This page also available in Spanish Some people are intimidated at the prospect of making their own wooden gears for the screw advance box joint jig. So I figured I'd cover the topic of gear making in a bit more detail. You can click on any image in this article to get a larger view. The method I use to make the gears for the box joint jig is the same as for the gears for the wooden router lift, but I'll focus on the ones for the box joint jig in this article. It's vital to use good plywood for the gears. Start by making a template for the gear shape. Glue the paper template onto a piece of birch plywood about 10 mm (3/8") thick. Next, use an awl to punch a divot in the center between every two gear teeth. Use a 5/16 (8 mm) brad point drill to drill out a hole in every space between the teeth. 5/16" is just the right size for the tooth spacing used in the gears for the box joint jig or the router lift. The divots made with the awl help to center the point of the drill on every hole.
Build a The Little Helper TowerPDF version Bring your child to counter height with this Little Helper Tower. Features adjustable height platform, removable tip resistant kit, and optional fold flat modification. Handmade from this plan >> Dimensions Dimensions: Dimensions are shown above. Materials and Tools Shopping List: 1 – 1×8, 8 feet long 4 – 1×2, 8 feet long 1 – 1×3, 8 feet long 2 1/2″ screws (is you are not using pocket hole screws) 1 1/4″ screws wood glue paint and finishing supplies Tools: measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection drill circular saw jigsaw sander level countersink drill bit Cut List Cut List: 4 – 1×2 @ 38″ (Legs) 8 – 1×2 @ 15″ (Ladder rungs) 1 – 1×8 @ 15″ (Arches) 2 – 1×8 @ 16 1/2″ (Front and Back Sides) 2 – 1×8 @ 18″ (Platform) 2 – 1×2 @ 15″ (Platform Supports) 2 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Bottom Supports) 2 – 1×3 @ 16 1/2″ (Top Supports) 2 – 1×3 @ 24″ (Tip Resistors) 4 – 1×3 @ 3″ (Tip Resistors) Step 1 Cut Arches From the 1×8 that is 15″ long, cut arches as shown above. Step 2 Ladder Rungs Step 3 Assembly
Gear template generatorThis free online gear template generator is designed for making scale accurate paper gear templates which you can glue onto wood and then cut out with a bandsaw. I recommend printing the gears with an ink jet printer. Even cheap ink jet printers print very scale accurate but Not all laser printers are accurate. You can still access the old (pre 2015) Flash based gear geberator Getting the printout to scale correctly, avoiding cropping Different browsers print at different scales depending on browser type and printer configuration. Use an ink jet printer I recommend using an ink jet printer. Printing the gear templates To print the gear template, use the 'Print' button, instead of printing the web page from the browser. The gear generator program that I created and sell doesn't need the scale calibration, and can paginate across many pages for larger gears. Some notes about gear design and this gear template generator This gear template generator generates shapes for involute spur gears.
Making Your Own Standing Desk: The Best of Both Worlds?Ever since we reported about the dangers of sitting down for long periods of time, especially in front of your computer during your work day, we've been looking at different ways of creating our own standing desks. While some of the desks that we've found aren't as polished as others, there are easy ways of spending your day standing up, working without ever sitting down. Standing desks are an easy way of staying healthy while working for long hours in front of your computer. While standing desks aren't suitable for everyone, they can help with the lethality of sitting down for more than 8 hours in a row. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Are Standing Desks Bad For Your Health?Image credit Herman Miller Standing desks have been around for a long time; I keep showing pictures of Herman Miller's Action Office from the sixties in the hope that they will introduce their standing desk. Even in 1958, their designer Bob Propst could write: "Compelled by lack of choice, we are forced to conduct most office activity in a sitting position. The result, as medical studies and insurance data make clear, is a steady decline in vitality, energy, and general body tone." But over at LifeHacker, they make the case that we should Forget the Standing Desk; You Just Need to Move Regularly. We quote a bit more of the CU Ego recommendation: As Lifehacker notes, the Cornell people suggest this bottom line: The bottom line:Sit to do computer work. But the Cornell team also tested Electric Height Adjustable Work Surfaces (EHAW), many of which are coming onto the market now, and say that Workers [are] more productive when using adjustable tables. Full study pdf here
A standing desk for $22I’ve been interested in standing desks for a while. I keep reading things like: he who sits the most dies the soonest. All the options online are expensive. Until now. Ryan Witt from Decisive and I combined our brains to see if we could come up with a better solution: Introducing The Standesk 2200 It’s a cheap solution made from Ikea parts for as low as $22. What do you want from a standing desk? Ergonomics are pretty simple. There are really 2 parts of this: monitor height and keyboard height. Building a standing desk on a regular desk When you’re working in a coworking space (we’re in General Assembly in New York) or in a regular office, the friction to go from sitting to standing is usually high: The cheapest adjustable standing desks are around $800 (geekdesk)You already have an existing desk in your workspaceYour boss would rather you die in your chair than live on your feet Marco Arment while working at Tumblr built his standing desk from stacking cans of soda stacking cans. The deluxe
Build an Adjustable Standing Desk with Pipe and Kee Klamp - Blog - Projects, Ideas, Inspiration, Kee Klamp, FittingsThis project got stared the other day when I read and discussed a couple of posts on the Lifehacker web site about the health risks of working while sitting all the time. I got inspired to do something about it and decided that I would build myself a desk that I could stand at. One of the goals that I had for the desk was to make it versatile enough to be used in a number of settings. My thought was something that I could use in my office, but might also be used with a treadmill. In this video I talk about the idea for the standing desk: Design My design consisted of a telescoping pole that went from floor to ceiling and a perpendicular pole that could support a keyboard or laptop. Sketchup Model Thanks to my pal Sam, the Sketchup Master, you can also download this project and play with it in Sketchup. Building the Standing Desk Design is one thing, implementation is another. Parts List In this video I talk about the advantages of using Kee Klamp and Kee Lite parts: Basic Costs 1. 2.