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Chapter 1 - Automotive Chapter 2 - Electrical Chapter 3 - Machining Chapter 4 - Metalworking Chapter 5 - Woodworking Chapter 6 - Workholding 2 6 9 15 23 31

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Automotive
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Heavy-Duty Rotisserie
By toolman8 Homemade, heavy-duty rotisserie fabricated from square steel tubing and capable of supporting and rotating at least 5,000 pounds.

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Engine Break-In Stand


By jniolon Homemade engine break-in stand constructed specically for a Ford 460 engine. Fabricated from 2x2 tubing, a lawnmower throttle/lever cable assembly, Cadillac radiator, a fan from an 80's Honda, and some spare gauges.

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Tapered Axle Puller


By nonhog Homemade tapered axle puller adapted from a surplus Toyota MR2 hub and utilizing a section of black iron pipe as the tool's body.

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Chassis Jig Table


By astroracer
Homemade chassis jig tables featuring sliding H-beams to accommodate varying track widths. Mobility and leveling are each facilitated with both casters and jacking lugs, respectively, at each corner. One table incorporates a melamine top to enable layout marking directly on the washable surface.

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Engine Stand
By jniolon Homemade engine stand construction project detailed in a comprehensive photo-tutorial.

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Electrical!
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Lathe Electronic Edge Finder


By Rick Sparber
Homemade lathe electronic edge nder (LEEF) detailed in an extensive writeup. Provides the capability to detect the cutter coming into contact with a workpiece, all without any modication to the lathe, cutter, or workpiece. Utilization of the LEEF enables one to quickly re-establish zero when changing cutters and will also indicate boring bar touchdown at the bottom of a hole.

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12v Car Battery Desulfator


By kmpres Homemade desulfator for 12v car batteries. Instructions cover building a desulfator circuit, smoke testing, and attaching the circuit to battery chargers. Circuit schematic and parts list included.

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ATX Power Supply to Lab Supply Conversion


By Abizarl
Homemade ATX power supply to lab supply conversion. Includes comprehensive instructions, photographs, and video detailing how to salvage the ATX power supply, discharge it, drill the case, attach the binding posts, and create proper wire connections.

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Detonation Detector
By Julian Edgar Homemade detonation detector constructed from inexpensive electronics parts, earphones, microphone cable, battery clip, and battery.

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Machining
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Cap Screw Holders


By Frank Ford Homemade cap screw holders machined from brass and intended to facilitate the safe presentation of short screws to a grinder. Mounted in turned rosewood handles.

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Boring Head
By ISHIMURA
Homemade boring head with a MT3/JT6 arbor. Connected to the mill spindle through the MT3 taper. Boring head ts on the Jacob's taper. Boring head body, sub-head, and micrometer shaft all machined from free-cutting steel. Gib plate is mild steel. Moving the micrometer dial by one increment moves the boring head by 0.02 mm. Boring head is adjusted using an Allen key.

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Taig Mill Screwless Vise


By Dean Williams Homemade screwless vise constructed from a section of 7/8" thick scrap aluminum and intended to t a Taig mill. Fixed and movable jaws are fabricated from 1 1/4" square aluminum. Capable of accepting 3" workpieces.

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Rotary Broaching Tool


By mikesworkshop
Homemade rotary broaching tool intended to be mounted on a lathe's cross slide. Comprised of a tool post block and a cutter. Block measures 25 x 50 x 50mm. Cutter is machined from a 10mm diameter silver steel rod. Brass M5 screws secure the cutter holder to the tool post block.

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Stepperhead Universal Machine Tool


By jackary
Homemade Stepperhead universal machine tool. Utilizes TurboCNC v 4.01 and powered by a 430-Watt, 1400 rpm, 240v AC three-phase stepper motor. Spindle speed is 15-3000 rpm, forward and reverse. Nema size 23 motors for the head, cross slide, and saddle. Milling head motor is 430 watts, 24v DC, with a speed range of 1000-4000 rpm. Overall dimensions: 1000 mm long x 600 mm wide x 500 mm high.

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Fixed Steady
By ISHIMURA Homemade xed steady design based on commercial units. Frame features three channels, supporting brass ngers with adjusting and locking screws. An L-shaped base with vee slots mates with the lathe vee way.

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Kurt-Style Vise for Gingery Shaper


By Rick Sparber Homemade Kurt-style vise for a Gingery shaper. Separate and perpendicular screws provide clamping force in both planes. Features soft jaws with the clamp screw pulling on the movable jaw.

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Fly Cutter
By Frank Ford Homemade y cutter adapted from a stock R8 arbor and utilizing a piece of round stock for the head. Tool is able to perform both rough and nish cuts simultaneously.

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Keyway Slotter
By ISHIMURA Homemade keyway slotter designed to be mounted on a lathe's cross-slide. Block is mild steel, bushes are brass. Accepts HSS bits.

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Metalworking
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Miniature 4-Jaw Chuck


By Dean Williams Homemade miniature 4-jaw, 1" diameter chuck intended for use with a small model lathe. Spindle features M12 x 1.5 thread. Jaws machined from cold rolled steel.

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Scratch-Built Bead Roller


By Andy P Homemade bead roller featuring a main body constructed from 10mm laser cut plates. The only proprietary parts used were phosphor bronze bearings and two reverse gears sourced from a Toyota Celica transmission.

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Hydraulic Press
By Dave Propst Homemade multi-purpose hydraulic press powered by a 25-ton Enerpac ram.

