1-in. Stop Block for Multiple Cutoffs
To get furniture-grade crosscuts, you have to use a table saw. When crosscutting a whole pile of short pieces to the same length, he clamps a specially dedicated block of wood to the table saw fence. It’s an old standard trick, but the difference is that his block is laminated for easy sliding, and more important, it’s exactly 1 in. thick. Clamp the block on the fence and adjust the table saw fence gauge to the desired length, plus 1 in., and saw the pieces. The 1-in. thickness eliminates any head-scratching and mistakes from using any old scrap block. For safety, position the block so the workpiece getting cut loses contact with the block before the cut begins. That all but eliminates any chance of kickback. Prevent kickback and serious injury by following simple safety guidelines.
Dust-Collectin’, Bit-Storin’ Router Fence
This router fence is a masterpiece of convenience and efficiency. The router is mounted under an extension table attached to his table saw. When routing, slide the table saw fence over and clamp on a 5-in.-wide box with a mouse hole on the side for the bit recess. A drawer for bit storage pulls out of one end, and a shop vacuum hose press-fits in a hole in the other end to spirit away nearly all the chips. Check out what a hinged router fence can do.
Band Saw Dust Port
Hook the dust collector hose to a reducer mounted on the saw’s lower cover to stop dust storms. It is super easy to cut out the reducer hole with a metal-cutting blade in a saber saw. Trace a circle, drill a small entry hole for the blade and saw out the circle. Caulk around the reducer on the outside of the cover, hook up the dust collector hose, and now there’s no more super-fine band saw dust filling the air. Trying to save money on a dust mask could end up costing you in the future.