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.
I seem to be focussing heavily on video blogging lately and that’s distracting me from keeping this blog updated. There are lots of little updates and pieces happening most of them time and I find it far easier to either upload a Keek or maybe a photo to Instagram. I’m hoping that some of you have already seen my latest video but I’d like to bring it your attention today in case you haven’t seen it already:
It documents the making of a reversible short rip fence that I made for my Scheppach TKU saw bench. You could make the same thing for your own table saw or even for a bandsaw. It is dead simple to make and does feature the ‘shop-made T-track that I’ve used on other pieces in the past (namely my router tables). It was meant to be a short video but the final edit still surpasses the 10-minute mark (cut from over 40)! I tried putting music in the background of this one and it’s something I’ll try to stick with… But I’ll try to make it a bit quieter next time, as I can’t seem to make my voice any louder! 😛
This weekend, I’m hoping to upload the final instalment of my latest cutting board videos after they were very gratefully received by the client yesterday afternoon. There’s probably another one-hour-plus of footage to sift through so, I’d guess we’re looking at another 15-minute video (45 minutes in all… I should’ve made it a DVD!! :-D). I’ve had a lot of trouble with Windows Movie Maker lately but, fingers crossed, it is stable right now after much downloading and updating of various bits and pieces!
I’m also aware that today is the 1st of June and I’d like to be looking to move out of my mum’s home by Christmas, which will coincide with the dreaded clearout of my workshop… I could have three months left; I could have five. I recently put some sash clamps for sale over on UKWorkshop and there’ll be other little bits to come between now and whenever ‘then’ may be.
Not only did I complete Glue-Up No.3 of my walnut and maple chopping boards last night but, I also spent a little bit of time afterwards (correctly) rewiring the new capacitor I purchased for my 1980s Scheppach TKU.
I awoke this morning to find rain on the ground outside. It looked as though the forecasters were right and, as a consequence, I was concerned that I might not have been able to rip my boards down today. There’s limited space inside my workshop to even use a table saw, let alone to store the Scheppach TKU I’ve had since September. Setting up outside would also allow the (lack of) dust extraction to have the best chance of not leaving my workshop in a mess…
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:
This very morning, I was expecting to be driving in to the city of Bristol in order to collect a pack of 1¼in long coarse-thread pocket hole screws with washer heads, so that I could join some 18mm MDF later on today (I’m planning to make a short rip fence for my saw bench). A quick Google search yesterday afternoon to determine the store location revealed that they ceased trading at the beginning of February!
We’re talking about Pan Tools; a name that’s been synonymous with power tool purchases in this city for several years.
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.