Chester Creek Woodworks - Custom Home Furnishings in Alaska
It is not only necessary, but very satisfying to modify or create your own tools.   Like growing your own tomatoes, or brewing your own beer...

Drill Press Table

A table for the drill press is very helpful in accurate repeat cuts and safe immobilization of the workpiece.

This one has a beefy oak fence with aluminum tracks for stop blocks and hold-downs.

The table surface has tracks to hold the fence at any angle from  zero to ninety degrees.

Runners hug the iron table so the top slides out when you need to access the elevation mechanism.   Note the sacrificial insert!  A real time saver.

Stop blocks and hold-downs.

drilling the 35mm pockets for Blum hinges.

Steam Box

Cheap, easy and light  -- this steam box built of 1 1/2 insulation board is the cat's meow.

Mortise Jig for Floating Tenons

Using an Incra track, I made a  plexiglas foot that fits the slot so I can slide the router side to side cleanly.

The whole table slides forward and back to adjust the mortise location.

An index mark on table and the a mark on stile or rail are lined up and clamped.   Zip - zop she's done!

Panel Sled
Hey, squaring up those frame and panel doors are a b**** aren't they?   Well, make a sled to function like a sliding table saw.  A little care in assembly and you have the perfect solution.

Of course all that sled hanging off the left side of your saw doesn't just magically float there.   Make an adjustable horse, sand fine and wax the crap out of it.

And when you just can't resist that rusty old plane at the thrift store....  Electrolysis !  No, not pulling hairs out of you wife's chin.   Using a battery charger, baking soda and a hunk of stainless steel.

These were all brought to a new, productive life with a little electricity, some black engine enamel, an a little lacquer for the wood.

Router table has adjusting fence (with vacuum attachment), and a track for miter gauge.

1962 Powermatic for $100
non-starting and can't raise blade.  Ugly too!

Fixed her broken nose, did a little surgery, but mostly cleaned all the parts, reassembled, repainted, added a new switch.

Runs like a champ again.

new paint !

Get to work, honey.

Resawing spalted Birch requires a 6in extension for the bandsaw and a little jig to hold the 'log' while sawing off the plank.   The fence is indexed to make 1/2 inch slabs which I then plane or thickness sand to dimension (usually 3/8)

I use a 3 tpi Olson blade for this cutting.   Oh, and wear a mask... fungus filled, half rotten wood probably isn't the best thing to be inhaling ;o)
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