fitting name


Q:

what is the name of the fitting in the circle in the picture?

A: If you are searching for it in online I'd try looking under drop down cabinet hardware. Or drawer / door hardware. You might be able to find it under kitchen cabinet hardware since sink fronts sometimes drop down like that.

Anyone else out there have a better idea?

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Stumped on a project.

So I'm trying to make an over-the-bed iPad holder. Here is the concept:


Q:
I'm nesting each segment in the one before, with 3 different segments and a wingnut to control each segment. The only problem is I'd like to be able to allow the iPad to swivel from horizontal to vertical and I can't, for the life of me, find a way to do it. Any thoughts?

A: I guess I can't quite visualize what you mean. You can't simply hinge the segments?

Can you send a photo or a drawing?

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box cutouts



Q: Hi,
I am looking at making a special box. This box has crescent shaped cutouts on the inside of the lid. (pic attached).

How do I make these cutouts? with what? How do I position them accurately?
Thanks for your help.

Chris

A: Hi Chris,

I have two suggestions. If you are good with hand tools I'd recommend making the cutouts with gouges.

If not, I recommend a router. You are going to need to make yourself a cradle with the curve you need so that a router can slide along the cradle.

I've attached a crude sketchup drawing so you can see what I mean. The black box is the router attached to the red base which slides along the yellow cradle. You can set up stops to help align things.

Hope this helps.
Good luck.

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Swinging Compartments

by Nigel E
(Pa)

Q:
Designing a jewelry box with swinging compartments, idea is small compact footprint with tower design, each level being a swing out tray for earrings.

Any ideas about the best option for hardware to swing out each tray?

Thought of fixed vertical bar with bearing set into each tray, hinges trying not to over think this and thought you may have an idea.

A:

Either of those suggestions would work. If you use a vertical bar make sure it's strong enough to last through all the friction of swinging back and forth.

Hinges would work as well. I agree you don't need to over think it. You might want to try a couple prototypes though to see which you prefer.

Good luck.

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is there a jig for hand planers to get full size planer results

by Ken W
(Montana)

router jig

router jig

Q:
I have 5 10"x10"X10' rough sawn timbers that I need to have smooth surfaced. They're too big to fit thru a conventional planer & all I have is a 3 1/4" Makita hand planer.

Is there some sort of jig I can make to avoid having planer lines/groves that must in turn have to be belt sanded out?
HELP!!!!!
thanx

A:

That would be a lot of hand planing! Personally, I’d probably spring to have them planed at a local lumber yard. I don’t know what you have in your area, but I would think there would be someplace that could get them pretty smooth. You still might need to do some final sanding depending on how smooth they need to me, but it sure beats doing it all by hand.

The only other thing I can think of is to make yourself some sort of a cradle that you could use to suspend the planer at a consistent angle over the wood. I’ve seen something similar for the router, like the one in the photo, which I found at http://lumberjocks.com/projects/17269.

It would still be a lot of planing, but at least it would help avoid the grooves.
Best of luck,

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