Shop Improvements #4: Shopmade Grr-Ripper, Heat and Bandsaw Fence

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Blog entry by wolflrv posted 12-10-2011 01:41 AM 9593 reads 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my quest to outfit my shop, I’ve spent quite a bit already on the major tools, so I’m trying to make my own jigs and do my own upgrades as I can. With the types of small wood projects I’m interested in doing, I really need a way to cut small dimensions. I do have an old Black&Decker table top bandsaw, that has definitely seen better days, but other than the tablesaw, no really efficient way to get 1/8”, 1/4” and 1/2” stock other than plywood, which I really don’t want to use. I searched a long time and ran across the Grr-Ripper by MicroJig and really thought it would solve the problems for me, but I just couldn’t see spending $139 for the double set right now. So I decided after running across a few shopmade ones, that I’d give it a try myself. I think it turned out pretty good and I’ll probably make a second one before too long.

One of my other main problems in the shop currently is heat. I did insulate this summer and have a window A/C unit, but didn’t have any heat. So I picked up one of these today and I can say that it’s toasty warm in the shop now!!

Next up, I wanted to address my sad little bandsaw. I already tuned it up as much as possible, but what I really needed was a fence. Of course it doesn’t have one and since it’s about 20 yrs old, there’s no chance at an aftermarket, if there ever was one made. I found some plans online and below is a pic of the glue up for the fence. It will have a 3/8” all-thread rod running through it with blocks and wingnuts to tighten it down. I’ll post an update when I get it finished.

Also my honing guide came in today, along with my new HF mini-lathe. I need to build a wolverine type sharpening jig for my bench grinder and get everything set up, but I’ll be spinning some wood soon, I hope!

Many more improvements to come!!

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 02:11 AM

Very Cool Wolf thanks for the updates. Sounds like the next tool upgrade might be a planer


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#2 posted 12-10-2011 06:30 AM

i love the heater

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#3 posted 12-10-2011 10:39 AM

Planer is definitely on the list, Bret! I plan to try and work with my hand planes for the moment though. I just don’t have room for another large tool! I’ve also looked at getting one of the 3.5” Electric hand planers. Don’t have any idea if they work well or not, but I could manage one of those. I’d really prefer to work on my hand planing skills though. I also saw that Veritas has some miniature hand planes, that would be the perfect size for our models.

The heater is the $38 cheapo Walmart heater, but it’s working very well! Only need it about 3 months out of the year, so it should do fine. In the summer it can go up on a shelf out of the way.

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 10:52 PM

Nice idea for the Gripper. It looks like it will do the job and a lot cheaper.

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