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609 days ago

How many cordless tool formats do you own? - 17 replies

For me it’s 4. With 2 of the I threw in the toweldue to battery issues, but I still have the stuff.

628 days ago

Anybody know about working properties of rubber in clamping applications? - 2 replies

I have an edge clamp with worn rubber faces on clamps. It squashesthe work and presses it sideways into another part so the rubber both has to compress and take sideways “shear” pressure withlow loss of grip. The old rubber faces I have on the clamp arelosing grip and I’d like to get more consistent clamping. I think silic...

653 days ago

Post your phase converter here - 5 replies

Here’s one I recently put together. It works great. The panel was about $140 shipped and the motor another $120, both on ebay. I could have found a motor cheaper if I had wanted to wait or drive to buy a used one locally but with fuel costs going up I’m really getting into mail ordering everything. It’s a Baldor and in ...

661 days ago

Overhead blast gates - 9 replies

Here’s some blast gates I made. I cut up some of those blackplastic blast gates for the external fittings. The outside partsare made out of 1/2” prefinished maple ply. The inside is 1/4” markerboard, which I waxed. I’ve seen designs where the builder used rubber gaskets but I wanted to keep it simple andthe rest of ...

670 days ago

Now that's a bargain. - 4 replies

673 days ago

Shop made low profile t-track flip stops for panel saw - 1 reply

I made a bunch of these flip stops for my panel saw. I used 1/4” x 1/2” aluminum bar stock offcuts I bought on ebay from a surplus dealer for very cheap. The brass 1/4-20 thumb nuts were bought from an ebay seller as well. I bought some t-bolts from Woodline USA (like toilet bolts) but these brass thumb nuts don’t fit the...

674 days ago

3 phase stuff - 3 replies

I now have two 3-phase machines. I think I’m getting a habit. Anyway I have one of them running on a VFD and it’s workingokay. The machine I just got however has 2 motors and you turnthem on or off as you want them. It’s a line drill and onemotor turns half the drills and the other turns the others. To run it on VF...

679 days ago

Does faster rim speed on bigger blades make cleaner cuts? - 7 replies

I have a 12” melamine Forrest blade that isn’t bored to fit mycurrent saw. I don’t need 4” depth of cut when cutting sheet goods, so I’m wondering if it might be a good ideato sell off the 12” blade and buy a smaller 10” melamine blade already bored out for my saw. That said, the 12” blade wo...

702 days ago

What problems does owning a CNC solve? - 20 replies

I actually know what major problems CNC would solve for me ifI had the space for a full-sized machine. I don’t though,so I cut out parts with saws. I’m sure there are benefitsand hassles to owning a CNC machine I don’t know about though, so I’m asking. I’m curious about how people with CNC machines havefound e...

715 days ago

Not bad deal on Phenolic router table tops - 13 replies

3/4” phenolic, which is heavy and very stiff. Ran across this onebay and thought it might appeal to some people here,especially those who want to mount a heavy router permanentlyin a table saw wing.

722 days ago

Anybody done any backyard foundry and sand casting parts? - 9 replies

I’m looking into this. I don’t know anybody who has doneit personally. I’m looking into casting furniture components. Anybody have comments on how large you can go in termsof size and weight of castings before doing it yourself witha propane foundry becomes impractical?

723 days ago

Tools for making curves - 2 replies

I never use a drum sander to make nice curves. Sometimes I pattern-rout them if I need several of thesame. Router tear-out can be more trouble than it is worth,in my opinion. Otherwise, here’s what I use: 1. I mark out and bandsaw or jigsaw to a line. 2. I hack off unaesthetic bulges with a drawknife orShinto saw rasp. Spok...

728 days ago

Favorite tool bag or box - 3 replies

I bought a Veto 25” carpeneter’s tool bag several years back. The long length and robust build allows it to hold a jack planea framing square and a 24” level inside. It holds a ton of othertools as well. Darn thing does get heavy… but the shoulder strap is wellpadded. The secret to carrying it is to counterbalanc...

729 days ago

Now there's a guy who knows how to sell a band saw... - 7 replies

While I’m skeptical of his valuation of the machine, he surehas a good sales pitch. Enjoy.

736 days ago

Table saw overhead dust collection - 5 replies

I just installed overhead dust collection via a 2.25” x 10’ flexibletube shunted into an overhead 4” dust collection pipe. My sawalready has good dust collection through the bottom, but perhaps owing to the high arbor speed it kicks up a fair amount of dust on top. I’ve had it long enough that I’veforgotten how ...

738 days ago

Arched pergola beams - how to make them? - 13 replies

A client wants me to build a pergola with arched beams. The sample pics I’ve seen of the sort of thing they want areglue-laminated out of shaped curved parts, lotta waste and a lot of clamping to make just 4 or whatever. So I’ve got a question of whether: (a) can I outsource theseglue-lams at any kind of reasonable cost? a...

753 days ago

Questions on VFD and 3 phase motors - 27 replies

I recently acquired a Holz-her laminate trimmer (600 lb machine, not a router) with a 3 phase motor. I thought I might justswitch it out for a single phase motor but the motor in it appearsto run at 9500 rpm… or that’s the cutterhead speed – there’sa plate on the side of the machine but not plate on the motor. In any ca...

761 days ago

Source for lift-top table apparatus - 2 replies

I client asked about this sort of thing and I haven’t thoughtabout them in several years so I thought I’d ask here. I’m looking for the kind of mechanical lift that thrusts the topupwards and transforms a coffee table into a dining table.

764 days ago

feast your eyeballs on this old arn - 9 replies

772 days ago

Best funky tool bargains from Lee Valley? - 13 replies

Lee Valley for years has been a source of interesting tools. My thought is the company buyers and catalog copywriters work together, often selling a tool on the virtues of an “out of the box” use. Excluding Lee Valley’s headliner tool like all the fine Veritas planesand chisels from the survey, do you have any favorites fr...

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