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  1. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Noise levels in my workshop

    I have added a Powered Tools and Machinery section to my website. In this section I plan to add articles about the power tools and machines that I use in my workshop, with the modifications I have made over the years, along with the techniques which I hope others will find helpful in using them...
  2. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Three-sided stools

    For the past 25 years, we have lived with these Ikea bench stools in our kitchen ... We do not eat much at the bench, but they get used. More recently Lynndy suggested that we replace them, and I thought that this would be a good excuse to build something inspired by Wharton Escherick, whose...
  3. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Router Table and Router Table Fence

    Here's the router table and router table fence I have been building. There is a little more work to do on the micro-adjuster, which is coming from AliExpress, as well as the dust extractor for the (2 1/4 hp) Elu 177e router I use. But for now, the rest is done. This is a very full-on set up...
  4. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Transformations

    Not quite 4 weeks ago, a good friend, Rita, brought along an entrance hall table she wanted me to fit a drawer into ... (Note that these photos were taken in my entrance hall, not Rita's). It was really a boring ... okay, ugly table. I thought that the proportions were completely ugh, and...
  5. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Redesign an entrance hall table

    A good friend asked if I would add a drawer to an entry hall table of hers. Of course I said yes, but when I saw the table, I decided that it needed more than a drawer. She did not ask what I had in mind, but just said said okay. Why more? I just thought the table plain and .. well .. boring...
  6. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Hold downs and augers

    There is a technique to using augers in hard wood that I would like to pass on. What has this to do with hold downs? Well, I have two Gramercy hold downs, and they are great. I also have a single Veritas hold down, and have wanted another as I think that they are the best. But I kept putting...
  7. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    A Gigantic Shooting Board!

    The hall table for my niece was completed and delivered, but the wedding was postponed owing to Covid-19. Australia locked down early, and we have suffered less than other countries. I realised early on that I would have to change the way I ran my psychology practice, and began to research and...
  8. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Entry hall table for a niece - heads up

    I generally post my builds on this forum, since they are predominantly hand tool orientated. For those that do not visit the Projects forum, I have been posting away for a couple of months. The current build is beginning to move to the final stages (although there will be a few month chapters...
  9. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Makita RTRT0700CX trim router and Katsu: collets and run out

    The Oz forum has had a discussion going on these trim routers. I managed a few measurements today: https://www.woodworkforums.com/f13/chin ... ost2163051 The full thread is here: https://www.woodworkforums.com/f13/chin ... iew-225828 Regards from Perth Derek
  10. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Entry hall table for a niece

    I thought that the build might begin with preparing the panels, since there has been some interest in the past shown in the shorter Hammer K3 sliders. Mine has a 49" long slider and a 31" wide table for the rip fence. The build is an entry hall table for a wedding present for a niece. Her...
  11. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    A source for Ceramic disks for bandsaw guides

    I have a Hammer N4400 bandsaw. This uses steel European guides. Felder do sell a replacement set of ceramic guides, but they are very big $$$ in Oz. Ceramic guides would reduce heat and be capable of being set closer to the blade for reduced movement/better stability. It occurred to me that it...
  12. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    The Last Moxon Dovetail Vise

    Many of my projects involve bow fronts, which result in compound angle dovetails ... I do enjoy building furniture with dovetailing challenges. Between furniture pieces, I find time to build a new tool. This time it is the Moxon dovetail vise I have been promising myself for a while. My...
  13. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Removing the waste from half blind sockets

    In July, I posted a router-based method I used to remove the waste from hand cut hand-blind sockets (link). This involved orientating the boards vertically and routing into the end grain. This necessitated a rather clumsy piece of work-holding - which, as I explained at the time, was difficult...
  14. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Harlequin side table

    My wife requested a side table for the family room. This will be situated between two arm chairs, and replace the small table (which is too high and dominating) ... Not just a side table, but it also needed to house her needlework thingies. In other words, shallow drawers for cotton reels...
  15. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    An improved leg vise

    This is an accessory for a leg vise to prevent the chop racking. There are other ways to do this - a deck of playing cards is easier - but I wanted to build it in, and not have to look for an accessory. Your bench may offer the same opportunity. This is the anti-racking at work ... How is...
  16. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    An improved Moxon vise

    I am about to begin my next build, and it has 8 drawers. As many of you know, I like making drawers ... complex drawers. And these ones are no exception.[ It got me thinking about the improvements I'd like to make to my Moxon vise. I have plans to make a new Moxon vise, using steel screws and...
  17. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Coffee table for a nephew

    This is a blended build - both power and hand tools. I tend to post to this forum, so here we are ... My nephew is getting married in February, and I offered to make a piece of furniture as a gift. The offer was open-ended, and the couple decided they wanted a coffee table. Their taste runs to...
  18. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    Coffee table

    It's been a long time since I made a coffee table. This one is for my son, who recently moved to Sydney. New city, new job. He has found a great apartment, and has begun to request furniture, first a coffee table to replace an Ikea piece his girlfriend purchased. I think that he is playing with...
  19. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    West Australian Woodshow 2018

    The WA Woodshow began Friday 3rd August and run until the end of Sunday 5th. I could only get there on the weekend when, as usual, I join my good friend Chris Vesper on his stand. The Show is packed with representatives of power and hand makers and sellers, with many ongoing demonstrations, as...
  20. Derek Cohen (Perth Oz)

    The #140 trick is dead ...

    .. long live the blue tape trick! :) I've been marking and cutting dovetails where the pin- and tail boards are not square to one another. Holding the boards together to transfer tails to pins has been difficult. I considered the "140 trick", which I first encountered about 15 years ago when...
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