Tools and Jigs

A Gift

Two things in this post. A gift from a colleague a handheld drill that was destined for the bin. These are really useful for small drill bits. I have found that the newer cordless drills with keyless Chuck can’t manage very small drill bits.

The other thing is this is a test post from an android phone using the WordPress app. The first post to this blog from a phone.

New Triton Workcentre MK7

Hi
I was cruising assorted woodworking videos on youtube and came across a review of of the New Triton work centre MK7.

Besides being surprised to see a new workcentre I was also interested to hear the man from Triton talk about the company. Bearing in mind this  is an English video.He talks about their research and development headquarters being in York. He acknowledges the origins of the company as Australian. He also talked about their sister brand GMC thats a blast from the past.

I have seen a few Triton reviews from the UK and it seems as though they are positioned as a premium brand.

The workcentre seems interesting although they are like other tool brands trying to lock you into their ecosystem. The basic workcentre is little more than a portable table. There are drop on tables one that turns it into a router table and  another making it  saw for cutting flooring or smaller pieces.
The table saw is better than the series 2000 that I have as it has a tiltable blade. However they are still using a variation of the fence similar to the series 2000. I think that is a bit dated.

There was also talk of more tools to come.

Any way judge for yourself have a look at the video

A long absence

Just noticed that I haven’t posted anything here for quite a while, since January 1st. I have been too busy working and doing things in the shed to find time for posting. I have made some benches and a whole lot of drawers to better organise my tools and stuff.

I watch quite a few YouTube channels that feature a variety of woodworkers. Many of theses content creators, love the jargon, spend quite a bit of time on projects for their workshops. I must be guilty of the same except that I never seem to have the time to make a video or even compile the few photos that I take on my mobile phone.

I keep promising myself that I will get around to creating some content. Perhaps I am just too busy to have time to edit and bung the stuff up on YouTube or whatever.

The Bench pictured in this post was created in Sketchup. It been useful creating specfic projects using Sketchup. In the case of the bench it did speed up the build. Mostly because I used the dimensions from the scale model which took some of the guess work and on the fly  calculations out. The internal shelf was modified so this is in fact version 2.0. I then took the time to revise the sketchup model to reflect the changes.

Sketchup for Woodwork

I have been skirting around sketchup for a long time and could never get my head around it. I looked at lots of online tutorials even bought an ebook on the subject. I thought it too hard but lots of people are using it so what to do?

I follow lots of woodworking channels on YouTube and there many mentions of  Jay from http://jayscustomcreations.com/ . Sometimes it is not the information in the presentation but rather the way that it’s explained.  Jay focusses on small scale woodworking plans and has some really practical tips for getting to grips with Sketchup. You really need to put aside ideas from other software. Jays way of reinforcing keyboard shortcuts was really helpful in my case .

The end result is that I have a really useful plan which is accurate. Being able to space the vertical slats in sketchup saved me tons of time in the build.

So its thanks to Jay and his really useful tutorials on Sketchup.

Lathe Steady in Action

In an earlier post I managed to give an overview of the lathe steady that I built. That post can be found here. I made the lathe steady primarily because I make pepper grinders  as a sort of recreational activity. The lathe steady worked a treat and I estimate that I sawed over $150 making one rather than buying  one of similar size. I had bought the roller blade wheels  on-line quite a while before I got around to making the lathe steady and I got quite a surprise when I started using it. The wheels have lights inside them so I get a light  show when I am turning. You wouldn’t get that in a store bought steady

 

Here is a brief video

 

Making a Lathe Steady

I have been slowly making a  lathe steady. There are lots of examples on YouTube some very fancy and some strange. I opted for a plywood construction as the material is easy to work with. The plywood is 19 mm thick. Using a piece of 6 mm MDF I created a full size template. Resting the MDF on the bed of the lathe and using a pointed live centre on the drive side of the lathe the exact centre of the template was created. This takes some of the guess work out of making a full size template.

Two concentric circles were drawn from this centre creating  a ring  about 40 mm in size.  Two rings were glued together making the lathe steady 38 mm thick.  The lathe steady uses three roller blade wheels which are in contact with the material being turned. The three roller blade wheels are spaced equally around the ring and. They are supported by three stays that have slots allowing adjustment for materials of differing thickness.

The base was further reinforced  by glueing extra pieces of plywood to the base creating a 76 mm wide base. A bolt with metal washer attaches the steady to the lathe.