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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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
What makes this mortising machine so fantastic is the fact that it can create perfect mortises quickly and easily. The way it works is simple. The workpiece is clamped to a sliding table, and the router is mounted to a carriage that travels on a pair of drawer slides. By pulling the lever arm forward, the router bit is plunged into the workpiece. Then you just slide the table back and forth to rout the mortise. The whole thing takes about 30 seconds. The cutting diagrams and materials list are available to download in this Online Extra.
I dug out an old compass saw blade that had the right taper and put a scraping edge on its backside while Richard turned a hardwood stock to the same taper. Between us, it took about 1-1/2 hours. I still use this tool. The price is right, the effort minimal, and you can make a reamer of whatever length, bore, and taper you need.
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.
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.
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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