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Blog series by DylanC updated 02-02-2016 10:31 PM 10 parts 24783 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: 3 Phase Power in a Home Workshop

02-02-2011 03:41 AM by DylanC | 0 comments »

I just replaced a PoS Craftsman benchtop/portable table saw with a Delta 34-806 Unisaw. The problem? The unisaw has a 5 HP, 3 Phase motor. My shop has only 220V, 50A electrical service. I know all of this before I bought the saw. “No problem,” I thought. “I’ll get a static phase converter, which will de-rate the motor by 30% and I’ll have the equivalent of a 3 HP Unisaw…Perfect.” I had already done alot of the gound work evaluating the cost and...

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Part 2: Three Phase Power...My Way

02-04-2011 05:17 AM by DylanC | 0 comments »

After considerable research and input from from some helpful LumberJocks, I’ve decided on a static phase converter as my best option for powering my 5 HP Unisaw. The main reason is obvious…at ~$200 its the cheapest option available. The alternatives were to buy a new single phase motor for $280, buy an oversized VFD (7-10 HP range) for $600 or more, or buy a rotary phase converter for $750. But, I didn’t decide on the static convert just because it was the cheapest op...

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Part 3: Resurrecting a Dead Air Compressor

02-07-2011 04:29 AM by DylanC | 2 comments »

A friend of mine is a salesman for commercial-industrial air compressors and often, when he sells a new compressor to a shop, they have an older one that is being replaced. Sometimes the units being replaced actually work, so I asked him to keep an eye open for a decent compressor for my shop. One day late last fall he called me up and told me he found an older 60 gallon vertical compressor in a local shop that wanted to get rid of it. Fifty bucks later it was mine. It was a bit of a gamb...

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Part 4: The difference between static phase converters

02-17-2011 05:03 AM by DylanC | 3 comments »

Just a quick post to share what I learned about static phase converters while setting up my 3-phase Unisaw. First off, there are two basic types. Each of them uses some type of capacitor circuit to energize the third phase of the motor just long enough to get the motor up to speed. After the motor is spinning the starting circuit is taken out of the loop and your three-phase motor is running on two phases of power. This was the first type of converter I looked at buying, but after speak...

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Part 5: Shop Built Router Table for under $30

03-06-2011 12:54 AM by DylanC | 5 comments »

In the short time I’ve been a member of LJs, I’ve learned 2 very important things. First, it really is amazing what a person can do with a shop full of fancy tools and a little know-how. Second, all you really need are a few key tools, some basic skills and plenty of patience to achieve satisfactory results. Sure, I’d like to have a $900 router table with a $300 lift in it, but it’s not going to happen. So I built my own for under $30. I’ll post some picture...

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Part 6: I Can Do That, Chapters 1 and 2

10-23-2011 05:09 PM by DylanC | 3 comments »

So, I’m (slowly) working on building up an arsenal of tools to begin my woodworking, and more often than I care to admit, I find myself browsing through the Grizzly catalog or some website, making a mental wish-list. Most of my time is spent contemplating how much I am willing to spend for a jointer/planer/bandsaw/etc. That’s when it hit me. I’ve started a few hobbies in my life that I never really pursued. Spent a lot of money with no results. For example, freshman y...

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Part 7: I Can Do That, Chapter 3

10-26-2011 03:43 AM by DylanC | 0 comments »

A comment from William on my previous blog entry mentioned that his advice to beginning woodworkers usually involved investing in tools that would be useful to any type of handy-person, not just woodworkers. Things like circular saws, drills, and hammers that are essential to almost any type or DIY work around the house. William’s advice reads like a page from the I Can Do That (ICDT) Manual. Chapter 3 is titled Saws – Jigsaw, Miter Saw, Circular Saw. This was music to my ea...

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Part 8: I Can Do That, Chapter 4

11-06-2011 07:09 PM by DylanC | 1 comment »

Chapter 4 of the I Can Do That Manual deals with boring tools: Drills and Awls. As with the chapter on saws, I found I’ve already got what I need to get started, but upgrades/additions to my current toolset wouldn’t be a bad idea. Ok, basically everyone should already own a drill of some sort. For me, its a corded 1/2” reconditioned Makita with a hammer drill functions. I know, its not the ideal woodworking tool. First, its too big, too heavy, and too overpowered to ...

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Part 9: I Can Do That Wrap-Up

01-03-2012 06:30 AM by DylanC | 1 comment »

Been a bit busy ‘round my place…my wife and I had our first child on October 29th. His name is William (Billy) and he’s pretty much kept me out of the shop since the day he arrived. But with a few days of vacation around the holidays, and Billy settling into a routine, I’ve gotten a few hours here and there to assess my tool inventory and make some sawdust My slow-and-steady acquisition of tools has gotten me to the point where I am just about ready to start my fi...

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Part 10: No More Excuses...almost.

02-02-2016 10:31 PM by DylanC | 0 comments »

Since I started this blog almost exactly 5 years ago, I’ve really only half-heartedly added tools to my collection, and generally just tinkered around with projects. As you can see, I’ve not posted a single “Project” here at lumberjocks. Until recently I kept telling myself that I couldn’t tackle anything substantial because I didn’t have the right tool(s). I’d say to myself, “If I only had a [bandsaw, planer, spindle sander, dovetail jig, et...

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