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PVC Grass Trimmer Wheels Attachment

The last time I did the trimming around my yard, and around the 4,700 shrubs, posts, and planters in it (okay, that's an exaggeration, but you get my point), I ended the day with an aching back and a sore hip, and I swore I wasn't going to lug my trimmer around and use it the same way ever again.

So this is what I came up with. It can be attached to any trimmer in the same way you see here. I hope it saves your back too.

In a few days, I'll post a short video of it in action. By all means, use the comments for any questions.




















The "tee" that's strapped to the trimmer shaft has been cut to only a half-round, and the elbow fitting below it is angled at 45 degrees, not 90. I'm still refining it, but the general concept works well. I didn't even glue the PVC connections together, yet they're still sturdy enough with just a friction fit.

There's a 3/8" threaded rod through the bottom tee and its flat-top end caps. The end caps are drilled with a 3/8" hole in their centers. The 3/8" rod has a washer and nut at each end, which keeps the end caps tight against the tee. PVC spacers, which fit over the end-cap nuts, are next, followed by a washer and then the wheels. And finally, a pair of nylon-insert lock nuts over washers keep the wheels on the rod, Those outermost nyloc nuts aren't tightened too much, so as to let the wheels spin freely.


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Primitive style sunshine

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Primitive style sunshineShadow box style using old window



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Corner Table in Walnut and Curly Maple

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Corner Table in Walnut and Curly MapleThis was for one of the few occasions when I build something for my own house. A new end/corner table was needed to sit at the ends of two couches that are positioned at right angles to each other. I was inspired by the floating top table that Leec posted here a few weeks ago, plus I had a 5/8” thick board of curly maple that had been sitting around for three years. That board was meant for a customer project, but he never seemed to be able to pony up the $100 down payment (a good practice when dealing with unknown clients so I can at least cover cost of materials if they ghost).The dark woods are black walnut, the top is the curly maple, and the cat feet are white maple. The curly maple has a lot of high angle grain, so a combination of a shelix carbide cutter in the planer, a drum sander, and some significant hand sanding afterwards got down to a smooth surface.I chose to use breadboard ends to stabilize the thin top board ends, and used (nearly) hidden 1/8” hard maple dowels to attach the walnut end to the curly maple. I wanted the strength of the maple for the dowels, and also did not want the dowels to show, so walnut dowels were out, and the maple dowels had to be on the maple side of the joint. This meant that the traditional breadboard mortise and tenon positions had to be reversed (tenon on the walnut side) so I could position the dowels on the maple side. The cat feet (last two photos) are attached with internal floating tenons to strengthen the otherwise end-grain glue joint. I could have done the top inlay with a template and hand router, but opted to use the CNC router with a 1/8” bit in a single pass. The 1.25 degree leg tapers are cut on the table saw. Finish is 5 coats of wipe on Minwax satin Tung oil varnish.



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Box #1, Prototype

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Box #1, PrototypeNeeded a box for the last batch of Layout Tools. So I searched my wood stash, found some Oak 1/4”x2-1/2”x48”, that would workout fine. The box size is 13-1/2” x 9” x 2-1/2” high. Oak sides, 1/4” Maple plywood.I chose to make this using finger joints and groves, after laying out the pieces, I milled everything up on the table saw, using a box joint jig with a stacked dado set, and used the same dado set for the groves. A little tweaking on the joints and fitting the panels, and everything was glued up.
Prior to gluing I sanded the panels and the inside faces. After glue up I sanded the excess fingers.Inside the box is a 1/8” grove set 5/8” from the top, so the fence on the table saw was set at 3/4” and the blade set at 1/8” in height. Cut the box open and I have a lip around the top of the lower section and a matching rabet on the bottom of the upper section.
The finish is 3 coats of Danish Oil and 2 coats of Howard's Wax then buffed. And if course carved my Makers Mark.During this build I am finding that I am using the table saw more and more over the chop saw.There is a blog series on this box, and the others that I have started. https://www.lumberjocks.com/EricFai/blog/series/23666Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome.



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