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07-23-2017 05:06 AM

Idea in Progress: Eliminate Z-axis Hassles Between Bit Changes - 4 replies

I’ve been getting a lot of CNC jobs in lately and go through a lot of router bits – sometimes 6 in one day. Resetting the Z between those changes was getting annoying so I came up with this system to eliminate that. Now I can change a bit then hit “start” immediately and let the machine get back to work. Here’s...

04-02-2017 03:08 AM

Sand-Flee 18" Drum Sander for Sale on eBay - 0 replies

Just in case anyone here is interested, I’ve posted my Sand-Flee for auction on eBay. I’ve found that my Festool sanders, helical planer, edge sander and CNC routers are taking care of all the work that this machine used to do for me. eBay auction for Sand-Flee It was posted a day or two ago and the current bid is at $127.50. ...

12-28-2016 08:37 PM

Twist Lock Belt Section - 12" - 1 reply

Anyone that wants to upgrade to a link belt may be interested in taking a 12” length off my hands. I got it from McMaster Carr and ended up with more than I needed for the application. Link Belt Product Page Though it doesn’t say on the webpage, it is the Fenner PowerTwist product. I’m willing to send it to anyone in ...

10-07-2016 05:29 AM

Bosch 1617EVS Spindle Play - 5 replies

Anyone else with one of these routers notice significant slop in the spindle? I recently replaced my Porter Cable with one so I could upgrade to the Precision Bits collet system and seem to have lost quality of cut. After investigation I found if I grabbed the spindle in my hand and tugged it back and forth I could move it enough to see some w...

08-02-2016 05:29 AM

Hiring in Chicagoland - 2 replies

Just a heads up that I’m now officially hiring for temporary production and assembly. The new hires won’t be put on the custom furniture but on several product lines that will see increased demand soon as Christmas season approaches. This is a job geared towards locals but I figured I’d put it here just in case the locals a...

03-18-2016 01:57 AM

Accepting Applications in South Chicagoland - Not Hiring Immediately - 17 replies

Hello folks. I’m currently growing my business to the point of needing an employee in the near future but it’s still a little ways off. I had a part-timer in for about three months and it worked out pretty well but it also let me know I need to work on better organization and systematization before an employee can be efficient enou...

02-14-2016 09:30 PM

Anyone Interested in Used Upcut Router Bits? - 11 replies

Just putting a feeler out here. I do a lot of CNC work that requires deep, clean cuts on solid wood right off the machine. Since it’s a very demanding task, router bits are replaced as soon as any hint of chipping or burning shows on the wood. The bits in question are single flute, Vortex 830 1/4” diameter, 1/4” shank upcu...

02-13-2016 05:57 AM

To Make a Small Fortune In Woodworking... - 20 replies

...Start with a large fortune. While funny, that joke doesn’t actually reflect reality. Reality is, a woodworking business that can’t turn a profit is simply based upon a poor business model. There are many woodworking companies that rake in piles of money. What about a cabinet company that makes Inc 500’s list of faste...

02-07-2016 07:20 PM

Getting my Very Own Harbor Freight - 28 replies

Just thought I’d gloat and let everyone know that they’re opening a new store 4 miles from my workshop. Unfortunately it won’t benefit me that much. Over the past 10 years I’ve made about 5 purchases and only one gets used with regularity (cannibalized dust collector used for extracting smoke from the laser engraver) . ...

01-22-2016 05:58 AM

Glass Front Trophy Cases: In Progress - 5 replies

Just a sneak peek at an ongoing project. These are three of the six cabinets that were installed late 2015. Better pictures will be available after the entire install is complete. Didn’t have much control over the lighting at the time. Sliding glass doors lock to project the contents from curious hands. Cherry exteriors with curly a...

01-22-2016 12:57 AM

That's the Way to Set the Bandsaw Guides - 12 replies

Get them as tight as you can without actually touching the blade. Due to slight rounding of the leading edge of the guides, the gap looks bigger than it is. Those are steel blocks.

10-09-2015 05:23 AM

Oily Rags = Very Dangerous - 62 replies

Spontaneous combustion is a hazard known to most of us but for those new to the woodworking scene (or those who are started to get lax due to complacency), oil-soaked rags will burn your shop down if not handled properly. A church in the Chicago area just suffered a major setback in their restoration project ( I wasn’t involved but I ke...

04-10-2015 02:22 PM

Stirring the CNC Vs. Handmade Pot With a Short Story - 7 replies

I rarely put anything from my company blog on the internet but there’s one thing I wanted to share. It’s a silly little short story I typed out last night as a preface to the newest blog entry. Since other people that read it (including non-woodworkers) enjoyed it, I decided to put it here for others. 5 Strategies for Woodworker...

03-25-2015 04:33 AM

General 260 Lathe, Accessories and Woodturning Chisels - 4 replies

I’ve been put in charge of selling some of the tools of a woodturner. He’s moved his shop into a smaller space and needed to get rid of the big lathe and a few tools that aren’t needed anymore. I’m still in the process of putting together all the information but figured I may as well get the basic info posted here. I...

02-12-2015 04:57 AM

Looking for Air-Dried Cherry in South Chicagoland (8/4 min thickness) - 14 replies

I’ll soon be working on a set of sculptures carved from glued up blocks of wood (think Wendell Castle). Projects of this nature are always easier with air-dried wood so I’d like to buy some in 8/4 or thicker boards if possible. I’m still working out the cutlist so exact quantity is unknown but roughly 30-40 board feet would...

11-26-2014 09:08 PM

Craigslist Sale on Graco Falcon Pump and G15 Gun - 0 replies

I was at a sale for a cabinet shop in Frankfort, Illinois and picked up a Graco airless, air-assisted setup for $600. There’s one left if anyone else wants to get it. For those who aren’t familiar with that type of spray gun, they’re designed for production spraying. The pumps pull finish out of a bucket or container inste...

11-21-2014 10:14 PM

Moving a Slider Table Saw - 31 replies

Today I was fortunate enough to snag an Altendorf F90 located a mere 60 miles from the shop for about $1,500. Now the fun part of moving the beast has to happen. My business partner and myself are capable of loading and unloading 600 pound objects but I suspect the saw is well over that and it’s going to be cumbersome due to size as we...

11-18-2014 02:45 AM

Cutting Edge Cutting Boards - 1 reply

Lots of woodworkers participating on this site make cutting boards for gifts or sale. Here’s a source of inspiration that others may find enjoyable. MTM Wood Cutting Board Products I’ve never made a single cutting board since there’s way too much competition in the field for my liking but it’s apparent that there&#...

10-23-2014 04:03 AM

For Want of a TRIAC, a Router is Running: Diagnostics and CNC Repair - 10 replies

This topic might have fit better in the blog section but I thought the CNC people would probably fail to see it and they are the folks who’d be interested in reading this. I’m not the only one around here using a shop-built CNC router and sooner or later, everyone will encounter the situation none of us wants to face: malfunctions...

09-25-2014 05:53 PM

Setting up a Laser File Like a Pro (Or a Ninnyhammer, Perhaps?) - 12 replies

A two-week gap between projects has given me badly-needed time to update the website and the current project involves making a basic tutorial for creating laser engraving files. I was just wondering if it makes sense to other people or not. For reasons unknown, I always understand my own writing perfectly whereas others may not. If anyone w...

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