Phoenix HP22 Gun Grips

Posted: April 28, 2010 – 7:53 pm
It’s been a while since I’ve got to do much woodworking. My latest project is creating new grips for my Phoenix HP22.
I started with creating templates for each grip on 1/4″ grid-paper. I aligned the forward corner and top with the grid, then traced the outline and marked the holes for each.
The bottoms of the HP22 grips are recessed by 1/16″, but the un-recessed parts were flat. I found the easiest was to transfer the edges of the recess was to use the grip as a stamp. I took a sharpie marker and working quickly, gave the un-recessed parts a quick coat, then aligned the grip with the outline and pressed firmly onto the paper. This left a perfect outline of the recess to be used as a pattern.
After creating the templates, I made copies on our scanner/printer in a mirrored format, so that the transferred imaged was as if I was working from the inside of the grip out. I guess I could have just flipped the cut out over as well, but this way I didn’t forget to flip. The grips outlines were cut out of the copy and lines were transferred onto the wood. Once both outlines were drawn the outlines of the recesses were also transferred to the wood. Note the alignment marks on each side of the wood.
Once the outlines were tranferred to the wood, I routed out the recess on each grip using my plunge router. Then the board was cut in two to book match the grips.
After some time on the oscillating sander, some filing, and final sanding, the holes were drilled for the screws.
A little more sanding and fitting, they were ready for finishing
Overall, I think they turned out pretty nice.

Mission End Tables

Posted: February 21, 2010 – 4:24 pm

I’ve decided that the best fit for the space between the chair and couch would be an oval table. The furniture that I’ve already started for the basement is Mission style. So here is the design I came up with for the first one. I’m thinking square for the second.

Here are some close ups of the skirt. I cut kerfs about every 3/16″ and left about 5/64 of material The tables support was built for two purposes. 1) To support the skirt and give plenty of glue surface. 2) To give support to the legs.

Here is a close up of the lower support. I did a through mortise joint for each leg. The outer edges of the tenon have a chamfer around them.

I finally got around to working on my end tables again. The first one is an oval shaped table. It’s my first try at bending curves (for the table skirts). Just have some sanding left before stain and varnish.

Table Saw Fence

Posted: February 21, 2010 – 4:24 pm

My latest project has been restoring an old Delta contractors style table saw. I found the table saw on eBay for a reasonable price and other than some surface rust was in great condition. However the fence was not of very good quality or accuracy. So I set out to build my own.

I elected to go with a b-type (Biesemeyer) clone. These fence types are very simple in design and have great accuracy. The total cost in building was approximately $80, compared to the $200-$250 that a retailer would want.

I searched and searched and was unable to find any drawings that were close to the b-type design. I was able to aquire a pdf of the Biesemeyer installation guide, This had some pretty detailed pictures of the fence and it’s installation, which was extremely helpful.

The raw material needed was 10′ of 2″ x 3″ x 3/16″ angle iron, around 8′ of 2″ x 3″ x 1/8″ rectangular tubing, a 12″ piece of 2″ x 2″ x 3/16″ angle iron, a 2″ x 3″ x 1/8″ steel plate, two 1 1/4″ x 3″ x 3/16″ steel plates, and a 1″ x 1 1/4″D piece of steel rod.

The tubing on the front rail is attached with 1/4-20 bolts every 12″. The over-all length of mine is 5′, but can make this whatever length you desire. One thing that I didn’t do but will do on the next is make the tubing length for the rail about 6″ longer than the angle ( so you’ll have use of the full length of the table ).

When mounting the front assembly, make sure the rail is below the miter ways and the miter can slide over it. The rear angle iron is the same length as the front angle iron, however you don’t have to use the same size, it’s really there for supporting the extensions or for a rear outfeed. I mounted mine at the same height as the front angle.

The fence length is from the edge of the front rail to whatever length you want. Mine overhangs the rear of the table about 3″. I capped the front with some 1/8 plate and welded all edges. The perpendicular alignment angle that the adjusters are mounted to is 12″ long and welded to the fence. I aligned the fence with one of the miter ways, letting the end overhang the front rail 1/8″ and clamped it to the table saw. The angle was then clamped the front rail making sure it was parallel to the rail on the left and right sides. I would suggest adding a 1/8″ plate for aspacer between the fence and the alignment angle, as this will allow for space for the delrin spacers that the fence glides on. This keeps the alignment angle from rising above the table. Once all is clamped, weld the alignment angle to the fence making them one (could drill and tap them together as well).

The locking cam is made up of 1 1/2″ X 3″ x 3/16″ strips. The cam itself is 1 1/4″ round stock with a 5/16″ hole drilled offset to the center (I didn’t use an exact science on this, but don’t make it too far off center, just enough to draw the fence back 1/8″ or so. This was trial and error, but found that the less offset hole didn’t pop loose when bumped.

I used 1/4-20 brass screws with the tips rounded slightly for the adjusters. These were drilled and tapped at the same height as where the cam touches the fence. If drilled too high, they have a tendency to pop the cam loose, guess they could be drilled below the cam as well. An old screw driver was cut off and used for the handle.

The glides were made from delrin (bought online at ) which were cut from 2″ x 12″ x 1/2″ delrin stock. The rear glide is only about 1/16″ thick and the fronts were cut to the same thickness to level out the alignment angle, yet raise the fence about 1/32″ above the table (this is where the 1/8″ spacer mentioned above would have been handy on mine as the alignment angle is slightly above the table now. the edges were rounded to allow the fence to slide without catching. The delrin was attached using expoxy. They probably have some teflon strips there too, but already had the delrin for another project.

The past couple of days I was able to finish up most of the assembly of the fence. Currently I’m waiting for a self-adhesive ruler to come in. I’ll add a cursor to the fence and hopefully never need a tape measure again.

Table Saw Inserts

Posted: February 21, 2010 – 4:22 pm

The other night I found myself recutting a piece of plywood due to chipout on the bottom side of the table saw cut that I had made. I realized that I have the perfect tool for making table saw inserts, my cnc router.

I did some quick measurements and threw them into TurboCAD, mounted up a 1/2″ piece of MDF, and soon had my first insert. Now I’d rather of been using UHMW, but I’ve found that MDF has some very machinable properties. It’s easy to cut, can be drilled and tapped for set screws, and it’s also cheap.

Entertainment Center Insert

Posted: February 15, 2010 – 6:43 pm

Recently we bought new furniture and around the same timeframe finished a family room in our basement. The old furniture, along with the TV moved out of our upstairs family room. What? No TV on the first floor? Well, I have to say this has been a blessing. We have two teenagers that we think of as our “clutter monsters”. It’s amazing how quickly they can displace everything in a room in a matter of minutes. With no TV on the first floor, they tend not to hang around for very long, in turn, this area stays pretty presentable when guests stop by.

Well, we’ve started doing more entertaining in the past year and have a growing collection of wine bottles and other beverages that shouldn’t be left in the reach of teenagers. So we’ve decided to convert the area that once housed our TV into a lockable liquor cabinet. I installed the insert today and am very happy with the overall results.

The insert opens to allow for easy reach to it’s contents and a place to prepare cocktails. Below the liquor cabinet is a large drawer that my wife requested for storage.

Rather than buying speciality hardware, I prefer to buy regular brass and brass plated hardware, remove the clear coat using stripper, and finish the hardware with a black stained glass patina. This saves a whole lot of money and has a very impressive finish. Still need to install some stop, cut a mortise for the lock, and varnish the other drawer fronts.