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09-30-2012 04:24 PM

Overhead blast gates - 11 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 ...

09-21-2012 07:47 AM

Now that's a bargain. - 4 replies

09-19-2012 12:13 AM

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...

09-17-2012 04:54 PM

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...

09-12-2012 05:37 PM

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...

08-20-2012 05:52 PM

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...

08-07-2012 04:40 PM

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.

07-31-2012 05:47 PM

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?

07-30-2012 11:55 PM

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...

07-26-2012 12:09 AM

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...

07-24-2012 04:11 PM

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.

07-17-2012 03:49 PM

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 ...

07-15-2012 08:12 PM

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...

06-30-2012 03:56 PM

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...

06-22-2012 04:30 PM

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.

06-19-2012 08:15 AM

feast your eyeballs on this old arn - 9 replies

06-11-2012 05:08 PM

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...

06-06-2012 06:36 PM

Favorite pocket or shop knife - 14 replies

For years I had a little Frosts Mora fixed-blade knife that was my favoriteknife I kept in a shop drawer… those knifes take and hold an incredibleedge and the grind helps them excel at both whittling and pull-cuttingheavy leather. The little Mora got misplaced and I mourned it and got by with a small collection of carving and marking k...

05-29-2012 08:39 PM

Any good mail order sources for kitchen cutting boards - 5 replies

I used to be in an area where a local lumber dealer had “blank” cutting boards in stock for slide-out kitchen applications. Of course I can make them but it’s a lot of labor for somethingthat’s a common product and probably benefits from a controlled industrial process in terms of consistency anyway. Where do you bu...

05-29-2012 12:01 AM

The ugly furniture pics thread - 11 replies

Furniture styles change and there are regional variations and of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder…. But I thought it would be fun to makea thread of furniture designs we find unattractive, hopefully in a good-naturedway. I ran across an ad for this chair for sale today and I thought it was realheinous, but you know somebody w...

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