The Woodshop Shed

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SMALLEST of 3 on a DIME

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SMALLEST of 3 on a DIMELast month a wood turning facebook site had another challenge project to make a miniature version of a larger project that could only be up to 1 1/2 inches high, As you remember I got first place with my Spaceship bowl for the November challenge. I thought I had this one in the bag. A goblet with a lid and a finial, just to be more confident I would make a captive ring on both top and bottom. The practice one was out of a birch scrap to see if I could do it.Then to make a more presentable project I tried several real had woods but was not successful cutting the rings, to brittle. ended up using black walnut and it worked quite well. The next one was smaller than the first, then since I still had some wood left on the blank I tried a real small one. The tool to make the captive ring is made on the end of the tang of a chainsaw file also pictured.The top and bottom where made separate to fit perfectly, and I was proud that I was able to lathe a hollow on the lid.To do this I had to lathe the top backwards, lid, captive rings, and finial lastI was rather proud of my project, had never attempted to do something like this. An enjoyable challenge.But as they say PRIDE GOETH BEFORE FALL. I didn't get any placement. I do know you people will give me thumbs up anyway, this is where I find the real reward.So other than that been restoring a trail motor bike That had been scraped up a number of times, got it going Thursday and road around the yard on the ice and snow. Be ready for the mountain trails this summer.Project now is helping a fiend build a wood lathe,Thanks for looking and Comments appreciated.



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Andy Klein's Twin Turbo Vise Build

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Andy Klein's Twin Turbo Vise BuildHello LJ. I finally got the time to post this amazing vise project. I backed this project on Kickstarter and started building away upon receipt. If you don't know what this is, it is a 2-speed, gear-driven vise. Pulling the handle in the out position makes the vise travel in slow mode (typical vise speed) and pushing the handle in (engaging the inner gears) makes the vise travel in Fast mode. Here are some links below so you can get a better idea:
Introduction to the Vise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr2NDsk62MM&t=222s
Final Design Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7nMmGC7yew&list=PLBtl4Z2Fk7O2TYa3YVEFUWVsZTamg0Jv1&index=5
Here's his site to see what he has to offer: https://www.in-kleind.com/store/Let me know what you think!Alright, let's get to the build.Fresh package. You can smell the steel at this point. (That's the amazing cork rubber on top. This thing grips like no other)
Nicely packaged, although mine was one of the very first packaged that was later changed due to potential damage to the acrylic front.
Acrylic front with protective sheets on it.
At this point I had to buy some appropriately sized lumber for the chops. Went to both Rockler and Woodcraft and was able to buy some nice Padauk and Hard Maple at very reasonable prices (both were on sale so very nice). I wanted to do a 2-tone design and don't regret it one bit.Resawed hard maple. Honestly didn't think my PC bandsaw with a riser block would do this well, but it did and I was very happy with it.
Laying out where I need to cut so the steel plate will fit nicely.
Made the cut on the Padauk and glued it to the maple. (obviously after milling, planing, sanding to size).
Testing the fit of the steel plate, marking out the holes for the tube, and marking the tap and recess holes
Everything drilled, tapped, and recessed. The 2 holes to either side of the center hole are not as deep as it should have been. Andy's original video said 3/4”, but it should be 7/8”. Most of us found out the hard way, but all new builders should be in the clear now.
Endgrain profile look. (It'll look very blended once you see the end result)
Time for some hardware assembly.
Gears assembled. Looking beautiful already.
Used a brass wheel cup to “clean” the steel plate. Pattern looks great.
Put polycrylic on the steel to prevent rust after using the cup wheel.
Initial gear install per Andy's instructions.
My bench is pretty thin at 2-1/2” and made with pine, so I used my old chops (Oak) since it'll take more of a beating that Pine ever will.
Setting up the guide blocks. My slab of oak was off the bench, so this was easy to do.
Using clamps to make sure the blocks were flush.
Oak piece installed with the guide block and the steel plate waiting patiently for the install.
Setting up the screw guide. The hard maple you see here has been planed to make my bench 4” thick in total. My bench is only 2-1/2” thick so I need to increase it to meet the vise requirements. Once again, this helps me lay out the guide block here on top of the bench instead of under.
Guide blocks installed and bench thickness is now 4”. Perfect for the vise.
Time for gears and acrylic install. Looks fantastic.
Just a few of the back of the steel plate
Now, the chops design calls for the acrylic to lay on top of the chops, but I modified it in that I wanted the acrylic recessed. I adjusted the thickness of both the Maple and Padauk to match so the Acrylic will lay flat with the steel plate being completely flat as well with no pressure on either. What you see here is the only setup I had on-hand to rabbet a 1/8” recess. It is a dremel in a Craftsman plunge base using a tiny rabbet bit. I was shocked this worked so well as you will see.
What a mess. PRO TIP: Vacuum Padauk. NEVER try to wipe this off of any surface as it will just bleed in. I've had previous experience with bleed ins and it's not pretty.
Nice looking rabbet considering what I was using.
Mostly cleaned up. Looks great so far.
Awwww yeah. Perfect test fit.
Hardware-complete vise installed to test fit. I didn't take any photos, but I trimmed, planed, sanded, and rounded the edges of chop after this test fit.
Bottom view of the completed hardware install
Taped off the center and the back to put a finish on it. I taped it off because I was unsure how much thickess it would add due to the acrylic being recessed. It was already perfect, so I didn't want any kind of film increasing it (probably over analysed it, but oh well).
Close up of the finish. Love it.
Close up of the finished install.
Vise is now complete. Love this thing.



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Tissue Boxes with Heart Inlay's

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Tissue Boxes  with Heart Inlay'sTwo soft pine tissue boxes with Walnut inlay and Walnut splines. One box is a birthday gift for a friend.I cut a small piece of 1/8” plastic a wee bit wider than the with of the opening at the bottom of the box and press it in to keep the tissue box in place.
Thanks for looking!.



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