chrisphr

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About chrisphr

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  • Birthday 09/16/1972

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    Cornelius, NC
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    Beginner furniture making.

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  1. Looks safe to me. References off the fence moves across bit in right direction. Maybe he could have pivoted the board onto the bit instead of just lowering it, but wouldn't say just lowering it is a safety hazard. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Alrighty, was able to get some quality woodworking time to finally hammer this out. Down to making doors and drawers. Starting with the router access door. Used the new router table for the first time to rabbit the inside of the door frame. But no dust collection... yet. Ok fit. Used standard butt hinges from Lowes and plexiglass for the panel. Really not sure how to estimate how many/big the the necessary air flow holes needed to be, just ran with 3 at 1". Installed a stop and used magnets as the latch. Used mdf for the bit drawers cause that is what I had. To make the drawers quick and easy I squared them up, tacked them together with some brad nails then plowed a domino in from the outside. Flush trim the dominos and I've got four drawers done in about an hour. Ain't pretty by good enough for shop furniture... Installed the drawer slides, now it is time for drawer fronts. Went with red laminate. Added a small chamfer (about the thickness of the laminate) to the fronts and a roughly 1/8th inch chamfer to the back. This second use of the new router table was with the dust collection connected. It worked like a dream. Attached the drawer fronts and calling this project complete! ...and the sexy open drawer pic: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Cool system with the old work boxes, never seen it done that way. I don't recall the need to tighten down a locknut, I just adjusted to height. I'll let you know if the move on me, but I suspect they'll stick where they are at. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Always love seeing pictures from your shop! I had ruled out putting the extension on the left because of the motor shroud, but I see you just extended from the extension... a creative solution that didn't occur to me. Oh well, there is always version 3! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Since it has four legs with the levels, it could be used independently of the table saw. In fact, I thought if I ever get a bigger shop, I'd separate the router cabinet with maybe the only modification of remaking the top bigger. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Nice FX! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Been an intense few weeks at work, but did manage some time in the shop. The top is held in place by gravity with the help of some guide blocks that I champhered the edges to help locate the top easier. Installed these with some glue and brad nails with the cabinet upside down. Trimmed out the plywood edges with cherry scrap and prepared some new laminate MDF, this time in red, for the drawer fronts and on/off switch trim. Used an extra deep old work plastic box which worked but had to modify slightly so the faceplate would install flush. The kreg levelers didn't match up to the fastening holes on the bench dog router plate so jimmy rigged some more mdf to solve the problem, worked remarkably well. Added some finish to the cherry trim and inside of the cabinet. Used the levelers to position the top flush with the table saw and fastened in place with the help of a Vix bit to keep the fastener centered and the top flush. Set the router lift in place to check the fit... like a glove. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Yes, that is the intended design. Right now I am thinking the top will fasten between table saw rails and the cabinet will be fitted to the top from below, micro adjusted using the cabinet levelers, but not actually attached to the top. We'll see how it goes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. When I received my new table saw a bit over a year ago, I just made some quick and dirty modifications to the extension wing to create a serviceable router table. Decided it was time to make some improvements to the top and add some storage and dust collection. This is what I am replacing: I'm probably about 75% through this project here's what I've got going so far: Plywood parts all ready to go for the carcass, most of the joinery is dominos. Glue up: Decided to laminate the sides to a color close to JET off white. This was the first time I've worked with laminate, so that was kind of fun. Although I forgot to include the width of the laminate in my carcass construction so I had to stop it short of the top otherwise the cabinet would no longer fit between the table saw rails. Figured good time as any to attach the levelers. Had the foresight to add access holes for adjustments before assembling the cabinet. Glued in some guides to help funnel dust to the air collection duct. Now some work on the top. A sandwich of 3/4 MDF trimmed with cherry, laminate as the top. Marked out the router plate miter slot and t track. In this picture I set up the template to rout out with a pattern bit. After routing as far as it would go, cut out the waste with a jig saw and finished routing the opening from the other side with a flush trim bit. Will be using Kreg levelers so the router plate hole is flush all the way through. Routed for the t track and miter slot, added a slight champher to the outer edge, rounded the corners and the top is nearly complete. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Following this thread for the video, great looking bowls! Makes me want to learn how to turn. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Craftsman is (now was) a private label so it is hard to say who makes it in a general sense. Whoever manufacturers a particular tool last year may not be manufacturing this year. One of the reasons retailers like private label is for sourcing flexibility. It's possible the euro's are still manufacturing, but typically European manufacturing is considered expensive for many things in the world market. I would put money on Taiwan for hand tools, it is possible to get good quality from there if it is spec'd to be that way and the factory is reliable (tons of audits by the retailer). Although you can also get crap from there too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Well played. [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Ditto on experience with the 5. You won't be disappointed with the 3 either, but glad I chose the 5 as my first. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Welcome to the forum! Pretty unique stuff, great work! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. China has nothing on me. [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk You are right about that! Kids are each getting one (it was obligatory), so there will be at least three that will be happier with the candy than the box. I'll post a pic when they destroy their box, expect it prior to the new year. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I milled up some scrap lumber to just shy of 3/8" to edge my shop plywood counter tops but as the holidays approached, decided to repurpose to make gift boxes. 27 of them. Milled boards with slot for bottom panel. You can see some prototypes I made in the background... Miter cut with all pieces in continuous grain match order. Glue up, used plywood for the bottom mostly to keep this project moving quickly. Packing tape and rubber bands as clamps. Batched them through the spline jig, trying out a couple decorative configurations for the splines (why the heck not?). Time to find some scrap for the tops. Couple lessons here, use a feather board when sending these lids through the router table and sever the grain with a marking gauge to avoid tear out. Two things that I should have known better before chunking up this one lid... Lids in all their glory. 12degree taper along the lid edges. Finished with Danish oil and moved on from learning woodworking skills to an unanticipated lesson in scrap booking skills. There is hard candy inside the box, it will be a pretty awesome let down if the receiver doesn't appreciate the packaging. [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Nice shop, congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk