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  1. Homemade Router Guide Bushing Pin Wrench

    I don't know about you, but for me holding guide bushings while I thread the ring nut from under is a pain, particularly the smaller ones ! For my wrench I've chosen a HDF floor board for its density and its durability and drilled a 3/4" (18mm) hole using a spade bit at the drill press. Then...
  2. Tracing and Copying Tool

    When I saw the ad of this tool on Facebook I fell in love with it. With such tool you can trace or copy (replicate) any 4 sides polygon, any contour and any angle. That's handy and I had to make my own ! (think self-sufficient and DIY). One by one I made the counterbored slots at the router...
  3. Craftsman Style Frame

    I needed to cover a window opening for more privacy. But i wanted to let as much light in as possible. So i came up with this craftsman style frame. It's red oak that i recycled from a desk top that was thrown out in the trash. It's and easy construction of half lap joints. The square pegs go al...
  4. Adjustable Table Saw Tenoning Jig

    This design is from the Working with Tablesaws book from the "New Best of Fine Woodworking" series published by the Taunton Press. At the time, I was reading article after article and books specifically about jigs and fixtures. I'm a real geek that way I guess. Maybe I should have been an...
  5. Entertainment Center

    The Entertainment Center was built to hold a 70" flat screen TV and loads of DVD's. It was put in the corner of a downstairs family room and designed for displaying some items, but mostly storage behind doors. Cherry MDF sheet goods were used for the cases and cherry hardwood for the doors and...
  6. Plumbing Access Cover

    A magazine rack made of Bloodwood and Cherry. Made this to cover a square access hole for shower plumbing in a bathroom wall next to a commode to hold reading material. It was obvious what was there previously, not so now.
  7. Cabinet for trash and recycle

    Made this for my daughter. She keeps it in her kitchen. Slide out trash can on the left with a can recycle bin on the right. Notice the hole on top for the cans to fall thru to the recycle bin. Made from poplar with a gunstock stain. Fun and useful project.
  8. Why a woodworker needs lots of clamps.

    When gluing a door frame into a movable wall panel last week I needed a few clamps. Now when the better half bugs me when spending cash for more clamps, I can just show here this picture. The panel is a honeycomb material made at a local mill. In this case its faces on both sides with 1/4 MDF...
  9. Stools for sitting at the bar I don't have :(

    I'm not sure what possessed me to make these stools as we have nowhere suitable to sit at with them. It just sounded fun to do. They are fir. The seats or homemade 2-ply plywood for strength. Lots of routering and SOH-CAH-TOA. Stained with some custom mixture of stuff and finished in lacquer...
  10. You made your bed; now go lie in it

    I can finally sleep in my new bed!! This full-size platform bed is oak with poplar drawers and plywood platform parts dadoed and pocket-hole screwed together. The drawer configuration is the same on both sides of the bed, but the left-side drawers are ¾ extension and the right side are full...
  11. Jigs & Fixtures
    If anyone is looking for some swing stops for various reasons, these Kreg KMS7801 Standard Swing Stops usually go for $30 each. But this Sunday evening, they are $11 via Amazon. I just bought 4 (I can see future needs) but unknown how much in quantity are available or for how long this lasts...
  12. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I just finished a router table with a rockler router lift. I have never done cope and rail joinery before but a project I plan on making for my wife requires it. Therefore, I puchased a freud adjustable cope and rail set and this calls for about 18,000 rpm's. My porter cable (1-3/4 horse...
  13. Woodworking Skill Share
    I am writing a chapter for a new book on routers that deals with climb-cutting. Part of the chapter is about situations when climb-cutting is actually a GOOD idea. So far I've covered the list of situations below. But do you have any other situations when you thing climb-cutting is the better...
  14. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I am in the process of completing and equipping my wood shop. This will be for hobby purposes and "honey do" projects only. I need to purchase routers to replace "hand-me-downs" I've had for years. I'm not sure if it would be best to stick with one brand or cherry pick the best from various...
  15. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I'm new to using a router and for my first real project I'm creating a new leaf for our dining room table. I can't seem to find the right bit to match the table. Anybody know where I can find this?
  16. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I would like a router table to go with my router lift. While I don't want a large router table, I was wondering if it would be ok to get a bench top unit until such time I outgrow it. Somewhere I read that lifts were not recommended for small router tables, but I can't imagine why. Any...
  17. Blogs
    About the author Introducing Template Tom the name I was given by my students when giving lessons on the use of the router at the Association for the Blind woodworking group. I was asked to look after for a year after I had been doing some volunteer work for three years previous. The best Class...
  18. Blogs
    Self-Centering Router Baseplates My router kit came with a centering cone for centering baseplates on the router. It works fine, but I always found it a hassle to chuck in the bit blank and use the cone each time I needed to change baseplates. I frequently change baseplates to switch between...
  19. Blogs
    Router 101 Episode 1 choosing a router. I started my Youtube channel series router 101 some time ago, and Ep.7 (of 8) is just out. The link for Episode 1, choosing a router can be found here: Please do take a look, comment and like, be sure to check out all the episodes, there are a lot of...
  20. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    My favorite tool in the woodshop is a router - it always has been. From the first 5/8 hp Black and Decker I ever laid my hands on I realized this is a tool with unmatched versatility. From inlays, to pattern routing, or just a simple edge profile - these tools can do it all. So what is your...
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