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Small router plane tutorial blog

05-01-2011 01:37 AM by mafe | 40 comments »

Small router plane tutorialanother of my tool making journeys I have a Stanley and a Record router plane, but sometimes it would be wonderful with a small router plane, I have been looking at the Veritas small router plane, but thought it could be fun to make my own, so when I purchased some stuff from Lee Valley I also ordered a 9,5 dollar Veritas blade for their small router. This little blade has then been resting in my plane cabinet until I had the right idea for a design, at first I j...

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Workbench #3: Preparing for draw-boring (dowels jig that finally works for me!)

03-02-2013 12:59 PM by yuridichesky | 7 comments »

While my leg vise hardware is still being machined to mate screw and the wheel I’ve been working on the legs. In particular got ready for draw-boring. My target was 10mm pegs (3/8” approx). I made them from rough oak stock: first planed it a little, then ripped into beams and planed square blanks about 11×11mm (7/16” approx), so I had about 1mm allowance (1/32” approx). Then I rounded them roughly with the block plane: At this point dowels w...

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Riving knife retrofit for unisaw #1: Riving Knife retrofit for Unisaw

02-23-2013 01:30 AM by runswithscissors | 43 comments »

Like a lot of people, I wanted a true riving knife for my older Unisaw. I checked out the Bolt On Riving Knife (BORK) and realized it doesn’t maintain a uniform height relative to the blade, because it follows a bigger arc than the blade, being even farther out from the axis of the swing arm. Also, frankly, the means of attachment to the arbor doesn’t look very robust to me. I find this analogy useful for picturing the functioning of a true riving knife. Compare it to your arm. Your should...

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Tap and Screw Jig Tutorial #4: Finishing the Tap

04-29-2012 04:24 AM by CartersWhittling | 15 comments »

Hello. In the latest video I complete all the work on the Tap. At this point in the series you should have all the knowledge you need to make wooden nuts of whatever size you want. I begin the video by explaining how to locate the mortise for the blade. I continue by showing the entire process involved in making the blade: shaping, hardening, and tempering. I then cut the mortise for the blade and wedge, fit the wedge, and make the “chip clear out” groove in front of the blade....

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how to stack firewood

12-24-2012 02:06 PM by vonhagen | 10 comments »

i thought this was very creative

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Setting precision angles #3: The framing square

12-21-2012 05:05 AM by Boatman53 | 8 comments »

The framing square The bevel board and the sine bar, as good as they are, have one drawback, lack of portability. One was big and the other is a bit awkward to set a bevel gauge. Enter these little tools. I used them for many years they are good, two of them being Starretts,but they are too small to offer any real accuracy. The scale is only two inches from the pivot and the width of the index lines is almost equal to 1/4 degree. The late Dan Sutherland, a boatbuilder, produced a st...

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The Ultimate Shop Made Router Plane #1: The plan, the parts, the prototype

12-15-2012 04:04 AM by Ripthorn | 10 comments »

EDIT: A lot of the pictures are too large. You can see them here So last week I was watching Tommy MacDonald’s series on his tool box. When he pulled out the router plane to clean up some dadoes, I figured I should look into one. After seeing the prices for them, I decided I would look into making one. There are plans all over the place for them: the $5 router plane, Derek Cohen’s old woman’s tooth, numerous projects here, and the list goes on. However, most people s...

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Pencil or scribe, what's your preference?

12-10-2012 09:04 PM by JoeinGa | 23 comments »

I generally use pencils, but last year a co-worker came to me and said “I know you like to build things in your wood shop, but have you ever done any working with metal?” He then showed me a scribe someone had given him to use in HIS shop (he’s an amateur blacksmith). I was interested in trying these and so I put my creative side to pondering…. And within about two weeks I had made about 20 of them. I gave him 10 to share with his blacksmithing buddies and have given ...

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Setting precision angles #2: The Sine Bar

12-10-2012 02:50 AM by Boatman53 | 15 comments »

The sine bar The next leap for me in setting angles precisely was the rediscovery of the sine bar. My father was a tool and die maker and although I never worked in his shop I did become familiar with the tools of the trade. The only sine bar I had seen however was 3” long.Then Fine Woodworking ran an article in the July/August 1992 issue called Simple Instrument Sets Precise Angles by Tom Rose. In it he described how to make a 10” sine bar and use it to set a miter gauge. ...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #7: Measuring Things - The Two-Foot Folding Rule

12-09-2012 09:08 PM by GnarlyErik | 6 comments »

“More Than You Ever Needed to Know about Two-Foot folding rules” Let me say up front that I am most familiar with the six-foot folding rule. That said, I will share with you some things I have learned about two-foot rules. Most common are those with four joints, known as ‘Two-foot, Four-Fold Rules’, and you can do many things with them.These were typically carried in a workman’s shirt pocket, or in the side pocket on the right leg of most overalls of the time. There were also two-foot, six...

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