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.

 

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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!

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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.

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

 

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

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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.

 

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