Jo Spyckerelle, Albi, FR

Gender: Male

Birthday: 11/07/1955

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DIY Dust Cyclone Separator

  I had been looking in many issues of woodworking magazines to find a dust cyclone cyclone, but found that the shipping costs to Europe were prohibitive. Finally, I found some smaller ones on eBay...

Cinnamon box

It's probably one of the most satisfying olfactory experiences I had in my workshop. The idea came on a trip in Indonesia, where I spotted a wall panel with an imitation of cross-cut cinnamonI...

3D joints for saloon table

I have not come across this type of 3-dimensional joint so far. It was inspired by the wooden puzzles. Stock is 1 x 1 inch wide. Very easy to make on the table saw, using a cross-cut sled. All the...

Have you ever scanned a coathanger? Introducing the Bar Coat

Bar Codes are a superb invention. Originally developped in the early 1960's to track railroad cars, you can't escape from them whenever you enter ( or rather, leave) a supermarket. So, I decided to...

The incredibly shrinking workshop

My (relatively) small workshop had become too big on machines and too low on moving space. I combined five machines -bandsaw, miter saw, drill press, router table and disk sander into one 6 x 2 ft...

An on/off holster for your shop vacuum nozzle

A shop vacuum is a great tool, except for two things: a) The tube hangs or lies always somewhere in the way, and b) often, the on-off switch is minuscule and not easy to reach.   I took a onfoot...

Christmas gift: a "Face"Book iPad stand

I'm not on FaceBook. But I did make one, a small box/ pencil holder/iPad stand with Valentin's profile cut out in the middle of the stand, where the iPad connector comes.  The pencils can serve as...

Upgrade your clamps, the simple way

  Often, when you need to clamp two pieces of wood, you need to put the clamps next to a surface, where you cannot easily turn the handle and put the pressure on the clamp. I made a small...

A Padouk Wood Box, as Tree as it can Be

Padouk wood shows quite a dramatic change between its super-red heartwood and its yellow-creamish sapwood. I had a 8 x 4"x 8' leftover with a lot of sapwood,unusable for outdoor construction, so I...

Kitchen cutting boards

I had an almond tree stump, wich was too small for making furniture. Once milled, the grain was very interesting, and I picked up a pyrography idea I saw a few years ago. Size is about 7 " x 4" x...

Recent comments

Re: Making time in the shop

I think this definitely merits a back cover of FWW Magazine!

Re: Fine Woodworking and the iPad

It would be intresting to read in FWW a monthly review of the most relevant apps on iPad and Android for woodworkers, which we otherwise might miss.

For example, there is an elegant but simple App " Photo Measures", that allows you to add all kinds of measurements and dimensions on any picture taken, great for sizing up a room or a built-in.

Re: Transform Reclaimed Cedar Siding into Beautiful Cabinet Panels

Besides the use of reclaimed wood, I'm particularly impressed with the through dovetails for the leg/rail joints. Had not come across this. Great inspiration

Re: Beautiful furniture from reclaimed materials

A Dutch designer, Piet-Hein Eek, is already making for years furniture from reclaimed scrapwood, now on an industrial scale. But still interesting to get inspired. Go to

Re: Help us design a workbench for power-tool lovers

I store all my power tools right under my workbench top in a fixed order. That way, I know intuitively where to reach for the right tool, and I have them all immediately available.

From left to right:
- Planer
- Jigsaw
- Router
- Drill
- Circular saw
- Sander
- Angle grinder
- Battery charger for cordless screwdriver

Where needed, I made holes for e.g. the jigsaw blade, the router bit, etc.

At the back of the freestanding workbench, I have a 10-outlet power strip, where all the power cables are plugged in the same order as the tools. That way, the cords get (almost) never tangled. Most of the cables are long enough to use them at any place on the workbench, and it is only exceptionally that I need to unplug a tool. The outlets are vertically oriented to prevent dust from accumulating there.

In addition, each power outlet bears a label with the name of the corresponding tool, and the power cables have their own name label as well. That way, I never need to double-guess which cable belongs where.

Re: Benchtop Tablesaws: We Want Your Feedback

I've used my Makita 2705 for the past two years,and I am quite satisfied. In addition, I use a Makita Miter saw for crosscutting long boards, for which the table saw not well suited. My choice was driven by the limited space in my workshop, so I built a support stand on wheels, allowing me to orient the table saw according to the size of the workpieces. Accuracy is fine when taking the time to check dimensions and squareness, I often use a cross-cut sled,and it takes a little time to get the miter fence square in place. Power is fine, the blade splitter insertion/removal is tortuous, to create a zero clearance insert is a long exercise in patience and adjustment. The dust exhaust works reasonably well, but the table is full of vents and holes that require filling to improve the air flow. At the same time, I introduced insulation to reduce the loud noise level. Given my constraints, I am very happy with this table saw.

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