May 12, 2013

The woodshop tour

Filed under: film,wood shop — howarth frank @ 6:01 am

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April 8, 2013

stop motion jointer jig

Filed under: film,projects,wood shop — howarth frank @ 10:22 pm

i’m working on another movie about making a segmented bowl. for one scene i made a stop motion jig for the jointer.  as i move the stock through the jointer the camera follows the front edge of the stock.


March 31, 2013

Building The Woodshop

Filed under: film,wood shop — howarth frank @ 6:24 am

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This is about how I built my woodshop.  We decided to move from our previous home for a variety of reasons.  I saw the move as an opportunity to gain a bigger shop for my woodworking hobby.   The house we found had everything we wanted, except for a shop or even a garage.  It did have a nonfunctioning indoor pool. We thought this space would make a nice woodshop. I could just build a floor over the pool and have a shop.  As we got further into the inspection process, it was looking as though fixing the structure over the pool was going to be expensive. It looked like we would have to put a bunch of money into a structure that was not really a woodshop and not a functioning pool either.  It made more sense to take out the pool and structure, and then build a woodshop from the ground up.  We started this project by regrading our side yard to gain access to the pool in the backyard.  Once we had access, we took out the pool. We half filled the hole where the pool was with compacted gravel.  I realized that if we sank the shop into the ground I could have the ceiling height I had always wanted in the shop and preserve the view from the house.  The design of the shop is a box with a shed roof.  The roof wraps down the east side of the structure.  I like to think of it as a slightly open toolbox.  The entire shop is laid out on a 24 inch grid.  The windows and doors fall within this grid. I had a general contractor built the shell and then I built the windows and interior.  The interior walls are comprised of a 34 inch concrete stem wall at the base. Above that is a 9 foot, plywood wall. In the space above the plywood wall and below the shed roof is polycarbonate panel to form a clearstory. The tool layout in the shop is divided into 4 areas: an area near the door for material storage and prep, a central area for general wood working, and two areas near the back of the shop, one for turning and one for metal working.

March 12, 2013

dust collector

Filed under: wood shop — howarth frank @ 10:01 pm

I cleaned out the dust collector dust bin tonight.  did not find any fossils


February 14, 2013

Valentine’s Day back roller

Filed under: wood shop — howarth frank @ 12:20 pm

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I wanted to make my wife a Valentine’s Day present.  My thought was to wood turn some kind of back massage device. I found a nice piece of maple firewood and wood turned the most common shape I found for a back roller.  At one point, the wood came off the lathe and hit me in the face. I was wearing my face shield so I was ok. I would highly recommend wearing all safety equipment and following all safety rules while wood turning. I put finish on it while it was turning slowly on the lathe.  My wife is enjoying her new back roller.

January 19, 2013

J. A. Fay & Egan Co. 950 lighting

Filed under: old tools,wood shop — howarth frank @ 6:46 pm

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In the Fall of 2011, I found this J. A. Fay & Egan Co. 950 Lightening band saw at the Millwork Company in Zillah, Washington. The previous owner got it in 2002 or 2003 from the McNally Lumber Company in Columbus, Ohio, who was the original owner.  They purchased the saw in 1947. It was on the second floor at the McNally Lumber Company and the wheels had to come off to move it.  The tires were rutted when the second owner got it in Zillah. He always ran 1/4 inch blades on it.  The wheels have anti-seize material on the shafts so they should come off easily.  I got help getting the saw into my trailer and rigged correctly. Then it was a white knuckle drive back to Portland from Zillah.  Everything made the trip safely. I rented a fork lift to get it out of the trailer and into the shop.  I moved it into position with a shop made cart and my shop made gantry crane.

The band saw has 36 inch wheels and can re-saw up to 22.5 inches in height and 35.5 inches in width. According to its papers, its shipping weight is 3000 lbs.  It is powered by a 5 hp, 3 phase, 870 rpm motor.  The blade is tensioned with a lever and a weight.  The weight can be adjusted along the lever to accommodate different blade widths. The guides are meant for thinner blades which is what the previous two owners ran on it. The tires are rutted and need replacing as only thin blades have been run on it.  The upper guides are helped with their vertical movement by a counter weight. The band saw has a foot break as the wheels have a lot of momentum in them. The table tilting mechanism is very smooth. It tilts 45 degrees to the right and 10 degrees to the left.  There is an adjustable swiveling arm that stops the table at level. It has a 4 inch dust collection port near the floor.

In the video, I demonstrate some of the jigs I have made for it.  The first is a tall fence for re-sawing. The second is a circle cutting jig for making bowl blanks for the lathe. The  third is a jig for holding big stout objects as they are being cut in a straight line.  In the end, I make a birch band saw bird feeder to demonstrate the saw.

January 15, 2013


Filed under: film,wood shop — howarth frank @ 8:04 pm

i got new photo lights for the shop, this should help with the cinematography.  my ceiling lights are 3500k, I wanted something warmer for subject lighting. these are 2700k. I have ordered reflective umbrellas to put the light on what the camera is pointing at.


January 10, 2013

new camera rig

Filed under: film,wood shop — howarth frank @ 8:50 pm

i made a new rig for the camera, it allows me to shoot from above.  it hangs off a french cleat, which lets me move it around the shop. i can use my old cannon 20d for time-lapse work


December 9, 2012


Filed under: projects,wood shop — howarth frank @ 10:41 am

i have finally made a sled for the table saw. i need it for the ornament i am making. it will make cutting small pieces much safer.


November 22, 2012

Making A Zero Clearance Table Saw Insert

Filed under: projects,wood shop — howarth frank @ 10:02 pm

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