Archive for the ‘DIY Shop Tools’ Category

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.






Cam Hooks

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

In February of 2012 I made a couple of cam clamps that used the Bernoulli spiral for the cam design (don’t ask why). I found myself using them frequently. They were very useful for card scraping and hand planing. I thought I would come up with a system that would allow woodworkers, that don’t have dog holes in their bench, to use these clamps. I mixed the features of a bench hook and my Bernoulli Spiral clamps and came up with what I’m calling Cam Hooks. I think it has a nice ring to it :)


The Cam Hook has at least two advantages over a traditional bench stop. One, is that a bench stop is prone to causing your work to pivot; the cams do not have this problem. You also are not limited to the length of the stock you can clamp with the cams.