52 Weeks #12: Vises and Crocodiles

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 03-28-2011 03:11 AM 1257 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well all it has been a rather long week; I have spent a large portion of it away from home due to some family issues. I was though able to finish up my Drill Press Pen Vise before leaving. I again looked at several different ideas on LumberJocks and other websites. I found Rod’s (from Appleton, WA) design on the International Pen Turners website and made a few adaptations to it. (My apologizes to Rod as I can not find the link right now to the website.)


The main change I made was that Rod’s attached to his drill press via a clamp. Since I already had my drill press table and a fence, I decided to use some rare earth magnets to attach the jig in place. I am hoping this will come in handy for future jigs as well. The entire jig is made from scrap pieces from those cabinets again. (truly get my worth ouf of those)I picked up the clamp at the WoodWorking Show a couple of weeks ago.

The other thing I did this week was put together an automaton. There was a hobby shop near my in-laws that I took my daughter to, after buying her a new toy I found they had a few TimberKits on sale. I have a few of these sitting in my workshop and have yet to really take the time to work on them. Since this was a small one and I could work on it at the dining room in the evenings I decided to get it. I had a lot of fun with it, and it went together very easy. I will say after working on one with prefab parts I have even more respect for those of you that do these from scratch, not that I am still not looking toward designing one in the future.


You’ll notice my homemade clamp, for some reason one of the dowels that came with the kit was splitting down the middle. Not having any of my tools with me and thinking the 2 clamps my father-in-law was giving me a bit large for the task I improvised. It worked out quite well. Here is the finished product…


Looking forward to several nights at home this week and some good shop time, hope you all get the same and have fun.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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