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Making a dust hood for my Ridgid oscillating sander

01-12-2010 05:50 PM by SimonSKL | 17 comments »

After reading many favorable reviews of the Ridgid oscillating sander (model # EB44242) and with a 15% rebate offered by the manufacturer, I finally bought this sander as my Christmas present. The more I use it the more I like the sander. I would have given it a 5 star rating if it has better dust collection capability when the belt sander is used. The dust just got collected at the end of the belt and landed all over the floor. I thought there must be a better way to collect the dust. Here i...

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French Cleat System

05-16-2015 01:56 PM by Ken Dowswell | 3 comments »

French Cleat At my workbench I have always had a peg board which is somewhat difficult to hang some items. Again researching the internet I came across the French Cleat System. Using the 45 degree basics and customizing the hanger for each tool, it has by far better options for tool placement. I’m still early in it but have been able to assemble a cleat for items as they become apparent. The next items are small boxes for screws and such made from 1/4” material (ply or ha...

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Some past projects, #4: Shop projects

04-29-2015 09:39 PM by Silverhill | 5 comments »

Being new to woodworking, shop projects are a large part of my efforts as new tools come into the shop and the shop becomes more of a shop than a garage. I am refurbishing one wall at a time, so please keep that in mind when an unfinished wall comes into view. This was an early project to get my clamps out of the way. It was just a simple box placed on said unfinished wall. please excuse the trailer park curtains. They have been replaced now with the mini blinds. :) This is t...

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Dust Collection #6: Revisions

04-24-2015 04:15 PM by Notw | 3 comments »

So after about a month of using my new dust collection system I found a couple of areas that had opportunities for improvement. I added the Dust-Rite 5-micron dust collection filter bag from Rockler.com (#20431) shorting after completing the ducting, taking a peek inside the bag’s window shows that it is collecting a lot of dust. Makes me think my decision to not port outside of the shop was a good decision. The other issue I ran into was there was a lot of reduction in air flow du...

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Bench Dog Holes - Jumbo Shelf Pin Jig

01-29-2014 04:50 PM by Splinter12 | 5 comments »

Almost done my variation of the Chris Schwarz $175 work bench and had fun drilling the dog hole. I thought I’d share. I think my photos are getting cut off. Oh well. Made my self of jumbo shelf pin jig. Made it out of Baltic birch and then drilled it on the drill press. Once I drilled my first hole I used the Veritas bench dog as the pin. Clamp to bench with backer board. Drill hole with .75” brad point bit. Move down to next hole. No measuring re...

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New Router Table #5: Building the Top

09-07-2013 03:12 PM by jeffbranch | 2 comments »

Before I get to the top, I left off in my last post on this build with the tricky addition of the dust port to the back of the router table. This would have been a lot easier if I had completed this step prior to attaching the back to the case, but it just didn’t happen that way. To get started on the dust port, I taped it in place on a thin piece of pine… Using a flush trim bit in my router I create the template I need to cut the hole in the back… After pos...

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Dust Collector

01-20-2013 01:02 AM by chazmonro | 14 comments »

I modified my Harbor Freight dust collector. I run it through a dust separator first which works like a charm, and then the fines end up in the black can. I was tired of struggling with the bags so I added the black plastic can, i went overboard on the lever latches.

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Harbor Frieght Dust Collector Modification, or, not leaving well enough alone! #4: Good enough for now!

02-10-2015 07:26 PM by luv2learn | 12 comments »

I have created four zones, so to speak, for my D.C. upgrade. They are controlled with four 4” blast gates all located close together and close to the D.C. I will only use one zone at a time for maximum efficiency. I used a combination of D.C. fittings, blast gates, sheet metal fittings as well as sheet metal duct work. Now an explanation of the various zones. The first zone on the right is dedicated to my planer and later to my joiner once I get it modified. The second zone is...

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Small workbench based on shipbuilt's Short Block V8 (Workbench Challange) #1: Concept and leg assembly

02-06-2015 05:57 AM by brianb6603 | 3 comments »

ConceptI have been needing a proper workbench for a while. The top of my table saw and fold up extension have been the only spot to use. I would love to have a large proper workbench but my shop is just too small for a full size bench. I have been looking at benches in Lumberjocks and marking some for reference. shipwright had come up with some excellent ideas. His concept for the Short Block V8 is a low cost way for a beginner to get a strong, stable small workbench using tools that many b...

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Workbench Challenge #2: Getting Started and the Plans

11-22-2013 08:11 PM by shipwright | 16 comments »

I know that I said I would post the Sketchup at the end of the build but after some thought I have decided to post it now even though there may be some changes made during the build. I think it will make the blog easier to follow. If anyone wants to look for mistakes (proof read) feel free, I’d like this to be glitch free when it’s done. I will format the rest of this blog as building instructions and will try to do it to suit beginning woodworkers so please bear with me if you...

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