I have a tool habit… and I work with geniuses

6 Apr

Hey friends! I have more on tools today! I bought a little box of goodies from Lee Valley again. I also worked on my dust collection system, and I have a little bit of genius jury rigging to share with you from work.

First up; dust collection! I am a little annoyed to admit that I’ve bought a bunch of dust fittings that for some reason are not made to fit to standard sized vac hoses or the dust ports of my machines. Even the dust separator lid I’d bought had some weird sized fittings. So I finally had it out with all these fittings and cobbled together solutions for ALL of the machines I’d bought them for!

I've been carefully avoiding large chips with my vacuum because they clog the 1 1/4" hose very easily.

I’ve been carefully avoiding large chips with my vacuum because they clog the 1 1/4″ hose very easily.

Well I finally found a solution and cleaned the entire shop.

Well after a near melt down, I came to  a solution and cleaned the entire shop.

So I bought the lid a while back but only got around to modifying it recently. The fittings were stepped and I had to cut off the smaller steps to get my hoses to fit.

I bought this dust separator lid a while back and have finally got it hooked up. The fittings were stepped and I had to cut off the smaller steps to get my hoses to fit. I used my  bandsaw to slice the steps off, then followed up on the edge sander. Now everything fits!

It's hard to make out but there are all kinds of debris in here that easily would have clogged my vac hose! Now I have to come up with a solution to keep the bucket from tipping over every other second. I'm thinking of making a rolling base that will hold my shop vac and the separator.

It’s hard to make out but there are all kinds of debris in here that easily would have clogged my vac hose! Now I have to come up with a solution to keep the bucket from tipping over every other second. I’m thinking of making a rolling base that will hold my shop vac and the separator.

And here’s a bit on what I bought from Lee Valley:

I finally bought a set of guide bushings for my router, and an inlay kit while I was at it.

I finally bought a set of guide bushings for my router, and an inlay kit while I was at it.

I was rather disappointed with the small size of this package, but at least it will give me a start on practicing my marquetry. And I have the lamp shade in line as my next project.

I was rather disappointed with the small size of these veneer sheets, but at least it will give me a start on practicing my marquetry. And I have a lamp shade project in mind for this that I’ll start on soon!

Can't say I'll buy these scraps again though.

Can’t say I’ll buy these scraps again though.

Okay so ever since I saw a video of Frank Klausz cutting a mortise with one of these I knew I would need to try it myself.

Okay so ever since I saw a video of Frank Klausz cutting a mortise with one of these I knew I would need to try it myself.

And finally I was at work yesterday and I was simply dazzled by a jig my co-worker had made. I asked him if I could take photos and he was happy to share his idea. EVERYONE should build one of these!!!!

Check out this edge trimming jig! There is even thought put into deflecting the chips with a piece of plexi-glass

Check out this edge trimming jig! There is even thought put into deflecting the chips with a piece of plexi-glass

Here you can see the router bit, which has a bearing and is lined up just a hair below the surface of the mdf fence.

Here you can see the router bit, which has a bearing and is lined up just a hair below the surface of the mdf fence.

From the side you can see that the mdf is relieved from the mdf right where the edging rides up against the router base

From the side you can see that the mdf is relieved with a groove right where the edging rides up against the router base

So if you didn’t already notice the last photo shows it very well, the whole jig is made with the edge guide that comes with your router! Simply screw on a piece of mdf that you’ve made a hole in for the bit, and a groove in that allows the edging to pass freely by the fence, and voila! The perfect edge trimming jig. I couldn’t get enough of his demonstrating  how easy it was to use, he barely had to lift a finger and his edge was knocked down to a hair above the surface.

Woodworkers are a clever pack of friendly creatures.

Advertisements

4 Responses to “I have a tool habit… and I work with geniuses”

  1. ChrisHasFlair April 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Samantha,

    If you like that router jig, you should check out my friend Serge’s blog.

    Chris

  2. The Life Of Jenni April 8, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Every time I am at Lee Valley I spend some time eyeing the veneer packs. I have noticed that they are small. I would love to have some flitches of veneer lying around just in case I need to do a diamond match.
    I have bought the pizza box of veneer before. For my parquetry it works great since I don’t need a lot of the same species. Would you not buy the packs again due to their small size or was the quality also not up to your standards? Thanks for the info.

    • Warped Boards April 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      Thanks for the comment and question! I would say yes, it’s the size in this case. I feel like I should be getting more bang for my buck. I intend to create marquetry for table tops etc with it. But all is not lost, I will use these sheets for the designs and just buy the background/crossbanding veneer sheets separately. BUT I do want to find another source for small scraps like these, because really there must be a better deal.

      • The Life Of Jenni April 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

        I’m lucky enough to get some maple or walnut scraps from my work. It’s just the exotic stuff I need to buy for myself. Sounds like the big box of whatever from lee valley is still the way to go. Thanks for the info.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: