For 2017 I wanted to start the year off with a simple easy to build shop project, so I came up with this drill charging station. The best news is, the plan is totally FREE!
Just my way of saying thank you to everyone that has supported the site for the last 5 years.
The station is very basic and can be made out of any material that you have laying around the shop. All components are glued and screwed together making construct quick and easy. The most expensive part will be the multi strip outlet for the battery chargers.
The design has room for five drills or nail guns (whatever you want to hang up. You just have to adjust the size of the drill slots to accommodate your equipment. If you require more or less capacity just adjust the plan to suit your needs.
There is a fair amount of weight when the drills, batteries and chargers are on the charging station so there is a French cleat system used to mount it to the wall.
Download the free plan HERE
Bandsaw Boxes are fun and easy to make
Download the Free PowerPoint presentation below …..
Bandsaw Boxes Made Easy PDF Right Click to download
This was a instructional PowerPoint I made awhile back for the Instructable’s Website. It takes you step by step through the process to make bandsaw boxes. If you have never made them before you will be pleasantly surprised and impressed by finished product and the amount of time it takes to complete. Use just about any type of material and you will have beautiful gifts for your family and friends. Warning: Bandsaw Boxes can become quite addictive 🙂
After researching the proper dimensions for bluebird houses, these were the most consistent I could find.
Basically they are a 5 ½” square, an overall height of 15”. The hole must be 2 1/4” from the top of the front and 1 ½” diameter.
I added an extension block and the aluminum plate to stop squirrels and other predators from enlarging the hole and reaching inside.
I used cedar for the main components and a secondary wood for the mounting plate. The door pivots on a ¼” dowel and is secured with a couple galvanized nails which are left extended for easy removal. The house must be cleaned out after each nesting season. Mount your new birdhouse 4 – 6 feet from ground level and preferably with a tree nearby.
I believe the bluebird is one of the most beautiful birds to observe and if you can attract them you will can enjoy their beauty as well. Happy bird watching!
Right click to download or left click to open: Bluebird House Plan
Shop Made Cam Clamp
Put the squeeze on high priced clamps with these free cam clamp plans. …. Just make your own
You can construct as many clamps as you require in varying lengths and at huge cost savings.
I saw a picture and description of these clamps on Instructable’s that were designed by Mike from Wood Shop Mike. I just redrew them in Sketchup and provided dimensions them in Metric and British units. If you would prefer there are plans and construction details on Mike’s website as well. Just follow this LINK.
I was so impressed with the design I wanted to share it with my fellow woodworkers.
PDF Plan (Right Click the link to Download)
Cam Clamp Plan
Scratch Stock Holder
I realize that making and using a scratch stock to shape a special profile is not new as a matter of fact it’s been around a lot longer than I have (and that’s quite a while) but this week was the first time I have had the need for such a tool.
I’m currently repairing and refurbishing an old six foot dinning table that collapses in on itself to become a 20″ wide side table. The mechanism under the table is a series of short sliding dovetailed rails that fold in on each other allowing you to expand and contract the table. I was very impressed that someone came up with this idea more than 80 years ago.
The table was missing all of the leaves for the extension, which is no problem. However I could not match the profile on the top edge with any of the router bits and molding heads that I have. so I made a profile on a piece of old card stock and then designed a holder for the blade.
If you have any need for a specialty tool you can download the PDF file Scratch Stock IT’S FREE 🙂
There will be a plan available for this cleverly designed dining table in the very near future
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Corner Routing Template (Jig)
A simple jig for flush trimming corners of your project simple swivel the alignment blocks, mark your corner, rough cut the radius, and then flush trim using the jig (template)
PDF HERE Left click to open – Right click to save