Author: Derek

Things I've made and what making them taught me

JessEm Rout-R-Lift II Review

I bought this router lift in February, and now, having used it for about five months, I’ve formed some opinions I wanted to share as a hobbyist and ordinary user.  This is my first router lift. I’ve long thought them to be a pricey luxury that would not be worth the approximately $300 (plus table, …

Bench Dogs with Teeth

My workbench has 3/4″ round dog holes for surface clamping with my Veritas Twin Screw end vise.  Most of the time, I use short lengths of store-bought hard wood dowel as dogs.  This approach has been a little frustrating because with no spring to hold the dowels at a particular height before clamping pressure is …

Installing a Cast Iron Router Wing in my Ridgid TS3650

General International offers these cast iron router tables that happen to also fit as table saw wings.  Their website doesn’t really have much/any info about it as I write this – it’s linked as an accessory to a router table package.  When I was at the Hamilton Woodworking Show back in January, I saw one …

Upgrading a Delta 50-760 Dust Collector with a Canister Filter

Dust collection seems to get people riled up for some reason.  I haven’t a clue why.  Searching forums and websites about it will reveal dozens of conflicting reports, differing opinions, information and misinformation.  After spending all together too much time wading through all that stuff trying to find the useful ideas, I’ve come to the …

Bench Stand-offs

Lee Valley recently started offering a non-slip pad material in 1″, 2″ and puck-sized self-adhesive discs.  They even sell the pucks.  Well… if you’re on the fence about these, don’t give it a second thought.  What a useful product! I got a package of the 2″ discs and stuck them to some roughly 2″ discs …

Live Edge Hall Table

It’s been a while since I posted a furniture project.  This one is inspired by the work of Geoffrey Warner that was featured on the back corner of Fine Woodworking #222.  I particularly like the motion in his design, and the combination of the natural edge top, the clean lines of the arches and mostly …

Surfacing and Thickness Planing with a Router

Fine Woodworking recently ran an article about surfacing live edge slabs with a router.  I have to admit, that got me thinking about doing a live edge table.  So I got out the router sled that I built to surface my workbench and I decided to snap some pictures of the process. I drove an …

Bent Lamination

A project I’m working on incorporates a 40″ diameter arch as a key design feature.  This being the first bent lamination I’ve tried, I took some pictures I figured I’d share here.  I chose to use epoxy for the lamination because I couldn’t seem to find urea formaldehyde glue anywhere around here, and I figured …

Flip Top Tool Cart

My shop’s small.  Real small.  It’s so small that once, I actually moved a power outlet to reclaim a square foot of wall space to hang something on.  So when it comes to making use of space, I’m really careful to protect my ability to move around.  Everything in my shop is on wheels of …

An Outdoor Table

I was given an old glass table top when I first started making things and it sat in my basement for a few years basically gathering dust until this summer.  Having finally finished my deck railing, I decided I needed an outdoor table.  It’s built from a home centre cedar 4×4 post and 5/4 decking …