Showing posts with label woodwork plans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label woodwork plans. Show all posts

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Finger Joint Machine And Router Table

So here are a couple of nice plans from the 1987 Popular Science Supplement. The first is a finger joint cutting machine. There are many nice plans out there for finger joint cutting jigs. Most use the table saw to do the work with various blades, blade stacks, or dado stacks. Some are more complicated than they have to be and do not have much adjustment to compensate for things like, blades that run less than true.

If you have a bit of floor space and like to use finger joints for lots of joinery, this dedicated little machine might be for you. A 1/2 hp or larger motor, a ball bearing spindle available at most hardware stores, and a good quality 6" dado stack are the main parts needed. The rest can all be easily shop built. There is lots of adjustment, so once you have set up a snug fit, you can quickly start to produce stacks of finger jointed boards. As the author alludes to their are other applications this can be used for.

My feeling is that safety was a consideration in the design, the blade lives below the table, it is raised into the work with a simple foot pedal feed, and returns below the table, when the pedal is released. Additional guarding on the underside would insure nothing wanders near the blade from the underside.



The second project is a uncomplicated router table by R.J De Cristoforo. The table has nice built in storage and guards for the different functions, the top is solid looking. What more do you need? Some plans offer more in eye appeal but function no better for their intended purpose. A characteristic of R J's designs, I find, often omit unnecessary additions that don't contribute to tool function.




Friday, May 18, 2018

A Superior Sawhorse

Everybody needs a couple of good sawhorses, if you do any kind of outdoor work. Here is a very useful design from Mother Earth News's "The Home Hardware Handbook". It is a very useful design for cutting dimension lumber with the portable circular saw. On a conventional sawhorse this is usually a dodgy operation with respect to safety and the accuracy of your cuts. This design addresses both of those concerns.



Of course no one ever builds just one sawhorse, you need two, one to support the long end of the board you are cutting, right. When thinking of this it crossed my mind that nowadays when I build something outside or for framing, I use 2 X 6's as much as I use 2 X 4's especially for exterior framing and anything requiring superior strength. To this end, the second sawhorse should be made 2" wider than the above design so both sizes can be cut with the same degree of safety and accuracy and still have the long outboard end supported.

The design below has had the width measurements adjusted to accept 2 X 6's for safe crosscutting. I was too lazy to make a new drawing, ha ha.




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Log Hauler

So does Hydro run software that monitors the web for when their name is referenced, or was it just a coincidence. An hour and a half after my post yesterday I get a automated call informing me the power would be out for a couple of hours on Thursday, for grid maintenance in my area. As the saying goes " you may be paranoid but that doesn't mean their not trying to get you" I forget what movie that is quoted from, ha ha, lol.

So here's a nice quick plan for a big log hauler. A great toy for the aspiring young big rig driver. Don't forget to glue those logs together, not safe to have those big logs rolling around loose.

Original plan from John Capotosto in 1983 this copy from Popular Science DIY Yearbook 1985.








Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Stands For All Your Tools

Here is an article that I think I uploaded somewhere before, they were poor scans. I found them again in the winter 1954 PM Shop Notes, so I can now control the quality of the upload. Yes you can now read the material lists, ha ha.

These are solid smart looking stands. There is collection of five here and with a few modifications they can be adapted to most machines in your shop. They are solid enough to support both your woodworking or metalworking machinery. The tops are shown as 1 3/4" thick but 1 1/2" thick would be solid enough for most applications and allow you to use regular dimension lumber. If you use splines, as shown in one top, it will make it easier for a more accurate assembly and your glue ups easier. I would say the splines make the tops stronger, but without actual test numbers, I will leave that to the opinion of any potential builder.






Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Versatile And Effective Edge Sander

For the woodworker who prefers hand tools or would rather joint and finish edges without turning the switch on a power tool, this is a very substantial edge sander. Lots of adjustment and very robust. The plan is by Robert F. Bessmer and published in the 1985 Popular Science DIY Yearbook.




A Desk That Never Runs Out Of Paper

For the woodworker with a artistic child or grand child here is a great little project that will get daily use. This neat little desk is ideal for a child's room and even better, it's safe, with all the corners rounded and a large floor stance to prevent toppling. Rolls of paper are easily sourced and provide a constant, stable medium for the young artist. The desk and seat provide lots of storage for supplies.

The design is from "Easy To Make Children's Furniture" by David Stiles, this copy from Popular Science DIY Yearbook 1985.





Friday, May 11, 2018

A Wood Turners Compound

A compound rest for the wood lathe can be very useful. As mentioned before my used Rockwell/Delta came with one but if they are still available, a new one is quite expensive. With a compound you can turn aluminum, brass and other softer metals on the wood lathe and if you can get your speed low enough even mild steel. Very useful for the hobbyist who would rather avoid the high cost of metal turning equipment.

