A while ago I was eyeing new set of all metal machinist squares for my shop, but they seem so shiny and cold. Then I decided to make wooden squares but after giving it some thought I abandoned the idea. When you take into account the expansion of wood and difference in the expansion rate that comes with the grain direction, then it is easy to see that fully wooden squares are just toys unless they are made of plywood. That is how I came to construct metal squares with hardwood handles that will look beautiful and would be very practical. Besides, we all deserve to have nice tools and not some mass produced items. Click the button below to download the free plans.
This project is built to show how to make material storage shelves using 3/4" wood scraps. Construction with small pieces of wood is perfectly suited for the shelves build from low quality, warped or uneven wood. Click the button below to download the free plans.
Latest version of Chopstick Factory Jig is pictured on the right. My previous experiments with chopstick making did not produce uniform results and it was not fit to make chopsticks from hardwood. The chopsticks produced with this jig are uniform, have polished look and yet have charm of handmade creation. It is easy to use and sometimes even relaxing fun exercise. Over time it became one of my most useful and frequently used tools in the shop.
Sometimes we need to hold pieces perfectly aligned to each other when we build boxes, drawers or furniture. This project provides easy and convenient way of making corner clamps just for that purpose. I came up with this project when started to work on my tablesaw cabinet and drawers. The project is simple and gets you a tool that is both accurate and will last long. Click on button below to download the plans.
This jig is used to cut precise thin strips of wood on a table saw. The size of the strips is set by the jigs incorporated scale that can measure with ± 1/64” precision. This is the second video in series that concludes the first Thin Strip jig build for testing the idea. This jig is using the transversal scale for measurements that make reading easy. That scale was abandoned around the 18th century since everyone switched to vernier scale. The problem with vernier scale is that it is tiny and hard to read. In contrast, the transversal scale can be read very easy, for example, to read 1” measurement we read 4” dial and it is very easy on eyes.
This gadget is best used to square tools, fences and general projects. In our shop we mostly use it to set the table saw blade to 90° and it became invaluable tool. It also can measure several angles. This gadget can self-calibrate without the need for external reference for setting 90° angle. For the measurements we are using micrometer that is available from Amazon. Note that most important dimension in this tool is the distance between micrometer measuring rod and reference screws that should be about 10mm (~3/8”). Reference screws should have semicircular heads for better accuracy and they should be tightened to 8/16” from the tip to wood surface. Note that include Reference table values might not be accurate for your gadget and you need to experiment to determine correct values that apply to your build.