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  1. Violin bow re-hairing vise

    Rather than needlessly spend money, I decided to build a vise with which to learn how to re-hair violin bows. Believe it or not, the horse hair which causes the violin to make sound wears out after some time and must be replaced. It's a lot easier to work on such an object when it is held still...
  2. Pencil Cup

    I made this little pencil cup as a going away gift for our Church Choir Director who is going back to graduate school to earn his doctorate in music. He has been a great director and a wonderful influence on my grandchildren in the three short years he has been with us. I hope it will find a...
  3. Another Crown Gents Saw Re-Handle.....

    This has been on the back burner for a while. Last spring I replaced the gents handle on an 8" Crown gents saw http://lumberjocks.com/projects/83969 and very soon after I wanted to do the same for a 10" saw. The 8" works great and is still a keeper but I wanted a slightly larger stroke when...
  4. Workshop Tongs or Blind Nailing/Screwing Jigs

    How many mistakes are made and how much time is spent taking mesurements to locate exactly where to drive nails or screws, or drill a hole from behind ? For a shelf, a bracket, a door pull, a bookcase, a stud division in an open drywall, etc ? No more with one of these blind nailing/screwing...
  5. Panel Saw

    OK So I needed a way to cut large sheet goods. I was looking through old copies of Shopnotes Magazine and found this Panel Saw. I decided to build it for my shop. It took me about a week of gathering parts and putting them together to make this beast but it came out better then I imagined. Now I...
  6. Small Hacksaw a la Jack Houweling

    The other day someone in the craft hall was looking to borrow a hack saw to cut a bolt. I didn't have one, but I can foresee that I may need one one day. There are some metal parts on cellos and double basses. I remember this video [link] from Jack Houweling from a while ago and decided go...
  7. More uses from my Bessey assembly blocks

    To maximize my Bessey assembly blocks, I cut hardwood strips so they would slip into the upper grooves, up to the top of the blocks. I also made a bracket to hang them from, on the wall french cleats cut at 45°. As shown, they are useful when crosscuting with my portable circular saw without...
  8. Disposable Drill Press Sub-tables

    Tired of using scrap wood to prevent drill bits from blowing out the back of my workpieces (second photo) or ruining my wooden table, I came up with a better idea: Disposable sub-tables. I found out that it doesn't cost more to use sub-tables and I get more life time from them. Also, since they...
  9. Shopmade Router D-handle Base

    I want to share how I made my own router D-handle base. I've been thinking about that for a long time. I was inspired by Carol Reed's design. It can be adapted to all routers. The sub-base is made out of 3/8''-thick Plexiglass and the handle is nothing but two pieces of scrap plywood glued...
  10. Marking Knife

    This is my second shopmade marking knife. The first one http://lumberjocks.com/projects/82354 works great except when you need to park in a small space (i.e. marking dovetails etc..) and I have been putting off making a new one for some time now. Well, this morning the blade separated it's...
  11. Shopmade Dovetail Marker and Try Square

    These are a couple of layout tools I tossed together last night and finished up this morning. I wanted something quick and simple to break in my new workbench with and these fit the bill nicely. And I can use them to help with the Tool Cabinet I am planning to build very soon. The first is a...
  12. Shopmade Clamp and Assembly Worktable

    I came up with this very unique and satisfying version of a clamp worktable, made right here in my shop, using material from my sheet goods scrap pile. I designed it so I could use my collection of ordinary and fast action vise clamps meant to be used at the drill press. As shown, a 30" X 36"...
  13. Shop Made Mallet - Attitude Adjuster

    This is my shop made maple and walnut mallet. I've named it the Attitude Adjuster because it weighs in at about 18-20 ounces of pure ill intent. I didn't have a very good scale, so I may be a it off. Since making this mallet I have used it on nearly every project. I plan to make a smaller...
  14. Shopmade Drawer Pulls

    After building a storage cabinet for my shop I decided to make my own pulls to prevent the cord from my electric tools to catch. Most store bought pulls don't meet this particular criteria. I ripped two 3/4'' thick 18'' long sticks, 1'' wide, according to my actual needs. I used a 3/8''...
  15. A square from a brass ruler

    Another use for the brass rulers I've been getting cheaply. I wanted a medium size square and this fit the bill. I simply cut a scrap piece of mahogany and carefully cut a kerf just less than the width of the ruler with my band saw. Then I widened the kerf with my toolbox saw. The ruler was...
  16. Five Kirfmakers

    As already mentioned, I was linked to LJ's website by a friend who wanted to show me a shopmade Kirfmaker by Simon. After seeing several models on this site and the company's video, I decided to make my own. While my tools were all set after making one, I decided to make several, for me and as...
  17. Shopmade “Rockler” style corner clamps

    Here is my version of the Rockler corner clamps. All shopmade out of scrap wood. I made a YouTube video on how to make these and I provide a free template so you can make your own. Here is a link to the video
  18. Turners' Caliper V-Gauge

    To ease the measuring process when turning spindles and cavities, I devised this handy, precise yet simple double duty V-gauge. The whole assembly is about 7-1/2" X 10-1/2" X 1" thick. Only four pieces were required: An isocele triangle made from a 1/4" hardboard scrap A piece of 1/4"...
  19. Good Use of Old BBQ Carts

    Instead of throwing away my old BBQ cart, I made good use of it. As shown on the picture, I built a cabinet out of 3/4" MDF to stabilize the flimsy frame of the BBQ stand, added three shelves and installed this small router table, which is dedicated to a chamfering station, and my benchtop...
  20. Automated Pimped Routertable

    Automated Router Table I built my third router table with all the bells and whistles I had missed on the previous versions, during my years of woodworking. This build included some automation, but the biggest improvement ( in my opinion) is the flip up trimmers. Video in the bottom of the...
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