don’t worry… I’m OK!

If you keep up with my post you’d know that I had a past incident where, when cutting  a piece of zebra wood on my table saw, the saw blade released tension in the wood and caused it to clamp down on my saw blade – quite an eye opener when it happened.  Luckily I was attentive enough to notice it…

mortise and tenon #2

I had previously built my tenoning jig for my other table saws fence with scrap plywood (I tend to build a lot of jigs out of left overs) and it worked fairly well. It consisted of nothing more than a few pieces of plywood which slid along my table saws rip fence.

My new tenoning jig is made by the same company that made my table saw (although probably not in the same factory). The new one is a lot more “heavy-duty” and has more adjustability. Like my mortising machine mentioned in mortise and tenon #1, I had previously put it together and then set it aside, waiting on the opportunity to use it.

mortise and tenon #1

I am waiting on beginning my next project so I figured I’d have time to get more familiar with some tools and techniques in the shop before I actually need to use them (and maybe hammer (wink, wink) out a couple small projects I’ve been wanting to do).

chasing decimals

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of table saw crosscut sled designs out there – some simple and some more complex – and although a simpler one would probably be good enough for what I do (my last sled was pretty simple and it worked fine), I decided to over complicate my design [boy is that just like me].

outfeed/assembly table

Working out of a garage, that has to actually be a garage as well, can present a woodworker with certain challenges that someone with a dedicated workshop can not appreciate.

enter the bear

you’ve come a long way baby My dad was probably my biggest inspiration when it comes to getting me started in woodworking.  He’d probably consider himself more of a do-it-yourselfer than a woodworker.  Nevertheless, he has built lots of stuff using what many woodworkers would consider very primitive and, dare I say “cheap” power tools. …