Telescope Mirror Grinding Stand

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How to Build a Telescope Mirror Grinding Stand.
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.

Simple Equatorial Telescope Mount

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How to Build a Simple Equatorial Telescope Mount.
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.

Woodworker Workbench by Bob Hamilton

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.