Woodworking Jigs Videos

How to Make a Circular Saw Guide / Track Saw Guide

This circular saw jig has been around for many and the first one I made was over 20 years ago, so it's time for an update, and with a twist, this new version is even better !!  I have not seen the adaption I am going to make so this appears to be a new version of an older tried and true circular saw jig. My biggest complaint with the original jig was I never seemed to have enough support on the start of a cut and sometimes my cuts were not a crisp as I would have liked them to be. But now I have a solution for that.

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/d81qIn-oT2o

Track saws have become somewhat popular in recent years, particularly with finish carpenters who are working on job sites and often working with sheet goods, like plywoods and needing a way to make accurate cuts on them. Track saws are easy to move around and generally do a good job, but like always there are alternatives and this circular saw jig with the improved start position is a great alternative for only a few dollars.

Upgrading the Table Saw Outfeed Table with a Quick Release

I am so happy with this Table Saw Outfeed Table, it was a major upgrade to my saw and allows me to quickly flip up the outfeed table when I need it and drop it down when not in use to give me more room in my shop. The only thing that is a bit of an inconvenience is having to feel around underneath the outfeed table to find the releases every time I want to drop it down ... so, time to make a quick release mechanism.

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/BwhzXUlvQoU

The nice thing that I liked about these brackets was that the release is at the very tip of the arm, which in this case is also going to make it a bit easier to add the quick release mechanism.

How to Build an Innovative Folding Outfeed Table for The Table Saw

Most table saws have very short built-in outfeed tables which is why roller stands and flip stands have become so popular, but they have their own problems. The ideal outfeed table is an actual table that is either attached or very close to the outfeed of the table saw so that longer boards will simply slide out onto the outfeed table and make for a safer, and better cutting situation. 

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/K1wys-PPbRw

The floor in my workshop is quite uneven and I move my table saw around a lot, so having a table with legs attached would not work. I know that if I had a flip out table that attached to my saw that had legs, either the legs will get in the way of my camera dolly, or tripod or ... more likely than anything, I will accidentally kick the leg with my foot on the way by and break, or bend it. The other alternative I have seen is a stabilizing leg that is attached to the underside of the table saw and has some pins that you can insert and the whole thing slides up and down on a sliding dovetail leg. Not a bad idea, but I don't want to have to get on my knees every time I want to set up an outfeed table and I just know, where I live, the sliding dovetails will swell in the winter and bind on me ... neither of these appealed to me.

Making Wooden Balls / Spheres On the Lathe With a Drill

One of the things I like most about woodworking is being able to experiment and try new things, even if others have done them, I still like to see if I can do them and how they are done. Making balls on a lathe has long been one of those experiments I have wanted to do, so I decided to take some time and experiment with what it takes to do this.

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/6mU6osNjfXc

I had an idea in my head as to what I thought this jig would look like, but as I moved along, I could see that my original design, although it would still work, could be made much easier by changing a few things and that's what I did. Instead of making a stand-alone jig, I could see that incorporating it into the bed of the lathe would be much easier and would stronger too.