|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 07-29-2012 08:42 PM||3021 views||7 times favorited||21 comments|
Slow day in the shop- nothing doing- so I thought I share a few of the crude but effective hand made tools I use every day in the shop.
The first one is a piece of 2×8 and I cut in a hurry to hold my router for doing the edge work on a small piece that I could not put the router over. I just clamp it to the bench and pop in the router and it holds it upside down for a quick trim so I don’t have to roll out the router table and set it up. It serves as a mini router table.
The second one is a center finding tool I saw in a magazine for sale. It was so simple and I use it all the time now. I just took a piece of 1/8” Lexan and started scribing circles on it every 1” diameter and closer for the smaller ones. I drill a small hole in the center for my awl and place it over a log to center it over the mass and poke a center hole. Then I center drill the log on both ends and mount it in the lathe.
The last two I use in the lathe all the time. Having been in Quality Control, I like GO- NO Go gauges. They are quick at making a call on a part and they keep you out of trouble down the line.. I measured my 4 jaw lathe chuck fully closed and fully open and made the determination of what size it would accept internally and externally. Then I cut this go / no-go gauge out of Lexan on the mill to those determined sizes. You could use wood on the band saw and make one that is very effective. It sure beats measuring each time you go to cut an tenon or internal mortise.
The last one is an 8 degree gauge for the tenon and it is cut to 7/16” , the max length the tenon can be so as not to bottom out in the jaws.
Have a great rest of the weekend!!...............Jim
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!