Jigs and fixtures can greatly extend the functions of many shop tools. Here are a couple that I use regularly, and find useful.
But first – Power Tools are Dangerous! Many woodworkers accidentally cut off their fingers, put out their eyes, or worse. Modifying power tools makes them even more dangerous. These Jigs are almost certain to kill you and everyone you know. I do not recommend that you do as I do. For maximum safety you should never even get out of bed. Ever. If you do, you shall not hold me in any way responsible – if you don’t agree to this then you must move along now without reading any further or even looking at the pictures. In fact I strongly recommend that you go back to bed.
You can easily use your hand belt sander as a bench sander with a simple jig like this
This belt sander jig is very useful for shaping wood, and plastic work pieces and even metal – but you should be very careful when shaping metal with power tools in a wood shop that you don’t start a fire. If you use a dust collection system, you should always disconnect it before shaping metal so that you don’t suck hot metal or sparks into a container of sawdust! Speaking of dust collection – if you plan to do much wood working you should get a real dust collection system or you will end up with a chronic cough from all the sawdust that ends up in your lungs. (more…)