Book Press Restoration

I always thought book presses were nifty. They’re old, solid, made of cast iron and built like a tank. I like the huge metal crank wheel on the top and the beefy threaded rod that raises and lowers the press. Although I don’t have a use for one I’ve always wanted one in my collection.

I picked this up used just out of town, it’s a STANDARD Levey Bros. (not sure of the year). It was nasty but I thought I would be able to clean it up well. So I did. Here is before and after. All I did was take it all apart, grind off the rust and old paint, used bondo where I wanted it smooth and painted it with Tremclad black gloss spray paint.

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Grinder Side Wheel Wobble

I’ve been searching for a decent low speed grinder that’s of equal quality to my high speed Baldor to use for sharpening my woodturning chisels. When in the store, every grinder I’ve tested all seen to have the same side to side wheel wobble. My Baldor never had that issue. I’ve wondered how so many turners can use the same import grinder and not complain. I’ve come to the conclusion that some aren’t as picky as I am OR they’re using shims to correct the issue, or use the special self aligning washers I came across, that absolutely worked.

Self-Aligning Spherical Washers:

Self-Aligning Spherical Washer, 3-piece set for one CBN Wheel

Machined Aluminum Washers:

Washers – Machined Aluminum 5/8"

Wheels purchased from woodturnerswonders.com:

Radius Edge CBN Wheel 8-inch, 5/8″ arbor – 80 grit

Mega Square 8″ CBN Wheel, 5/8″ arbor – 350 grit

Grinder: Rikon 80-808 slow speed 8″ wheels

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Hayward Aquavac Motor Replacement

My Hayward AquaVac Pool Cleaner recently stopped working. It would run for 10-20 seconds and quit. I checked for debris and free moving wheel bearings and impeller which were all fine. Only the motor was left, this is how I did it. Motor part is Hayward RCX40000DC. This fits the Aquavac as well as the TigerShark models.

This also includes how to remove and replace the wheel tracks and the impellor, although mine were fine.

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New Video: $25 Woodpeckers edge plane Knockoff

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Tea Box Build Completed

Here are some pictures of the tea box completed. I’ve assembled the magnetic clasps with 4mm hemp rope and wrapped with 1mm hemp twine. I think it turned out great.

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Tea Box Build Update

Here are some images on the progress of the wenge with curly/birdseye maple liner tea box.

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Dovetailed Tea Box

I’ve started working on the dovetailed tea box, I did the tails for the sides of the inner wenge box.

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New Home Office Desk

I’ve been lugging around these two 4×8 sheets of reconstituted ebony inspired particle board I won at a wood show years ago, three different houses later I’ve finally cut into one of them. I’ve decided to build a desk top for an adjustable height desk frame my work has provided for me.

It’s not the best stuff, particle board instead of plywood so it’s very delicate, it will just blow out if you looked at it funny. I figured if it was too bad I’d throw it out after trying.

The colors were odd, I knew I had to put a solid wood edge on the perimeter and didn’t know if I should use contrasting maple or some reddish wood like mahogany. I ended up using 5/8″ thick walnut as it matched the lighter parts very closely. I finished it with General Finishes water based polyurethane.

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3D Printer and Festool

Tonight with my 3D printer I printed out a cover plate that snaps into the side hole of my #festool #ts75 #tracksaw It drastically cuts down on the sawdust when cutting. #woodworking #ender3

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End Grain Cutting Boards

I made these recently as gifts.

First I glued up strips about 40 inches long of alternating colors of walnut and maple. The 2nd board is opposite colors.

The 1st panel consist of the following strips:
Walnut:
• 3 mm – 1 pc;
• 5 mm – 2 pcs;
• 9 mm – 2 pcs;
• 15 mm – 2 pcs;
• 24 mm – 2 pcs;
• 38 mm – 2 pcs;
Maple:
• 4 mm – 2 pcs;
• 7 mm – 2 pcs;
• 12 mm – 2 pcs;
• 19 mm – 2 pcs;
• 29 mm – 2 pcs;
Total: 21 pcs.


The 2nd panel:
Maple:
• 3 mm – 1 pc;
• 5 mm – 2 pcs;
• 9 mm – 2 pcs;
• 15 mm – 2 pcs;
• 24 mm – 2 pcs;
• 38 mm – 2 pcs;
Walnut:
• 4 mm – 2 pcs;
• 7 mm – 2 pcs;
• 12 mm – 2 pcs;
• 19 mm – 2 pcs;
• 29 mm – 2 pcs;
Total: 21 pcs.

The when dried I ran them through the planer to smooth them out.

Then I cut horizontal strips about 40mm wide of each and flipped them end grain facing up, then mixed them with each other to make opposite color patterns.

Next I took the 40mm strips and cut them the same thicknesses as above and alternate the colors.

This is how I routed the juice groove, I set up a square jig and put spacers for my router to follow around the inside, the juice groove was about 3/4″ in from the edge.

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