Do Woodworkers Build Jigs?
Issue: Issue 335
Posted Date: 9/24/2013
Woodworker's Journal recently asked our Facebook community, now that kids are back in school across the country, about their woodworking journey of learning. Specifically, we asked "Think back to your 'elementary' shop days: what's the first jig you ever built?" Here's the response we got. - Editor
"A plywood sanding table that converts my Craftsman belt sander into a stationary edge sander. It clamps into my vise and provides a safe and secure way to sand small parts on the edges as well as being able to use the front roller as a spindle sander on inside curves. Made it years ago and never saw a reason to spend the money to buy either a spindle sander or a belt/disc sander yet!" - Ed D.
And ... that's it. Ed is apparently the master jigmaster of Woodworker's Journal readers -- since he is the only one who responded. (C'mon guys, you'd rather talk about sanding??)
If you think that's not necessarily the case, you'd better back up your claim by adding some comments about your jig(s), in the comments here or on our Facebook page. - Editor
Raising a Drill Press Table from WoodCentral
Meanwhile, here's a summary of a discussion among some woodworkers who were talking -- about how to raise a drill press table. - Editor
"My drill press column is a straight tube and the table clamps onto it in typical fashion. There's no rack/pinion height adjuster. Does anyone have a clever table lift for a drill press like mine? The drill press is a heavy-duty old Craftsman." - Tom D
Here's the advice he got for modifications. - Editor
"Scissors jack. Have had one on my old Delta floor model for over 30 yrs." - J. M.
"Many years ago, 1970s I think, several manufacturers made an aftermarket device for just this problem. It consisted of a roller chain suspended from the top of the column with a bolt-on crank attached to the table to raise or lower the table. I had one of these in the time. They worked very well. Unfortunately, I sold mine with the drill press, and I can't seem to locate a current supplier. You might be able to find one of these at a flea market or used equipment shop. Another technique I have used is a cable attached to the table passing over a roller at the top of the column and the other end attached to weights to counterbalance the weight of the table. Also works well, and should be possible to jerry-rig to most drill presses. Hope these suggestions are of some help." - Dale W.
"I built a table height adjuster using a Harbor Freight trailer jack. It has worked fine for me for several years." - Jerry N.
Plus, the ever-popular "give up and use it as an excuse to buy a new tool" suggestion. - Editor
"I retired mine to be permanently set up for mortising and bought one with a crank that makes the table go up and down. Delightful invention. Looking back at the decision, the new machine with its handy table adjustment was well worth buying." - Bill T.
It sounded, however, like the original poster wanted the fun of making his current tool work for himself. - Editor
"There is a machined flat spot at the place where the table meets the collar clamp. Just in front of the facing that rotates the bed. This will be the perfect place to mount an eye screw for the cable to operate the counter weight. There is a nice 'tunnel' going up through the neck of the DP for the cable. A pulley up on top and sash weights down the column. Slick setup. The scissor jack is a good idea, too. I'm going to measure how much travel I can have and check out the salvage yard." - Tom D.