My Shop #1: Photos of my shop

I was asked to share photos of my shop. This will take a little while to gather photos up. I wish I could go out and take a few right now but unfortunately it is trashed out with house plants and the chickens spending the winter in part of it. If...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #6: Sander in action video

I finally got around to doing a video today for those who wanted to see this little sander up and running. It also covers the often asked question about how you hand feed one of these without catastrophic accidents involving the subject piece...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #4: Tuning up

So I went out to the shop this morning, all set to get the sander all tuned up and ready for the velcro kit which should arrive today. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do much tuning up because everything was OK. First I stuck a straight edge on...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #3: Finishing up the build

When I left off yesterday I needed elevators and the skirts for the dust collector. I decided to go with two elevators for the ability to micro adjust for very thin cuts leveling marquetry. If you don’t need that sort of accuracy then a single...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #5: Test drive, she works a treat!

Well, the velcro kit arrived yesterday afternoon but just as I got it installed a friend showed up and made me go golfing so I didn’t get to try it out until this morning. The results are better than I had hoped. It adjusts quite easily either...

Dust Collection Issues #1: My latest HF dust collector upgrade (with truck filter)

I have had my HFDC for several years now, originally stock, then with the Wynn 35A canister, and finally with a couple of home made cyclone type mods. My last mod finally got it built in and piped. Well, we sold that place and bought a smaller...

Better Late Than Never Clamp Rack

I had a few hours to play today while waiting on a couple deliveries to the house. I built an actual rack for my clamps instead of the 2×6 nailed to an existing shelf. I wanted to use up some plywood scraps and build a couple tiers for various...

Is it too late for curves?

I got inspired by Ianwater’s curved leg picnic table. My wife wants a table outside the entrance for Amazon packages. The roof extends over the entrance so I’m not to concerned about the weather. I bought some oil based enamel to paint it. It...

The joys of rust hunting #2: Show off your latest find(s)

Here is a spot to show off your latest acquisitions. Whether its a flea market , garage sale or yard sale or craig list find, show it off. Mine from yesterday. A 12 1/2 base with a Sargent #42 like new cutter A type 2 Sargent 307 ...

Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #22: Still Swingin' 35 Years Later

Back in 1980, I moved from Richardson, Texas to Denton, Texas to finish my bachelor’s degree. After bouncing from Texas A&M to two junior colleges, I figured that it was time to “Get ’er Done.” Little did I imagine that I would not only...

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