The New Tools in the Shop

I’ve spent the last three weeks (since mid-July) avoiding the woodshop both at work and home.  At work, a series of major structural changes has kept me away from the wood – which will turn into a good thing.  Exciting times ahead my friends.

At home, I finished a refurbishing an old office chair.  The project awaits some photography and a blog post.  Otherwise, the last few weeks have been about re-organization some major tool acquisitions.  If you hang out around tools, sooner or later you’ve heard the story behind my new tools: they were my father’s tools. I don’t have use for them.

I do..  So let us see the tools after the jump!

First up, a Craftsman dovetail jig.  This guy came to me a little on the beat up side.  It received a scrubbing and some needed tender loving care.  I’ve replaced most of the metal hardware.  I’ve ordered a tap and die set to re-thread this bar & probably incorporate some new features.  If someone knows a fret-esque saw which cuts metal (or can point me to metal cutting coping saw blades) please let me know! The guide itself is beat up and needs replacement.  I’m debating between designing something special to be laser cut in acrylic or torched from steel.  Decisions, decisions (it will end up to be hand cut from plywood, just wait and see).

I’ve decided to create a specialized base for the appropriate bushing to be attached to my Bosch Colt router.  So far, this is the result.  It will work for thin planks (up to a half-inch). 

A hand miter box.  Fourteen inch saws don’t work (what I have) so I need a longer backsaw….anyone?

It made underground rap in the Eighties as "2 Short 2 Saw"

And the big daddy…a six inch jointer.  Needs a base, needs a refurbishment, needs everything.

My favorite piece by far has been this little guy in the corner:Some new projects should be posted tomorrow, as well as a Community Watch update.  Until next time…

Make it safe & keep the rubber side down.