Archive for the ‘Woodworking’ Category

Adding a filter to a Harbor Freight dust collector

Monday, November 1st, 2004

Very interesting – WynnEnvironmental is selling a conversion kit for adding a filter to the (cheap but good) Harbor Freight dust collector:


Let’s see: the Jet canister filter dust collector is $470. The Harbor Freight collector is $150 + $120 for the filter kit = $270.

UPDATE 8/26/2005: I just ordered the filter and some flex-hose. They sound like great folks, very nice and helpful.

Drawer Lock Bit

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Single Skill Subject: “Drawer Lock Bit”


I just got one of these bits in a kit from Harbor Freight, but it didn’t come with any instructions. This web site gives a good rundown on using a drawer lock bit.

Study endorses wood as ‘green’ building material

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. %u2013 A new report concludes that wood is one of the most environmentally-sensitive building materials for home construction %u2013 it uses less overall energy than other products, causes fewer air and water impacts and does a better job of the carbon “sequestration” that can help address global warming.

Link (EurekaAlert) thanks to

Tom Plamann’s woodworking

Thursday, August 12th, 2004


Wow, this guy is incredible. The huge curved laminated surfaces are amazing.

How to make a sawboard for cutting plywood to size

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

The sawboard can be made out of just about any kind of 1/4″ or 3/8″ material like plywood, masonite, flake board, or whatever. You might be able to find something laying around the shop for free!


This is the best website I have seen for describing how to make this essential jig.

Harvesting Urban Timber

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

This looks like an interesting book. If I was rich and didn’t need to work perhaps I would travel around Atlanta harvesting urban timber… judging by the street names there must be a lot of peach trees.

Every year in our cities and towns, thousands of trees and the lumber they contain are thrown away in landfills, buried on construction sites, ground up for mulch, or cut for firewood. At the same time, we pay dearly at lumber yards and home centers for many of the hardwoods and softwoods we continue to burn, bury, grind, and throw away. My book, Harvesting Urban Timber – A Complete Guide, encourages woodworkers to make better use of urban timber by saving the best logs for lumber. The book is full of photographs and expert reviewed, computer-generated illustrations to help make clear the more complicated aspects of urban logging and milling.


Jointer Table Adjustment Procedure

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

The tables on these types of jointers are adjusted by means of eccentric
bushings that are located at the four corners of each table. Rotating the bushings
will raise/lower the table at that point. The most important tool required is a good
machined straight edge. The accuracy of the adjustment depends entirely on the
quality of the straight edge and the patience/skill of the adjuster.

Link (PDF)

Making A Recess Template for a Router Table

Friday, June 25th, 2004

In order to cut a recess is your tabletop to hang your router, you must first make a template.

This is the most exacting part about making a router table. When I made my tablesaw router table extension it took me several tries to get the template just right.