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Blog entry by sgmdwk posted 01-04-2014 11:44 PM 1406 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoy time in my shop, even when I don’t have a real project to work on. Yesterday, I told my wife I was going to fool around in the shop. I first noticed our fishing rods cluttering the space next to a garage cabinet.

I pulled a couple cutoff pieces of plywood out of my scrap pile. A little thought, a few minutes on the drill press and table saw and my clutter problem was solved.

While working on the rod holder I noticed my ViceGrips clinging to my old Craftsman table saw where the bevel adjustment wheel used to be located. The adjustment wheels on this 1989 Model 113, were cheapo plastic. After 10 years one of them stripped out and I started making do with one, just switching it from the front to the side as needed. A couple of years ago, the remaining wheel failed on me. I made replacement handles in the shop, one from plywood, the other from a piece of oak. The Oak handle split a few months back and I hadn’t yet replaced it. I found a small piece of plywood. drilled a 1/2” hole, split a short piece of dowel and glued it in the hole.

I glued and screwed the rest of the handle together,

then trimmed the dowel back until I had a tight fit on the bevel control shaft.

The result is a perfectly functional handle.

The one on the front has been working fine for three years.

Anyway, it was a pleasant morning in the shop. Projects don’t have to be large to be satisfying.

-- Dave K.

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Darryl Jones

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 11:54 PM

That is so true. Sometimes the things that I find to be my biggest success can only be understood by other woodworkers. Usually some kind of solution to a problem that took forever to think up and minutes to construct. My wife looks at those type things and says something like “I am glad you are pleased with yourself” but I don’t think she ever really understands how satisfying the experience was.

Btw I really enjoyed your fancy clamp for glueing up the half dowel.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 12:52 AM

Looks like you had a good day! Cleanup and setup in a small shop also adds to the project.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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