Category Archive: Posts by Project

Jan 03 2012

Homemade End Vise

Click picture to view album* This past year it seemed like everybody was making a Moxon vise, a vise that you clamp to the top of your workbench to raise your workpiece up to a more comfortable sawing level. After seeing how simple they were to make, I got the idea to …

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Dec 15 2011

New Source For Small Wooden Wheels

I was in Michaels a few days ago looking for wooden spheres to use in another project ,when I spotted some 3/4″ toy wheels from Lara’s Craft’s that I thought looked much better than the ones I made for my Flat Car project. They cost about $1.60 for a package …

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Nov 16 2011

Completed Flat Cars

Once I was satisfied with the prototype flat car, I wanted to make a whole mess of them at once — nine in fact. I decided to create a few jigs to make production go more smoothly. I built the first jig for cutting out the wheels. It solved …

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Nov 10 2011

Flat Car Prototype

One day, my son told me he didn’t have enough flat cars on his wooden railway. I figured that we could just buy him some more online, but I discovered that you can’t just buy flat cars, they only come in track sets (although I’ve been told by several people that the

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Oct 17 2011

Crossover Track (Curved)

Curved crossover in use

Click picture for slideshow My original idea for a crossover track was to have a connecting track that curved out of one track and into another, but it took me a while to figure out how to make one, so I built the straight crossover track …

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Oct 17 2011

Crossover Track (Straight)

Click picture to see slideshow After my son got his wooden train set for Christmas his birthday, I started building track for him, but my interested waned during the spring and summer. This fall I’ve started building some more wooden train accessories. As I’ve been documenting that process, I realized that …

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Oct 06 2011

Walnut Turner’s Cube

Click picture for slideshow A few weeks ago I was digging through the free bin at Rocker and I found a 2-1/2″ square walnut cutoff. The only defect it had was a slight check in the end grain that would hopefully disappear when I cut the hunk of walnut into a cube. …

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Sep 29 2011

Making Wooden T-Knobs

Click picture to see slideshow Sometimes you start a project because you wonder, can I make that? I made these wooden T-knobs because I was frustrated that one day when I needed some knobs, I couldn’t buy any locally. My goal was to make them as cheaply and as quickly as …

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Sep 22 2011

Making Another Toy Car

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I’m taking a step back and showing how I made the wooden car I recently posted here. I first got the idea for this particualr design by looking at some of the wooden cars on the Arizona Wooden Toys website. I liked the design of their “Zoom Racer;” I thought the …

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Sep 15 2011

Storage Cubby

Click on Image for Slideshow Several months ago, I wanted to practice making cuts with my dado stack so I built this little cubby to hold some safety equipment like goggles, gloves, respirator, etc…

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