A Few Shop Items

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Blog entry by Tom posted 03-31-2020 06:40 PM 936 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a strange time in recent weeks. It’s been nice to have my family all together to ride out the events, but a bit worrisome.

Last weekend was a rainy one and the spring gardening was off the table. I decided to knock out a few shop items that have been on my list for a year or more.

I fixed up a band saw last year that I got from my uncle who passed away. I am more of the hand tool persuasion, but I do like using the band saw for some odd jobs. I decided to use up scraps of plywood and make a simple fence. I attached it with some screw hooks that I bent from eye hooks and added some old wing nuts that I had laying around. It works really well. Not perfect, but fine for my needs.

Another item was a way to store sandpaper. I have been piling up sandpaper on a storage shelf and I have to rifle through it to find the right grit. Again, I have some leftover scraps of plywood. I used 3/4” on the sides so that I could cut out slots on the table saw for the shelves. 1/2” ply on the top and bottom and 1/4” ply for the shelves and back. It is just glued and finish nailed. It worked out well and fits my shelf where I had the sandpaper piled up.

The next item was a sharpening plate holder ala Paul Sellers. You can look up his video. I pretty much did it the same way with a router plane. For the hook on the bottom, I just glued and screwed a piece of plywood. I use two diamond plates and an Arkansas Stone. But I left provision to replace the stone with another diamond plate. I have a small work area in my utility room which is next to my shop space which is now a little sharpening station only a few steps away.

Also in the utility room, I installed this old workbench with the industrial metal legs which I also got from my uncle again. I use it as a general purpose workbench for automotive and small metalworking tasks. I installed it last year and added the pine boards for the wall. I prefer the pine boards instead of peg board. I added various tool holders (screws and hooks), a little shelf and I made a cheesy paper towel holder. I feel much more organized there now and it is right next to my woodworking shop area.

The last thing I made was a holder for a wax bar that I use to lubricate my planes. I plan to keep it with my Moravian workbench, but I was worried it might melt in the summer time. It gets pretty hot in the building where I keep this bench. I used a piece of pine 2×4 and bored out much of the waste and worked it down with a chisel. A very silly project, but I enjoyed it anyway. Kind of a soap dish for the wax bar.

It was nice to check off some workshop items that I have been putting off for quite a long time. And I was able to use up some of those wood scraps that have been building up. I have a couple more items in the garage to work on next weekend. I’d like to stop at the home center, but we are pretty restricted in New Jersey right now.

The shop projects made for a nice diversion from current events!

-- Tom

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#1 posted 04-05-2020 05:21 AM

It’s nice to get projects completed, especially when they make the shop nicer and easier to work in.

I like the ingenuity with the bandsaw fence lock downs.

And I love the patina on your uncle’s workbench top! Very nice.

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#2 posted 04-06-2020 02:35 PM

Great idea with the hooks on the band saw fence. I recently built a similar fence for my 1967 Delta/Rockwell bandsaw. I have been using bar clamps but will definitely be using your idea. Thanks!

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