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4" PVC Pipe to 4" Dust Collection Hose

4" PVC Pipe to 4" Dust Collection Hose

04-01-2018 03:11 PM by copythat | 12 comments »

I made my own inexpensive dust collection system using 4” PVC sewer pipe and fittings from Lowe’s. The parts were a fraction of the cost of true dust collection ducting and fittings. The one issue I had was that the diameter of the sewer pipe I used was too narrow to get a nice fit for the flexible drop down dust hose. To solve the problem, I invested in Dust Right transitions and they fit perfectly. Although pricey at $15 each, I thought they were money well spent.

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Wow, what a great tool!

Wow, what a great tool!

02-25-2018 06:25 AM by copythat | 14 comments »

I bought the Supermax 19-38 drum sander with optional casters and folding infeed/outfeed tables during Black Friday. It was delivered on a pallet in multiple boxes and looked to be well packaged. When I opened everything up, there was no damage at all. That is always a plus! I set the machine up as per the instructions and found the process to be painless but slow. Also, it is heavy and I’m not in the shape I use to be so it was a bear to lift it onto the stand. I used the sander for...

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Noteworthy parts used on my INCRA router table cabinet . . .

Noteworthy parts used on my INCRA router table cabinet . . .

02-19-2018 05:01 AM by copythat | 6 comments »

I used Rockler’s 4” and 2-1/2” Keyed Bridge Hose Clamps on my router table cabinet and they are fantastic. They sit in the spiral of the hose with no awkward positioning over the wire that spirals through the hose. They are a great improvement over standard hose clamps. The 4” can be found here: http://www.rockler.com/4-keyed-bridge-hose-clampsThe 2-1/2” can be found here: http://www.rockler.com/2-1-2-keyed-bridge-hose-clamps I also used Rockler’s...

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What an improvement over my Porter Cable drill press . . .

What an improvement over my Porter Cable drill press . . .

02-05-2018 06:44 AM by copythat | 19 comments »

I have owned a Porter Cable upright drill press for the past two years. The model I have is the PCB660DP, a 15” floor, 12-speed drill press. It was great with an included light and laser cross hairs. However, the table was small and the depth stop and speed changes were less than wonderful. In 2017, I saw a Black Friday special on a Nova Voyager and decided to buy it for my wife. Ok, so it wasn’t for my wife. I assembled the Voyager and realized the thing is a monster compared ...

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First use, what a pleasure

First use, what a pleasure

02-05-2018 06:19 AM by copythat | 8 comments »

At the end of November 20017, I bought a pre-owned, but never used, Festool Domino Joiner, the DF 500 Q set. I then ordered the Festool 498899 Assorted Domino Beech Tenons And Cutters. Yesterday, I started making a cabinet for my Incra router table set up and decided to use dominos to assemble the face frame. I changed cutters, added an attachment, changed a metric guide to imperial and BAM, it worked perfectly the very first time. I had the face frame mortised in about five minutes and was r...

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Drop down power for convenience

Drop down power for convenience

02-04-2018 08:57 PM by copythat | 8 comments »

I recently installed a couple circuit breakers and a bunch of electrical outlets on two walls of my garage shop. I really like having my machines plugged in and ready to go—even though I’m only using, at the most, two at a time. I hate having to bend over for a power cord or hunt for an available extension cord . . . maybe I’m just lazy! In any event, all of my hard work still required that my machinery in front of the garage doors and in the middle of the bays be powered...

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And then there was light!

And then there was light!

02-04-2018 07:58 PM by copythat | 10 comments »

I have a slightly oversized three car garage that I use as my wood shop. It came with three, four-foot, two-bulb, florescent light fixtures—one over each bay. It also came with three garage door openers, each with a low wattage, single bulb. When I turned on all the lights, it was not bad. However, I’m 52 and my eyes aren’t what they use to be. I don’t like to strain, and I like my work area to be bright. I bought five Metalux SLSTP LED Strip Shop Lights (#4SLSTP404...

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