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  • Simple DIY shop made items for use in the shop. What have you made? Part II

    This is a continuation of a post thread from a couple of years ago
    https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/discussions/shop-setup-layout-and-design/826693-simple-shop-made-items-for-use-in-the-shop-what-have-you-made/page1
    Loring in Katy, TX USA
    If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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  • #2
    Simple odd angle miter clamps for non-90-degree miter glue-ups

    I decided to try and make these.
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    Usage:

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    As long as the line of force goes through the joint square with the faces then it won't slip and slide. The red line here shows the line of force between my quick grip jaws.
    With this you can glue-up acute or obtuse angles and not have to worry about the jaws slipping off. I glued a strip of sandpaper on the bottom to help clamp it securely to the arms. And F-clamps can apply more pressure than quick grips.

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    Here used for a 120 degree obtuse angle
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    I used 1x2 and some 1" dowels. The fun part was figuring how to cut a circular bottom groove for the dowel to be able to sit firmly.
    I cut a short piece of 1x2 and doubled it over the spot and then used a 1" Forstner to drill from the side. I left 3/8" between the edge and the bottom of the 1x2.
    Forstners don't want to drill with just the edge; it wants something under the center point. With the center of the Forstner supported by the short piece it was easy to drill. Then discard the short piece.

    You can buy these for about $12 or $15 each... to do the same job.
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 08-31-2020, 12:01 PM.
    Loring in Katy, TX USA
    If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
    BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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    • nicer20
      nicer20 commented
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      Wow - these are cool. Just found this post. I had seen some similar clamps but those had angled pieces. What makes these special is having a circular dowel means you can clamp several different angles I believe.

      Nice addition to the ever growing "To Do" list !!

      NG

  • #3
    Vertical angle drilling jig

    This is useful for a drilled vertical member and wanting all the pegs inserted with a small upwards angle for hanging things.

    You would slide the workpiece across your drill press table against a fence. Many drill presses have tilting tables,
    but I keep mine perfectly perpendicular to the drill bit and don't like to mess with the heavy table. and then have to reset it to perfect zero.

    So instead I made a tilting jig.
    I could have made it adjustable for universal work but I made it for 15, a commonly used angle.

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    With its own fence I have worked on some 6-foot boards.

    Example:
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    Loring in Katy, TX USA
    If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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    • #4
      Horizontal angle drilling jig

      Sometimes you need a horizontal row of holes that tilt upwards. This is the opposite direction of the Vertical angle jig posted above.
      This good for like, a horizontal coat hanging rack on the wall where you want to tilt the pegs up 15 degrees to keep the coat from sliding off..

      You cannot tilt the table for this operation at all on my drill press as it only tilts side to side. Turning the work 90 means long pieces run into the column. So you need a different jig.

      I made this one adjustable as you can see by the slotted holes in the back and some screws that can be loosened and move the back
      piece of wood up and down to change the angle. This one is set to about 10 degrees right now.
      It has a fence on the front to keep the holes in a perfect row.

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      Loring in Katy, TX USA
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      • #5
        Retaining Small cut off on miter saw

        This is more of a tip than a jig, unless you call a 5-inch piece of masking tape a jig... Why not?

        When I have a series of small dowels to be used as pegs, I find cutting 2" pegs or so usually go flying after the miter saw (mine a 12" Hitachi) cuts through and they go quite a ways because its small and lightweight. I think the cut ends dips into the slot in the blade clearance plate and catches the saw blade and flies. Especially when the other end is butted against a stop block the small cut off is trapped between the stop block and the blade. It is worse when I try and cut four or five at a time next to each other.

        The solution I have found helps a lot is take a 5-inch piece of masking tape and after placing the dowels against the stop block I tape from the fence across the multiple dowel cut-offs to be and then continue to tape the end of the tape to the table.

        Now when I make the cut the dowels still jump a bit but one end of the tape usually stays stuck with all the dowels attached. Its then a simple deal to peel the cut-offs and bag them and then reuse the tape on the next set of 4 or 5.

        My previous method was to go to a manual miter box and back saw and do one at a time, a rather laborious task.

        Now what I need is to find a nice way to chamfer the ends of those cut off pegs.

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        Last edited by LCHIEN; 09-04-2020, 01:54 PM.
        Loring in Katy, TX USA
        If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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        • #6
          Vertical Keyhole Routing Jig

          This concerns using Keyhole bits as described here: https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...ole-router-bit

          The Keyhole jigs are often used for horizontal slots to mount picture frames etc. where you route the keyhole to one side of center and use a fence to cut the slot across center. THis allows you to exactly level a picture by sliding the hanging screw sideways in the slot until the picture is balanced.

          I wanted to use it the other way... to route two short vertical slots to drop over two properly spaced and leveled screwheads to make a level picture mounting.

          I fussed over this for a few days since its not easy to slide along a fence like the horizontal slot method.

          They have to be perfectly placed in both directions or the picture won't mount level.

          I came up with this jig for my Bosch Colt router (palm router or detail router)

          Here's the jig before and after routing. The hex nut at the top is a stop so I can adjust the length of the slot.
          Two thin rails on the fastened to the bottom of the jig are to aid in alignment; either can be removed for wider pieces.
          The cutout on the bottom is to pass the knob on the Colt router base.

