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DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #1: How little can I get away with building?

This blog was originally written in November 2011 I’ve just returned to my winter home / shop in Arizona. At home I have all the tools and lots of space but here I have 1/2 a garage and a much smaller budget. That’s no reason not to have all...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #6: Sander in action video

I finally got around to doing a video today for those who wanted to see this little sander up and running. It also covers the often asked question about how you hand feed one of these without catastrophic accidents involving the subject piece...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #5: Test drive, she works a treat!

Well, the velcro kit arrived yesterday afternoon but just as I got it installed a friend showed up and made me go golfing so I didn’t get to try it out until this morning. The results are better than I had hoped. It adjusts quite easily either...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #4: Tuning up

So I went out to the shop this morning, all set to get the sander all tuned up and ready for the velcro kit which should arrive today. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do much tuning up because everything was OK. First I stuck a straight edge on...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #3: Finishing up the build

When I left off yesterday I needed elevators and the skirts for the dust collector. I decided to go with two elevators for the ability to micro adjust for very thin cuts leveling marquetry. If you don’t need that sort of accuracy then a single...

DIY thickness sander for lathe or ShopSmith #2: Structurally complete, down to details

*OK, I’m about *10 hours in now ( maybe 8 productive and two wasted on one bad measurement….don’t ask) and I have the structure built and mounted. Everything fits and it is very stable. The drum spins almost perfectly true and the dust collection...

WoodworkingWeb Interview: David

Thank-you to David for taking the time to do this interview 1. What is your “inspiration story” — where did your interest in woodworking all begin? Well, I’ve always enjoyed putting things together. As a kid, it was building blocks, then...

Picnic Table #5: Legs Cleanup

The previous segment of this blog we ended with two arches. One had a lot of creep and the other not so much. I have never cleaned any arched piece that big. Again it is heavy and curved (: Dry run on the jointer with 2 rollers was not good....

Making the Fence

I saw a parquetry picture on google and wanted to make it. I had small leftover of salvaged Douglas fir from my picnic table I also had some small off cut of Cherry and walnut There are 2 kind of element in that design. If you count the...

Marocan Pattern Build #1: Intro and Stock preparation

I saw a picture of a pattern on google that I though would be fun to make. It looks like a rugby/American football ball in a square centered on the diagonal. I figured that I will need to start with a Square or rectangular lumber and...