This one looks solid enough to do light metal work. Switching out the hardwood base for easy to work, mild steel or aluminum, would allow for heavier more accurate work. This plan uses the "no castings" idea from J.V. Romig (the author) for the tool slides in this post Machine Tool Slides.

For straight or stepped wood turning the compound is safer and more accurate but has the limited range of action.


Here's something interesting that even MacGyver would be complimented for knowing. I wasn't aware of this method and I haven't done any research on it (I am not aware of any desalination plants based on this process). Nowadays a tight plastic snap lid and the clay pot is all you would need to survive two weeks in a rubber raft on the open ocean, lol.


Relaxing On The Porch Swing

Here is a nice project that can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys quite moments in the fresh air. There are many different projects around for porch swings. I loved this one when I first saw it in Rodale's "New Shelter" magazine back in 1982. I made a mental note when I saw it again reprinted in Popular Science's 1985 Yearbook, where this copy comes from.

Cedar or redwood would look very nice and be most suited for outdoor conditions and in keeping with the light elegant look. Avoid pine or spruce, to weak, fir or the hardwoods suggested would also be nice.  It would look great hanging on any style porch, or if you prefer, on the lawn hanging from the optional stand.







Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Child's Room Bookcase

For the woodworker here is a nice plan for a small bookcase that would be perfect for a child's room. All the material is easy to work pine with a nice colonial look. The perfect size for a child to access his favorite books and small toys. The plan is by John Capotosto and published in the 1985 Popular Science Yearbook.

Furniture in a child's room is always in danger of toppling over if children attempt to climb on them. With a small bookcase this can be avoided by locating a stud in the stud wall behind the bookcase and installing a wood screw from the inside of the bookcase through the backboard at the center near the top and into the stud in the stud wall behind the bookcase. You may have to use a small spacer block between the bookcase and stud wall to compensate for the baseboard thickness. Make sure to size the length of the screw to actually engage the stud in the stud wall for a solid installation. You will have a very small hole in the drywall when the bookcase is removed but a small price to pay for a child's safety.





Monday, May 7, 2018

Accuracy In Drilling And Sanding

So here are a couple of articles, a plan and some jigs, to increase your accuracy with the drill press and belt and disk sander. The first is a nice plan from a pre-1930's PM Shop Notes, for a fine feed attachment for your drill press. The fine feed can't be beat for doing accurate drilling in the drill press. You can also do light milling work on your drill press with this attachment. The problem here is that without a draw bar, few import drill presses have spindles accurate enough to keep your chuck and tooling from dropping out and the spindles often have a sloppy fit and light bearings. Ok for their intended purpose, but even light milling can be a step to far.



The second article is a nice collection of quick jigs for doing accurate repeatable work on the disc and belt sander. The article is by R. J. Cristoforo and if you do woodwork, then you have probably come across some of his many books and articles on the subject. This article was published in the 1984 Popular Science Yearbook.





Sunday, May 6, 2018

ROAR-Here Comes The T-Rex

What child doesn't like a dinosaur toy, especially this well animated T-Rex. This plan was originally published in "How To Make Animated Toys" by David Wakefield. This copy came from a reprint in the 1989 Popular Science DIY Supplement. As far as toys go this is not overly difficult but care must be taken to do a accurate job of sizing and finishing of the moving parts for proper action.







Monday, April 23, 2018

Traditional American Cupboard

Here is a nice plan for another cupboard. This one is an updated design of another traditional piece of furniture that remains popular. The plan follows traditional cupboard lines and features top scroll work and raised panels. The hardware selected is distinctive but not overpowering (Lee Valley in Canada will help you out here, with a nice selection of hardware). The mahogany used in the construction, makes it a stand out piece. The cupboard is designed for relatively basic construction using standard power tools.

This nice plan was first published in "Mechanix Illustrated". This copy from a reprint in "Popular Science Do It Yourself Yearbook 1984"





So I will be absent for a while. Check back in May for more hobby workshop plans, projects, books and information articles and maybe even the occasional smile.
Cheers

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pine Hutch/Cupboard

So for the woodworker here is a nice hutch/cupboard in a well balanced mix of styles. At 4' X 6' it is larger than it looks, a consequence of the clean lines and nicely proportioned design.The material is glued up pine, making it within the reach of most skill levels, but this is a project all skill levels would be proud off.

The project was originally published in "The Woodworker's Journal", this reprint came from the 1989 "Popular Science Do It Yourself Supplement"

As usual these plans are user friendly so click to expand for best view.