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Blog series by HappyHowie updated 05-14-2016 04:34 PM 8 parts 14294 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Tenon Cutting JIG using Rip Fence

02-07-2016 08:15 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

While taking an online course, it was suggested that we use spacer blocks to cut the width of the tenons. The instructor gave us a reference to a magazine article that built a JIG across the Biesemeyer table saw rip fence. This is a wide fence. My table saw has a narrow fence; therefore I decided to make my JIG with two cross members over my fence as shown in the embedded image below. Tall Tenon Cutting JIG riding on my table saw’s Rip Fence. (Note: this image is right-side u...

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Part 2: Saw Blade Storage

02-07-2016 08:26 AM by HappyHowie | 2 comments »

I used a Woodsmith plan to build this simple saw blade storage bin. I had all of the material I needed in my lumber rack. I also intend to build a wall rack to store more of my saw blades; both 10 inch table saw blades and some circular saw blades. Besides this I also need a safer way to move large sheet goods around in my shop so tote and and sled. I will get to those in the next day or so…

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Part 3: Saw Blade Storage and Plywood Sheets

02-09-2016 04:29 PM by HappyHowie | 4 comments »

I have had the need to have a better storage solution for my table saw blades. To a smaller degree I also need to have a similar solution for my circular saw blades. I looked through my Shop Notes and Woodsmith archive for some suggestions. I decided to make a table top bid as well as a wall hanging rack. For this old man it is becoming harder to move around full sheets of 3/4 inch plywood; especially those with core’s of MDF. Therefore, I made a skateboard for moving sheets of pl...

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Part 4: Wall Rack Finds Its Home

02-09-2016 11:05 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I replaced a French cleat with a longer one so this saw blade wall rack could claim its home.

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Part 5: Nearing Completion of Two Router Mortising JIGs

05-06-2016 03:41 PM by HappyHowie | 1 comment »

I am finally nearing completion of my two mortising JIGs. The first JIG is based on a Woodsmith Plan. This plan contained the use of three toggle clamps. Instead of permanently anchoring three toggle clamps to the JIG. These were positioned near the three mounting edges: the straight line edge and the two opposing 45 degree angle edges. I had seen a similar plan that used a toggle clamp mounting block that could be moved to a different position. I decided use a toggle clamp block in my morti...

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Part 6: Slot Mortiser: Router Lift Nears Completion.

05-09-2016 05:58 AM by HappyHowie | 1 comment »

I had a couple hours to work further on the router lift portion of this slot mortiser JIG. I will resume construciton to morrow. The lift’s threaded insert is placed in the header of this lift.

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Part 7: Router Mortising JIGs Competed; Sort of

05-10-2016 05:23 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I am expecting a delivery tomorrow of some stub knobs for my mortising JIG. Also i completed my slot mortiser today. However, I need to make the stop blocks and my toggle clamping block for it. I will work of those blocks tomorrow. The images below are a few views of this rather large (and heavy) JIG. Once I have the stop and toggle clamp block built, I will perform some test cuts. Side View Rear View Front Side View

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Part 8: Slot Mortiser with Toggle Clamp Blocks Completed

05-14-2016 04:34 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

My new shop-made slot mortiser is ready for a test cut. Yesterday, Friday the 13th, the carrier delivered my two new toggle clamps. I drilled the holes for them in the clamping block and installed them. For now I will leave both assemblies on the one large plywood base. I am considering separating or cutting the base so each assembly can be separately clamped to a table when in use. Having the bases separated will make it easier for me to store this large and heavy JIG. I may build a ...

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