Projects

Tortilla Press

Thanks for checking out my entry in Sumos Projects 2020 scrapwood challenge. #spswc2020

I decided to make something a little different, a tortilla press 🙂 You can see the video here:

The project was made on the fly with no plans, but I have put together some basic plans if you’re interested in making your own version. Just click on the link below for a PDF showing the parts and dimensions I used on my version.

Draw Runner Jig

Heres a handy little jig to save you in those situations where you need 3 hands. Another bonus is its something you can make in an afternoon without too much effort.

The main part is 3D printed (Download link at then end of this post) and the rail is simply 12mm or half inch stock. In my case I used some Pine but anything will do.

Its simple little alignment tool to clamp in place to help when installing shelves …

MiniMax Chuck Guard

The guard on my morticer chuck broke. It’s about 12 Years old so the plastic had deteriorated and became brittle over time.

Running the machine without the guard would have been too dangerous for my liking. The jointer function of the machine would have been asking for an accident. It’s the last thing I want to have my fingers near when it’s spinning at a couple of thousand RPM.

My enquiries to the local suppliers didn’t go anywhere so I …

Corner Clamp for CNC Router

Subscribe here : https://www.youtube.com/user/joezerafa1?sub_confirmation=1.

Corner clamps are a great way to hold work on your CNC Bed and ensure workpieces are held nice and square.

I designed (Fusion360) and 3D printed a version that uses replaceable jaws of any shaped. Four screw points are provided on the inside of the clamp body.

The wooden jaws must be 12mm or higher. If needed you can bevel or cut into them when working with thinner stock.

The 3D printed section of the …

Task Light

I’ve often found a low raking light really helps my woodworking. Its a handy little project that will pay dividends for years to come.

Finessing a joint, sanding, paring or removing machine marks is always easier. The older I get the more I value my raking light 🙂

Daylight and overhead lighting is always a good thing, but it can tend to wash out the surface details. Details you can barely feel become easily visible with a raking light placed …

Machinist Vise Parallels

A set of 3D printable Parallels and holder to aid in clamping on a Vise. I use a metalworking vise mainly for woodworking, traditionally these are metal, but for my purposes plastic is just fine.

Parallels are all 5mm wide and very from 10mm to 30mm in Height. You need to print 2 of each to complete the set as pictured but you can just print the ones you need or as needed.

I found printing the holder +3% in …

MicroWave Oven Repair

Last night whilst trying to make myself some popcorn the microwave refused to open. I quickly resigned myself to buying a new machine. After googling away and eyeing off 100’s of microwaves, I realised the fault actually seemed mechanical and I might actually be able to fix it myself.

I quickly removed the cover and discovered the problem, a hinged component of the locking/unlocking mechanism had failed.

Now the microwave was probably 10 years old so I knew trying to …

Small Ball & Claw Table


Lets face it 99% of woodworking is just working with straight timber and 90 degree joints. Being able to work with compound curves and even a little carving will open up your woodworking to a whole new level.
24

I am jumping into curves by attempting a small table using Ball and Claw style cabriole legs.

Ok let the fun begin, the table is based on an episode of “Rough Cut Woodworking” (Episode 11, Season 1). The timber used is some

Console Table cont…

Got to spend a little more time tweaking and refining the console table.
The top and bottom shelfs were finished and rough sanded. The final height of the bottom shelf was decided and the legs have all been given a slight taper.

Marking out the taper


For the sake of a little practice I hand planed the tapers instead of cutting them on the bandsaw.

The ends of the legs were marked on the inside faces with a 6mm taper and ran 150mm up

$24 Moxon Style Vice

With 9 handcut dovetailed drawers on the cards, I thought I should invest in a moxon style vice to aid my dovetailing.

After googling around for some idea’s I remembered some cheap “Press Clamps” I had seen at McJings tools and thought they might work well in a vice:

www.mcjing.com.au Press Clamps @ $12 each

Press Clamps
I order a pair online with some other goodies, and they turned up in 2 days.

The Press Clamps look pretty good for $12!
Excellent