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Afternoon's Worth of Puttering

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Project by Chris Moellering posted 10-05-2012 08:01 PM 2341 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few hours “work” in the garage this afternoon.

First, I finished up my simple tenoning jig. 3/4” plywood leftovers and a piece of 1”x2.” The pencil line on the face is the max blade height on my table saw. I dutifully placed all fasteners above that line.

Next, out of some more of the plywood, I made an insert for my Porter-Cable table saw (PCB220TS) to accomodate my Porter-Cable router (690). I put my tenoning jig to work to help cut the rabbits on the ends. Then I transfered the screw holes from my base-plate and drilled and counter-sunk for the screws. A hole saw for the center then I fastened the base to the underside. I found I didn’t need any relief to allow the bits to fully clear the top of the table. I did have to notch one corner a bit to help it clear a screw on the inside of the opening where it sits.

Then I decided to test it out. I soon discovered using a feather board is quite helpful in keeping the grooves straight. The last picture is a simple coin rack I made for my office. I’ll probably stain it tomorrow.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 01:05 AM

Pretty productive “puttering”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 02:01 AM

Nice jig, Chris!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 11:07 AM

Good work. I too would classify what I do in my garage as “puttering.”

I’ve had a mind lately to make one of these tenoning jigs. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Chris Moellering

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#4 posted 10-06-2012 11:24 AM

Thanks. Yes, Chris, that’s why I put “work” in quotes….for me the garage is therapeutic after my job of staring at computers and dealing with intangible things all week. I enjoy doing something that has a solid output…even if it is only a scrap of plywood with 4 1/4” grooves cut in it. ;o)

My lesson learned on the tenoning jig….the dry fit should feel a bit loose, then when I screwed it together it was about right. Having a good snug fit on the pre-assembly meant it was like a vise on my fence….

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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iamcliff

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#5 posted 10-06-2012 03:54 PM

Those are exactly my sentiments as well. I spend all day working with spreadsheets and graphs and I finally came to a point where I was going to explode if I didn’t do something with my hands that gave me some fulfillment – something tangible, exactly as you said it. Woodworking does that for me. As I read somewhere recently, I was more comfortable using a computer mouse than a power saw, which just seems so opposite to me. Well, that’s my rant for today.

See ya.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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