• Tools,  Wood

    Corner clamps

    A chipboard scrap was used to build the project. Once I had an idea how they would look like, I moved to the next step – a table saw. Drilling holes with 12 mm bit. I also countersunk them – just for fun. Using a table saw – cutting from both sides. Quick sanding and rounding the corners. 8 pieces make a set of 4 corner clamps, they can be used in different ways.

  • Tools,  Wood

    Large bits router table top

    I already have a router table top, but this one is slightly different. It can be used with large router bits – cutting head of 2 inches in diameter (50 mm). This big cutting head means different router base. Trimmer base was too small for large bits, luckily the plunge base can handle bits of nearly 64 mm in diameter. Cutting the plywood was the first thing to do. Due to the size of the base I also had to trim the workbench. First with the jigsaw, then with the router. That was the first time I used a plunge…

  • Wood

    Polish table makeover

    The original shape looked a little heavy, especially the legs. I also wasn’t happy with the table top mount. These 2 things had to be changed – shape of leg supports and position and thickness of table top supports. Disassembly was easy with the proper tools. Once completed I set my straight line jig and the table saw. I removed the chamfer from the top and then I cut grooves using my router table fence. Driving 8 large screws was quick and easy, then I sanded down the high spots (both wood and metal) using a belt sander. I made…

  • Tools,  Wood

    Tapering and straight line jig

    2 in 1 jig, cutting a straight line and making tapered cuts. It will allow me to get an angle from 0 to 7º. First I had to cut 2 pieces of plywood to the width. I kept its original length of 61 cm. Then I had to cut a bolt head groove. The router bit I was using was too small in diameter so I had to do 2 passes and some freehand routing. I switched for a smaller router bit and cut the grooves for bolt threads. Once the bottom part was cut I moved to the top…

  • Wood

    Sliding lid router bit box

    My router bit collection has expanded, and it was time to build a storage box. I had some plastic, MDF and plywood on hand. I started with the MDF – a 7 mm drill bit drilled holes for 1/4 inch shank router bits. I cut the plywood next. Cutting plastic is messy and smelly, but I love the idea of upcycling things! Adding some details with my belt sander and its front roller. Also, the handle had to be sanded down to the right thickness. The glue up and checking for square. I also tried to use the same wood…

  • Makita RT0700CX4
    Tools,  Wood

    Simple router table-top

    Its size was determined by 2 factors – storing and mounting place. I didn’t have much choice but to cut the plywood board to ~32 cm in width and to keep its original length of 61 cm. It will be mounted in my workbench, and it will be stored on a rack while not in use. The rough shape was cut with a jigsaw and finished with a router. It’s just more perpendicular to the surface this way. That was the 1st “layer”. Quite tight looking from the bottom. The 2nd layer had to be cut for the collar. The…

  • Makita TD0101F impact driver

    Summer tools, edition 2018

    Makita TD0101F impact driver. Yes, it’s corded and very noisy! Sound pressure level is 90 dB. Max fastening torque is 100 Nm. But, what’s most important – it’s ready to go right after unboxing. There is no need to charge it. I really like this feature, I don’t mind a few cables under my feet. What they are is constant, consistent and invincible power. This impact driver can be equipped with a hook, its bumper is fluorescent and it has a working light. It’s well built and it’s working well – Makita, the name speaks for itself. Now – not…

  • Makita RT0700CX4
    Featured,  Tools,  Wood

    Router flattening jig

    It’s made of MDF (scrap) and 3/4″ plywood (purchased). This jig is going to replace my budget thickness sander. The main reason is the dust – I’m hoping to reduce the dust amount significantly. First I cut the MDF to length, then the plywood that I purchased. Dimensions of 1.2 x 0.6 m were a challenge for my table saw. I was going to use my jigsaw to cut the groove, but I realized that this is a tool for savages, so I swapped bases in my router and installed a parallel fence. Slightly more than a half way through…

  • Tools

    Processing station

    Sanding, grinding, cutting and sharpening – one station does it all. Same table different attachments. Graphite 59 G392, 800 Watt belt sander that uses 3″ x 18″ belts (75 x 457 mm) is a perfect choice when it comes to mounting it to a table, both vertical and horizontal position. The sander features DSS system which means that the front flap can be lifted to expose the roller. That was the reason I bought this one. Sharpening knives: a simple tool rest using a vice and a metal bar. All it takes to get a perfect angle is to lower or…

  • Glass,  Upcycling

    Slim flower vase

    Cutting the bottle didn’t take long. Removing the label, that’s something I don’t like. But first things first. Cutting the bottle in the shed and finishing it in the kitchen – using boiling and cold water. I used several discs to smooth it out from the top and the outside. Once that was done I smoothed out the inner edges. I forgot there was some oil in the bottle and the quick job became a slightly bigger one. I used 3 grits of sanding drums: 240, 400 and 600. Once it was properly sanded I polished it with my felt…