Shop Projects #1: Wish/To-Do List

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Blog entry by fiddlebanshee posted 08-04-2015 03:51 PM 868 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I am now finally getting serious about woodworking. I have most of the tools I need and a decent DC system ( which I am still tweaking) and I realized I needed to reorganize my shop to fit everything in with the latest additions of a planer (last year) and a mortiser (a week ago).

Since I can’t do everything at the same time I need to keep track somewhere of what I want/need to build so that I can take a more systematic stab at it and work on pieces a bit at a time as I have the opportunity. Here’s the list, I will keep adding to it.

  1. Box joint jig (the one with the lead screw). DONE!
  2. Wood chip separator. I already have the parts and the plans from Rockler. I will put the planer on top. DONE!!
  3. Flip-top stand for the mortiser. The idea would be to have only the mortiser but to be able to flip it so that I have additional assembly space, maybe I will put a higher top on the old planer stand to match the surface for the mortiser to have support for long pieces as well as have a larger assembly space when the mortiser is down. The top could have dog holes and cross t-tracks to have plenty of opportunity to clamp things down for assembly. I think this is off the radar. I will be making the WAll”O’TOols instead.
  4. Further to #3 I want to standardize the way all tools are against one wall and make them all the same height. So I am now thinking of an integrated mitersaw, bandsaw, router and mortiser design. They can be on their modular stands but they all need to have the same height so that they can be used for each other’s outfeed needs. Some cutoff storage around the miter saw would also be handy.I need to play around with this idea a bit on paper before I commit to a design.
  5. Jointer sled—no room for a full sized jointer so I figure I can use a sled for the planer to accomplish face jointing. I can get a decent edge joint on with the festool track and TS75.
  6. Bigger router table (Norm Abrams’ design? Still deciding, may incorporate the sliding front feature by Stumpy Nubs.
  7. Router lift (Stumpy nubs design, have the plans)
  8. Router fence with decent DC (stumpy nubs design, have the plans)
Some other utility projects:
  1. 2 or 3 feeders for the chickens, however many I can get out of 2 sheets of 1/2” plywood. DONE
  2. Floor to ceiling closed in shelves to divide the incubation/brooder area in the garage from my weaving studio. Did someone mention dust—yea. DONE!!!! Well almost…. Blog post and pictures will follow.

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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