Category Archive: Posts by Tool

Mar 13 2012

Tablet Stand

I made a permanent mount in the kitchen for my Android tablet a few months ago, but most of the time the tablet doesn’t live there. I find myself using it a lot around the rest of the house, strangely enough even when I’m at the computer where desk space is at …

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Mar 12 2012

Excelsior Mini-Lathe Walk-Through

I thought I’d post a slide show showing some different views of the Excelsior mini-lathe I recently bought, in case other people are interested in purchasing one. Also I thought I’d share some of the specs from the Rockler page and some I figured out on my own. From the page: Powerful …

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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 07 2012

New Tool! Excelsior Mini-Lathe

Last Saturday, after months of talking to a friend about his Excelsior Lathe,  I finally decided to purchased one. Of course the fact that it was on sale at Rockler for $200 with the free bed extension didn’t hurt. Unfortunately they didn’t have any more left in stock when …

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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 26 2012

Resawing Safely on the Table Saw.

Resawing on my table saw has always been hit or miss, not to mention potentially dangerous. It’s almost impossible to hold the piece against the low fence while simultaneously keeping my fingers a safe distance from the saw blade. I’ve tried different combinations of axillary …

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Feb 17 2012

On Draining Air Compressors

I’ve probably told this story before, but where I used to work, we bought a humidity chamber for calibrating the humidity sensor on one of my products. Right in the operations manual it specified that the 5 gallon tank on the integral air compressor needed to be drained every X hours of use. To make …

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Feb 09 2012

Get Woodworking! You Can Make Dovetails

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Right after I finished cutting all the dovetails for my toolbox, I thought I should have documented that better. So tonight I while I had some time, I thought I’d throw together a picture tutorial on how to make dovetails with tools you probably already have:  a bevel gauge, chisel, …

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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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