Some guys build the jambs I don't even do that I square them up & shoot 'em.
It's a pre-hung unit from Tauge Lumber, manufacturered by Simpson.
I've made a few barn doors but never a raised panel door.
If you started with some quality lumber and a pair of router bits, I bet it would still be impossible.
Last edited by Gitcha Sum; 05-21-2019 at 07:27 AM.
I'm so disappointed!!
Not really, still some quality work on the rest of the reno.
Doesn't mean That I still don't want to try a door...but I believe I am a ways away both in skills and tools.
I follow a couple guys on IG who I have seen make doors, and I am always blown away.
I've done plenty of carpentry and wood working, and the biggest limiting factor you will always run into is that you ALWAYS want more tools
First it will be, "oh I just need a miter saw", then, well a router will really make this project pop. Then air compressor, nail guns, jigs, clamps, all kinds of sanders, planer, etc, etc. This list can go on FOREVER.
I LOVE doing it, and its not that hard to make some really cool stuff provided you have the right tools, but you WILL end up purchasing thousands of dollars in tools in a short timeframe if you really get into it.
I'm trying to show restraint and have some willpower. But... I love tools.
I'm still a woodworking noob but one thing I've found so far is it's not necessarily cheaper to "build your own" projects as one might think when you factor in cost of materials, tools, and your time. Seems like every new project "requires" a new tool.
I have a long wishlist of tools, but I've kind of set a rule for myself to only get a new tool if 1) a project necessitates it or it would really be useful, and 2) if I'll use it often enough to justify the cost
Hoping someone can help me out. I added chair rail molding up our stairwell and upstairs hallway. I've literally completed everything, paint included, but this piece is still fighting me. I should have stopped about 6" short and brought it back to a flat angle to then make it an easy 90 degree cut on to the hallway wall. Have I messed up beyond fixing?
Looks like a tough cut. Just thinking out loud, I dunno the answer but here's what I'm thinking.
If you took the angle from the top wall corner edge down the slope of stairway molding. Lets say that's 33 degrees (should be close to typical stairway slope). Set the TOP of the molding next to the miter fence, rotate the saw to 33 degrees. Bevel the saw to 45 degrees.
If the angle is right. 90 degree or back bevel the other end for the length.
that would work right?? Might want to find some scrap wood to try it out on. Even a 1x3 or something just checking angles and cuts.
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Look up this guy and his YouTube chanel.
Has some awesome tips on trim stuff
I was able to test out my homemade router table for the first time over Memorial Day weekend.
Tried edge jointing a piece of maple with a rough edge:
Dust extraction works great. This is the surface after two passes, almost completely clean:
Then I experimented cutting some mortises with the router, and connected them with a floating tenon I cut on the table saw:
Just to see if it might work for other projects.
Then I threw in the jig saw and used it to cut a small MDF "case" for my new mini T-Square that showed up in the mail, similar to the one it's big brother came with:
I also finished cutting and assembling pieces to the other part of my floating bathroom vanity build (finally!)
Hope everyone had a great weekend.
^Nice work on the router. Reinforces I need one and a table.
I didn’t want to pay for new cabinets in the laundry room so I decided to replace the doors on my existing ones. Gave the shaker style a shot. I’m not unhappy with them for my first try at anything like this. I used the table saw for all of it. Like I said, I can see the need for the router now.
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I've done a couple projects recently for friends, and even using basic pine, the cost of materials alone is usually more than just buying china made crap from amazon or wayfair. One was a white MCM coffee table, another was a floating wall mounted entertainment center. The only special part is that I painted it in automotive urethane. While I enjoy making the stuff, even though I charge more than double what you could buy something for, including time and materials, its not a great business model, at least without the tools I need.
Another shop project in the works for me. It's not quite finished but far enough along that I can post it I think...
My new Table Saw Cart:
4 flush / inset drawers of varying heights to hold blades, grrriper 3D, zero clearance inserts, blade wrenches, push sticks, dust mask, angle finder, etc etc.
Back is recessed for future jig storage, and made it wider than the saw so the area to the left can hold off cuts or stock to be cut in batch without having to turn around or reach somewhere else.
Saw is mounted on rubber washers to reduce vibrations. Cabinet is edgebanded 1/2" PureBond birch ply from Home Depot, finished with MinWax wipe on poly.
