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#1. Wide Drum Sander. Picked up the all thread from Home Depot, and the pillow block bearings from Northern Tool. The design keeps fluctuating and due to the points where things can go bad fast… I have decided on moving the table to the drum, instead of the other way around. Any mechanism I have been able to come up with for raising and lowering the drum / motor to the table abounds with points of failure. I am not sold on any one design yet,.. If I run across anything that can convince me otherwise before I start buying materials, I will gladly reconsider my position….

#2. Lathe stand tool / ballast cabinet. I have the cabinet itself done as far as the design is concerned. And the drawers mostly done, but need to decide if I am going with wood slides, or if I am going to be using ball bearing slides. That will change the width of the drawers. I have noticed my local Home Depot has a sale on 3/4” cabinet grade ply for $27.99 right now… Need to pick a couple of sheets of that, and half inch up…

#3. Air Cleaner. Got the “Complete Small Shop” book from August Home Publications, plan on using their plans… Only problem I am having is sourcing up a squirrel cage blower. Most of the AC shops I talk to don’t want to talk to me unless I want to buy a brand new system… I may end up buying a PSI AC620 instead..

The lathe cabinet will be my first solo built cabinet, first drawers, etc… I am pretty excited about getting started, I just hope I am doing this right. I guess we will all find out…

Each new project builds the skills back up, and reduces stress. This is all a good thing…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

3645 posts in 1796 days


#1 posted 1689 days ago

I hand the OCD crown back to you …..............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#2 posted 1689 days ago

I work with engineers… Need I say more?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 1688 days ago

Refresh my memory on how you are going to add ballast, I think that was one of your motives in the lathe cabinet construction. And are you using the the metal stand legs, or are you reconstructing the whole thing from the lathe bed down?

Re the drum sander. I can’t remember doing anything that complex, at least not in recent memory. I would worry about wood versus metal in terms of durability and maintaining settings, guess I would want to do it with a lot of metal in it, even if it were angle iron and rod. Angle iron, bolts and nuts…........I have built some rugged items over the years using that construction.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#4 posted 1688 days ago

Stand cabinet is going to simply be a cabinet, built to be bolted to the stand. Ballast will be via sand in the bottom compartment of the cabinet. I believe 2 #80 bags will fit…

I have considered building an entirely new base with a built in cabinet, but that sort of defeats part of the purpose of building this cab, which is to get practice building something along the lines of a regular cabinet, which I can then take those skills to the kitchen remodel…

After all, there is a madness to my method, uh I mean… oh forget it…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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EEngineer

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#5 posted 1688 days ago

As far as “sourcing up a squirrel cage blower” try locating an HVAC shop near you. During the late summer months, they replace a lot of furnaces. I managed to pick up a lot of good motors from their scrap pile, some of which I had to remove from squirrel cage blowers for forced air furnaces. I just had to beat the scrapper there.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 1688 days ago

Sounds good, work on something not on display to gain skills. I think you described the ballast before, I forgot.

Been a quiet day here, I took a few pics of the cafe we went to, we really aren’t doing a lot of the scenic stuff here on Maui, have done it many times before. We will take a few excursions before our stay is done, however…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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