Innovation is at the heart of woodworking. Artisans for thousands of years have attempted to solve complex problems using nothing but the simplest of tools and their ingenuity. Innovation for the Indian hobbyist woodworker is the key to solving complex problems without investing in complex machinery and jigs.
A Delhi-based hobbyist woodworker, Sunil Chetiwal, recently wrote in with photographs of his innovations: a homemade table saw and a drill press stand. Both work perfectly and he can get precision at a fraction of the cost of a regular table saw and drill press stand.
The table saw was done in less than a week, he says. "I made this design in 3 days (one night for design 11:00 pm to 4:00 am) and two days for making, during which I made lots of changes and additions. To suit my needs I added a magnet holder for dust cover and a magnet holder for the saw blade changing tool which needs to be stored inside. The design provides for rattle free working. Our guests never notice it while sitting in the living room."
The series of photographs taken by him tell the whole story.
Chetiwal adds that he did not compromise on the cutting height of the blade by making the table top out of Aluminium sheet used in building facades.
He also made this drill press stand to "make 90 degree accurate holes by drill machine in wooden blocks". The stand is light and easy to hide. He says the "holes in the aluminium plates are watertight (done on lathe machine) and thickness (6 sheet of 4mm "Alucobond, aluminium composite panel 3 layer each makes 18 layers of different material) ensures the perfect up & down movement by hand only. I also have installed depth gauge in it to prevent damage from sudden drop & to adjust drill hole depth."
Chetiwal has been forced to make these innovations as he like most of us lacks space and cannot have machinery lying around the living area which he shares with his wife and small child.
Sunil Chetiwal is a a Country Manger Social Compliance & Ethical Standards doing audits for the last 12 years. He is a hobbyist DIY who works with electrical stuff, thermacol, wood and metal. He has made some great projects (see pix below) and plans to share his work with us. We can only wish him best of luck.
8 April 2014