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Until recently, I used my drill press to clamp layers of wood together for vases or bowl blanks. Problem is, the drill press is not really designed for this task, and I actually bent the rack gear on a large drill press doing it. After that, I decided there had to be a better and less expensive way.
Select a piece of wood at least 1-1/2 inches - 2 inches square. The grain should run lengthwise down the blank, or the wood may break. Cut the wood blank to 2-3/4 inches, the length of the brass tube in the awl kit. Using the 7mm bit, drill a centered hole lengthwise through...
After many good years of use, I finally decided to replace the crude shop cabinets I built when I first got started in woodworking. One of my goals for the new cabinets was to squeeze every last bit of storage space out of them.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a lumber buggy which gives you a handy way to push material aroung the shop. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
In a short evening, you can turn a few scraps of wood into an accurate, easy-to-use layout tool. It is tough to beat a marking gauge for creating crisp, repeatable layout lines. Consisting of a beam, a sliding fence held in place by a small wedge, and a scribing point, this time-tested tool sets up quickly. Enlarged images of patterns are PDFs.
Few shop chores rival the awkwardness of moving large sheet goods by yourself. And it is nigh on impossible to get them up on sawhorses without help (or the horses skittering across the floor). You will never again have to cajole reluctant family members into helping if you use this system.
One of the more awkward things to handle around the shop is big sheets of plywood. With my bad shoulder it is almost impossible but with this handy device its a breeze. Put the plywood in the notch, pick it up with the handle and balance the top with your other hand. Now that is a lot better than the alternative!
Have you got finishing supplies scattered all over your shop? Concerned that they are a fire hazard? Organize them into this cabinet built out of one sheet of plywood and you will sleep better at night.
This wall-mounted custom drill storage and charging station is easy to build and customize. You can build it with just 2 stalls or as many as you wish. All you need is a 1 x 10 board and a miter saw or circular saw. Follow the free plans available at the link.
Build your own wooden contour gauge using these free instructions with pictures. A contour gauge is handy to have when you need to quickly measure and duplicate uneven surfaces. It will record an irregular shape which you can then transfer the profile to your wood.
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