Author: Derek

Things I've made and what making them taught me

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Upgrading a Delta 50-760 Dust Collector with an Oneida Super Dust Deputy

One of the problems with canister filters is that they work really well, and an air filter’s job is to remove particles from air.  Sounds silly to say it, but after you install a canister filter on a dust collector, you’re going to find yourself having to clean it, especially with a single stage dust …

Laguna LT14 SUV Review

I recently decided to upgrade my band saw from my 1HP General International 14″ steel frame saw to something a little bit more robust.  The old one was a good saw and if I had a bit more space, I would have kept it around and dedicated it to a 1/4″ blade for cutting templates …

Walnut Pedestal Desk

I finished building this desk last weekend.  This project dragged on for a very long time, in part because at times I found it quite difficult to remain motivated to work on it due to various family events and in part because of my day job.  I’m not going to say too much about it …

Pallet Coasters

I saw this idea on Woodworking for Mere Mortals, so thanks Steve, these are great.  He posted a video on how he made his versions from real pallets.  Mine are made from maple off-cuts from making the doors on my recent little shop cabinets. My approach to this was to get a little crazy with …

Little Shop Cabinets

I originally started this project with the intention of building a single small cabinet for my router bits.  Having found some inspiration at Wood Magazine, I sat down with Sketchup and worked out a design. The Wood Magazine plan is free.  I decided I wanted two smaller doors, and I didn’t want to go to …

This is what happens when you forget to clean your filters regularly.

Cleaning my Dust Collector’s Canister Filter

The first sign that there was a problem was that my jointer kept clogging up my pipes.  Chips started ejecting from the cutter head instead of disappearing neatly into the plumbing.  Planing a stack of maple boards for some cabinet doors was becoming an exercise in frustration.  Plane a board, unclog the dust collector.  Plane …

Test Tube Holder

Another project I forgot to post in a timely manner.  I was asked to build this as a gift for a little girl I know, and I simply couldn’t resist the chance to try something different.  This is a super simple little project that can be completed quite quickly from leftovers.  Mine happened to be …

Two More Bowls

Here are two more bowls that I made some time back and forgot to post. The first is made from some leftover white ash that I used in the making of my workbench.  I splurged on some 12/4 white ash for the legs, and the off-cut became this bowl.  The diameter is approximately 10″, and …

Spalted Maple Vase

I turned this vase in August, 2011 and forgot to post it here.  Better late than never I suppose.  Not a whole lot to say about it.  I scraped the insides out with a Stewart System hollowing brace that I got among the huge pile of accessories that were included as part of my second …

Hammer A3-26 Review

This is an amateur woodworker’s detailed review of the Hammer A3-26 Planer-thicknesser.  I usually try to keep my posts much shorter than this, but in purchasing this machine, I wasn’t able to find a lot of commentary or discussion about it online, so I’m hoping the length of this review will be forgivable.  This is …