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Great Aussie Inventions for Woodworkers - Video

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Blog entry by Don posted 01-28-2007 12:25 PM 1472 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Australians pride themselves as a fairly innovative lot. I think this came about because before the benefits of globalization and lower prices for imported goods, Australians had to make what they couldn’t afford. As a consequence of this, there are many unique products that have been designed here for woodworkers. This video covers one of them. The WASP Sander is meant to be fitted to a drill press or lathe. Mine is mounted to my drill press.

This video takes a little while to load and starts with a black screen. It’s probably best to let it fully download before watching it. Press the pause button until the download bar gets more than 50% along. After watching the video. If you would like me to load the video that shows the device that enables the demonstrator to raise and lower the drill press table with ease, let me know. You may have noticed in my shop video, I did the same thing.

[I hope you don’t mind me posting a commercial video – if you do tell me and I won’t do it again.}

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/



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Obi

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#1 posted 01-28-2007 05:24 PM

The proves I’m a lumberjock. I got up, went to my e-mail first (becaue I knew that some Lumberjock was going to be saying something), and went immediately to the Video. I want one. Great invention. The Cheers for the Aussies, Hip, Hip …

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#2 posted 01-28-2007 06:50 PM

looks like a belt sander to me…I can just see Don both arms wrapped around his drill press…holding the whole thing up in the air so he can beltsand one of those tiny boxs.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 01-28-2007 07:23 PM

Don.
Thanks for sharing this with us. I think it’s great. I made me think about what I can do with an old burned out belt sander I have.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 01-28-2007 08:52 PM

brilliant. It looks very functional and fast to change .. thanks for sharing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#5 posted 01-28-2007 10:50 PM

Thank you for the video link. That is one amazing invention for the old drill press.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#6 posted 01-28-2007 11:05 PM

He has another one for the drill press. I’ll post it later today.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#7 posted 04-13-2007 06:05 AM

So Don, what are the prices for this and the table lift?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 04-13-2007 07:33 AM

Wayne, here is the web site. This is an Australian supplier, so I am quoting you these prices in Australian currency. The WASP Sander with accessories is AU$135.55 (approx. US$112.70) and for the Easy Riser AU$72.64 (approx US$60.39). [Currency exchange calculated as of April 13, 2007.]

Delivery is extra.

According to his web site, you can place orders through ebay.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#9 posted 04-14-2007 06:08 AM

Thanks. Now I would have to decide if I wanted to attempt modifications to my drill press. Very interesting inventions.

Australia is a a wonderful place hopefully I will make my way down there again one of these days.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don

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#10 posted 04-14-2007 07:10 AM

Wayne, the modifications are very minor on most drill presses. It only took me an hour to install the easy riser. I may have to disassemble mine and install a heavier counter-weight, because I’ve increased the weight of my table by adding this.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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WayneC

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#11 posted 04-14-2007 07:15 AM

I have a similar table from Rockler, although it is not as nice as your table. I wondered about the weight. I’ll have to think about it some.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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