Basement Workspace / V8 Mini Workbench #4: yet another list...

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 09-17-2014 12:44 AM 1294 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m a list maker and a planner…which appears opposite of my nature to just get frustrated and jump in to ‘just do it’ some times. I’ve been working on slowing myself down for the past few years and have had some success with it. I definitely have in the workshop. It also helps me to break things down into smaller chunks that I can handle in a short period of time (since most of the time I only get an hour or two in the shop anyway – and that time will be dwindling since we will need to be parking a car in there by October) So here’s the list I’m going to try to accomplish on this project by Sunday…. I’m thinking I’ll have some questions on the dog holes and the bits but we’ll see – I’ll give it a go first :)

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I decided to go in a bit different direction with my list once finishing the 8ft jig yesterday

Mini-Me Workbench

1: create 8ft circular saw jig – Done! i think?

2: Create 4ft circular saw jig – Done! just like the first

1: Rough cut large pieces first – Done!

a. in case anyone is interested, I have both pieces of plywood sitting on sawhorses – as they have been for the past few months until I could get back to this. I separated them with a few 3/4 hardwood flooring scraps and made certain my blade was set to only cut just past the ply depth. My layout line was a bit odd – I checked that my square was square – but somehow my line was still ~1/8 off from one side to the other. I wasn’t sure if warping would cause this or what. the jig took out the guesswork so it all worked out. it’s as close as I’m going to get it – and that’s darn close!

Next Steps:
a.Layout K,L,M,N,and P
b. Mark dog holes
c. Practice routing dog holes on scrap (½ or ¾ in straight bit?) with router jig
d. Route dog holes
SW’s instructions: When you are done with the first five grooves, separate the long strips (K,L) from the short ones (M,N), and cut the remaining two grooves in the long strips only. ~*~Stop here and refer back to blog for next steps.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 01:41 AM

Moving forward is good

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 04:12 AM

If you want to use holdfasts you should use a 3/4” round nose router bit. That will give you 3/4” round holes when you put the pieces together. A straight bit will give you square holes which are OK if you are just going to use them for dogs.

Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions. There are easier ways to do some of the operations. I was trying to show that it could be done with very basic tools. If you have more tools things get easier.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 09-21-2014 10:43 AM

Thanks Paul! I’ll have to go and see if I can rustle up a round nose bit – I noticed that after staring at the pictures longer :) So which are easier to make? square dogs or round dogs??? I’ve never made either – but I know I see more ‘commercial’ round dogs than square.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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