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  • Multi-Purpose Jig

    by bricofleur     Thursday, April 23, 2009
    I designed and built this jig because I felt it was awkward and hazardous to rout through a workpiece overhanged over the edge of a workbench. I wanted a safe way to rout slots, large holes or patterns on a solid and secure base. I soon found out that...
  • Making a Router Pattern Guide

    by bricofleur     Sunday, May 17, 2009
    When building the base of my twin hutches I had to cut four identical decorative cutouts. Since I had four identical cuts to make, it was worthed to build a pattern guide to ease the operation and make it quick and accurate. Using such pattern guide with...
  • Old BBQ Cart Into a Shop Cart

    by bricofleur     Sunday, September 6, 2009
    Instead of throwing away my old BBQ cart, I made good use of it. As shown on the picture, I built a cabinet out of 3/4" MDF to stabilize the flimsy frame of the BBQ stand, added three shelves and installed this small router table, which is dedicated...
  • Blind Nailing/Screwing Jigs or Workshop Tongs

    by bricofleur     Thursday, September 17, 2009
    How many mistakes are made and how much time is spent taking mesurements to locate exactly where to drive nails or screws, or drill a hole from behind ? For a shelf, a bracket, a door pull, a bookcase, a stud division in an open drywall, etc ? No more...
  • Relocating the Radial Arm Saw

    by bricofleur     Wednesday, June 24, 2009
    Old RAS location. Testing the new location for comfort. Since I couldn’t lift it, I raised the RAS by rocking it, one side after the other, on 2 X 10s until even with the counter top. And yes, I locked the wheels of the mobile base ! Then I pushed...
  • Twin Kitchen Hutches #10

    by bricofleur     Sunday, July 12, 2009
    As I did on the sides, the lower front rails will have a decorative cut. So I take the time to make a router pattern guide to get identical and smooth cuts on both hutches. Here is the paper pattern that I crafted to make my router pattern guide. To see...
  • No More Tipping Trim Router

    by bricofleur     Monday, July 27, 2009
    Trim routers are great tools, but the base is so narrow that they have the tendancy to tip over when milling edges. While one hand holds the router itself and steers, there is not much room to grab the tool with the other hand to hold it flat. And when...
  • Random Orbit Buffer

    by bricofleur     Saturday, April 4, 2009
    To prevent rust from eating my tool surfaces and to get slipery pathways, I knew I had to apply paste wax regularly. What a chore! To ease the operation on my arms and elbows, and to make it quicker, I found this clever idea that facilitate the process...
  • Adjustable Cutoff Bin

    by bricofleur     Thursday, February 18, 2010
    I've been thinking of building a cutoff bin for a long time and I came up with a version that offers more flexibility from what I saw up to now. Since my scrap pile is in constant evolution, I wanted to have a bin that would help organize the cutoffs...
  • Shopmade Clamp & Assembly Worktable

    by bricofleur     Friday, March 19, 2010
    I came up with this very unique and satisfying version of a clamp worktable, made right here in my shop, using material from my sheet goods scrap pile. I designed it so I could use my collection of ordinary and fast action vise clamps meant to be used...
  • Router Table Angled Dado Jig

    by bricofleur     Thursday, May 21, 2009
    Milling angled dadoes, angled sliding dovetails and angled rabbets have always been a challenge. I use these joints when building ladder bookcases, louvers, railings and several decorative elements. This sled is perfect to mill 90° dovetailed dadoes...
  • Upgraded Mitersaw Station - Times 3 - Times 16

    by bricofleur     Thursday, May 7, 2009
    This is how I have upgraded my mitersaw station. Made out of 3/4"-thick MDF, this 16 drawers 8'-long X 18"-deep X 8"-high nest raise up the station at a confortable height for my 6' tall person, providing at the same time plenty...