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Offline Derek

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Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« on: June 10, 2019, 03:56:47 PM »
Going on from Twisted Trees post about tool racks would people like to share either homemade rack and or jigs they have made to aid them when turning.

I will start off with the chisel racks and a router holder, there is a depth collar which is adjustable by the black star knob but not shown in this photo.

Total cast zero as I have loads of offcuts from other projects as it is a hobby cost of labour zero
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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2019, 07:14:31 PM »
Excellent plan, lots of ideas to pinch  :)

Mk 1 tool rack, upper and lower note the hole cut through on the upper rack for the oversize ring gouge which just wouldn't fit! No jigs as yet, but picture one shows my home made lamp boring drill, a drill bit welded to a T of threaded bar (it's what I had!)

And lathe end cabinet with holes to hang 4 chisels in a work area for calipers etc. drawers for chucks live centres etc. and rails for the tailstock to sit on, height is set so that it is below the lathe bed and out of my way. not shown in the photo, but the bowl saver hangs on the back of this unit too.


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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 02:58:57 PM »
As I was in the workshop with my phone I thought I would do an actual picture of this tool. it is a 10mm drill bit welded to a T shape of steel bar, I used 8mm threaded bar as I had it lying around I then simply covered the t with some wooden handles to make it more comfortable to hold. it can bore a 14" hole which covers all my table lamp needs but you can obviously make it to suit your needs.

The difficult bit was lining it all up, for this I drilled an 8mm hole through a piece of wood, then drilled half way with the 10mm before cutting it in half with the bandsaw. clamped the 2 bits of metal into the wood jig and welded them. Obviously it was a single use jig!


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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2019, 06:07:03 PM »
Hi All,

I thought you might like to see my Heath Robinson
saw stop on my table saw sled.

This is the Mk1 version, the Mk2 will be along
between 1 and 20 years!!!

It's fairly self explanatory and it works to either
the left or right of the blade.

It's extremely accurate, believe it or not.....

Next time, I promise, I will NOT be cutting the
slot myself from square aluminium. Although
the table saw went through it like a hot knife and
butter, it is then the devil's job to smooth out
the edges that it leaves hidden underneath.

And here's a bit of advice for anyone thinking
of drilling a hole in the calipers - don't bother,
it is made of God only knows what !!!! I ended
up gluing it with Araldite, in fact, deciding how
to attach the calipers was the most difficult
part.

Hope you are impressed and looking
forward to any comments that want to
come my way !!!

Best wishes - Jim

Offline The Bowler Hatted Turner

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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2019, 09:13:01 PM »
Jim I daresay the saw blade wobbles enough to make the verniers less accurate than you think.

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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2019, 09:33:20 PM »
Jim I daresay the saw blade wobbles enough to make the verniers less accurate than you think.

Accuracy in a product that moves with humidity is a moot point, I would hazard a guess that it is closer than a tape measure and more convenient than a steel rule.

It is a nice jig I no longer have a table saw, though my aging eyesight likes digital readout options so I may consider a variation on this theme for my router table.

Offline JollyJim

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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2019, 11:02:16 PM »
Thanks for the responses BHT and Twisted.....

It's not what I would call 'my design', but more
an amalgamation of ideas that I had seen.

Like most jigs, mine was going to be the most elegant,
attractive and accurate of all jigs !!!! Sadly, although
it works extremely well, I must admit that it's a bit
of a bodge.... well it's a lot of a bodge!!! I started
to lose the fight for elegance when I tried so hard and
failed miserably, to drill a hole in the calipers.
Trying to secure this strangely shaped item caused
me a huge amount of time, and by the time I had it
down, I was fairly cheesed off with the whole thing.
So, big tip here for anyone thinking of attaching
calipers to anything,find a way to get a hole in it...it'll
save so much time and energy.

BTW, just while I'm on here.....what would be the
correct way to drill the hole, the caliper says it
is hardened......advice please, thanks


Thanks again for the replies chaps

Best wishes - Jim

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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2019, 11:43:00 PM »
If you can't drill it grind it...  ;D

Offline JollyJim

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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2019, 12:22:46 AM »


Hi Twisted, thanks for the reply.

I know very little of metalwork and would'nt
have thought of that idea. I was attacking it with
HSS drills which did'nt even scratch the surface.

I try to learn something every day, so thanks

best wishes - Jim

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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2019, 07:09:48 PM »
Well due to recovering after a hospital visit I completed a jaw rack which seemed to take forever compared to before.
This is complete but yet to be screwed to the wall but it will give an idea how I will store mine I have left an empty row at the top just incase, I still need to look at the cole jaws but for the moment they are OK where they are.

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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2019, 09:50:32 AM »
When I was working on the bench we used to say that joiners and woodmachinists were probably the laziest of workers, if there was a job that needed doing and you could make a jig to make it easier we would, sometime makeing the jig would take longer than the actual job!! I still work the same way today, my workshop is full of odd bits of wood attached to another piece that was used as a jig on a certain job, I keep them in the hope that if that type of job comes round again I can make it quicker and easier but usually that never happens.

Offline Tim Pettigrew

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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2019, 03:11:24 PM »
I'm refreshing this topic because the other posts here have been inspirational in making my new gouge/chisel tool-rack.  It demonstrates to me what a fantastic resource this forum provides! 8)

The tool-rack shown here is very simple and consists of two 20mm iron pipes (electrical conduit left over from another project) held in place by two wedge-shaped pieces of 12mm plywood each drilled with two 20mm diameter holes (35mm apart) to hold the pipes in place to support the wooden handles of the chisels and gouges.  The plywood wedges are simply screwed via some other scraps of wood to the OSB lining the wall of the workshop.  To complete the rack two 24" (610mm) and one 18" (457mm) magnetic tool racks have been screwed to the OSB wall via some 30mm x 18mm roofing battens.

Advantages include:
  • Maximum number of tools accommodated in the given space (useful in a small workshop)
  • Tools clearly visible
  • Tools easily removed and replaced
  • No special spaces required all accommodated in the same system
  • Rack easily modified by moving magnetic tool holders


This shows the rack as designed


This shows the rack in use

Hope this is useful!

Tim
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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2019, 04:01:12 PM »
I use those magnetic strips for smaller items and now have a number of magnetic tools and pieces of equipment LOL.

Pete
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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2019, 06:38:14 PM »
The problem with using magnets to hold turning tools is that it can magnetise the tool which can then cause drag on the tool rest. I use a lot of magnetic holders, dishes, strips etc in the workshop but never for turning tools.

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Re: Show us your Home made jigs and racks
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2019, 07:07:08 PM »
I don't use them fpr the actually turning tools but have calipers, spanners, pliers etc all on them as they are handy. Have one on the latrhe for the chuck key, a bowl on top for the drives and centres I am using etc.

Pete
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