The basic workbench for shaping with a drawknife or spokeshave is the shaving horse. The two traditional shaving horse styles are the Continental schnitzelbank or dumbhead and the English bodgers bench.
A plunge router is great for cutting mortises on the edge of a workpiece. The only trick is getting it centered. Here is a handy auxiliary router base that will center the bit automatically, and it works with workpieces of just about any thickness.
For the longest time, I used a scrap piece of wood for a sanding block. It was simple and did not cost much. But it never worked as well as I would have liked, the sandpaper tended to shift around and tear. Recently, though, I came up with a new sanding block that works really well. Not only is it sized to fit my hand perfectly; it also holds the paper in place using plastic tubing.
I have been using my hand-held router a lot lately. For one project, I had to rout some stopped dadoes. With this kind of cut, an edge guide is almost a necessity. And although most router manufacturers offer an edge guide as an accessory, it is really no trouble at all to build your own. As you can see in the photo, it is just a replacement base made of hardboard with an adjustable hardwood fence.
This tablesaw jig is unusual in that it is pretty easy for any woodworker to make, it allows you to drill two rows of pin holes with one setup, it does not cost very much money and finally – it is FAST!
Bamboo grows fast, is free material for a dome framework. It might be possible to suspend a tent skin or mosquito netting inside, or pull a stretch cloth over the outside and shoot foam. Tools: a pocket knife and string. The following instructions were prepared by R. Buckminster Fuller.
Some people with visual challenges need their computer monitor pulled up very close. While other members of their households need the monitor much farther back. This Slide-Forward Monitor Bridge lets you pull the monitor forward very easily and put it back when you have finished
Sometimes you just need to add a simple keyboard and mouse shelf onto an existing desk. You need something to get the keyboard down into a comfortable position and you need it right now. This is it.
My approach to cutting the slots started out the same as my old technique. After marking out the shape of the slot, I drilled the two end holes on my drill press. A simple fence helped me keep the holes lined up. But from that point on, I did things differently by using this router jig.
Practical information to help you build your own simple treehouse, safely and with the minimum hassle.