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Workshop Development #27: Cleanup, and tool tuning..

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 07-08-2011 08:47 PM 5309 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry no pics, yet…

After my clam shell cabinet builds, and ripping down the peg board, I realized I have “stuff” pretty much everwhere I looked, whether or not I wanted it. LOTS of cardboard I had been using for prototyping dust hood ideas, cut offs not in the cut off bin, and generally tools not put back where they belonged. It was time to get busy…

After LOTS of picking up, sweeping, and throwing out junk that shouldn’t have been in the shop anyway, I made a discovery… Not all my dust hoses were fully connected… As could be attested to by the PILE of sawdust behind my table saw. It appears the hose slipped off of the blast gate, and just dangled in the air above the floor… My above table collection worked great still, but below table, was horrid, and since the bench is in the way, no real way of telling…

So I went ahead and reattached my hoses, this time running the clamp screw in with a ratchet & socket instead of a phillips head screwdriver. I am pretty sure those aren’t going anywhere now!

In my rearranging / cleaning, I managed to move the lathe, band saw, and drill press back to where I had originally had them when I installed the dust collection. After 3 different moves, I have decided I like the work flow from these positions best.

The miter bench is being ignored for now. I have several ideas I am narrowing down, mostly cabinet grade plywood based designs. I am leaning HEAVILY toward a simple rolling cart, sized for the saw, to put the table at 38” off the floor (casters included) with flip up wings, fences, T tracks, production stops etc… I know the features I want to put in. Just ironing out specifics. The cabinet case underneath looks like a GREAT opportunity to provide storage for pnuematic tools. I need to figure out what can go there, I would HATE to waste that much space!

Ever since I bought my Pittsburg #94386 woodworking vise (Harbor Freight 9” Quick Release version), I haven’t been happy with the faces, they were FAR from flat, or square…. So I spent some quality time with a large metal file truing up the faces of the vise. As of last night, side to side we were dead on, top to bottom we still were slightly top proud, by about .001”, however natural racking of the vise takes care of the problem. I have a little more cleanup work to do on this before I hit this with some primer, and then I need to locate some close to matching hammer finish enamel paint for this thing. This is something I don’t think I should have to put up with, and it DOES have the lifetime warranty, however, they don’t sell a comparable model any more… It does work well, so truing it up was my best option…

On the Sliding Miter Saw dust hood design front, well, hard to explain, but the design I found that seems to work best is a sort of rectangular funnel, attached to the back bracket of the slide tubes, with a 4” port, It seems to catch more or less all of the dust off the saw… I am sure there are better ideas out there, but this is what I came up with to solve my problem… I now need to go from the cardboard prototype to a wooden build. To keep it light, I want to go with 1/4” ply, but that means I have to build out some sort of frame in order to support the thin material.

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



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 09:38 PM

Home in Anchorage, on call. I am making another shelf for my…...multipurpose bench…...I have changed the descriptive name, because minibench seems to mean other things to people. I have the compressor in it now, and I don’t feel like I have to don ear muffs when it cycles. I am settup up the way the hose is corralled, so that I have a shelf for each of 3 nail guns, and 1 for the blower. It should be a pretty good set up. All four items are attached all the time.

I bought a Shopfox wood vise for the La Conner shop, but first I have to beef up the bench. Then install the vise. It is smaller, with 6 inch faces, I think, and an 8 inch spread. Should be fine for there. The ancient vise I have here is bigger, but not as good quality. Works well, however.

1/4 inch plywood, if the pieces aren’t large won’t need much bracing. Once you make something of it, with decent strength designed in, it is pretty rugged.

Have a good day, don’t know how things will go this weekend. Sometimes I have lots of quiet time to get into the shop, like I did on Memorial Day weekend, other times not.

.......later..

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#2 posted 07-08-2011 10:47 PM

If I get too annoyed with this HF vise, the replacement options are…

Shop Fox 9” Quick Release.
Groz 9” Quick Release.

I guess I could chuck the Anant 9” QR in there as well. Basically a 9” quick release vise under $100.00

I have 4 nailers / staplers that I need to house, but I really hadn’t given any thought at all about housing the compressor there. Partially because I am starting to get the itch for a bigger compressor. 8 gallons of air runs out WAY too fast…

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

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#3 posted 07-09-2011 07:13 AM

I am just running a 6 gallon, but it cycles quite infrequently, especially with the pin and brad nailer, which don’t seem to use much air. Those are the guns I use the most. I am not into house remodelling or big structural changes, so I don’t have much need for a lot of air. The finish nailer does use a little more air, I notice. Used a lot of finish nails on the bench.

Off to bed, got to stay ahead of the curve when I am on call.

Tomorrow….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 07-09-2011 09:23 PM

My 8 gallon doesn’t hardly cycle at all with the small guns. But the framing gun and my ratchet make it breathe hard…

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

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#5 posted 07-09-2011 09:49 PM

My principal use will always be the nail guns, at least that’s my plan, so I don’t need much of a compressor. You do different things…....like I might have many years ago….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 07-09-2011 10:46 PM

Sounds like me, with that’s good enough for now jobs that turn into time to do it right jobs. My proto types seem to turn into that do for now types.

I have a 15 gallon air compressor that I still use, but I got a 60 gallon when I discovered how much fun air is. Love using the air drill in the shop besides my nailers.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 07-09-2011 11:28 PM

Okay sitting down at my PC now, so I can type better. Stupid virtual keyboard on the phone is hard to type on.

My 8 gallon compressor does a good job for my small nailers, but my impact wrench, air hammer, air ratchet, die grinder, need more air. I also want o get into HVLP spraying. In the long run I would REALLY like a 60 gallon Ingersoll Rand 5HP compressor (or similar) but I will need more space, or to get even more creative with the space I do have…

I ended up with a good problem today. approx 65 bd ft of Black Walnut 4/4 for $150.00 off of Craigslist. However my racks are full of construction grade pine, not to mention curly maple and cherry. I need to rearrange my lumber racks, get this stuff acclimated to my shop, and start on a few projects to get ready for the holidays this year.

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

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#8 posted 07-10-2011 07:11 AM

dbhost
Sounds like a good wood find, David. You might indeed due better with a bigger compressor. As noted, I don’t do the things anymore that need one. I am also not into cars and machinery, so that need isn’t there. I actually did a lot of minor stuff for cars and my motor home, but not anymore. As I said elsewhere, life compresses as you get older. You have to decide what you can do with the energy you have.

The multi-function bench is done. Probably overkill, but it will be used constantly. Only one thing it needs, some handles to move it, but that can be done at my leisure. Now got to do the dust collection for the table saw and the overhead guard…..then a break from shop stuff.

Have a good one, off to bed early again. Call has been pretty quiet, so got a fair amount of time in the shop so far. Will see how tomorrow goes.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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