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Blog series by Sodabowski updated 09-12-2012 04:24 PM 6 parts 42383 reads 71 comments total

Part 1: mini-tablesaw prototype

02-23-2011 06:02 PM by Sodabowski | 8 comments »

Hey guys, This is a first attempt at making a homemade tablesaw for cutting thin material.I slapped this first prototype together in around two hours (hence the crappy Nokia pictures), mainly because it was freezing cold inside my shop and I had a hurt elbow and only the bandsaw to cut plywood strips (which lead to massive hand-planing of the cuts to straighten them – surprisingly easy on plywood with a well-honed plane blade). Anyway, here are a few shots of my latest hoax, all m...

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Part 2: pen turning lathe prototype

08-16-2011 02:54 AM by Sodabowski | 19 comments »

Hey guys! Back from the mountains (alas, too soon). First this quickie blog post about what happens when you order a pen turning mandrel without owning a lathe. Being a cheap skate, and a long-time reuse-recycle-minded guy, I of course built myself a wee lathe with all recycled parts: motor from an old printer (or photocopier, can’t really remember, I dismantled so many of both…), pulleys and timing belt also from reclaimed hardware, so for the bearings (hidden in the block ...

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Part 3: Quickslap pen lathe update

05-02-2012 09:01 PM by Sodabowski | 7 comments »

Hi guys, On the “fast & furious” series, I had some nice time with the parents at our countryside home, and grabbed a mahogany cutoff in one of them bins, cut it to size and brought it back home (along with some goodies for someone here that will recognize himself ;) Just attached it to the pen lathe (drill press helped drill and countersink the holes), the previous part was a crappy plywood chunk which edge was quite worn off, resulting in less than linear motion fo...

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Part 4: Little disgression: homemade ceiling cord reel prototype idea

07-27-2012 10:45 PM by Sodabowski | 12 comments »

To follow Al's blog entry, here is a quick little preview of a possible way to build a shop-made ceiling cord reel (basic idea) http://youtu.be/dAd0fJpKcWw Edit: I added a forum topic here to discuss the numbers and options for those interested in that potential shop project.

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Part 5: bandsaw build progress

08-27-2012 10:43 PM by Sodabowski | 13 comments »

This is my soap dispenser. There are many others like it but this one is mine. And once it’s empty there are a few goodies to look for inside the pumps of these things: The hard plastic balls are very nice and shiny (not as in this picture, I stuffed it in a hole in my tabletop so it wouldn’t move during the picture). I collect them for fun and maybe someday I will have enough to make a bracelet or something ;) The stainless steel spring in these things is of good...

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Part 6: bandsaw progress

09-12-2012 04:24 PM by Sodabowski | 12 comments »

Quick update on the whereabouts of my homemade bandsaw.Glueing-up the bottom wheel support: Close-up of the top wheel support opening for the wheel orientation and blade tensioning mechanisms: And the two wheels in place: When hand-turning it to align the wheels I realized that my blade is warped in a spot, which makes it jump out of the wheels. Oh, well, anyway, I will recut and resolder an older blade from my shop bandsaw next time i go to the parents’. I also ...

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