There are lots of smaller adaptations that can make table saws easier, quicker and safer to use this is just a small number of suggestions and ideas that some may be able to put to good use on their table saw.
Thanks to the nice people and ISOTunes, I got a chance to try out and review a couple of their wireless safety earbuds in my own workshop for a few weeks. Until they had contacted me, I was unaware that there these units were available and since I have been struggling for years to find ear protection that works for me, I was quite anxious to try these out. In the past I have tried the little foam inserts and they work ok, but taking them in and out constantly, is time consuming and fiddly, and they are only good for a very few insertions before they no longer work properly. I have a few different sets of over-the-ear earmuff style ear protectors, and they work ok but the biggest challenge I have with these is that because I am constantly listening for ambient noise in the workshop because of the video taping I am doing, I can't wear hearing protection all the time or I miss outside noises that can affect the audio recording. The fact that I am always wearing eye protection on a cord around my neck, and constantly taking of and putting on my glasses, most ear muffs are bothersome to wear.
I spend a lot of time in my workshop, not just recording videos, but also doing prep work in advance of making videos which can consist of preparing wood, making mock-up items, testing designs and even making prototypes. During this time that I am not recording, I enjoy listening to music, sometimes it's my own purchased music, other times I will tune into a radio station on my mobile phone and stream that music to my small portable Bluetooth speaker. During this time I also putting on and taking off earmuff safety protectors and of course my safety glasses.
Sanding is easily my least favorite part of woodworking but I know that it is a very important step because sanding is one of the major steps that determine how you finished project will look. I force myself to take my time and do a good job, but that doesn't make the whole process any less tedious. The one hope I have is that I can come up with some accessories and modifications that can help, even in a small way, to make my sanding at least more bearable.
One of the reasons there are so many different woodworking jigs is that one jig that does a specific job, may not necessarily perform a similar job when needed, or it may be too cumbersome to use. Such is the case with this Table Saw Mitre Gauge attached Tapering Jig or Wedge Making jig as some call it. This jig is not well suited for making things like tapered legs where there are tapers on all 4 sides. This is because when you taper 2 opposing sides, the last 2 sides need support in order for them to make equal angle cuts, and you also need to compensate for the width of the saw blade with something like veneers. It can be done, but this jig is very cumbersome for that kind of cut. This jig I made in a previous video is far better for making tapered legs and for trimming uneven edged wood, you can check it out here.
This tapering jig is far more suited for smaller, one or maybe 2 sided cuts. I like it because it is variable in many ways including the thickness of stock, width of stock and quite wide variable angles of wedge or tapered sizes. I made mine replicating a 30 - 60 degree triangle, only because it gave me different lengths of the triangle to work with ...
Clamping is a big part of woodworking whether it's part of clamping and gluing wood together, assembly or just some temporary holding that needs to be done. There are so many different kinds of woodworking clamps, I loose track of what is available and, believe it or not, I don't have every conceivable woodworking clamp available ... but some days I wish I had.
For me, clamping and gluing boards together is probably my most common kind of clamping and for this, I use the old style bar clamps. I guess I could upgrade to something more modern, but these work for me, they are somewhat inexpensive and I have them in different sizes so they are pretty convenient for me, except for one problem ...