One of the great joys of telescope making is grinding your own mirror. Now days it is easier to buy finished mirrors than grinding kits to make them. Still grinding your own mirror is a key skill that makes you a real telescope maker. To do it, you need a mirror grinding stand.
Sometimes what you need is a quick telescope mount that you can make from readily available, inexpensive materials in one weekend. No fancy machined parts. No mail order stuff that takes two weeks to not get there. Just go down to the local home center, buy a few things, scrounge some scrap materials, and build it today.
This heart stand is a great beginner project, minimum tools are required.
A trammel on a hand held router makes is easy to cut perfect circles. To make a trammel, follow through to read more about tfis workshop tip and free woodworking plan.
There are times when you just do not have enough clamps. But do not worry – you do not have to blow your budget on new ones. Here is an easy-to-build clamp that will work great for most projects.
The time had finally come when the frustration of chasing my Workmate around the shop while trying to hand plane a board had built up to the point that I was ready to put all other projects on hold until I finally had myself a decent workbench. I had been intending to build myself a workbench all along, but never seemed to find the time before. Now I had determined to MAKE the time.
One of the first tools a beginning woodworker needs is a good solid workbench with a real woodworking vise. This bench need not be a fancy affair made of expensive woods in some classic style. The first bench must be cheap, easy to make, and solid. The following design meets this need.