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Blog series by DaveTPilot updated 01-29-2013 01:32 AM 6 parts 36376 reads 41 comments total

Part 1: Router Table Spindle Lock - Improved

01-18-2011 05:21 AM by DaveTPilot | 7 comments »

I made a couple of improvements. I added a spring to keep the push rod against the actuating lever and a small screw behind the spindle lock lever to keep it from moving too far back when the router was lowered. Original Post:I designed my router lift to allow above table bit changed using two wrenches. That worked pretty well but the Porter Cable wrench would occasionally bind on the bottom of the collet, making removal difficult. I decided to use the stock spindle lock instead. I just ne...

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Part 2: Shop Made Digital Router Height

01-28-2011 02:44 AM by DaveTPilot | 3 comments »

Continuing with my router table obsession: I was flying from Orlando, FL to Fort Myers, FL the other day and this idea popped into my head. I like to make keepsake boxes and with this setup I can adjust the router’s height while the router is on without the danger of raising it too high. I used a universal choke kit that I bought at Advance Auto Parts for about $12. The digital caliper is from Harbor Freight and was less than $10. The springs help take the slack out when raising t...

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Part 3: Hexagons, Octagons and Math...oh my!

12-13-2011 05:07 PM by DaveTPilot | 1 comment »

Hello Guys and Gals, It has been a while since I’ve been on the site, or in the shop for that matter, due to the busy shedule of my new job. I just recently started working in the shop again and it feels great! As some of you may know, I love building shop made jigs and fixtures as well as finding inexpensive solutions to woodworking challenges. I am in the process of building a dovetail jig from plans in a ShopNotes issue. The jig uses threaded knobs. I didn’t have any in t...

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Part 4: Shop Notes Drill Press Sharpening System

03-18-2012 05:06 PM by DaveTPilot | 13 comments »

Here is the video demonstration of the sharpening system I posted in projects.

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Part 5: Thein Separator Epic FAIL!

03-27-2012 03:23 PM by DaveTPilot | 4 comments »

I know this topic has been hashed and rehashed to death but I want to chronicle my progress in my journey to improve my dust collection system. I was using this lid separator with really good results. I collected 100% of all chips and quite a bit of fine dust as well. The main problem is the efficiency diminished greatly once the can accumulated even a small amount of debris. So, I thought I would try the Thien Separator. I did not want to invest a lot of time building the type seen in...

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Part 6: Shop Made T-track

01-29-2013 01:32 AM by DaveTPilot | 13 comments »

I had an idea of how to make T-track on the cheap. I shot this video with my phone so it is not the best but you get the idea.

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