The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Wine Barrel Old Glory

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Wine Barrel Old GloryLove making these wine barrel flags. Each one has it's own look and comes to life after clear coating.



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4-Axis Wera Style Screwdriver

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4-Axis Wera Style Screwdriver After experimenting with several shapes for screwdriver handles, I finally settled on one that resembles the Wera screwdrivers. This was pretty easy to do by simply marking the proportions with a piece of tape on the tool rest where the lobes needed to be. I made one for a gift to a friend last year (2nd picture, massaranduba) but I decided I wanted to try making one that was not perfectly round to get an even better grip. I decided to try to use the same shape on a 4-axis turning—1 centered and 3 offset (5th picture). I tried to do this free hand with the tape markers on the tool rest but getting the depth uniform on all 3 sides was tough. After several failed attempts it hit me that I needed a template so I had a buddy help me weld a flat bar to a a round post for a custom tool rest and I made a template that I can screw down to it. I clamped a dowel to a carbide tool to follow the template (4th picture) and got what I think is a very comfortable shape. The first picture is the result. The template makes it really quick to get a consistent shape, not only on each axis but it should make it easier to get the same shape on multiple screwdrivers. It was made from Bradford pear using a multi-bit kit from Woodcraft and finished with Tried and True varnish oil which is my go-to finish for handles and tools. I made this one as a bonus item for the 2019 Spring Surprise Swap.



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4 Hollow Forms

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4 Hollow FormsA set of 4 hollow forms turned from Radermachera wood range from 180 mm high down to 100 mm high with Mahogany lids.
Also a few photos of my branding iron for signing off my work.Comments welcome



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Shop Made Sliding Table for Tablesaw

It's kind of rough around the edges, and I'm still tweaking it, but here's my version of a sliding table for my table saw.

It gives me about 31" before the blade.

There are three 28" full-extension drawer slides (mounted flat), that control the range of motion before the blade. They're mounted under the top-most level, so as to allow only the top-most level to be pulled back, before the blade. This reduces the weight of the top that slides all the way back.

And there are three 24" full-extension drawer slides (mounted flat), that control the range of motion past the blade. This reserves most of the weight for when sliding beyond the blade (which involves both the top and the second level together), which doesn't usually require the full extension.

Even with the sliding table, I managed to keep the entire table saw setup completely mobile (ignore my claustrophobic shop.)

The beauty of using drawer slides, is that the table has a wide range of forward and backward motion, but the table itself doesn't have to be that long, like other sliding table setups I've seen.

The stacked forward and backward tables can be "locked" in place, because the slides have a built-in locking feature that would have kicked-in when the "drawers" were closed. It's nice because when I move the saw around the shop, the tables don't slide willy-nilly, but they're easily pushed out of their locked positions when needed. They're in their locked positions in the first pic.


It was all based on the sliding table and cross-cut fence I found here.


Here is a video of how the table moves. It was taken with my cell, just to get something out quick, but I'll post some better footage soon.

Here is another (better) video of the table in action while cross-cutting a wide panel.


Any questions at all, or if you want a pic from another angle, by all means, just ask in the comments.


Thanks for visiting.



Update:
There had been an issue with the sliding table top-level sagging a bit when it was pulled all the way back before the blade, so as to accommodate a wide panel for instance. So I came up with the roller assembly you can see in the bottom three pics. I used two shower door roller replacement kits I got at the orange big-box store. It seems to have worked really well. There's a fraction of the sag that was there before. I'm pleased.
































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