|Project by Todd Swartwood||posted 200 days ago||1842 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
1st I thought I would start with my downdraft sanding table. I started with a lg. squirrel cage fan, and kind of built
around the fan. I also acquired a piece of fiberglass cat walk decking, that I cut to 24” X 60”, making that the size of
the table. I then built a rectangle box with 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood 30” high, 24” deep, and 60” long. I built the top and bottom the same size, I then placed the fan on the bottom and tapered the ends from 60” wide at the top to about 28” wide at the bottom (kind of like a funnel affect). I then used the filters I had acquired to determine where best to place the secondary row of filters. I then built a track with some 1” X 1” stock I had in the shop to hold the filters. I did the same thing about 3” higher for the primary filters. I then sanded and painted the table with about 3 coats of gray Industrial enamel. I applied red rubber shelf liner to the to of the grate, to keep the grate from scratching the projects I would be working on.
It turns out that it works so well I can also use it to clean the shop air as well. I really enjoy not sucking up a bunch of
sawdust while sanding. I was never very good at using dust masks. Now the table gobbles up the sawdust from sanding, And I don’t have to worry about not wearing the dust mask.
2nd is the shooting plane. Since I had decided to try a shooting board, I thought I better come up with a plane for it first.
I started with a # 5 plane that used to be my favorite, I have since purchased another # 5 that has become my favorite of the 3 I had. The first thing I realized was that I was going to need an angled tote. I tore the plane apart
and cleaned it all up, I still plan on sand blasting the top of the plane shoe, and then shooting on some high gloss black lacquer. Next was to design and build an angled tote, I used hard maple and Bloodwood. After sharpening the plane down to 4000 it takes some very fine cuttings.
The last thing for tonight is the shooting-board. I searched the Internet a week or so ago for Images of shooting-boards. I found a number of very nice boards. I then started putting one together, I used Baltic Birch as the base. After deciding on a size, I cut the ply to dimension. I then made an angled Walnut bed and assembled the to parts together with glue and screws from underneath. I then decided to make the fence and plane shoot out of Teak.
I cut the pieces to size and attached the plane shoot with glue and screws. I attached the fence with 2, 1/4-20 cabinet fasteners,I drilled the holes in the fence slightly oversize so the fence is slightly adjustable. I then recessed the flat heads fasteners into the top of the Fence so they could not damage a cutter. I also drilled and tapped the walnut and Baltic birch. so far it seems to be working good.
I have noticed that their is a learning curve to mastering a Shooting-board.
That is all for tonight I have a bunch more items I would like to share, but my eyes are drooping for now.
Thanks for taking the time to look and comment,
-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)