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Blog series by Kevin updated 04-17-2012 10:26 PM 4 parts 17301 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Refinishing an old Craftsman jointer and building a stand.

03-12-2012 03:22 AM by Kevin | 2 comments »

I’ve been needing to make some additions and upgrades to my small shop for a while. Just a few things I had in mind were a miter saw station, a jointer, a woodworkers bench, and a spindal sander with a workstation for it. Right now my miter saw is sitting on a 10 foot bench that it shares with a bench top bandsaw and drill press. I want to build a miter saw station not only to move my saw away from other tools but to also have support for boards I’m cutting on either side of the table. I a...

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Part 2: The Jointer Table is finished

03-13-2012 12:18 AM by Kevin | 6 comments »

Today I cut feet, milled dadoes in them and attached them to the legs of the table. Then I routed a rabbit in the top frame to accept 3/4 in OSB. After I cut the OSB, I marked out and drilled holes for bolting the jointer down. Then I marked out where the belt would go through the table to attach to the motor.After that it was just a matter of bolting the motor to a piece of plywood and drilling and cutting some slots in the plywood to give me some adjustment for tightening the belt. I attach...

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Part 3: My new (used) jointer and the beginning of my Mitersaw station.

03-26-2012 03:12 AM by Kevin | 4 comments »

My biggest problem is I try to do to many things at one time cause I can never decide what to work on 1st. Now that the old Craftsman benchtop jointer I was working on is finished I decided to start on my new mitersaw station. I’m on a pretty tight budget right now so the mitersaw station is being built out of 3/4 in plywood from an old set of cabinets that I tore apart. It was a nice suprise to find that the entire cabinet was 3/4 in thich ply. As you can see in the pictures it is stil...

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Part 4: Quick and cheap router table

04-17-2012 10:26 PM by Kevin | 4 comments »

I’ve been wanting to get my new router table built for a while. I could have used it on almost every project I have been working on. It was just time to replace my old skil router and table. I got a router lift for my Bosch router from my in-laws for Christmas. So today I squared up a piece of laminated particle board that I had gotten from work for free. Then I cut a few pieces of laminated particle board I had laying around the shop to make a fence. I still need to get a router base p...

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