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07-18-2014 06:18 PM

Dust collection for Arbortech/Lancelot - Power Carving - 4 replies

My question is what is the best set up to collect the dust when power carving that removes mass amounts of wood and create lots of air borne dust. I would like to know if anyone has come up with a good solution for dust collection when using Arbortech or Lancelot tools indoor. I live in the middle of the city and can not carve outside. I do have...

05-01-2014 03:36 PM

Carving Question Green or Dry - 3 replies

I am going to be making wall hanging sculpture (first time trying this). The piece of wood I am using is green. Should I carve the rough shape and let it dry (similar to a wood turner) or can I carver it to finish.

08-20-2013 06:33 PM

Hollowing Articulating Arm Upgrade - 2 replies

I made an articulating arm tool for hollowing made from 1” square steel stock with a 1/2” for tools. I have used it for hollowing pieces up to 10” deep. To do larger/deep pieces can i drill 1/2” hole in 1 1/2” steel rod and use 1/2” rod as a dowel or do I need a large set up all together? I would like to be ...

07-10-2013 01:27 PM

Cyclone Dust Collector Set Up Part 2 - 2 replies

I am in the process of building a cyclone, I plan to use Oneida cyclone body and filter (cheap CL find) with Bill Pentz’s drawings for the motor housing and his recommend motor. The issue I am having is sourcing and impeller at a reasonable price. Grizzly has a 15.5” keyed impeller with 24mm(0.944882) bore for $104 shipped compared t...

06-04-2013 12:09 PM

PM3520B Additional Weight - 12 replies

I bought a PM3520B over the weekend. With my previous lathe (Nova 3000) I added weight to the bottom, I am wondering if that is needed for PM3520B. I do want to on occasion outboard large items but mostly do bowls and hollow forms.

05-29-2013 04:17 PM

Cyclone Dust Collector Set Up - 10 replies

I am trying to put piece together a cyclone system. I currently have Oneida cyclone body and filter I got from CL. What I need is more motor, impeller and motor housing. My question is would Grizzly G1030 motor and impeller be able to support the system. The 12.5” impeller worries me a little. I plan on running 6” main line about...

11-27-2012 04:58 PM

Cleaning Clamps - 18 replies

Does anyone have a good method of removing glue from clamps?

11-15-2012 06:11 PM

Hand Tool Cabinet. - 10 replies

I am in the beginning phase of making a hand tool cabinet. I have most of it mapped out but should I store the the planes horizontal or vertical? My current plane till is vertical and I like ease to get to them but it does not seem as space efficient. Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions?

05-23-2012 06:37 PM

Articulating Arm Hollowing System Bearings - 3 replies

I am planning on making Articulating Arm Hollowing System similar to Captains Eddies Snake Hollower or the Monster Hollowing System. I have most of it planned out but I need some assistance in figuring out what bearing I should use in the joints. I have come up with the three options below, please let me know what you think? http://www.amazo...

03-02-2012 02:17 PM

Band Saw Frame Flexing - 2 replies

I have a 14” Ridgid Band and will soon get a 1.5HP (17amp) motor to upgrade from 3/4HP that I have now. But in talking to a couple a people about adding a riser block to it they warned me of the frame flexing. I use the band saw for general cuts, rounding turning blanks and some resawing. Has anyone had issues with a riser block and fram...

02-10-2012 06:58 PM

Modifying Dust Collection System - 12 replies

I am looking to improve my dust collection, right now I have a HF 2HP DC. I like the unit but I hate changing the bag and in my 9’ x 11’ shop it takes up valuable floor space. Here is my solution: I would like to modify the system by mounting the DC motor to the wall and connecting it to a Spun Bond Cartridge Filter (

08-08-2011 03:05 AM

Separator Vs Cyclone - 9 replies

what is the performance/functional difference cyclone and DC with a separator?

06-26-2011 02:45 AM

Wet Stone Sharpening - 7 replies

I just ordered Grizzly Wet Grinder . My question is will I need to still use my waters stones for plane irons and chisels?

01-05-2011 06:52 PM

Rectanglar Dust Separator - 19 replies

I love my Harbor Freight Dust Collector, but I hate changing the lower bag on the unit. This is mostly due to my laziness and the cost of the bags. The easy solution to this would be to add a dust separator. My issue with that solution is space. I have a small shop and have 19” of space between my bench (that is another project I have yet to ...

11-09-2010 03:09 AM

Grinding Hand Plane Iron - 4 replies

I currently have a plane iron, Millers Fall Jack, where the bevel is not 90 degrees. Its about 12 degrees off. So I got myself a bench grinder (Ryobi 8”), I plan on purchasing a white oxide grinder wheel to grind the bevel straight and put a heavy camber on it. So my question is what is the best grit to get? Also if you have any jigs ...

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