Powermatic 3520b Motor Controls Rewire I got my Powermatic a couple years ago.As I was researching its features I came across an article about removing the entire motor controller panel and putting it into a switchbox.I like that Idea much better than the factory on/off remote option. After a year and a half I finally got around to doing the job.Since a picture is worth a thousand words I decided to photo-archive the job.Also it’s easier than writing down which wire goes where.The...
Shop ProgressSo I successfully wired up my first circuit ever. It was so much easier than I thought, I can’t believe I’ve been so afraid of electrical work before. Anyways, I have 3 lights wired to a switch, and even down to 30 degree weather, they flick on instantly. If it gets really cold, the lights will still turn on, but it will take a minute or two for them to warm up and get super bright. I bought 0 degree fixtures because I knew it would get cold during the winter. Wi...
Iirration is the real mother of invention. I have a lot of stationary equipment stuffed in a large, detached garage work shop. The shop only has two 15 amp outlets, one on the back wall, the other on the ceiling for the garage door opener. I used to crawl around on the floor plugging and unpluggings tools in a tangle of heavy power cords. “What the hell doz zat goto??” Enter my unpatented PowerWacker! (Info-mercial moment!!!) Now, power is conveniently fed from the ce...
I’ve started designing my router table that I plan to build. The idea is a conglomeration of other router tables I’ve seen. Overall dimensions are 35” wide, 35” high, 22” deep. Tabletop will be 37 1/2” x 24 1/2”. The 2D figure in the model is roughly 5’ 11” (my height) Construction will be out of 3/4” birch plywood. Face frames and tabletop edge banding in something solid like maple or walnut. Table top will be 3/4” MDF o...
Ok, as some of you know or gathered from my electrical questions, I have been upgrading my shop once again. When we had our new deck built this summer, I had the electrician run a 40amp sub panel to my shop. You can read about it here. When all was said and done I ran a dedicated 20amp circuit to the DC and 2 independent 20 amp GFCI circuits (about 10 pair of duplex outlets) around the shop. I debated about how high to mount them. I know 48” is fairly standard, however, i do not hav...
I just had my breaker box upgraded yesterday. I was recently gifted with a used 4 seater hottub and have been busy with a few projects surrounding that (one being my first ever concrete pour of a 7×7 slab. Thank God for good friends…). I needed a 220 installed and my old box was totally maxed. I have lived in this house for 8 years now and had to undo a good amount of damage of one of the DIYers that lived here previously. I had replaced nearly all the light switches and electri...
normally if you want to add lights to a shop you just add them in off the circuit breaker, but that would be the sensible thing to do. unfortunately i cant do that the breaker is too small on my house and i cant afford to have a new one put in. for my machines i use an extension cord from the house but my circuits can only handle so much load before they go so i cant have much more light than a single bulb shop light and if the circuit blows i have no lights and a running machine. enter ...
I do my woodworking in the garage and when I started it only had a single 15 amp 110 volt circuit, two light bulbs, and garage doors that were low enough that I bumped into them constantly whenever I moved boards around. Most of us have been there at one point and it worked well enough for me but last summer I was sidelined from the shop while my collar bone was healing (doctor’s orders – no woodworking) so I figured I might as well use the ole’ woodworking budget to have...
This weekend I successfully completed the task of rewiring my Grizzly 14” G0555 bandsaw from 110v to 220v. I had a lot of questions before I started, so I thought it might be nice to write a blog tutorial for others who might be interested in doing this. Background: I am a mechanical engineer by training with very little electrical experience – only what they forced us to take in college, which was mostly theory and over ten years ago now. Before starting this project I aske...
Once the carcass of the router cabinet was together the next step was a little wiring. I enjoy wiring things (another throwback to being an engineer I guess) but it’s definitely something you shouldn’t tackle yourself without some experienced advice. I’ve seen a lot of questionable methods and recommendations out there on the internet and it’s helpful to have someone you trust to help you sift through it. For this project I basically wanted an on-off switch for a...
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