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Project by fred posted 04-27-2007 05:42 AM 11930 views 42 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Obi for the link to the plans.

I wanted to make the top of UHMW plastic. My local R supplier only had UHMW in 4” widths so I abandoned that idea. I looked on the internet and could buy a 4’ x 8’ piece, but I would never use it all, and shipping it could be difficult. I also found a supplier on the internet that had 12” x 24” pieces for about $30 but I wanted to build it now. So, I went to the local hardware store and bought a hard plastic cutting board for $12. The little grooves can now catch sawdust. And I have a handle on it.

I am now ready for the Thorsen Side Table challenge.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.





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Sawdust2

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#1 posted 04-27-2007 05:50 AM

You been reading Niki’s posts?
Good and creative.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 04-27-2007 05:58 AM

Nice Job Fred.

Now, let’s see the table.

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#3 posted 04-27-2007 06:12 AM

Very nice Fred (also the crosscut sled)

That tells you that when the same product is sold for other purpose, it’s usually cheaper.

May I suggest, if you “Iron-on” an “Edge banding” strips on each of the wooden fences, they will “ski” on the workpiece (they have them also 1¾”~2” wide…at least here in Poland…)

You can “Iron on” those strips also under your sled (3~4 strips) to reduce the sled large area drag.

niki

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#4 posted 04-27-2007 06:37 AM

How do you center the bit?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#5 posted 04-27-2007 01:49 PM

Nice, good use for a cutting board. I wonder it that material would be strong enough to make a router table insert?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 04-27-2007 03:27 PM

Fred you have got me thinking about cutting up my cutting boards. I am not sure my wife will approve. Crate and Barrel makes some crazy colors. Hmmm. May have to go shopping.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#7 posted 04-27-2007 03:33 PM

John, just tell her that you are going to build her an artistically beautiful wood version! (and they are better for the health as well .. bonus—you are doing it because you care about her well-being!!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 04-27-2007 03:42 PM

I have the exact same cutting board. Interesting idea. I also have an extra plunge base. Hmmmmm.

Fred, at least this is one tool that will not roll to the least accessible corner! :-)

-- John

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fred

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#9 posted 04-27-2007 05:24 PM

Niki – thanks for the tip, I will try it out on both the router jig and crosscut sled.

Giz – center the bit? I draw a line down the center of the workpiece and put in a small, small bit so I can set the fences. Then I change to the bit I will be using. Some catalogs do have a centering bit available. As far as the jig is concerned, I just found the center of the board and drilled a 2” hole. Then eyeballed the router base over the hole and marked the holes and drilled out the holes. One word of caution – the drill bit will go through the plastic like a hot knife through butter, so you need to exercise caution when you counter sink for the screw heads.

Don – I would not even try to use that material for a router table insert.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#10 posted 05-01-2007 07:17 PM

Fred -

Very creative. I like both your mortise jig & crosscut sled posts. Thanks.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#11 posted 05-02-2007 06:16 AM

Funny. I have that exact same cutting board in my shop to cut tiny things on and would never have thought to use it that way. Ingenius Fred. Thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 01-10-2008 02:32 PM

Clever thing.

-- Jiri

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