Living in a home that’s still holding on to more than an average share of hand tools, it’s hard to resist that urge to pick them up and to make something. This one will feature as a YouTube video at some point but I’d like to share some photos with you now.
You may remember that I purchased a portable TecTake washer/dryer back in March and one of my goals since has been to make this compact unit fully portable. So, what I’ve gone and done is I’ve mounted it on wheels!
This is going to be one of those ‘informative’ kind of posts… I was actually intending to write about something else I made and added to the workshop recently but I appear to be missing some of the in-progress photos of that and, if I did take them then, they must still be on the SD card which is sat out in the workshop right now!
So, this evening’s post concerns some minor modifications I’ve made to the ‘mobility’ of both my table saw’s mobile base and the router table I made back in August.
If you’re a subscriber to my YouTube channel then you may already be aware that I uploaded a brand-new video yesterday morning, featuring the mobile base I made for my site saw (Scheppach TKU) a few weeks ago.
I actually filmed all of this about four weeks ago but I’ve spent a lot of time since simply pondering over whether or not certain scenes are ‘good enough’; is my speech clear enough; would it be better for me to wait until I’ve tinkered with it a bit more before uploading the final edit…
In the end, I decided that it does display all that I need it to and I hope that you agree. Also, it had been several weeks since I last uploaded a new video and so, I really needed to get ‘something’ out there.
If you’d like to see the original video that inspired this design (and hence, why mine isn’t a ‘how-to‘ as such), then please follow the link below:
At work today, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I haven’t done a video for over one month now; how much I want to make the most of what time I have left in my workshop; how I need to crack on and finish the mobile base I started for my table saw, weeks ago… All whilst banging nail after nail in to small sheets of wavy birch plywood!
So, I was home by 17.00 and, after briefly stopping in the bathroom, I grabbed my camera and headed straight out to the workshop! Evenings have been almost mild this week (even though forecasters are now forewarning the threat of snow to follow this weekend – just when we were opening our arms to welcome the spring!). In two hours, I managed to get the following filmed and also, I made some good progress on the mobile base, which I’ll share with you another time.
This is something that I originally intended to film and publish about a month ago during Get Woodworking Week… I also have a ‘Valentine’s Gift’ idea that I’d like to film at some point but, it looks like I’m going to sail straight past Mother’s Day with that one as well! This video’s all about cutting a tee-halving joint, which is a traditional form of lap-joint, between two pieces at 90°.
I hope you enjoy the video. I’m incredibly nervous and fast-talking infront of the camera but I welcome all and any comments people may have. It takes a good hour for me to upload a video of this length and I do now try to keep them brief… That also means compromising a little on the finished quality but then, I’m only using Windows Movie Maker, which is a free program.
If I was to use something paid-for (like Camtasia), would I able to experience faster upload speeds?
Ideally, I’d like to have one short video to upload once each week. In fact, from the video I’m sharing with you this evening, I could easily have cut a section from the end and published that under its own heading.
Unfortunately, neither the title or subject of this post bear any relevance to my aim of ‘taking a break‘ from woodworking in 2013.
I mentioned the other day that I was also starting to work on a mobile base for my table saw (site saw). I had one idea in mind but, after more browsing of videos on YouTube I’ve come across my new favourite, before I do any more:
This one uses more wood (which I have plenty of) and less of the ply (which I don’t really have). I also like how it’s a simple foot-pedal operation, similar to the metal bases I’ve purchased in the past. One foot, one movement and one operation. No need to work with any metal (yuck) or to have to worry about activating it from each side.
I should be able to use my existing 2x2in frame. At worst, I might have to beef it up in two areas. I could add a plywood ‘pedal’ to the top of the timber and maybe cut a notch the the spring-piece, instead of a stopped groove. I’ll probably use 3in castors over 2in as they seem to roll better across uneven floors.
My weekend is otherwise vacant so, I should be able to find some time to work on this some more, as long as it’s not really cold. I was hoping do a bit of walking this weekend but, here in the south-west, there are still many ponds, lakes and rivers where there was only grass and mud before! It cannot drain away so, I don’t know where else or when it might go.
If I’m going to have to clear out my workshop at some point this year then, I’m going to need to ensure that all of my machines can be moved easily, even if they only end up going in to the back of someone else’s car or van. Most of my machinery is already catered for in that respect. My mortiser will need looking at (that’s got to be close to 200kg in weight) but first, I’m turning my attention to the Scheppach TKU Site Saw I was given a few months ago.
As soon as we slid (and scraped) it inside the door, I wanted to come up with a design for a mobile base that would allow me to easily lock it in position for cutting. I struggled on my own and so, have procrastinated until now. It’s thanks to a YouTube video (which you can watch below) that I’ve found my inspiration for this one.
When I made that mobile planer base, I forgot to give thanks to one person in particular who e-mailed me a few months ago. It was a man called Bob (father of John), who wanted to share a link at Guy Lautard’s website, which featured an inspiring design for a mobile base or ‘dolly’ with recessed castors. If I had a sheet of ply to hand at the time, I may well have copied this one down to a tee!
It may be Sunday night but, there’s reason to be cheerful as I have a second blog post for you and a brand-new video to share with it! 😀 I feel like I’m on something of a high at the moment… Haven’t felt like this in a while so, excuse me if I sound more upbeat than I have done in previous weeks or months.
If you’re interested in building your own mobile machine base from wood, using plenty of glue, screws and coach bolts then, this may well be of interest to you. I didn’t fancy spending £40 on another metal job with only two rotating castors and adjustable feet that constantly need levelling on an uneven floor and, I must say, I’m quite pleased with what I’ve made this weekend.
I apologise for the lack of ‘voice’ towards the end – one day, I’ll buy a microphone and a better video camera to go with it!
It’s only a shame I don’t take any photos on the rare occasion now that I do produce a video. I’ve been thinking about buying a large SD card for too long… All those minutes stood infront of the camera and reshooting scenes leaves no room for finished snaps or progress shots. A spare battery wouldn’t go amiss either!
All comments and thoughts are appreciated, as always.