The Ryobi BT3000SX is the cutting workhorse in the shop. Other
than Ryobi King Canada is the next best represented manufacturer. We have just
installed a midi lathe suitable for turning spindles and small to medium bowls.
Stay tuned as we add new creations.
||Planes, Hand Tools etc.
A planer does not take the place of a hand plane - unless
you are doing rough work.
The metal planes are pushed and the wooden "Korean Style"
planes are pulled. A pulled plane generally gives more control -- or that's the
theory anyway. The old Stanley Plane (10" smoothing plane) has been repaired
with carved handles from Lee Valley, and the blade has been honed on the "belt
grinder". It can now deliver "whisper thin" shavings. The wooden planes are
nice -- but in the dry winter climate they shrink. The plane mouths had to be
widened recently. the special brass hammer is the "wooden plane adjuster" - it
can be faster to adjust a wooden plane than a mechanical plane once you get
"the hang of it".
The carving tools are Flex-cut - from Chipping Away
www.chippingaway.com and Thompson
Carving www.woodcarve.netfirms.com -- both
are great companies to deal with as other carvers and chip carvers can tell
The file folder is handy. All the workshop manuals are
available in one place for quick reference. And yes -- we really do read
The RYOBI BT3000SX table saw has a sliding miter table and a
built-in router table. The router is not currently mounted. You can see the
home-built miter slot table made of hard maple. We use it for feather boards,
and a mortise and tenon jig built by General.
You can see a
front view of the saw
here showing the miter slot add-on.
There is also an
of the saw taken during the set up of the 45 degree blade tilt.
Further views showing
back view, the
foot and joint
construction etc. -- for those who want to duplicate the out-feed
If you meet a woodworker with a Ryobi BT3000 (BT3K) table
saw -- ask them about the Ryobi Cult and its associated rituals -- I dare you!
Details can be found here at BT3Central.
||King Plunge Router
shown in its Ryobi Table saw mounting bracket. Now I just have to get around to
making a real router table.
There are better routers for bench use but at $110 CDN?
The plunging action can be a little stiff, and adjusting in
the table it can catch when you turn the adjust wheel. However, it is smooth
and relatively quiet.
of the router -- showing just how much abuse the mounting plate can
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The midi lathe from
King Canada is a
new addition. It's been a few years since we added turned elements to our
A second view of the
lathe on its new stand
of the lathe showing the first cylinder turned on the lathe. Turning a cylinder
is harder than it appears -- since we all know what a cylinder looks like, it
is easy to judge.
A fourth view showing the
setup with the grinding station right next to the lathe . This is not the best
as the grinder dust mucks up the table. However space is limited at the
Lathe Drawers: The top drawer is plywood with finger joints
(box joints) and an Oak false front. The remaining Lathe drawers are birch
hardwood, plywood bottom panel and dovetail construction. A
of the drawers showing the lathe with the bed extension providing a 39"
We purchased the lathe from
Home Hardware in
Cookstown Ontario --
another supplier that stocks a wonderful array of tools for the serious
craftsman. Cookstown is worth a visit in its own right as it is full of antique
and curio shops. One example is the
We got a surface sander kit from Nicks
and made a few modifications. The 220 grade paper will polish up flat boards
nicely. You can use it as a jointer if you use 60, 80 and 100 grade paper in
sequence to flatten smooth boards.
Refinishing work is handled with 60 grade paper.
We modified the original design to use a link belt,
repositioned some of the fittings etc. We also made a fence with 45 and 90
Click on images to see a larger version.
This table was made to be sturdy -- since it supports the
lathe. It incorporates half lapped dovetails on the legs, and full dovetails on
the table top support frame. The top support for the legs are simple glued half
-lap joints - as they will mostly be under compression. The angled half lap
supports the leg and counters and twisting motion.
The bottom cross-member is not glued -- but has a mortise
and tenon joint with a peg to tighten the joint. It will shortly (eventually)
be the support for the "drawer box" which will house the tools and parts for
The table is large enough to accommodate the bed extension
for the lathe.
See here for more information
on the table construction.
The Baltic birch for the top was obtained from
Century Mill Lumber.
The belt Sander/grinder is useful for honing and lapping
carving and turning tools as well as honing and lapping plane knives.
The sander was supplied by
Lee Valley Tools. It was manufactured by Viel Tools of L'isle Verte Quebec. The book has some fascinating jigs. They do not appear to have a web site. (Phone 418-898-2601.)
The King Industrial band saw with six inch riser block is
used to re-saw wood, produce rounded stool seats etc. The blades supplied are
by Tufftooth as we have gotten consistently
good service from the supplier -- including tips on getting better use out of
That is duct tape on the outlet port. The port is a tad shy
(Note 1) of fitting the Shop Vac hose. Thanks to famed Canadian Handyman
Red Green for the tip.
I am working on a deal with 3M and the Red Green show to get
some advertising kick-back. So don't even think of co-opting the deal.
Note 1: Just to clarify -- A Tad is not to be confused with
any of the precise measurements used in wood working - like smidgen, tick,
"ittsy bittsy teensy bit more", "itty bitty" or "a little mark more (or less)"
or such like -- it more akin to the word "somewhat" or "kinda" when used with
the word shy in the sense of being smaller.
The Delta 2000 series scroll saw has been used for fretwork
on Jewel Boxes, dovetail joints on shop jigs, dovetails on tools boxes,
adjusting trim etc. Supplied by Welbeck
Sawmills - another supplier that believes in quality service. The web site
does not do justice to the store and the location. This is a "must see"
supplier in a picturesque location -- especially in the fall when the leaves
are in their fall colours -- red, gold and orange. The saw mill beside the
store is worth the trip in itself.
The Planer from King Canada
has been an enormous time saver. The ability to rough cut on the band saw
and smooth on the planer has reduced wood costs tremendously. This is the
consumer planer and you do get a bit of snipe on the end of the boards - but
nothing the drum sander cannot fix in a few minutes.
There is nothing sweeter than the sound of a well tuned hand
plane -- but now they are used in trying to achieve perfection -- not in a
sweaty exercise to "hog off" wood.
A drill press is handy for installing blind pin hinges,
cutting holes for shelf adjustment pegs and any number of other important
It is useful for stirring coffee only on the lowest
setting. Not recommended unless you have to have a morning latté --
All of the links were unsolicited and unpaid -- they simply
reflect our high regard for the service received. That doesn't mean we would
not accept payment -- but we don't write anything we cannot support 100% on
this page. If someone decides to pay me for the kind words -- you will read
about it here.
So far we have yet to meet a "bad" supplier.