I’m in the market now for a dust collector. Being married with 2 kids there really isn’t a lot of money I can budget for this at this time. I’ve read the reviews on the Harbor Freight dust collector but I’m wondering If I could get some woodworkers perspective that have this unit. How is it? Does it work well? And is it ok to run pvc or gutter sewerage pipe instead of the metal stove type of piping???? Any info on this topic from all LJ’s would be great.
As with most of my projects, this is going to take much longer than I thought.I started the base by cutting the front and back panels on my CNC router. They’re not square, and they had odd shaped cutouts, so this was the best method. I even drilled holes to accept t-nuts to mount the blade guard. The side panels were cut on the table saw, and then I used the CNC for the cutout for the dust hose.I wanted a chamfer on the outside corners, which didn’t leave much room to screw...
Now that I have all of my lumber to start my projects, I need to get my garage in order and put together the shop in the best possible layout. But the first order of business is getting my vintage craftsman jointer in working condition. Oh as a heads up I very rarely and I do mean rarely buy anything tools new. Just a waste of money that can be spent on wood and more tools, but I digress. I have a Craftsman/King Sealey 101.03582 6” jointer with a fixed infeed table and adjustable outfee...
I got a big boy jointer! After much research, consideration, advice from fellow LJs, I finally got a full size jointer. Previously I had been working on a bench top Shopfox Jointer, still available for sale through Grizzly and stocking Shopfox dealers. It was a great tool. The beds were flat, the fence had a tiny twist but still gave good results. It was a full 6” wide and, though it was a lot of work, you could even adjust the tables to be perfectly co-planar. No real complaint...
I started working on the frame on Saturday.I’ve never used LVL’s before, and was expecting a more finished product than I received. But a few passes through the planer and they cleaned up pretty nicely. I used a straightedge and flush trim bit in the router to get one straight edge, then ripped to width on the table saw. I rough cut the tapered edges on the bandsaw, and cleaned them up with a straightedge and router.There are some notches in the rails for wrench clearance ...
Well, fighting Windows Movie Maker and getting another one done. After three tries with Microsoft Support, including giving them remote access, I get told that WMM is not compatible with Win 10, and that just sucks. It keeps freezing up on me and I lose a lot of work and Microsoft just does not care. Of course the suggested I could buy something at the app store….yeah, right, I’ve seen the old bait and switch before. I have downloaded a free version of Lightworks but have not installed it yet...
It’s been a little while since the first entry. Hopefully, things will start moving a little faster. Maybe. Not a lot done, but I’ve finished one of the more difficult parts of the build. The bearing mounts that will hold the cutterhead. I started with 2 blocks of aluminum, 1”x3”x5”.I first drilled 2 holes in each, so that I could bolt them to my CNC router. The first thing I did was route the pockets for the bearings. I started a little under size, then sn...
I’ve made a couple of dowel jigs to use on a table and bench project that I’m making from 2×12 Southern Yellow Pine. One is useful for joining two pieces of 2 by # lumber and the other is for 4×4 lumber. They’re very inexpensive as they are made from a scrap piece of 1” oak and some “steel spacers” from Lowes. Both have proven to be accurate and easy to use. https://youtu.be/lZRZTXYKiJE
Wood shop walk through, update on the going ons here in my shophttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZKJ2ZgwPsY
Just a short video on how the shop has changed and a surprise that was delivered that day. View on YouTube
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