This past year I have occupied my shop time in efforts to organize the shop and spent the time to build several shop tools and accessories. Having a garage shop that is primarily used for parking cars; it has been a constant challenge to optimize the space as a part time woodworking shop. This year I removed everything from the garage to thoroughly clean and re-organize the shop. I painted the walls and added 8 banks of overhead fluorescent lights to brighten up the space. Free up Spac...
I guess this would be more an electrical project than a woodworking project, but I thought I would post here as some might want to make something similar. I wanted a remote switch for my Harbor Freight dust collector. I looked at the ones in woodworking catalogs; however, I was concerned about their reliability, as may people have said they die after a year. Falling asleep one night, I came up with a way to easily make one. In short, I used a $10 wireless remote switch to run a contac...
I am currently working on a set of built in cabinets for two areas designated for them. I will do a big specifically on the project soon. Along the way I discovered that I did not have all the “necessary” tools for the job. The first realization occurred when I began cutting the base molding. My miter saw was just 7” and I needed a few more inches to cut the base molding. I could have used my table saw to cut it, but rather than going through the table of that, I looked on C...
A few months ago I bought a hybrid saw so I could remove the legs to mount it on my mobile workbench. I built a box to support the saw and house a chute to channel the dust to the exhaust port. My original intention was to slope the front panel all the way back to the outlet so the chute that came with the saw wouldn’t work. During construction, I ended up with a square chute to get steeper angles and extended the suction pipe into it. I realized later that I could have saved some effor...
Just a video i made to give a better understanding of the basics of dust collection. Blast gates, machine hook ups, pipe layouts, and chip catch bins. Detailed explanation of my basic shop set up and the eveloution of what took me years to figure out. click on this link to watch vid from you tube.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06wYd7W9l_Y
I pulled off my dust collector bag, delta 50-850, tonight and found this ring of super fine dust setting around the top of the dust collector pan. It is a very fine silt sawdust finer than talcum powder. is it normal to have this around the edge? Shouldn’t it be getting sucked down into the bag?
Having assembled my shop equipment, and watching Stumpy Nubbs show on chip collection for the lower budget…MINE! LOL! Went to my local box stores to purchase a trash can and I was sorely disappointed at the quality of the product in more than one store. At present I have no money for tools. So I remembered the burn barrel I purchased last year for $&.%). Checked it out…price increase. 10 bucks! Had to clean out dried peanut oil! Another fun task? Lots of fun c...
My Workshop Tour My workshop has two levels the ground floor where all my tools are (54m2/580ft2) and the half top floor (16m2/172ft2) which has two rooms; one is used as a paint booth and the other as a drying area as well as storage room. Entering the shop the in the center is the heart of my shop, the table saw/router table, an out-feed table serves also for assembly and in the far East wall my SCMS station. Farther in on the left there’s my dust collector and next to ...
Make a Dewalt 733 planer dust hood for less then 5 bucks This is my first blog so I hope I get it right. I bought a used 733 a few months ago that did not come with a dust collection hood. After getting it home I had to try it out, ran a pine board through it and blew chips and dust 5 foot . Well being frugal as I am, no make that cheap I decided to try and make something to get me by until I could find a factory hood. This is what I came up with, I have been using it for a few month...
Something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Since I’m involved in whole house renovations at the moment I won’t get to building it for awhile but maybe someone might and find it doesn’t work and put me out of my misery in thinking about it. I have one of those 1 1/2 hp delta dust collectors. One side is the motor and impeller. The other side is the round metal hoop with a bag on the bottom for the chips and a bag on the top for air expulsion and dust. I took...
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