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Forum topic by niki posted 05-01-2007 06:12 PM 1693 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2007 06:12 PM

Good day

After reading Fred’s post about his beautiful jigs, I noticed that for the router mortising jig Fred used “Cutting board” (UMHV or something like that).
So, I snick to the kitchen and “Nicked” (my name is niki, you know…) one of the new cutting boards and went to the garage.

I tried to push it over the TS Aluminum top and got disappointed, very difficult to push.
I pushed it over piece of Oak and same…
When I compared it to the floor panel, it was like day and night, the floor panel is “skiing” on the aluminum top or the Oak.

All the story started some 2 years ago when I covered the floor with “Floor Panels”.
While on my knees, I noticed that I’m “Skiing” on them and the ideas started to build-up…

The “floor panels are made from HDF covered on both sides with very durable “plastic laminate” (Formica) and if I get 15 years guaranty for walking on them…

I use the 5/16” (8 mm) panels of the smooth surface type.

In Poland they cost around $10 per 39½ square inch (1² Yard or Meter) and that’s, considering the “Euro prices” (not only Euro hinges we have) and come in 50” or 100” length.

On this pic, you can see the “Nicked” cutting board and the floor panel top and bottom sides

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I used it for the CS and router auxiliary bases

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I used it for the CS and router guide board

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For the TS sled

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And the sled support (I don’t know how it’s called) to level the table with the sled

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For the Drill Press table sacrificial plates (I made a few and change from time to time)

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And last but not least, my crazy router table

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You can glue it very easy and strong with CA (Super glue) or screw it as I did on the router table top.
I added a strip to one of the TS fences (no pic) and I have in mined to glue (or screw) one to the router table fence

You can glue or screw floor panel strips to the two fences or guides of your Mortising jig, just round over the edges (a little bit – Just to break the sharp square) and your jig will “ski”...


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#1 posted 05-01-2007 06:23 PM

Thanks Niki,

I have two pieces of laminate floor panels left over from a project. I hadn’t even thought of using those.

I haven’t experienced a problem yet since the side runners are hardwood and slide pretty well against the stock. I clamp the stock in my workmate table and the runners slide against the stock and on the table. That way the cutting board does not ride on top of the stock.

Thanks for your tips.

You can always improve a jig.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#2 posted 05-01-2007 06:52 PM

ah hah!! MaGyver—always “nicking” odds and ends .

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 05-01-2007 07:30 PM

Thank you

What I did is, I just tried to push a wood on wood (actually Oak on Oak) and then, I pushed the Floor panel on the Oak. I found that the “Braking Action coefficient” (they measure it on icy runways), with the floor panel is “Very poor to Nil”, and decided to use it.

Another idea to reduce the friction on TS or other sleds is, to “Iron on” some 4 strips of “Panel edging” under the sled (2 between the blade and the miter slots and 2 outside of the miter slots).
First, the Panel edging strips are very “slippery” and second, they reduce the contact area between the TS table and the sled resulting in very easy and smooth operation.

Living in Poland is not like in US that you go to the nearest HD and everything you need is there.
Here, the materials, hardware and resources selection is very poor so, one must be kind of MacGyver (and if you will see the “Homemade machines” that people are making here….even homemade Table saw (I have to take a pic one day and post it).


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#4 posted 05-01-2007 08:01 PM

the mother of invention!!

We, in North America are pretty spoiled and I don’t think we use our “problem-solving” brain as well as we should. This is one of my “bandwagon” discussions when it comes to children. When I was little we would take a rock and use it for a vehicle, a bowl, a rocket, ... or whatever we wanted to create. We made things from sticks and grasses.
Today, children don’t even have to imagine the sounds of characters in books because not only is the picture there but so are the sound effects. House play has “reality-like” foods and utensils. Again, no use of imagination to pretend and I think there is a limitation on the play based on what toys are available.

When you have to do without, boy, you can make a lot of things fill in the gaps.

(stepping off the bandwagon again)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 05-01-2007 08:39 PM

Debbie, you remind me so much of my childhood with these stories.

It’s true that today’s kids have everything “on the table” but it’s different generation with different need and concepts, I cannot stop the word from advancing just because I think that kids should behave and play like I did.

We are in the computer and Internet era and everything that kids need is there. So why to chaise after rags ball, if you have some good war game on the computer, that is much more attractive and interesting.

In Poland it’s still not like in USA but it’s moving slowly but surely to “like in America” and the huge amount of cheap toys tools and you name it that the Chinese are “pushing” here (and all the world) helps this kids to look “like in America” without the need to think about creation.

But I think that the “creativity” of the kids is still there, just in different course that fits the era that they live in.


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#6 posted 05-01-2007 08:47 PM

oh yes, the “have to have” toys… Hopefully we can give our children a balanced life so that they can gain from the technology of the day as well as the basics from our childhoods. That’s my goal anyway – best of all worlds.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 05-02-2007 04:24 PM

I used some laminate flooring my new workbench recently. I built a nice torsion box top out of MDF and needed to protect it somehow. I thought about using formica on the top, but you have to buy large sheets of the stuff. I was walking by the floor area, and it hit me. 1 box of the flooring was less than $20 I think, and I would have leftovers for other surfaces. It’s hard and durable and cleans up really nice. Glue drips just pop right off.


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#8 posted 05-04-2007 06:02 AM

Niki great tip. I am going to look into some of that flooring material and the kinds of applications you suggest. Thanks.

-- John

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#9 posted 05-04-2007 03:05 PM

Hi Niki,

man you`re a thinkerer !!!!! I salute you.

I think our kids today have a free ride….Our parents worked hard to get us an education and to make sure we did`nt suffer like they did…and we’re doing the same with ours, not to mention all the new facilities, technologies, etc..etc. Every thing seem to come to easy and you loose that sense of having to do with what we have, that sense of thinkering…

I hope this makes sense….

have a good day,


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