A Simple Stop Block

September 1, 2014 0 Comments

Work has been keeping me really busy lately, but this weekend I was able to get into the shop and have a little fun. I didn’t have a lot of time to spare, so I decided a dedicated stop block would be quick and fun. I decided to make it pretty, so I garbed a little chunk of Spalted Maple, and started milling it. It’s 3″ high by 5″ long and a little under 3/4″ thick. Both ends and the back have a 3/16″ square rabett to prevent saw dust build up form hindering part registration.

Wood can be sharp

June 29, 2014 0 Comments

The other night I was preparing a cutting board blank, and while walking from the out-feed side of the planer to the in-feed side is slipped out of my hands. Instinctively I reached to catch it, and got reminded how sharp would can be. As I grabbed it, the freshly milled 90 degree corner sliced off 3 or 4 layers of skin about 1/4″ wide by 2″ long on my right index finger.

I didn’t even realize what happened at first, then 20 or 30 seconds later I felt what I thought was water or sweet running across my palm. When i looked, I realized it was blood and that the edge had cut me like a razor blade. This isn’t the first time I’ve been cut by a chunk of wood, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. If you Learn anything from my blog, I hope that its to always be safe, because even something that seems benign can hurt you.


An out-feed table Finally

June 8, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve wanted an out-feed table ever since I got my first table saw 10 years ago, but for one reason or another I never made one. Now That I’m on my second saw, I made having an out-feed table mandatory. Over the last 3 weeks I put other projects aside, and even skipped mowing the yard one weekend so that I had time to build a table.
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Drill press shelf

May 14, 2014 1 Comment

A while back I saw this tip in fine woodworking on how to make a drill press accessory shelf. I thought the shelf was a great idea, because it allows you to keep other bits, and the chuck close at hand, but off the main table. The shelf I made is slightly large than the one in the article, and it adjustable, as it’s a loose fit around the column.


Bandsaw tools holder

May 8, 2014 1 Comment

I love just about everything about my Rikon 10-325 14″ bandsaw, It has plenty of power, accuracy, and re-saw height. I got it on sale from Highland Woodworking, for  $800 if memory serves, and with some starter blades and shipping it was delivered to my door for a little over $1000, so it’s a pretty god deal as far as bandsaws go. The one thing I don’t love about it, is the tool holder it came with.  Short of swapping out the motor, everything can be adjusted with the 4 Allen keys and 2 open/box wrenches that came with it.

The conundrum is that the tool holder that mounts to the spine is only for the Allen keys. Thus You have to find a place to store the wrenches. It doesn’t sound like a big deal but the wrenches are needed every time you want to change  the blade or adjust the  guides.  Since storage space is at a premium in my shop, I usually spend several minutes trying to figure out what drawer I put the wrenches in last time I used them. Last week I decided enough is enough, and I made a new tool holder. It’s made from some scrap 8/4 hard Maple, and rare earth magnets. The Allen keys sit in holes drilled into the top of the holder just like the original, while the wrenches are held in-place by the magnets.