Woodworking Tools Videos

Homemade Drill Press Depth Stop / Depth Gauge

The drill press is one machine in my shop that I cannot do without. I am always amazed how many times I use this machine in a day, but the one thing the bulk of drill presses lack is any kind of a detailed depth gauge ... if anything at all. Like most drill presses, mine has a depth stop which is great for repeatable use in the same wood at the same depth, but when I want one or 2 accurate holes, it is very difficult to do anything quickly.

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Time to make my own ... 

Shop Made Disc Sander / Bench Top DIY Build

When I spotted the 2 electric motors at the garage sale, I passed over them at first. They were covered in dust, paint splatters and cobwebs and I doubted either worked. After a few minutes with no other finds, I was about to leave and asked the lady if the motors worked ... she did not know. I asked if I could plug them in, explaining that they might trip the electrical circuit, whereupon she said no, take them "as is" and gave me a lower price ... I told her that her price was too low, gave her more money and left with the 2 unknown condition motors ... neither of which I expected to work.

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When I got them home and plugged them in, to my delight, they both worked. I was amazed. They were both only one-third horsepower, which I thought would be a bit low for making a disc sander, but if I made the disc size smaller, it might work ... so I went ahead with the plan.

Upgrades to My Ridgid Oscillating Belt and Spindle Sander

One of the handiest tools I own is my Ridgid Oscillating Belt and Spindle Sander that was recommended to me by a friend, many years ago and it has given me years of good service, but as I use it I find it has a couple of items that could use some updating, and thanks to a suggestion from Bill in Wichita, I finally go around to making these changes.

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The first update was to that annoying, reverse thread knob on to of the oscillating mechanism that allows you to change and secure spindles and the belts ...

Why I Don't Sharpen My Own Table Saw Blades

There are many things in woodworking that I have experimented with or tried out, some worked and some did not. I always enjoy the challenges of learning new things and maybe even coming up with new processes and ways of working, but there is one thing that I have little interest in spending my time on and that is attempting to sharpen my own table saw or miter saw blades. 

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I purchase good quality saw blades for a reason, and that is to get good quality cuts in wood because when I do this so I don't have to spend my time fixing, repairing, and sanding out imperfections that lesser quality saw blades can create ...