Maple Trestle Table, Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table. I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could … Continue reading Maple Trestle Table, Session 7 – Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside

Maple Trestle Table, Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors

On the morning of Sunday, April 15th, Morton and I exchanged ideas about trestle tables, spurred on by a recent sketch of a table on which he was working.  That got me yearning to build a trestle table. I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could … Continue reading Maple Trestle Table, Session 6 – Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors

Removing Router Bearings

With proper technique, removing bearings from router bits can be a safe and straight-forward procedure.  Removing shaft-mounted bearingsfrom a bit is easiest - simply loosen a set screw in the locking collar and slide off the collar followed by the bearing.  This is easy because the set screw is perpendicular to the shaft. End-mounted bearings … Continue reading Removing Router Bearings

Router Collets Provide a Firm Grip

A collet is something that most of us take for granted.  Besides knowing that it is sized to hold the bit, what else is there to know?  Recently, I took the time to have a closer look at collets... after I dropped one on the floor... Most routers sold today come with a self-releasing collet. … Continue reading Router Collets Provide a Firm Grip

Folding Hex Key Sets

Most of my machinery require a hex key for certain adjustments. I use these folding hex key sets and secured a belt clip onto the back with a short machine screw. With these, it is easy to keep a whole set together, and the unit is much harder to lose in a pile of sawdust … Continue reading Folding Hex Key Sets