Category Archive: Drill Press

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 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 13 2011

Finishing Another Toy Car

After first coat of urethane

I swear I already wrote about my newest toy car design, but I can’t find an article on my site. I realize that if I can’t find what I’m looking for on my own site, you poor readers that have to dig through my ramblings are screwed if you need to find an article. I’m …

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Aug 26 2011

Wacky Track or Shake Shake Bridge

In Misty Island Rescue, Thomas must cross the Shake Shake Bridge, a bridge that shakes violently when an engine crosses it. I didn’t intend on making a replica of the Shake Shake Bridge, I actually meant to make an imitation of Wacky Track, bendable wooden …

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Aug 17 2011

A Jig For Routing Round Objects

I’d left off writing about my yo-yo project, when I ruined the sides trying to rebalance them. To re-true the yo-yo sides I needed to create a jig that would hold one of the sides a set distance away from a router bit and allow me to slowly rotate it into …

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Aug 16 2011

Yo-Yo Fail-Fail

When I was a kid my dad made me a yo-yo out of oak. It was a simple toy. It had a dowel for the spindle and two oak disks with rounded edges. We didn’t know where to find a proper yo-yo string, so I made my own out of …

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Jul 13 2011

Ladder Toy

I bought a wooden ladder toy in Mexico when I was young, in fact I have always — incorrectly — called them Mexican ladders. The toy had about 8-10 flat rungs over which a wooden peg would “climb” down. I have no clue where my old toy went, but I …

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Jun 28 2011

New Router Table Fence: The Frame

Since I gave my old router table fence away, I needed to make a fence for my new router table — the old fence was too small for the larger table I built anyway. I didn’t follow any specific set of plans when I made the fence, rather I used the …

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