Leonard Street Workshop #6: Getting Setup

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 02-17-2011 04:57 AM 1267 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been busy collecting tools, supplies and lumber. Most of the lumber is coming from inside of the building—there were quite a few old cabinets made out of cherry and maple, some other hardwood trim things, a couple of cedar saunas, some floorboards that appear to not belong to any room in the building at all, etc.

In case you’re wondering, pile like that looks kind of like this:

Also a tree cut into a few pieces! :) This is maple- I have a total of six pieces that roughly look like that. The person who dropped it off has 5-6 more trees cut into long slabs like that. They’re roughly 8/4. Not sure what to do with them but it will be COOL, I assure you.

Yesterday I was given two industrial shopvacs. This is one of them.. they’re basically the same. My old shopvac busted last week. Going to get a proper dust collection setup eventually, but they’re pricey. After we’ve got the shop set up proper, we will be looking at corporations for equipment donation, but that’s not quite yet.. ;)

Also, I played around with the router table and did this

Which took way more effort than it ought have and has two holes in it because I did the math wrong. :)

This is the joint it makes. What can I do to make that joint tighter? When I spaced them exactly the joint was a little more than hammer fit.. oops! But now it’s a tiny bit loose. What’s the magic formula? I’m going to make another one that’s the proper size so I can repeat where I put it.. haha.

If you’re in the greater Grand Rapids area and want to check it out in person just me know. I love getting visitors to the woodshop!! :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 05:19 AM

I’m in when you want me ? LOL pm me and I will send my number

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 05:36 AM

Could just be wobble from the positioning.

Better idea:

Make a sled that will have a strip that fits the miter slot. (like a table saw sled) It will keep the workpiece steadier and more consistent fit. The taller backing board for stability is nice too. This is a fancier one from that has a threaded rod to move the piece but the block is fine.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 06:53 AM

Even more basic—instead of having a table saw sled, make a router table sled. Yes, there’s only one rail/guide but that should be good enough. The sled would look like an L tipped on its side and then run the board standing on end against the bottom of the L, almost like a catamaran

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 05:06 PM

Hmm.. I think I get it! I’ll try it out and see if that helps at all.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 05:25 PM

when you get settled a little more then surch L J for routertables
and make one of those I think your table is way toooo small for the job
and make one of the fence´s with dustcollectionport in

and make some of those cyclone dustcollection bucket system to your shop wac´s
that so may on L J have made and like them
here is a few links to some of them so you get the idea

thank´s for sharing the progress :-)

take care

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 05:41 PM

Eh.. I think that table is fine for making box joints. Its not like she’s running a roundover bit on an 8’ piece of oak, just nibbling at something 3/4 thick

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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