Hello all, I’ve been a long time lurker, this will be my first post. I bought a HF dust collector a while back, and am working on modding it to meet my wants/needs. I am working out of a 2 car attached garage (read 1.5 car), so dust control is important. I dont want to exhaust outside, because I heat the garage at times in the winter. This garage is also shared with my wife’s car, so floor space is at a premium,like most of us. So, I decided to think up…. Here is where...
I have a job where I need some thin stock ( about 1/8”) and my planer does not crank down that low for some reason. I also have some blocks that are about 6 1/2” square that I resawed for this project and they spin around in the planer because they are so short. I have often thought of using a sled to carry them through the saw and now I really need something like that. I planned to put a rail on the back for the cutter to cut against ,but the rollers push the wood through a...
The curled bits of inlay were carefully removed from the table and put aside. Then I used some water and a steam iron to heat the vacant areas and remove the old glue from the plywood base. I also used the same technique to remove the old glue from the removed inlay pieces. Then I used the steam iron again to steam the individual pieces of inlay an pressed them between two pieces of plywood to get them flat again. This worked quite well. Some of the inlay was so bad I had to replace it s...
I can’t believe the whirlwind of time passing these days! It seems that soon after the sun comes up, it begins to turn to dusk again. I know it is ‘that time’ of the year, and the darkeness never really bothers me, but I can’t help but feel that I am in a time warp. Every day is jam packed with thing to do! It is actually very exciting. Yesterday we needed to head to Halifax to take my Mustang to be worked on and stored. For those of you who have followed the renov...
Hello friends. Recently, I build my new version of homemade tablesaw based on Festool TS-55 and want to consult with community about that and also get useful criticism, opinions and suggestions. Please, help me if I choose wrong forum section Video about my tablesaw: https://youtu.be/nEffAH_mjZY Some photos of my tablesaw: More detailed videos about the process of tablesaw creation on my ukrainian channel: h...
Holding the job hands free is always a goal. I can work the bindings in the horizontal or vertical positions. Foam pads and string / screw hold the body. A solid bottom prevents the body from being crushed in the tail vise.
Lately, I had not been very satisfied with the dust collection on my 12” Porter Cable miter saw, and had found a number of people commenting on how great dust collection is on their Festool Kapex. I cannot afford that saw, so I looked it up and found a parts diagram that included a shoe (in my words), or in their words and “apron”, part #4731316 that is used to control dust on the Kapex. After studying the diagram for a while I decided to ordered it from Festool and give it ...
So the thing fits the space. It looks proportionally correct. And it seems to be doing the job. But there’s a number of items that still need to be decided. The real key was the trade off between the angle of the sides, the width of the drawers, and the arc of the front in relation to each other. The smaller the diameter or arc of the front, in other words, the sharper the point, the narrower the drawers would be. And together with the angle of the sides those dimensions dictated ...
Once I had the basic concept sketched out I needed to see the thing in the actual space. The height of the table is important for ease of use, aesthetic proportions, and to provide enough clearance along the sides to reach the chair controls. The angle of the table is important to set the angle of the chairs so they fit in the room. Yes, I actually set the chairs and divined the angle. Also important was the arc of the front of the drawers. So after making many real size 2D drawings I ...
The old bench has been moved, the wall extended and electrical run. Today I headed over to the lumberyard to pick out some paneling to put on the wall to make it aesthetically pleasing for a backdrop. I chose instead to go with paint. The paneling would have blended too well with the woodworking to come and I wanted it to stand out. I have seen many photos lately of fine woodwork with a grey backdrop and I like it very much so I went with grey. Aftere I got the wall painted it look...
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