Archive for the ‘DIY Shop Tools’ Category

Tilting Drill Press Vise

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

There have been several instances when I needed a tilting drill press vise in the past, but I didn’t have one.  After searching the web for examples I came across a steel version that I really liked, so I used the design as a starting point for mine.

With the exception of the screws and metal threaded rod, mine is made entirely from wood.  I purchased a 1″ tap and die several years ago and I still keep finding uses for it, and this project is another example of its usefulness.  I made the vise in two days, including filming, from scrap lumber that I had on hand.  You can watch the build video here.

If you’d like to build your own I have the plans available for a small fee that might make things a little easier for you.  If I inspired you to make your own without the plans, please consider purchasing the plans anyway as a means of supporting what I do here at GW.

Chisel Bevel Gauge

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Out of sheer laziness and cheapness I decided to make a bevel setting gauge for my chisel honing guide.  In the past I would place the chisel in the honing guide and eyeball the correct placement in the honing guide for my bevel; it was usually hit or miss and would require readjusting.

The bevel angle setting gauge was designed to work with my honing guide and the basic idea was taken from commercial examples.  I will most likely draw pencil lines for my most commonly used bevel angles alongside the ‘chisel stop’.

A 1/4″ channel was created in a piece of hardwood for a ‘chisel stop’ to travel.  The ‘chisel stop’ has a 1/4″ slot with a 1/4″ piece of wood glued in place which will travel in the 1/4″ channel.  A piece of threaded rod was placed through a hole in the ‘chisel stop’ and inserted into a threaded insert in the ‘chisel stop’ (two nuts were used to lock the ‘chisel stop’ onto the threaded rod).  A nut on the opposite side of the channel component (epoxied into a piece of wood for a knob) will lock the setting.

 

Pencil marks next to the ‘chisel stop’ will define my most commonly used bevel angles:

Bandsaw Resaw Fence

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

The fence that came with my bandsaw is total garbage; I’ve never been happy with it. So, as a result, I’ve wanted a nice resaw fence for some time now. I thought about buying one online, but I was concerned that the one I buy might not be compatible with my bandsaw. I didn’t want to have to worry about drilling holes for a new rail system.

So, I made my own. There were a few things that I wanted my resaw fence to have: adjust-ability for drift, zero-flex, and a tall fence. The design I went with hit all of these points.

I searched the internet for inspiration and pulled together bits and pieces from other designs and incorporated them into mine.

Build video coming soon.

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