Archive for the ‘DIY Shop Tools’ Category

Template Copier

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The idea for this mortiser add-on has been running through my head for a few weeks now. I wasn’t sure how well it would work and I couldn’t resist trying out the idea any longer.




The templates are secured by the two bolts pictured above.  An aluminum stylus rides against the template as the mortiser is moved forward and back.  So far I am pleased with the results and I can see several practical uses for this add-on.  The add-on will not get in the way when I need to use it for a standard mortiser.  Yippeee!





DIY Fishtail Chisel

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

I’ve been wanting to abandon my dovetail jig lately, and I was reinvigorated by Frank Klausz’s seminar today to learn hand cut dovetails (Woodworking in America 2014). Frank used a fishtail chisel to clean out his sockets, although not a necessity, I wanted one. I went back to the market place at WIA and I saw them sold for $75 a pop (minimum). So, being a little more than I wanted to spend I decided to make one from an old Buck Bros chisel.



Halfway there after grinding on the wheel.  I kept it cool by periodically dipping in water.



Grinding is done at this point and I refined with a bastard file.




Razor sharp.

Micro Adjust Your Table Saw Fence

Monday, July 7th, 2014

This project started with a rough plan in my head.  I didn’t take the time to draw the design in CAD first, but went straight out to the shop.  I’m happy with how it turned out and I am fairly confident that I will be using this in the future. See the video below.