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by Bob Hammond
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning a workbench, any tips?
Replies: 12
Views: 4886

Re: Planning a workbench, any tips?

This is more of a sculptor's stand. It's made from the base of a veterinary operating table. It tilts to 85 degrees and rotates 360 degrees, as well as travels vertically on a long-ram hydraulic jack. Currently, the top is 24x24, but I may change it soon.
by Bob Hammond
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Fretting Templates
Replies: 5
Views: 3749

Re: Fretting Templates

you might look online for fret2find - you can print paper templates for any scale length, string spacing, number of strings, and fanned frets. If you look in the library, you can find this fixture that I made to cut slots when I was 'one-handed'. https://www.ekips.org/tools/guitar/fretfind2d/ https:...
by Bob Hammond
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Planning a workbench, any tips?
Replies: 12
Views: 4886

Re: Planning a workbench, any tips?

I'm very late to this party, but here's one that works for me. I built a bench using a variable height mechanic's table that adjusts from 26 to 42 inches. The tool chest has drawers that are accessible from both sides, with drawer slides made from HDPE cutting boards. The slides are beveled like Fre...
by Bob Hammond
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?
Replies: 23
Views: 6154

Re: Wow! Rulers Are Not the Same! Recommend An Accurate Straight-Edge?

My One Rule to Rule Them All is an 8 foot Starrett layout rule that I bought an estate sale for $20. Every other tape or ruler that comes through the door is comparted to it and marked as accurate or not.
by Bob Hammond
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Searching for a good respirator
Replies: 34
Views: 16115

Re: Searching for a good respirator

I've taken to using my old CPAP machine - the mask is very comfortable for working and the delivery of air at continuous positive pressure prevents entry of dust particles. I've connected the intake port of the machine to a box that I constructed, that has a room-sized HEPA filter, or I can draw air...
by Bob Hammond
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?
Replies: 7
Views: 4201

Re: Left handed block planes? Or hand agnostic?

I was about to joke about finding a left-handed plane in the same store aisle as the left-handed screwdrivers.

My old Stanley 60-1/2 low-angle plane has a lever to secure the blade, with the adjustment screw at the back. This model is produced by several manufacturers.
by Bob Hammond
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: about using an eggbeater drill
Replies: 15
Views: 11798

Re: about using an eggbeater drill

I think I have pretty much always had one like Beate's. It probably got more use before I finally succumbed to buying a battery operated drill/electric screwdriver but it is regularly used nonetheless. I can't really imaging being without one. I would quite like to have a brace (as in brace and bit...
by Bob Hammond
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Glue spreader applicator
Replies: 19
Views: 14950

Re: Glue spreader applicator

A piece of hacksaw blade (tpi-your choice), with a dowel handle, shaped like a T. Spread, swish in water, dry.
by Bob Hammond
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: about using an eggbeater drill
Replies: 15
Views: 11798

Re: about using an eggbeater drill

Gosh, I feel better about posting this now. Here's a link to a video by Mr. Chickadee, who is busting a homestead out of the trees of Kentucky. He uses 18th & 19th century tools, and in this video he demonstrates the technique of using an eggbeater drill, pretty much as I described it above. You mig...
by Bob Hammond
Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: matching the chayotiance of a four-piece top
Replies: 2
Views: 4099

matching the chayotiance of a four-piece top

Hello, In my pile of odds & ends, i found a a very nice piece of spruce that's 5-3/4 wide. I think it could become a good soundboard. As I recall from the Olden Days, that four-piece tops were built up to full width on the lower bout by gluing on the offcuts from the waist as 'wings' at the widest s...
by Bob Hammond
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: how to avoid fumbling the nut
Replies: 2
Views: 3128

Re: how to avoid fumbling the nut

Oh, the Lady Wife saw me taking the pics for this post, and she suggested that I also show you my precision fence that I'm using to cut lock corner joints for tool drawers (left foreground). It's a folding/parallel wedge design with a 1:4 pitch. It translates a 1/32" displacement in the Y direction ...
by Bob Hammond
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: about using an eggbeater drill
Replies: 15
Views: 11798

Re: about using an eggbeater drill

Beate, That looks like drill that was made for timberframing a house or barn, as the Amish do in the USA. It looks like it's meant to be used in the horizontal position with the foot pressed against the torso.

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by Bob Hammond
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: how to avoid fumbling the nut
Replies: 2
Views: 3128

how to avoid fumbling the nut

Hello, Have you ever dropped the arbor nut and flange washer down into your table saw? Well here's a little widget that relieves that frustration. It's a piece of springy wire that engages the dimple in the end of the arbor shaft, and catches/carries the nut & washer as you remove/replace them. (For...
by Bob Hammond
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: about using an eggbeater drill
Replies: 15
Views: 11798

Re: about using an eggbeater drill

Mark says... "a large handled screwdriver with a keyless 3/8" drill chuck" I've got a hefty one, and a fancy one. The hefty one that I made on my lathe, is for chucking up homemade detail chisels that I make from spade bits (they're most often used on the lathe), and a beautifully make orthopedic su...
by Bob Hammond
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: about using an eggbeater drill
Replies: 15
Views: 11798

about using an eggbeater drill

I don't know if anybody here has a hankering to use an eggbeater hand drill, but maybe so. There may be times when a very slow drill speed might be desired. I recently acquired a Millers Falls No. 2A drill (circa 1957) in very good condition, but I found it very clumsy to use at my first attempts. S...
by Bob Hammond
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Taking care of dust in the shop
Replies: 14
Views: 7458

Re: Taking care of dust in the shop

I bought a Dust Stopper, and it's fundamentally a Thien-type separator. The slot for the dust fallout starts with a hole about 2 inches diameter that tapers into the slot that is about 9/16" wide. The baffle for the exhaust port is a small section of a circle, about a 1' arc of the 1-1/4" port. The ...
by Bob Hammond
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: it looked pretty rough
Replies: 3
Views: 4087

Re: it looked pretty rough

maybe he'll play in the lap position with a slide
by Bob Hammond
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: it looked pretty rough
Replies: 3
Views: 4087

it looked pretty rough

it's better than the one he didn't have

https://youtu.be/HF2LJ7JDauU
by Bob Hammond
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Taking care of dust in the shop
Replies: 14
Views: 7458

Re: Taking care of dust in the shop

my shopbuilt wall-mounted system has worked very well indeed with no appreciable collection of dust in the upper grey bucket where the HEPA filter is (see pic, also a construction thread from a few years ago). However, I later built a movable version on a furniture dolly that is a bit too clumsy to ...