|Project by rogerw||posted 04-29-2011 04:19 PM||3100 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
They say necessity is the mother of invention and before you say anything, no I did not invent this. I’m just too cheap to spend what little money I have access to on something that can be made.
I was about to start ripping floorboards for my dollhouse out of 1/8” plywood I found in the vanity section at the local big box store when I realized I needed a way to get consistent widths from each cut. I’m not a rocket scientist, but I am college educated, so this shouldn’t be too hard to figure out and I am a veteran of the sawdust factory so…
The first one I made was just a 2”x1/2” stick with the end cut on two 30 degree angles making a 120 degree point. This one worked for about 1 sheet and then I noticed the point was wearing down and the last few rips were a little bit wider than the first few. RRRR! back to the drawing board!
The second one: same 120 degree point. this one I covered with a piece of sheet metal I formed around it. More than one way to skin a cat! (It’s just a saying… I’m not into animal cruelty) This one seemed to work better. I emphasize seemed. Turns out, I discovered after I was done ripping all these boards and installing them in the dollhouse, the sheet metal was flexing at the point and my widths of cuts were even less consistent than before. RRRR! Son of a B….!
OK… 3’s a charm, right? Well I needed to rip some more floorboards to cover the porches on this dollhouse and was determined to come up with a better solution. I remembered I had some hardware in a baggie in a drawer from an old bandsaw I use to own. When I got rid of the bandsaw I kept everything that I could: motor, blade guides, roller bearings, etc.
This one is made from a piece of oak I had in my scrap bucket. I drilled a few holes in it, put a split down the middle and installed one of the thrust bearings from that bandsaw. It worked great! I got a pile of floorboards and when I checked with the verniers, they were all within a few thousandths of each other. This one is basically just a stick that is clamped to the table. One of these days I will probably make a fancier one that uses the miter slot and is adjustable.
Question: how do you make those pieces that tighten up in a miter slot?
Thanks for looking.
end result… a pile of boards all the same width!
-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<