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    Macro Photography

    Posted By on March 14, 2020

    Here’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, take a close up picture of a plane blade before and after sharpening.

    It’s not perfect but the second picture with the microbevel is sharper than it was before.

    Original unsharpened blade
    Sharpened with microbevel
    Close up on microbevel

    Cut bolts quick and safe

    Posted By on April 8, 2019

    I needed to trim many bolts to an odd length. This is how I did it using a scrap of wood, drill and a jig saw.

    A Sawyer’s Saw Bench

    Posted By on May 28, 2018

    Here is a video I made when I build my saw bench. It’s a design my Tom Fidgen or The Unplugged Workshop.

    Shortening tablesaw rails

    Posted By on March 2, 2018

    I bought shorter 32” rails for my tablesaw to replace my current 52” ones for my new smaller shop space.  The generic brand didn’t fit my old fence which wanted the square tubing ¼” wider that was on my original 52” fence setup so the clamp wouldn’t grab.

    I went to a metal supplier and got flat aluminum bar that was 1.5” wide and ¼” thick, drilled/countersunk holes and tapped mating holes in the 32” rail to build it out.

    Works like a charm.

    Cost me $16 to fix the problem

    Review Unboxing – Dewalt Tough System Workshop Racking System DWST08270

    Posted By on March 1, 2018

    This is a short unboxing and review of the DEWALT DWST08260 / DWST08270 Tough System Workshop Racking System.

    Stanley #113 compass plane

    Posted By on April 19, 2017

    This is the best looking Stanley #113 compass plane I’ve seen. This particular one is a type #2 from 1880-1891 and it moves like butter. Nothing stiff or corroded like it was out of the box.  

    Cutlery Insert

    Posted By on July 3, 2016

    This took me longer than I thought but I made this drawer organizer out of walnut to set inside the kitchen drawer.


    Shop made Festool Kapex crown stops

    Posted By on March 18, 2016

    I made my version of the crown stops available as an accessory for my mitre saw.  They were way too expensive so I made my own. 

    I didn’t make them for holding crown moulding, I made them because I wanted to clamp things to the top like stops, left or right clamping (since I had only one clamp), and for holding smaller workpieces where the stock clamp wouldn’t reach. 


    Kapex mitre saw small parts clamp platform

    Posted By on March 18, 2016

    I made an improvement to my mitre saw. The clamp that comes with the saw is too far away from the blade and I sometimes have to cut small parts that won’t reach the clamp.

    There’s no way I’m holding them with my hand so I made a platform that you can clamp on the top of the saw. I put T-tracks on the top so you can slide clamps in at different positions to hold the workpiece down safely.

    The table also doubles as zero-clearance for the blade below and in back by the fence so it improves dust collection even more.


    T-track dimensions compatible with Festool clamps:


    First Bowl

    Posted By on November 10, 2015

    Someone on my street was cutting down a large maple tree so I grabbed a few stumps to try and turn my first bowl on my lathe.

    The wood looked like fungus had started but it makes a weird star pattern that might look interesting or garbage. I rough turned it to let it dry out quicker. In 6 months I’ll finish it.