Category Archive: Miter Saw

Apr 16 2012

What To Do With Circle Scraps

I’ve been cutting some circles on the scroll saw for a few other projects and have a bunch of scraps left over. Now I have a hard time throwing away any wood thats larger than a toothpick, but I really couldn’t see that I could do much with these scraps — that …

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Mar 24 2012

My Daughter and I Built Another Birdhouse

I had some shop time alone with my daughter yesterday and she wanted to build something. I told her she could use any materials I had in my shop, not just the scrap pieces I usually let her use, if she drew up plans for what she wanted to build. She decided …

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Mar 08 2012

Magnetic Saw Guide

Last month, I watched an excellent video by David Barron called “Hand cut dovetails made easy.” His whole technique was excellent and it was easily the best demonstration for cutting dovetails I’ve seen yet — it made me feel like a hack for posting my dovetail …

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Mar 06 2012

Adjusting A Miter Saw Vernier Scale

While making some angled cuts for another project, I noticed that the Vernier scale on my DeWalt 705 miter saw wasn’t reading accurately — it was off by 1/2°. Since I was shooting for a 7.25° angle, I clearly needed to realign the scale before I continued cutting. The first thing I …

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Mar 05 2012

Cherry Coat Rack

Click here if you don’t have flash Rather than put their coats away, my kids usually throw their coats on the floor. I suppose it’s not all their fault after all, since they really can’t reach the hangers in the closet. Getting sick of the mess, I decided to build a coat …

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Feb 09 2012

A Proper Toolbox for My Daughter

Click here to see the gallery if you don’t have flash With my daughter starting to work in my shop, I needed a good place to put her tools and unfinished projects. Usually I’ve been throwing them into a box and stashing it under my bench, but I figured it was …

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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 (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 10 2011

Big Curve, Little Curve

Click picture to see slideshow My son’s preschool teaches writing with a system called Handwriting Without Tears. It is a much simpler character set to learn and can be represented by four simple shapes: big curve, little curve, big line, and little line. You can buy sets of …

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