10 homemade power tool ideas

  • 01

    To be safer when using his table saw, Wayne Miller form Rushsylvania, Ohio, made a safe hand-applied hold-down out of a 9-inch-long piece of .25-inch plywood. The narrow width fits between the fence and the blade and its 6 3/8-inch height keeps the operator’s fingers above the saw blade.

  • 02

    Step saver
    Since he has two portable air storage tanks, Bill Daniels in Auburn, Washington, puts the back-to-back male connectors together to fill one tank without holding the fitting on the tank’s fill valve. Then he puts together the manifold so he can fill them both at the same time.

  • 03

    Tee up
    William Davis has mud daubers on his farm in Platte City, Missouri. He says they were filling all the air tools and hoses in his shop with mud. Then he discovered that golf tees work very well to keep them out. Just push them into the openings, and the taper will hold them in.

  • 04

    No more picking up the other half of the big logs, Chris Kornkoven built a table to catch them. Installed pins in the table can be removed to separate the table from the splitter. It also folds up to be transported around his farm in Helenville, Wisconsin.

  • 05

    In order to eliminate wasteful gas spills Dennis Divine of Joplin, Missouri, says that he finds the compact plastic funnels ideal for two cycle engines. They cost less than $2 and are available in the camping sections of sporting goods stores.

  • 06

    Metal bender
    Clair Wilson of Winchester, Illinois made his own metal bender out of a hydraulic motor and a final drive from a combine. Fitted at its center with a large steel pin is a 2-inch-thick steel plate. Housed in a steel cabinet, Wilson’s bender cost him $75.

  • 07

    Hand grip
    As an added safety measure for using his cord saw, Tom Crittenden bolted this inexpensive holder to a simple mount. A used spring on the bottom helps pull it back away from the wood. The Mansfield, Pennsylvanian says that with his right hand on the handle, he feels a lot more secure when using his saw.

  • 08

    Support arms
    To create a more stable, safer work area, Bill Rosener of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, created support arms for his drill press. Holes in the vertical support arm are spaced 1 inch apart with the larger piece of square tubing having holes every 1.25 inches.

  • 09

    Power up
    On the 4x2-foot charging table he built in his Fairmount, North Dakota, shop, Gary Osborn wired all the plug-in plates through a one-hour timer. To charge a battery the timer is set and the proper switch turned on. He says he spent about $100.

  • 10

    Plasma cutter cart
    The front of the cart is higher for visibility of the control knobs along with added uprights and a cup. “There are places to wind the air hose and power cord, and there’s room below to store things,” says Roger Johnson a Chandler, Minnesotan.

Easy make-it-yourself ideas from farmers

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