Episode 87 Pencil Holders

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Blog entry by kosta posted 04-07-2011 09:59 PM 2808 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first real HD video I have put out. This video is a much higher quality than any other video I have put out. In this episode I build maple pencil holders. I started out with making the bases which have a round over profile on each side. Then I used my tablesaw to re saw a piece of 3/4 maple to use for the box that sits on the base.

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 12:18 AM

Go Yankees

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 01:26 AM

Hi Kosta. New HD video looks great, very clear easy to watch. I,m going to make a couple of those boxes just to keep my pencils and things together in my workshop. At the momement their living wild and hiding in all sorts of places. Your video was just the right thing I needed to inspire me to do something about it. Thanks Alf

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 01:41 AM

Yeah same here I go through about 2 of those packs of pencils a year. I keep loosing them in the sawdust. lol

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 02:46 PM

Good video.
I can’t seem to understand why anyone would work with unsafe tools(your tablesaw) and the lack of any type of push stick, no splitter,no safety guard,etc. I don’t want to sound too critical, but you need to work a lot safer than this video shows….

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#5 posted 04-08-2011 06:29 PM

heres the problem if I was to hook up the splitter which has a blade guard attached to it. the splitter would be about 1/16 in above the blade because the blade is raised all the way up. Me personally I dont trust the splitter to begin with so to put a piece of metal an 1/16 in above a tablesaw blade doesnt make sense to me. As far as the push stick goes thats one thing I forgot to get before I started cutting but other than that I didnt have much of a choice with using this tablesaw. I have to get these pencil holders done before April 14.

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 10:23 PM


I noticed in your video that you need to change some ways of using your table saw and mitre saw. You do not need to raise your blade so high while cutting on a 45 degree, always keep your blade lower just above your work piece, very dangerous. Also you had your piece of wood not against your back fence while cutting on the mitre saw, I noticed the wood moved backward while cutting, this can cause the blade to grab the wood and cause injury or pull out of your hand. Just a few tips to help out.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#7 posted 04-10-2011 08:58 PM

Congrats on making your own video , but I have to admit that I was scared for your safety while watching it.
If something is wrong with your TS , then you shouldn’t use it until you get it fixed properly by someone that knows what they’re doing. Your feed rate with the Maple across the jointer knives was much too fast and you might encounter some kickback as a result…Let the knives do the work and just guide the wood over them : )
Your “burning” issues with the router are easily overcome by using a good quality ,sharp, router bit , and by either adjusting the router rpm’s or your feed rate of the piece. Multiple cuts as you are doing , is also my favorite way to cut profiles. You shouldn’t have to stop and rest between pieces ..get a new bit : )
Try writing a script about what you want to say so you don’t keep repeating yourself… : )
Keep up the good work and please be safe while doing so !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 04-11-2011 02:41 AM

So what’s with the bandages on your left hand?

Also, why do you clean up the resawing with the jointer rather than a planer?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 04-11-2011 04:18 AM

I know about the tablesaw but I really needed to finish these pencil holders up. I know a lot of people say its just 1 cut but it really was.I was using this tablesaw for 2 months with the blade that high. As far as the router bit goes I said to take a break because I was routing 10 maple bases which obviously takes a while so I was trying to say if your routing as many pieces as I was it would probably be a good idea to take a break sometime while your routing. But the router bit I was using was sharp and worked fine.

My left had got messed up playing basketball at school but its all better now. It was just a cut that was too big for a band aid.

I dont have a planer which is why I used my jointer. Sometimes if you joint both sides of a board at the jointer its not going to be square but I checked all my pieces after I jointed them and they were all squared up

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