I still need to --
Polyurethane the drawers
Make some pulls
Design and build some internal drawer storage / organizers
Nicholam, that table looks great. Your organization is making my OCD happy. I'm hoping to finish up some house projects, then dive back into garage organization. Where are you getting some of the ideas for what you're building? Any sites, or facebook or just you? ha. some good ideas, either way.
Thanks! It's going to be a long process but I've realized after having a kid that efficiency is more key than ever. So my ultimate goal is to have everything in it's place and reduce setup and clean up time as much as possible. The irony is that achieving that is going to take a lot of valuable time away from "real" projects, but I also enjoy working on the "shop" and hopefully will make it a more enjoyable place to get stuff done in the long run.
As far as ideas, I definitely get inspiration and designs from others. Usually I research, look at a bunch of examples others have done, and then tweak it to fit my needs vs. doing a direct copy of something. I'm on the Garage Journal forums and there are a ton of excellent threads pertaining to garage organization on there, for every type of garage you can think of. This is one of my all time favorites that is VERY OCD, and incorporates wood, metal, and automotive:
I got the router table design from a Rockler blog post / article.
The MFT/Paulk workbench I made is a homemade adaptation of Festool's MFT/3 bench combined with a Ron Paulk bench. Many, many examples of these out there and I'm very happy with it in my small space.
I also watch a bunch of woodworking channels on YouTube that I can share if you're interested. And believe it or not, Pinterest is actually a great resource for images. Like if you search for table saw carts on Pinterest you'll get a million different ideas.
Also, just plain old Google Images.
I'm pretty sure we probably just follow each other around on the internet then cause I am constantly on all of those sites you listed.
I've already built a 4x4 version of the Paulk workbench and I love its versatility. I still need to build a base for it but I am waiting until I have my table saw situation figured out so I can build it at a proper height to be used as an out feed table.
That's cool! My purpose, too, is to make furniture for the house eventually. So far every time I'm thinking about it though I figure there's a more efficient tool or setup to do the project and then just end up building something for the shop instead.
I'm no mechanic or anything, but when I originally started re-vamping my garage I fully intended for it to be a "car space" for the GTI. And now I'm full swing in the other direction and want it to be nothing but a wood shop. Something about woodworking is just addicting to me.
The DeWalt saw does the job. It definitely has some drawbacks, namely:
- lack of power for thick hardwoods
- table surface is not perfectly flat... probably the most disappointing aspect
- miter gauge is garbage, throw it away
- miter channels are not consistent widths (they are wider at beginning and end than in the middle)
- dust collection is just ok
- not a lot of table surface to support workpiece before the blade
Some of these things can be somewhat fixed or accuracy improved with a nice crosscut sled, zero clearance insert, a good thin ripping blade.
- it's compact
- the rack and pinion fence is A++ for a jobsite saw. I like it better than any other brand of jobsite saw and is the primary reason I got the DeWalt.
Despite it's drawbacks, you can actually get some very accurate and clean results with it, and it is one of my favorite tools. So overall if you're tight on space like me, I'd recommend. If you have dedicated space for a full size saw on the other hand and have the extra cash, I'd recommend that instead. If going jobsite I'd get the largest model you can, the 7491rs would be good.
It probably seems like I'm bashing it, but I'm not. Just nit-picking. Simple fact its it's not going to give you the quality of a full size stationary cabinet saw. But many, many people out there using these DeWalts and for me it's perfectly adequate for my skill level.
I did actually plan to make a smaller box as a material support to the left of the saw that could nest underneath if needed:
As far as the right of the saw, the fence has a flip-down support on that side.
For large sheets like 4'x4' or 4'x8' I 100% prefer the track saw, it is fantastic. I think because of the minimal support in front of the blade and short fence, even with a side support it's strongly preferable to break down large sheet goods before using the jobsite saw.
For the holes I used a template I made out of some scrap wood and drilled the holes as precise as I could with my drill press and then just went through and drilled them with a forstner bit and moved the template down the line as I went. I left a portion undrilled as I was intending to put a router plate in there for space maximization but with the garage rearrange I am leaning towards a dedicated router table or a router table in the wing of a table saw depending which saw I end up with.
Last edited by WunTon; 08-13-2019 at 02:14 PM.