Friday, August 24, 2012

Crosscut slide for the small tablesaw

Well.Sometimes you have to change your mind.

For years I have ignored the small Proxxon tablesaw. It was too small to use for serious work was my opinion, so it was just stored in the back of the cupboard.

Well, yesterday I made miterslides for the saw and in short time I cut miters for six frames! Usually when I make special moldings I make at least twice the length to be sure I have enough for replacing errors. Yesterday I sat back with the whole second length of molding.

So todys project is to make a few more accessories for the tablesaw.

Crosscut slide:
Simple! Two rails glued to the back of a piece of 1mm aeroplane plywood. When the glue has set the plate is mounted on the tablesaw and the bottom fence glued to the plywood. Of course square to the sawblade. Then the slot is cut. Ready for use.


This is a very clever device that makes very fine adjustments possible. Micromark sells one for the Microlux tablesaw. The Microlux tablesaw is nearly the same as the now discontinued Proxxon FKS/E tablesaw. If you are in the market for a small tablesaw and find a Proxxon FKS/E; Buy it now, because it is better than the new FET in my opinion.
Here is the parts for the accurizer.
 And the accurizer mounted on the tablesaw with the fence close to the sawblade.The accurizer can be mounted anywhere between the sawblade and the right side of the sawtable.
Loosening the two screws the slider can be moved to the other end so the fence moves about 5mm away from the sawblade.

The slider can be locked any place between the two ends

Have fun

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Miter slides

For a long time i wished I had a alternative to this miterbox.
So I dug out the old small Proxxon tablesaw from the cupboard
Then I took the tablesaw apart.
Because I wanted a groove in the left side of the table too. The groove is a little smaller than the original in the right side but that doesn't matter.
Assembled the tablesaw again.
And made a fixed 45degree miter slide to fit on the right side.
And another for the new left groove.
Ready for cutting nice clean miters on small parts. (width of the strip is 0.75mm)
Have fun

Friday, August 17, 2012

Door frames

More details about the doors. While studying the photo of the cabinet with open doors it looks like the frame is made from two vertical posts joined by two horizontals, top and bottom. Probably joined by tenon and mortice. The frame is then veneered.

Best seen in the middle door.

Here is the parts I made to simulate the original door.
Front view:

 And backview:

Dry assembly of the middle door.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Back to the workshop

 During the last weeks I haven't spent much time in the workshop. Been around in the city and country.

Sinner is found! 

My tablesaw had a burn mark on the top.  Looked like someone had left a burning cigarette on the saw.

Then the other day when I entered there was a smell of burning wood but no smoke and no fire. Looking around I foind this piece of wood with a burnmark on the tablesaw.
And above was the sinner. My magnifying lamp.
So always remember to cover the magnifying glass or turn the lamp away from the window! Actually I don't use it very much.

New (old) computer for the CNC.

I was tired of rewiring the laptop every time I wanted to use my small cnc-machine. So I decided to use our old TV-computer as a dedicated cnc-computer instead of standing in a corner waiting to be old enough for the dump.
The computer is placed on the top of the cabinet and an old monitor was mounted on the wall. Time will show if the computer can stand the heat up there.


In the process of investigating cnc-software i borrowed a licence for a very interesting piece of software Vectric Aspire. With Aspire it was very easy to make moldings.
The molding is drawn the cad program, in my case Qcad.
Then imported into Aspire.
And with a few clicks with the mouse the toolpath for the molding is generated ready to be cut in the cnc.
I cut one and began cutting miters when it hit me: W"hy cut those miters by hand?" The machine can do that and more precise than with the handsaw and old miterbox. So back to the drawingboard (cad-program).
And shortly after this was produced. The frame for one of the carved doors.
A little cleaning up.
And a little glue.
Cutting the moldings isn't fast. On my little cnc this small molding takes about 45minutes.

The frames placed on a printout. 

Have fun