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          Here's the router. Basically you hold it in the jig slot just above the workpiece, start the router, drop it for the
          plunge cut and slide it forward to the stop. Then back it up, turn it off and remove when it stops spinning.

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          Perfectly located keyhole slots.

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          Loring in Katy, TX USA
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          • #7
            Dowel End Chamfer Jig

            I haven't made this yet but I think I will

            https://youtu.be/2Ms0P0bXJnk

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            • #8
              So I got around to making the dowel bevel jig listed above.

              Mine looks like this.
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              It has two slots, one for larger dowels and one for smaller dowels. I lubricated the v-groove slots with Johnsons paste wax (JPW) to make it easy to roll the dowel by hand.
              The little metal stops were the hard part. I started out using the washer alone but its radius ends up too close to the bevel and the dowel then moves as you cut the bevel. So a square stop that blocks the dowel close to the center is needed for a stop. Made the hole in the stop a little oversize to allow some positioning so that's why the washer is still there.

              For size reference that is a 1/2" V-groove router bit I used and the dowel is a 1/2" dowel. Belt sander is 1" x 24". I am pretty sure this would work on the 6" disk sander I have, as well, or even the oscillating spindle sander would work.

              Works pretty well, I can now make perfect, consistent and repeatable bevels on even short pieces of dowel.
              Last edited by LCHIEN; 10-02-2020, 02:12 AM.
              Loring in Katy, TX USA
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              • #9
                Wow, lovely thread that I missed before!

                I will need that odd-angle mitre clamp soon; need to make it asap!
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                • #10
                  Originally posted by radhak View Post
                  Wow, lovely thread that I missed before!

                  I will need that odd-angle mitre clamp soon; need to make it asap!
                  Here's a sketch/instructions of a way to make them 2 at a time. Hope that helps: Odd Angle miter clamp.pdf



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                  • #11
                    Well, not totally simple and not totally finished but my spindle rest for my lathe:

                    I have two DC systems, one in the un-air conditioned side and one inside. The inside one is being re-located and I have all kinds of fittings and lots of 4 inch water/sewer pipe. Unfortunately none of the fittings fit precisely with the 4 inch sewer pipe. So, I am making a spindle rest to support the pipe to turn the ends for precise sizing to the other 4 inch fittings. It is very doable simply because of the thickness of the sewer pipe.

                    ANYWAY, it has been fun and enjoyable making the support. I will use if for more than just the pipe sizing for fittings. Looking forward to making some larger bowls and vases and using the support for neck support on some vases.

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                    Hank Lee

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                    • #12
                      That's quite a labor of love, hank.
                      And those darn PVC shavings - the static makes them cling to everything!
                      Loring in Katy, TX USA
                      If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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                      • #13
                        I got it built, works . . . so so! Two mistakes on it even though it is built fairy well and precise.

                        First - My Grizzly is the G0462 which is VS with the Reeves drive and that means it only goes down to 600 RPM. I put the 4 inch pipe (1/4 in thick walls about 42 inches long in it and the weight was substantial. With the slowest speed being 600 rpm, it had some vibration. Too much. I may can adjust it out with some playing with the location of the support on the bed.

                        The second problems was that I located the three roller and arms equi-distant/angles. I have noticed that some designs locate the bottom two rollers closer together rather than being equidistant. I think the purpose of the bottom two closer together - is to support the weight better and then the top is to keep the object on the two bottom ones. I learned that the hard way. After trying mine 3 different times, It dawned on me the purpose. The main thing is to support the weight in line with the center point. The top roller just keeps the object steady on the bottom two weight supporting rollers. - at least that is what I am thinking at this time; might change it later.

                        I will get used to it, but it is fairly delicate adjusting the arms and rollers for precise support. I need to re-think that part and add something to allow micro adjustments.

                        I am going to tweak it a little and see what happens. It does look nice like some I see on different sites!
                        Last edited by leehljp; 10-03-2020, 10:54 PM.
                        Hank Lee

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                        • #14
                          Hank Lee, I would think the hard thing on a support like that is getting it concentric with the lathe axis. Otherwise you will be dealing with a big wobble.

                          Maybe the way is to set the bottom two rollers closer as you suggest. Make the lathe bed dead level. And then load the item and before tightening the lathe chuck make the item dead level using the two bottom rollers. Then tighten the chuck and the third roller.

                          Note: putting the bottom rollers closer together (angular-wise) looks to be easy but will decrease the minimum diameter objects you can support. Maybe you should put multiple sets of mounting holes to be able to vary the angle between them. Say every ten degrees.
                          Now they are 120 degrees apart; mountings for 100, 80, 60 degrees.

                          Last edited by LCHIEN; 10-04-2020, 05:46 PM.
                          Loring in Katy, TX USA
                          If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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                          • #15
                            Different mounting holes - Thought of it and probably will down the road. But I figured out my problem for now - I have a free spinning tail stock chuck adapter somewhere. If I put a chuck on the tail stock, I can support the tail end and then use the steady rest to get the wobble out.

                            BTW, I am working on a micro adjuster for each spoke. That should help considerably.

                            I should be making a very small steady rest for bowl finials. I might do that down the road also
                            Hank Lee

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