All posts tagged: workshop

Repairing My Delta 22-580 Planer

Quite a while ago, I heard some particularly good woodworking advice: “Don’t point out your mistakes.” For the most part, I have stuck to this recommendation ever since. I’ll admit a stupid mistake from time to time (especially while a project is under construction), but mostly, I just keep quiet especially when a friend or acquaintance is looking at a finished project. There was a time when a compliment would be replied with, “Thanks, I had this terrible tear-out down there near the base, you can’t hardly see it, but it’s there.” Or, “I really wanted the quarter-sawn grain on that fine piece of oak to pop more.” Now, I usually just smile and take the compliment. I do need to come clean on a never before revealed mistake. It’s my new workbench top. While I was bringing the top down to its final thickness, I noticed the top wasn’t flat. In fact it had a strange dip or broad gouge across the face of both tops which make up the split top design. Even …

Bandsaw Renovation, Part 3

See part 1 here and part 2 here. YES, THE RENOVATION of my bandsaw took me three blog entries to complete, longer than anticipated. But in the middle of it, I decided to add a shop made fence; something I always wanted for my bandsaw and a project which does nothing to renovate the saw itself. There is a lesson learned from all of this which I’ll get to in a minute, so whipping my bandsaw into shape has been a good experience. As I began to think about wrapping up this renovation, I went to YouTube to see how others have dealt with the vibration which can occur with such a tool. I looked at a video by Matthias Wandel (here) and one by Gunflint Designs (here). Both good videos – the Wandel video focused on better balanced wheels and with the Gunflint video, I paid special attention to how he replaced the belt (see at 2:33 into the video). In both cases, vibration was too high; seems to be a common problem with …

Bandsaw Renovation Part 2, Shop Made Fence

In part one, I added new tires to my bandsaw and fixed a problem which prevented tensioning the blade against the wheels. In this post I’ll build a new bandsaw fence. ogic would dictate that a tune-up would be the next step in the renovation of my Jet JWBS-14DX bandsaw, but at this point I’d rather build something. So I am going straight to building a proper fence for it. To my knowledge, this saw was offered in three versions: the standard JWBS-14, the deluxe model JWBS-14DX which I own and then the previously unknown to me pro version, the JWBS-14DXPRO. I remember the deluxe model having heavier wheels among a few other upgrades. The professional version seems to add a fence only. All the cool bandsaws I see at Woodcraft have a fence meaning that non-fence models are nice, but a nice tall fence just completes the saw. For my bandsaw fence, I could have purchased the Jet JRF-14R ($88.99 via eBay; it seems to be a discontinued item from Jet) designed as an …