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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #15: Magic Smoke & Digital Wizardry!!!

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The Dungeon to Lair metamorphosis experienced a minor set back this past week. My TS motor decided to impersonate a fire breathing dragon. However, because it is only a 1HP motor, it wasn’t up to the challenge and only spewed out a puff of “Magic Smoke”. The saw as of now is a horizontal work surface, awaiting a heart transplant. At least it ain’t collecting dust, but that’s only beacause none can be made. I haven’t been able to procure a donor motor yet. Looks like a bit more interweb surfing is called for. :(

The TS dilemma kinda took the wind outa my sails. I don’t like not being able to use my stuff. It is extremely frustrating!!!

They say every cloud has a silver lining….
Well the silver lining, of this cloud of magic smoke, was that I had time to install a few shop upgrades. Not a bad thing, right??? This “downtime” meant that I had a chance to install one of my Christmas gifts. My buddy, the Chef (& family), gave me the gift of “TIME”! So I utilized it, to add to the shop “character”.

Ok, That ain’t much of a “Dungeon to Lair” type of upgrade.

Perhaps, A Wixey Digital Planer Readout is a metamophosis worthy upgrade:

DeWalt 735 Before:

Wixey Parts During:

Wixey Digital Wizardry Installed:

I won’t bore you with pictures of it’s accuracy and repeatability.
Suffice it to say, IT WORKS AWESOME!!!

These pictures were really just proof. Proof that I did accomplish something towards the metamorphosis!
Ok, it is also a gloat of sorts. Can you blame me, after the TS incident!!!

With the Wixey Digital Planer Readout, I will now be able to have extremely accurate screw ups and repeat them consistantly!!! Now that is a good thing, right???

I really am so thrilled with the shop upgrades, that I’m walking on a cloud. Even if it is a cloud of “Magic Smoke”!!!

I will search high and low for a TS motor. Install that motor. Then get back to work on the metamorphosis of “Dungeon to Lair”.

Well, that’s the plan at least!!!

-- 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

6268 posts in 1112 days


#1 posted 451 days ago

like the clock ,what a great gift , the Wixey Digital Planer Readout is it a lot easier to read .good luck on your TB saw

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#2 posted 451 days ago

Excuse me, I must have dropped in on the BS section by mistake.

-- 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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JL7

5979 posts in 1463 days


#3 posted 451 days ago

Looking good there Randy. To be honest, I had the Wixey on my previous planer and it was so buggy, I never could rely on it…..hope yours works better….

The TS dilema will work itself out….no worries…..

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

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DIYaholic

11221 posts in 1173 days


#4 posted 451 days ago

Eddie,
Yeah, the clock is a nice gift, gotta have a clock in the shop! Now I need to find me a “Pin-Up Girl Calendar”!!!

Rex,
The BandSaw gloat was several entries earlier. Howvever, if you mean BullSh!#, then you have found the right place. Please, contribute freely! You always do!

Jeff,
Buggy you say? I’ll need to keep a watch on it! Thanks for the heads up!!!

TS Dilemma Update:
I’ve sent emails out to CraigList sellers, one for a used motor another for an entire C’man TS. I’m awaiting replies, but not optimistic! Interweb, here I come.

Thanks for stopping in and sittin’ a spell!!!

-- 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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Kreegan

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#5 posted 451 days ago

Sweet clock, Randy. Nothing beats screwing up consistently, so keep it up!

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DIYaholic

11221 posts in 1173 days


#6 posted 451 days ago

Rich,
Believe me, I’ll keep screwing up!!! It’s just that I’ll be more dependable, faster and it’ll be much easier on me now!!!

-- 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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stefang

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#7 posted 451 days ago

A great improvement to a great planer. Keep us posted on those screw-ups. Maybe we should compare notes?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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DIYaholic

11221 posts in 1173 days


#8 posted 450 days ago

Mike,
It probably wouldn’t be good for the LJs servers, were I to post ALL my screw-ups…..
Their server ain’t that big!!!

-- 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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Dave

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#9 posted 450 days ago

You do know that all electrical equipment runs off of smoke. When you let the smoke out it will never run again. It is almost imposable to get the smoke back in it.
Good luck.

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

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DIYaholic

11221 posts in 1173 days


#10 posted 450 days ago

Dave,
Maybe some smoke from your forge would work! Try bottling it up and I’ll give it a try!!!

-- 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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joein10asee

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#11 posted 450 days ago

DIY… I thought I gave you permission to go out and buy a NEW ONE several days ago?

Soooo, what’choo waitin’ for? Just go buy one already! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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DamnYankee

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#12 posted 450 days ago

Now you are reminding me of the old Bill Cosby bit “sha-moke” “sha-moke”

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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DIYaholic

11221 posts in 1173 days


#13 posted 450 days ago

Joe,
I’m researching NEW TSs!!! I need to do my taxes, ie: Tax Refund, to see what my budget is!!!
In the meantime, I’m searching for a donor motor, so I can recommisson the 113, or perhaps sell it outright!!!

Rob,
I’m not familiar with that bit?!? Got a link???

-- 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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joein10asee

2756 posts in 505 days


#14 posted 450 days ago

Hey, I just saw a post from a new guy “snowstorm”. Only been here one day and he needs a motor too. Maybe youse guys could get together and do a group buy :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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