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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #8: The First Cut is the Deepest.....

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 630 days ago 1774 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Breathing easier, as I save the world!!! (UPDATE! 2/26/13) Part 8 of Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... series Part 9: Nothing "new", just GLOATING!!! »

It has been a while since I have updated my shop progress, that’s because there was NO progress. Besides me being a top notch procrastinator, I also have a job that drains all of my energy, both physically & mentally (although not much to drain there!). I also had some budgetary issues to deal with.

I really needed to get into my shop and be productive out of FEAR! I was afraid of being ostracized by my “buddies” and being kicked out of the “Stumpy Nubs Hotel”. That I could not let happen. I would have been like Richard Geer in “An Officer & a Gentlemen”, crying with nowhere to go!!!

I am still on an austerity budget, but was able to squirrel away enough to purchase some upgrades for my C’man Ts.

My first TS, pretty basic.

This was a CL special, that only needed a little TLC. It already had a Vega Utility fence & the Herc-U-Lift mobile base, so no upgrade needed there. This saw was in need of a new blade gaurd/splitter and the bracket to attach it. Call me a wimp, but I want the blade guard. Perhaps in time I’ll come to hate the gaurd, but as a newbie, I need all the safety stuff there is.

I would be able to use the saw once these “accessories” were installed, but I wanted something more for MY TS!!! I ended up purchasing a few things from In-Line Industries. Namely, the PALS alignment kit and machined steel pulleys for the motor and arbor. I also hit up Harbor Frieght for one of their V-Link belts.

Pulleys & V-Link Belt Installed

The PALS alignment kit installed

Now what would be the point of having a HF 2 HP DC without the DC accessory kit…..

DC shroud, friction fitted to bottom of TS with quick release on the hose….

I also sealed up all the little holes in the saw. I still need to seal up the back, but that will have to wait. Wait until I have some more motivation & some (at least one) projects completed.

Gotta align the splitter…

Prepped for first cut & raring to go…..

The first Cut is the deepest…..

The first project I MUST complete is my ambient air cleaner….

The carcass is done, I just need to cut & install the cleats that hold the filters in place.

So that is what I’ve been up to recently. Tonight I was able to make saw dust with MY TS!!! I’ve earned a “COLD ONE”!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?



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JL7

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#1 posted 630 days ago

Man – this certainly is a proud moment! Looking good there Randy…...those are some great mods to the saw and it will be a good machine..

I closed up the back of my saw with a couple of pieces of masonite and used raw earth magnets to keep them in place. Because, of course, you need to move them if you tilt the blade. Pretty simple to build with your band saw (which also makes dust…..hint, hint).

The air cleaner is looking good too…....get-r-done!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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dbhost

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#2 posted 630 days ago

Really making good headway there!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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redryder

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#3 posted 630 days ago

Since you have earned a cold one, maybe you could build a drink holder for the side of that TS. Then post it in the projects…..................

-- mike...............

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boxcarmarty

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#4 posted 630 days ago

Put on probation maybe. But nobody has ever found there way back out of Hotel Stumpy….. Make that table saw as comfortable as possible my friend because you are doomed for eternity when you enter the wood zone…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 630 days ago

Jeff,
As far as covering the back, I’m looking at doing something similar to what LJ member Sawkerf did.

DB,
I’m definetly not progressing as quickly as you in your shop. (I’ve been lurking at your blog, not in a “stalker” fashion!!!)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 630 days ago

Mike,
Thanks for stopping by. “Cold Ones”, of the adult variety, are only consumed after the shop is closed down for the day. However, a cup holder for a glue bottle or something else to drink, may be a good idea. I do know that I need to relocate the On/Off switch. The original owner moved the switch to the side of the right extension table (ie. not on the front of the saw).

Marty, Marty, Marty,
If I were to make a “TS workstation” large enough, I could through a mattress on top & I wood be very comfy.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 630 days ago

Thats like breaking ground … only minus the worthless politician in a white hard hat using the wrong end of the shovel ;). Im sure this will inspire you to get back to work settin up shop. Good for you Randy.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#8 posted 630 days ago

Well done Randy, good work and progress.
This has earned you a room upgrade at the Hotel.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Dave

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#9 posted 630 days ago

Am I seeing correctly . I am seeing correctly. Randy got sum shop time.
Looking good Randy, real good. Nice job!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Alexandre

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#10 posted 630 days ago

Randy… Your room in the hotel is on stumps table saw,...

-- My terrible signature...

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 630 days ago

chrisstef,
Without the “politicos” is good, but I move muuuch slower than the “Wheels of Government”!!!

Rex,
A “room upgrade”, wood be nice. I’m getting tired of sleeping on the couch in the hotel lobby! Sleeping on the hotel lobby couch is a real story, “Spring Break” in Florida, ask me about it sometime. I’ll tell you everything that I can remember!!!

SuperDave,
Your eyesight is keen! (ie: you can see right through everything!) I did get shop time & was productive. I better go see a doctor. I’m not sure I’m feeling quite right! Lol.

Alexandre,
A TS bed is great, it has a “back scratcher”, much better than the “magic fingers” in real motel rooms!!!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the coffee….....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Alexandre

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#12 posted 630 days ago

You’ll have no hair left when stumpy uses his table saw…..
Randy, what saw blade did you use?
Also, I forgot to switch off your shops light…

-- My terrible signature...

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DIYaholic

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#13 posted 630 days ago

Alwxandre,
I have a few HSS blades that came with the saw, nothing special at all. I will need to squirrel away some money to get a few good blades & a stacked dado set. That WILL be a while…....

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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eddie

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#14 posted 630 days ago

Randy you got it going on ,looking good,your ambient air cleaner that going to be a good ,looking forward to your progress of it ,nice back scratcher

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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DIYaholic

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#15 posted 629 days ago

Thanks for stopping by. The ambient air cleaner will be a much used machine, IF I actually do any real woodworking!!!

I may have it “Going on”, but not as much as “Stacy’s Mom”!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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