Thought I’d try this tool gloat as a blog entry. i’ve had the Powermatic 3520b for a few months now (gotta blog that.) When I first got it the two old Craftsman lathes had to go away ‘cause there weren’t no room in the inn for three lathes.So I put them under tarps in the driveway and Craig’s listed them to new homes. I knew when I got the 3520 that there was only one place in the garage for it…under the 14 inch I beam that runs from the front to t...
Safety (or the lack thereof) #1: Rule #3, if your lathe has a safety shield and you can use it....DO!!!
My wife, who loves me more than I deserve, let me get a new lathe a few months ago. A Powermatic 3520b.I love this lathe, especially better than the old Craftsman tube-types I had. Anyway, I’ve flung a few pieces of wood off the lathes over the past 40+ years, and I’m always conscious to keep my face shield/mask/goggles in place (unless I forget in the heat of the moment.)But the safety cage just looked better holding a couple of worklights than down in its intended position. ...
If you’ve ever struggled with setting inset doors, I have an easy method for you.
A lot has been written about safety in the workshop. We all know there is no more important rule than to wear safety glasses. Breathing protection, hearing protection, blade guards, riving knives and many other things are mentioned repeatedly. But tonight I just happen to be in the mood to talk about MY number ONE safety rule: when to not go in to the shop. As may be deduced from my username and avatar, my work often has me up at all hours of the day and night. So it should be no surpr...
Got the crap scared out of me last night, BIG TIME. The temperature dipped to 38 degrees in Lincoln, aka the HuskerPlex. To bump the temp up in my detached garage shop, I plugged in my large, forced-air, torpedo heater. It blew a continuous stream of sparks and flaming shreds of debris all over everywhere. After a wild-eyed panic stop, carefully checking for burning embers, and changing my pants, I figured it out. Mice had built a large nest in the heater. Resulting Safety Tip: E...
My table saw has a simple pull push switch and for a long time I’ve puzzled over how to add one of those paddle switch mods to it. There have been times when I would have felt more comfortable being able to power down my saw without moving my hands. Like usual I thought about it for a while and just recently came up with this. Above the switch itself is a sort of ledge just big enough to fasten a small hinge. I attached the hinge to a 10 inch length of 1/8 inch hardboard. I cut ...
A flash of inspiration hit me today as I was examining some old 45 blade storage boxes. My draw knife has rattled about loosely in a box with nothing but underwear on (a cardboard tube from paper towels). It was kinda like reaching into a pit of vipers digging around in that box. But now, I have a safe and useful storage “jig”. http://kragerwoodworking.weebly.com/1/post/2012/09/finally-safe-storage-for-draw-knife.html Dan
Here’s a great tip on using up those scrap pieces of plywood. If you like this video, we have new ones every Thurdays on our youtube channel.
My spring clamps have a lot of miles on them. Which mean that little plastic coating on the end is gone. And sometimes i need that on the clamp. So here is a little tip which replaces that. If you like the video, we post new ones every Thursday at our youtube channel. www.youtube.com/bigchopperoo
There was something fishy when I negotiated the price for Delta Contractor Saw, a 34-410B, on Craiglist. The splitter was missing. But, at $250, it was an affordable step up and a project saw that was in really good starting condition. Encouraged by a video demonstation of kickback, I tackled the safety issue today. I cut a piece 1” x 1/8” steel to rough length. After several hours of angle grinding, filing, and polishing with my spindle sander, I was able to match the thi...
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