but he just said “a bit” I didn’t see any other real indication ...
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