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Notes from the Workshop: 20101124

It's been a hectic week, with Thanksgiving coming and all, but I was able to sneak into the shop for a few hours Yesterday.

Sanding Hook

While sanding the mahogany blocks, I was holding the sandpaper in place with one hand while rubbing the block against the sand paper with the other hand.  I figured there had to be a better way.  So I built what I'm calling a sanding hook.   I can't believe that I'm the first to come up with this idea, but I haven't run into anything like it so far in my searches across the internet.  So I've been busy the last two days putting together an Instructable on how to build one.  I'll post a link here when I finish it. Read more »

Tools: sanding block

Tags: notes, photography, sanding

Materials: bloodwood

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