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Mounting The Router Lift in the New Top

In the last installment, I left off after screwing the two halves of the router table top together. In this installment I'll relieve the edges of the top and finish the corners, add some temporary legs, fix a problem with the router opening, install the hardware to level and secure the plate, and shim the insert plate.

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Tools: Forstner, router table, Surform

Wooden Car

After seeing the wooden toy cars at my son's preschool, I thought that it would be easy to make some wooden cars of my own. The next time I went to Rockler I picked up some basswood carving blocks. I believe it's used for carving because it is an easy wood to work; it is soft and has consistent grain -- almost like a soft plastic or foam. I thought I'd try to use basswood for the toy car for the same reasons. it's easy to machine and forgiving -- it doesn't take much effort to sand out mistakes. Read more »

Tools: drill press, Forstner, hole saw, router table, scroll saw

Tags: round over

Materials: basswood

Creating Wooden Crossover Track

Crossover tracks are the most complicated wooden tracks I have made to date. I started with making a straight-line crossover track where the connecting tracks are just straight lines between the two sets of parallel tracks.

After successfully creating a straight line crossover I set my sights on a curved crossover where the connecting tracks curve gradually away form one set of tracks and then switch directions to curve gradually back into the other set of tracks. Read more »

Tools: air compressor, Colt, pin nailer, router, router table

Tags: toys

Wooden Hinges

I've been experimenting making wooden hinges. I have a few projects I've been thinking about that might use them. One is a drawbridge for my son's wooden track and the other is another decorative box.

On my first attempt I used some 1/2" aspen scraps. I started out modestly with only a single wide finger. Marking the locations of the finger on the two pieces, I clamped them together and used my pull saw to make the vertical cuts. Then I cleaned out the spaces where the fingers would mate with a chisel. Read more »

Tools: hand saw, router table

Tags: box joint, Hinge

Materials: aspen, maple

Wooden Pencil Box

I saw an article on Dan's Shop a week ago about constructing pencil boxes using only hand tools. I thought this would be a cool little project to try next time I was in the shop. While I don't have a plow plane or a rabbeting plane I do have a router bit with a 1/8" straight bit and a router table. Read more »

Tools: router table

Tags: joinery

Materials: red oak

Notes from the Workshop: 20110112

Fixing the Miter Slot on my Router Table

My router table originally came with a crappy little miter gauge that rode in a shallow miter slot.  I wanted to be able to use a decent miter gauge with the table, but that meant deepening the miter slot. Read more »

Tools: router, router table

Tags: miter gauge, miter slot, notes

Miter Gauge Upgrade

Even though I built a miter sled, there are some operation that are easier with a good miter gauge. Plus a miter gauge can be used on more than just your table saw, it can be used on your router table, bandsaw table, and probably others. Read more »

Tools: micro-mill, router table, table saw

Tags: miter gauge, T-slot

Materials: ball plunger

Notes from the Workshop: Dumb-Ass Edition

Maybe the cold has frozen my brain or the stress of the Holidays has made me crack, but I've done some dumb things in the shop this week.

Mold

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I found some mold under a piece of plywood on the shop floor.  What I didn't mention was that I also threw away a drawer that had been sitting on the floor.  It too had developed some mold on the exposed chipboard bottom.  After I a while, I dug it out of the trash because I had thought of a use for it.  So I cleaned it up and hit it with some Concrobium to take care of the mold.  Evidently, Concrobium doesn't work so well on porous surfaces.

A few days latter I went back into my shop and noticed the mold smell again.  I had left the drawer sitting on my workbench for several days, probably still slightly damp.  When I picked it up, I discovered mold had transferred itself to the top of my bench, Ugh!  Well the old bench needed a little resurfacing, so I grabbed my jack plane and hit the bench top with a few passes then went back over it with some sandpaper.  I made sure that I vacuumed up the shavings and the sawdust, lest the mold find somewhere else to grow.  I threw out the stupid drawer.

Flying Debris

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Tools: jig saw, router table, safety glasses

Tags: notes, toys, wooden train

Notes from the Workshop: 20101103

Router Table Fence

When I went to route some channels in the mahogany blocks for my blocks and marbles project, I found that the channel was coming out crooked.  The culprit seemed to be the router fence; it had high spots that the block was hitting.  The high spots were around the locations I drilled through the fence for the adjustment bolts (I built this fence long before I knew what T-slots were).  I'm not sure if moisture got behind the laminate and swelled the MDF, or if the act of tightening the screw down too hard somehow pushed material away from the hole and it bulged the MDF. Read more »

Tools: router table, sanding block

Tags: links, notes, projects, RSS

Materials: bloodwood, mahogany