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Coffee Can Furnace


By W. E. Johns Homemade coffee can furnace powered by a repurposed dishwasher blower.

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English Wheel
By idickers Homemade English wheel with removable legs.

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Crucible and Tongs


By Rick Sparber Homemade crucible and tongs fashioned from 6" diameter x 1/4" thick pipe. Bottom is 1/4" plate, welded to the body. Has a capacity of 9 lbs. Lifting and pouring handle was constructed from CRS rods and bars.

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Leveling Ring Roller


By nitronorm
Homemade leveling ring roller powered by a bottle jack. Assembly consists of top & bottom carriages secured to the base by 2x20mm locking pins. Carriages were fabricated from 10mm plate. Utilizes 100mm rollers with 20mm spindles. Top roller is driven through a 5mm keyway.

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Freon Tank Forge


By Fred Frontino Homemade forge fabricated from a repurposed freon tank and featuring an integral ceramic shelf to support workpieces during ring.

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Light-Duty Bender
By Goff Homemade light-duty bender fabricated from at bar stock and long bolts. Designed to be mounted in a bench vise. Utilizes homemade dies.

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Gas-Fired Crucible Furnace


By Joe Hildreth Homemade gas-red crucible furnace based on a Dave Gingery project. Furnace refractory contains 1/3 perlite. Fuel is propane. Fan motor rated at 1/ 3hp at 1725rpm.

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Boring Bar Holder


By Steven Vine Homemade xture designed to hold a Glanze boring bar for a lathe. Made from a solid piece of laminated steel.

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Variable Volume Flask


By Rick Sparber Homemade variable volume ask for casting. Constructed from extruded aluminum channels and wood blocks. Sides are bolted together to form the cope and drag. Kit consists of 12 sides and two bars for mounting the upset.

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Custom V-Block
By Glenn Wegman Homemade custom V-block fabricated from A2 tool steel and intended to facilitate the securing of small parts for drilling operations.

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Waste Oil Burner and Furnace


By Lionel Oliver II Homemade waste oil burner and furnace adapted from a 20lb propane tank. Frame constructed from steel pipe and rebar. Powered by a homemade blower.

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Woodworking
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Drum Sander
By Ronald Walter Homemade drum sander powered by a 1/3 HP, 1725 RPM motor. Rotating drum is constructed from a stack of MDF and Baltic Birch discs mounted on a steel shaft.

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14 Bandsaw
By Matthias Wandel Homemade wood-framed 14" bandsaw utilizing Ikea shelving components and plywood for the frame and table. Powered by a 1hp pool pump motor driving a V-belt mounted to a 2.5" pulley.

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Blade Sharpening Jig


By John Heisz Homemade blade sharpening jig designed to facilitate the accurate honing of planer and jointer knives.

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Table Saw from Plans


By Hector Acevedo Homemade, wooden table saw constructed from plans and featuring a knee-operated panic shutdown bar, micro-adjustment in crosscut and rip fences, and dust collection unit powered by a vacuum cleaner motor.

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Horizontal Mortiser
By Brian Grella Homemade horizontal mortiser utilizing bronze-sleeved shafts for the horizontal slider mechanism.

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Box Joint Jig


By John Heisz Homemade box joint jig constructed from wood. The jig is tted with a mechanism intended to advance the workpiece a quarter inch at a time.

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Ultimate Woodworking Table


By Dave Munkittrick Homemade woodworking table incorporating space for a mounted planer, router, and sander. Features an integral clamping system and a downdraft sanding station, as well as an outfeed table.

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3D Router Pantograph
By Matthias Wandel Homemade, 3D router pantograph capable of controlling the depth of cut.

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Box Joint Jig


By niki Homemade box joint jig for a router table consisting of clamps utilized in conjunction with a set of precision spacers. Capable of producing accurate nger joints.

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Gear-Making Pantorouter
By Ken Coulter Homemade, gear-making pantorouter specically constructed to facilitate the production of wooden involute gears.

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Router Table
By John Heisz Homemade router table featuring a built-in router lift and router bit storage drawer.

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Longworth Chuck
By Woodworkers Guide Homemade Longworth chuck constructed from two plywood discs. Intended to enable the nish turning of a workpiece's normally inaccessible bottom face.

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Sphere Template
By David Reed Smith Homemade template for turning wooden spheres on a lathe. Scales are utilized to measure proper distances. Template is fastened to aluminum ashing to provide working stiffness.

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Workholding
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Bandsaw Vise Modication


By mikesworkshop
Homemade bandsaw vise modication to enable the cutting of smaller pieces. Involves alteration of the moving jaw, addition of a jack rod and scale, repositioning the xed jaw, and replacing the lock nuts with tee nuts and tommy bars.

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Bison 3-Jaw Chuck Soft Jaws


By Rick Sparber Homemade soft jaws fabricated from 6061 aluminum and designed to t a Bison lathe's 3-jaw chuck.

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Hold Down Clamp


By Matthias Wandel Homemade hold down clamp constructed from a repurposed C-clamp tted to custom-made, wooden components.

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Bench Vise
By slickSqueegie Homemade bench vise constructed from lumber, wooden dowels, and a 3' section of 1" diameter threaded rod.

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Hold-Down Clamps
By niki Homemade hold-down clamps for woodworking constructed from scrap lumber, threaded rod, and T-nuts. Nuts embedded in underside of the workbench enable a variety of clamping congurations.

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