How Big is Your Shop?
I know that is kind of a personal question … but the reason I ask may not be what you are thinking. It struck me recently that, when I got started in woodworking, it was really important to have a few good-sized stationary tools to be productive. Table saw, planer, jointer and usually a shaper, just to name a few. (As you know, that was so long ago that Noah was sharing a shop with me.) But these days, smaller benchtop tools have grown in quality and tools like track saws have further reduced that need for stationary tools. And I can do almost anything I did with a shaper on my router table.
So my question is this — have you taken advantage of these types of tools to downsize your shop while still doing high quality work? It is something I am thinking about but could really use your advice.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
UK woodsman Ben Law builds and teaches using traditional timber skills.
Recently I needed to shorten the bushing portion of my 3/4″ O.D. brass router template guide so I could use it with a thin template. Here’s how I accomplished the task without a hacksaw.
Some people may have luck using baby powder to remove adhesive-backed discs on his stationary sander, but I think my method is even easier.
Alkaline batteries and fuel cell enable this nailer to be comparably sized to pneumatic nail guns.
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This reader turned reclaimed Apitong wood into a stylish and functional rolltop desk along with all the accents.