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Blog series by wolflrv updated 01-16-2012 05:50 PM 11 parts 27842 reads 40 comments total

Part 1: Hardware Rack

11-30-2011 03:26 AM by wolflrv | 5 comments »

In the process of organizing the shop I had definite need of hardware storage. I had an old dresser that I revamped and used it for the larger parts, but the small stuff was overwhelming. I had 5 generic boxes and bought 5 more plano 3700 boxes to sort everything into. Here’s a pic of the sorting process which took over 9hrs to finish…LOL! It was a long day! Next I built a rack to hold all 10 of the boxes. I used some surplus PT 1×2 stock that I had. Here’s a pi...

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Part 2: Hanging Up the Tools

11-30-2011 03:52 AM by wolflrv | 0 comments »

I’m somewhat partial to having everything in drawers or cabinets, mostly just to keep it safe and keep the dust out of stuff, but some things just need to hang on the wall! First up is the mandatory clamp rack setup. I built all of it from scrap lumber which I have tons of! It’s convenient, yet somewhat protected since the shop door is usually open. Also have most of my longer measuring tools hung up. The smaller stuff is in a drawer in the toolbox. I also organiz...

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Part 3: Ryobi BTS15 Tablesaw Mods

11-30-2011 04:35 AM by wolflrv | 4 comments »

My tablesaw was a gift when I first built my shop. I’ve used over the last few years for cutting plywood, 2×4’s and general construction use. It’s worked fine as is and didn’t need much. Now that I’m doing more woodworking, I’m finding it lacking in many areas. I have managed to make a few improvements to it though. First I fashioned a dust collection attachment to it, rather than the old canvas bag, that I had originally. I must say this design...

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Part 4: Shopmade Grr-Ripper, Heat and Bandsaw Fence

12-10-2011 01:41 AM by wolflrv | 4 comments »

In my quest to outfit my shop, I’ve spent quite a bit already on the major tools, so I’m trying to make my own jigs and do my own upgrades as I can. With the types of small wood projects I’m interested in doing, I really need a way to cut small dimensions. I do have an old Black&Decker table top bandsaw, that has definitely seen better days, but other than the tablesaw, no really efficient way to get 1/8”, 1/4” and 1/2” stock other than plywood, which I...

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Part 5: Band Saw Fence Finished

12-12-2011 01:41 AM by wolflrv | 3 comments »

In the previous post I had a pic of the glue up for my little bandsaw fence. I finished it today and thought I’d post a couple of pics. The bandsaw is old, but I got it for $10 at a garage sale and all it needed was a new blade. The switch is dead, but the variable speed still works. I just flip it on and off via a power strip switch. It works for now! It’s a very simple design, but works very well. The wood plate on the back is loose, so it kind of floats into plac...

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Part 6: Bench Grinder Toolrest

12-12-2011 11:00 PM by wolflrv | 5 comments »

Made this little grinder toolrest to sharpen my lathe tools. I’ll probably still build the wolverine type jig too, but needed this first. Also included in this post are a couple of shots of the set of lathe tools and draw knife, I got for $10 at a garage sale, as well as my new mini set. I know I’ll probably need other stuff, but figure this will get me started. Most of the lathe stuff I plan to do will be part of building more model cars and toys, so it’ll be mostly small p...

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Part 7: New lathe and first turning!

12-14-2011 12:02 AM by wolflrv | 5 comments »

Ok..so the previous blog post shows my lathe tools and grinder setup, but I finally got the lathe out of the box and had some fun yesterday and this morning. Here is my new HF 8×12 mini-lathe already covered in shavings! And here is where I quit last night, after trying desperately to get just a straight cylinder, I was almost there, when I got a big catch. I decided to walk away for the night and went back in the house and rewatched the Richard Raffan DVD for the 3rd ti...

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Part 8: Drill Press Table-Part 1

12-16-2011 01:22 AM by wolflrv | 1 comment »

Next on my to-do list of shop improvements is my drill press table for my Craftsman 2/3HP drill press. I’m drilling all kinds of stuff and also using a wheel cutter to make wheels for my toys and models and the C-clamps I’ve been using to hold stuff down just aren’t working well. So before I start my next round of toy making, I wanted to get this done. Since I’m trying to pinch pennies and save for the bigger needs, I’m trying to make as many jigs and items as...

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Part 9: Drill Press Table-Finished

12-17-2011 02:11 AM by wolflrv | 5 comments »

Finally finished my drill press table. Took me just a few hours to do most of it, but spent the last 3 hours working on the crank extension. After two trips to town I finally got it right! It’s rock solid and the new hold down clamps are working great too! I can scratch this project off my to-do list finally! I’m gettin’ there!

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Part 10: Lumber Sorting, Workbench Shelf and Tablesaw DC Cabinet

01-10-2012 11:10 PM by wolflrv | 2 comments »

I’ve been working on several projects simultaneously. Finally hitting completion on a few and thought I’d post them. First off is finally getting the lumber pile sorted, so that I can tell if I have a piece that will work or not. I started with this. And after several days of sorting and donating to my brother-in-law’s firewood pile, I ended up with this. I can now go straight to the shelf, check stock, find the right piece and grab it! Next up was my side wo...

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Part 11: New Rikon 10" Bandsaw, Drill Bit and Rotary Tool Carousels

01-16-2012 05:50 PM by wolflrv | 6 comments »

After seriously struggling with my old B&D bandsaw, I finally gave up, bit the bullet and got a new Rikon 10-305 10” Bandsaw. It’s very nice and is cutting wonderfully with no blade wandering at all. I also have a 1/2” Woodslicer blade from Highland Woodworking for it, which I plan to try out soon. Another project I’ve been working on is organizing my side bench better. In the last blog post I added the shelving above the bench to make room for the new carou...

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