Dissatisfied with your current tool rest? Wish you had a longer or shorter one? Help is on the way. With a limited bit of foresight, ingenuity, and money you can make all the tool rests that you will ever need.
Although many power tools now include dust-collection ports, removing debris while boring on a drill press remains a challenge. Here is a simple clamp rig that allows you to position a vacuum hose near the bit, yet easily reposition it when necessary.
This trim may look complex, but its easy to build and install because it is simply Arts-and-Crafts woodwork built up from simple oak boards.
When I recently built a new router table and fence, I thought it time to add a router lift. However, most of the commercial units on the market have at least a couple of draw-backs, not least that most are more expensive than the big router they are to host! While the MastRLift is among the less expensive versions, I nonetheless wondered if there might be an alternative. I decided to build my own cost effective built in router lift.
Resawing is cutting thin pieces of wood from a thick piece of stock. (In effect, ripping on edge.) A quick way to do this is on the table saw. Before you get started though, there are two safety precautions that are a must. First, to reduce the chance of kickback, use a zeroclearance insert with a splitter (see Photo at this site). Second, be sure to use a push block when making a cut.
Keep the mess confined with a handy drawer that pulls out to support patterns and catch overspray.
Recently, I built a project that called for round tenons on the ends of some square stock. At first, I was not quite sure how I would accomplish this. But after a little thought, a simple method came to mind that worked great.
A common way to cover the exposed edges of plywood in a woodworking project is with solid wood edge banding. The problem with this technique, however, is that it always requires some fussing around. To streamline things a bit, I began to take a different approach when applying edgebanding.