New Venture #2: Tooling,er Tuning up... finally getting some systems working

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Blog entry by NedB posted 05-16-2010 06:16 AM 3014 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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ole blue
Perhaps the biggest step in getting the shop ready for this new venture was setting up ‘Old Blue’. That’s my little one machine only chip collector, which I hadn’t set up since moving into my shop. Talk about feeling stupid about Not doing something.

I guess it was just laziness, but I hadn’t hooked it up and had simply been sweeping up the chips for the little amount of work I had been doing. With the new board sideline that simply wouldn’t do, especially with the amount of planing I do on every board.

To that end, I also decided it was time for a blade flip on my DW 734. I got it all opened up, and when I looked at the blades, it was evident that I was on ‘side 2’ already. So, I dug around a bit and found a spare set of blades and swapped those in. I’ll give them a couple of passes on a board tomorrow after I finish hooking up the dust chute.

That’s going to be a bit of a challenge, I haven’t had it hooked up in over two years. and prior to that it had been in storage awhile. The last use it had before it went into storage was when my prior shop mentor/partner had been using it. Somewhere in all of that two teeny little screws which secure the dust chute. Now, that’s not at all surprising.

see that little screw hole down on the right of the chute? I”m Hoping that my local hardware shop will have something which fits in there. But I’m not exactly confident that they will. If not, then I’m simply going to do the planing outdoors if it isn’t raining, and at the door of the shop if it is.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 07:36 PM

Update, my local guys came through as always, with excellent customer service. I felt ‘bad’ about only purchasing two 23 cent screws, so I also picked up some butcher block oil. and a pipe clamp so now I can hook up my DC to both my planer and TS at the same time (I have a wye with blast gates, but I misplaced one of the clamps somewhere in the course of the past few years.). That is the LAST liquid gold I’ll be purchasing there, however. I went online and found a source for food grade mineral oil by the gallon. I am studiosly ignoring the markup vs what i bought because I know just how hard the guys at Blanding’s work, and I know that supporting them is important. I try and buy local whenever I can, thankfully they do a great job on lumber and hardware. They’re a little more than the Borg, but that’s fine by me. They’re twenty minutes closer and they know me by name.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#2 posted 05-17-2010 04:24 PM

Thanks for the update.

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