• 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…

  • Metabo FSX 200 orbital sander

    Early spring tools, edition 2018

    Metabo FSX 200 orbital sander, finally a proper sander in my workshop. It looks good and it’s decently built, it comes with a box. The hook-and-loop feature makes it simple to change the sandpaper. Sanding is fast and easy, the finished surface is ultra-smooth. It uses standard 125 mm discs, I bought a set of 4 grits – 40, 80, 120 and 240. The dust collection works enough for my needs. I’m very happy with this tool. Mac Allister mini hacksaw, very helpful tool, it reaches hard to reach areas. The blades are not expensive, neither the saw. Cheap, easy,…

  • box joint jig router table
    Tools,  Wood

    Box joint jig

    This box joint jig (also called a finger joint jig) is made from reclaimed wood and a strap hinge. This project involved making a carriage and cutting slots in the router table. To be honest I didn’t expect it to be that challenging. First slot is slightly too wide (I’m working on the solution), but the second one is OK. Utility knife and sandpaper were more than helpful. The holes in the hinge were drilled and countersunk. Making the fence wasn’t complicated. Cutting the slot was the first thing to do. Next, cutting the peg and the second slot and…

  • Tools,  Wood

    Table saw push block

    If you want to buy a push block it can be quite expensive. I had some scrap material so I decided to make one myself and save some money. That was the first time I used my hole saw set. No power tools used during sanding. To make sure it is nice in touch I used a round-over router bit. This type of tools has to be built without any metal fasteners. I used 8 mm dowels. Glueing an end-grain wood needs some tricks but it can be done. It looked OK with the dowels sticking out, but eventually I…

  • table saw tray with castors
    Tools,  Upcycling,  Wood

    Table saw tray

    Its purpose is to facilitate putting the saw back in place after use and to move it with ease around the shed. Steel and wood along with 4 castors make the frame. Quick planing first. Cutting to length. Drilling holes in wood and metal. Making sure everything is square. Temporary M8 bolt and socket wrench were used to check if the castors can be easily installed. I totally forgot about this curved edge. The assembly will be held together with 7 bolts, not 8. Looks good even without the castors. Applying wood oil wasn’t necessary  but I couldn’t leave it…

  • table saw bosch pts 10

    X-mas tools, edition 2017

    Katsu 800 W air blower. It helps to clean my tools without any effort. It’s quick and powerful. Blowing speed can by adjusted also the unit can be transformed into a hoover. Table saw Bosch PTS 10. Powerful 1400 W motor with soft-start and quick-stop for a safer job with less vibration. It is equipped with 2 extension bars, to the back and to the right with a parallel guide. A stop block can be attached to the fence. On-board storage for a blade and a spanner. It also features a blade guard and a push stick. It is a…

  • diyed upcycled marking knife
    Tools,  Upcycling

    Marking knife

    It is always a good idea to have one and it is very satisfying to make one! All you need is a knife that is about to end in a bin. And some tools. Cut and prepared for polishing. The knife doesn’t have to be insanely sharp. It’s just a marking knife, single bevel because I’m right-handed. The drill rotates slower than the angle grinder and this is crucial to get a fine polish. Grits from 40 to 3000 were used. It works. Quite nice line is marked and ready for cutting or chiseling.

  • budget thickness sander
    Tools,  Wood

    Budget thickness sander

    Its capacity is 60 x 5 cm (width x height). This should be OK for the most of my future projects, however, there is an easy way to increase these dimensions. Nuts showed in the picture below will be replaced by butterfly wing nuts in the coming days, these were just easier to get at my local store. It’s made from upcycled workbench from LIDL. Original top is replaced by homemade angle grinder table top. Cutting the MDF is producing a lot of dust. Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of wearing a dust mask. The borders can be raised…

  • tactix tape measure

    Summer tools, edition 2017

    Tactix tape measure is a beauty! Dual-sided blade printing for maximum visibility and large magnetized hook. It is perfect for someone who prefers using millimetres rather than inches. It can be extended to approx. 220 cm before it breaks. DIYed table saw. It uses Ryobi EWS1150RS circular saw and homemade mini table. I have 2 blades for this saw: for cross-cutting and rip-cutting. It wouldn’t work without the bar that suspends the saw and helps getting a perfect 90 degree angle. Not exactly happy with this purchase, because setting it up takes so much time and there’s no guarantee that the…