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Setting Up Shop #4: The difference between static phase converters

02-17-2011 05:03 AM by DylanC | 3 comments »

Just a quick post to share what I learned about static phase converters while setting up my 3-phase Unisaw. First off, there are two basic types. Each of them uses some type of capacitor circuit to energize the third phase of the motor just long enough to get the motor up to speed. After the motor is spinning the starting circuit is taken out of the loop and your three-phase motor is running on two phases of power. This was the first type of converter I looked at buying, but after speak...

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Leonard Street Workshop #6: Getting Setup

02-17-2011 04:57 AM by tyskkvinna | 6 comments »

I’ve been busy collecting tools, supplies and lumber. Most of the lumber is coming from inside of the building—there were quite a few old cabinets made out of cherry and maple, some other hardwood trim things, a couple of cedar saunas, some floorboards that appear to not belong to any room in the building at all, etc. In case you’re wondering, pile like that looks kind of like this: Also a tree cut into a few pieces! :) This is maple- I have a total of six pieces...

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1950's DeWalt MMB 23 RAS #3: Repainting the RAS

02-17-2011 02:42 AM by Beginningwoodworker | 13 comments »

I done started repainting the radial arm saw, its looks much better than it did. :) I am using a Rustoleum Copper Hammer Finish. Working on clean the post!

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Maple Chess Board #2: Smoothing out

02-17-2011 01:50 AM by Cornductor | 0 comments »

I had taken the weekend off from the boards to regain my brain power for another week at work and time in the shop. I was wishful that the sawdust ferry had solved some of the problems with the cupping of the board but no luck. I took the boards to my somewhat trusty belt sander with 80 grit and began to bring down the cups and smooth out the glued up edges. I was concerned with the sander because it gouged that last boards I did and it took a considerable amount of time to fix them. I then ...

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Workbench addition

02-16-2011 11:07 PM by joshtank | 2 comments »

I made my workbench a while back (link – I specifically made the undercarriage of it ready to go for bench dogs. All was well, except they are expensive. So I did this: The stop pieces hang off the edge so I can pull them out easily. I made a few of them, some aren’t very tall so they don’t get in the way when I’m sanding and hand planing boards. I’ve had this set up f...

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new push blocks from bench dog

02-17-2011 08:47 AM by sawdustphill | 2 comments »

I ordered these push blocks from rockler back on January 3rd. they were oversold had a diverly date of jan 13.,jan 3rd came and went new delivery date feb 11.; feb 11 came and went. finally got them on the 16th.had to waite but it was well worth it. there is not much info on the web about these. it keeps bringing up the push lock from bench dog.bench dog’s web does not have any info on them. tried to email them but never heard back.the handles are big and comfortable, I have...

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Making an ancient bucket MaFe #10: Lid - while I wait for the willow tree!

02-16-2011 10:21 PM by mafe | 17 comments »

Lid.while I wait for the willow tree! I had all of a sudden become in front of the timeline, have no idea how…So I had time to make a lid for the bucket.I had made an extra set of boards like the bottom, so these were the start point. This is what it became.A Japanese inspired lid, in one of my favorite colors, Japanese red. First I cut it in size, and made cut for the handle bars.Then a tour on the router, as you can see I made a primitive circle jig of a piece of plywood and ...

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Router Table by Julie #3: starting the base

02-16-2011 07:59 PM by ~Julie~ | 4 comments »

I’m designing my router table so that it fits with my router and accessories. My Hitachi router will hang upside down on the right hand side. It will need clearance around it for my access to raise and lower it and also for bit changes which I usually do by popping out the whole base and sitting the router on the top of the table. I also have a small laminate trimmer type router that I usually have attached to a large 12” x 18” plexi base. I use it mostly for routering...

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Pine/Oak sidetable #1: sidetable from leftovers

02-16-2011 08:39 PM by Tag84 | 2 comments »

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Holly pattern, Chip Carving, add color? #1: Chip carved plate, add color?

02-16-2011 06:21 PM by MyChipCarving | 21 comments »

I’m wondering what you think about my adding some color to this chip carved plate. From the start I’d planned on adding a light, transparent, oil-based green color to the leaves and red to the berries.But now that I’ve gotten this far in the finishing process, I really like the way it looks and I’m chickening out when it comes to doing anything else to this chip carving.What do you think?

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