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Blog series by Jerry updated 10-31-2017 08:44 PM 4 parts 16278 reads 56 comments total

Part 1: Self Centering 1/2" Dowel Drilling Jig for the Invisio - Hinge

05-29-2015 08:27 PM by Jerry | 31 comments »

Made from $12.00 worth of bronze bushings and a shaft collar. The shaft collar has a set screw that holds a 1/8” drill bit in place, so you would need to use 1/8” axles for your hinge pieces. The largest bushing has an inside diameter of 1/2”. The second bushing an outside diameter of 1/2” and an inside diameter of 3/8”. The shaft collar has an outside diameter of 3/8”, takes a 1/8” drill bit, and uses an allen set screw that takes a 1/16R...

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Part 2: eBay Treasure - Incra Ultra Positioner and my Homemade Router Table

06-04-2015 12:55 AM by Jerry | 8 comments »

So I scarfed this “New Old Stock” item on eBay for $89.00. It’s a 24” Incra Ultra Positioner. I made a mounting bracket and attached it to the back of my home made router table. I am really stoked about this improvement.

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Part 3: Shopsmith Tool Rest Upgrade - Cheap, Easy, and Very Effective

09-26-2017 11:53 PM by Jerry | 14 comments »

I know all of you Shopsmith owners out there that do any turning quickly get frustrated with having to set the tool rest position with an Allen wrench, it’s tedious and fidgety. Shopsmith’s solution, the Universal Tool Rest is predictably expensive at over $200.00. My solution was to make two wooden handles, tap them with a 5/16 X 18 tap, and screw a 5/16 X 18X 3” screw into the hole, which is about 1 1/4” deep. This makes adjustments very quick and easy compa...

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Part 4: Cheap Easy Vacuum Chamber Build for Stabilizing Wood

10-31-2017 08:44 PM by Jerry | 3 comments »

Saw this video, thought it was genius.

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