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    Tools you have made for projects

    I posted a few photos in another thread and got an email or two asking for more ideas. I don't have that many but I thought I might start a thread and see what helpful tools others have made. I am encouraging photos rather than a Rube Goldberg description if possible. After all, everybody seems to ask for more photos.

    Enough chatter. Tools:


    light weight horses that can be nested. I have made many of these you can see in the gallery




    Every woodworker needs a box to go out the door for on site jobs.



    Just finished up a hammer handle rebuild. Everybody needs a good hammer and I like the 16oz





    I love these little guys. Make some up for your clamps. If you have bar clamps make them with a slot


    Thinking of getting a class going with these gages. Very handy for dovetail and mortise/tenon work






    fence for cutting veneer from boards that are not straight. very handy
    I love these for marking pins when dovetailing. I am a pins first guy. I don't even fuss with pin positions cause I can see thru the gage.





    small stuff is a breeze with the clear gages.


    This seems like a no brainer but having a few of these make so many jobs at the bench easier.
    Like cutting lamb's tongues and fluting work.





    plumbing fittings to light duty hammer heads. easy to make and they keep you from over doing it. I know the dead blow hammers are nice but I need to hear the ring of the banging with certain tasks like setting a patchbox.




    Everybody has their favorite mallet. You can't get there if you don't make your own at some point. I like small narrow handles for fine work.





    can't reach it maybe?







    put the lid on the jig and slide it along the TS fence with you fingers no where near the blade. the lid for the box on the right. I make around 40 of these each year



    my bench slave locks on the bench top with a dowel


    hold down for dovetailing on the right.

    Well that's few I thought of to maybe stir up some additions. Adios















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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    I love this thread. Seems like I'm always trying to invent the wheel to do something without shelling out a lot of dough for expensive jigs.

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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    Quote Originally Posted by BThompson View Post
    I love this thread. Seems like I'm always trying to invent the wheel to do something without shelling out a lot of dough for expensive jigs.

    good hope you post a tool.















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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    Here's a few for starters. I'll look around the shop tomorrow and see if there is anything else worth posting.

    A couple of sturdy sawhorses I just finished.




    Bandsaw fence for resawing.




    Something to hold a spray gun while pouring finish through a strainer.





    Pair of dovetail chisels I modified and rehandled.





    Adjustable height roller stand. Very sturdy. Does not tip over.




    Cutting gauge.


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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    A few weeks back we fabricated this personnel platform to use with our articulating loader and the backhoe. The platform is about 7' above the forks, which provides us with a comfortable working position 18' above grade with the big loader.



    Here it is in use on the big loader:

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    I thought I was high on the tailgate of my pick-up.

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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    Scott that is a great idea. Wish I had that back in the days of assembling hammer beams on "cobbed platforms" banged together.

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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    I recently put up new crown molding in most of the first floor of my house. I made up the jigs recommended by Ron Paulk in his videos, available on Youtube. There is a simple straight piece the distance you want the crown to come out on the ceiling that you use to set the fence on your miter saw, a fence of the miter saw, a piece with an L shaped cutout you use to push the crown in place as you nail it, and a U shaped piece to hold the crown while coping it. The last one I didn't love but need to try more - some of my copes could have been back cut better. I taped holes in the table of my old 10 inch CMS for the fence so when I needed to set it up again to do a couple little pieces for the top of a cabinet it was very simple to do.

    If you plan crown molding installation, I recommend you review the Youtubes and make the jigs.

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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    Here's a couple some folks may find useful:

    This platen holds the work with dbl-sided tape. I found it safer than just using my hands.
    Stops (not shown) control the length of the cut.
    Here I'm routing a slot in a piece of plexiglass for another jig.
    No need to drill a pilot hole that will be slightly off center anyway.




    This was featured in American Woodworker a few years ago. It's used to cut tenons on a router table.




    This is my version of a router sitter. The coffee can lid allows the sander to spin down easily without trying to walk off the bench.


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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    Jim I watched the videos. I cope and never "just miter" with all the humidity we have here in NC the joints open no matter how much mud you stick in there.

    I grew up in the "upside down and backwards" days and I just don't need or use all the jigs and set ups Paul uses. It works for him.

    Like the old joiner said: some like dovetails first some like pins first. I think this is another case of once you get your head accustomed to one method you just rock and roll.

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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    A pair of my favorites, they've held up well considering they were the base for my workbench for several years.
    My resaw, I have no band saw.
    My turning saw, again no band saw
    My fret saw platform. Yes I own a scroll saw, I just don't have room for it so it's in storage and I may just sale it.
    and there is more, but I'm at lunch and have limited time today,
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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    A 1/8" carbide rod from Enco + turned handle = scraper burnisher.

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    Re: Tools you have made for projects


    For those that use bar clamps and don't like a big clamp rack on the bench, try individual clamp holders. Make them high enough so the crank won't hit the bench.



    Clamp holders for storage.



    Wood bases for chisels that make great specialized rabbet planes (this one has been around before)



    I salvage plywood from obsolete casework but often it has a finish that must be removed before glue-up. I made a mousy little thing out of plastic that holds a cut-off from old jointer blade. Works great.


    scraping off just enough finish for gluing yet retaining the original finish.



    Scraper holder held in the hand. It fits nicely. I tried other profiles and found them very awkward for this purpose.




    Custom ground shaper knives. My son needed about 300 feet of shoe mould for his 1930s house to match existing. While I did use white oak, it still didn't have the charm the original 20+ annular rings per inch oak that the original had. While grind shaper knives isn't a big deal to me, I happened to have this photo so I thought I'd share it. It was a rather easy profile to do.
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    Re: Tools you have made for projects

    This would be my dovetail marker, but I do like the plexiglass ones Dan posted,

    And for my saw sharpening my rake maker

    And of course fleam guides.

    And this is my idea of a saw jointer, it's cheap and it works.
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    Currently doing a project for local "Y." I had to replace my cutting guide, old one had taken a bow. Saw bench had to be repaired, as it had sagged, and cut off sled had to be replaced as it no longer cuts square. Seems that my tools had bowed, sagged, or cut out of square. Kinda like my body. I build my own "MEG" type hole boring jigs, micro adjustable trammel for router, recappable push stick. I got tired of having to cut a new push stick body, when only the shoe wore out. Lastly, I made the first "Top Hat Thien Separator." It can be seen here at NCWW. Search "Another Vote For Phil Thien's Baffle." As soon as "Y" project is over, will finish adding DC to my AC welder. Made RPC for my neighbor several years back.

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