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Toy costruction #81: Low Boy Trailer build #1

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Blog entry by htl posted 07-14-2016 09:08 PM 707 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s about time to get my Excavator a trailer, so the low boy is on the table.
Just cutting out some of the main parts.

I had found a wobble dado blade at a yard sale some time back but my Dewalt can’t use it so ordered a 5/8 arbor for the Shopsmith so now I can cut my dados in one pass where it used to take me forever to get er done.

Back 30 something years ago I used to use a wobble blade on my dewalt radial arm saw but from what I remember it would vibrate a little but on the Shopsmith it really ran smooth as silk but this one has more teeth so that could be the reason.

I need to make a zero clearance cover for the saw, I thought I had made some and I did but it was for the older model so will be making some covers here shortly.

I’m going off the plans a little and will have dowels down the middle instead of solid wood.


I know this isn’t much but I took quite a bit a time making sure I had the wobble blade set up right on the Shopsmith, not something you want to get wrong me thinks.
It cut smooth as butter so will feel better from now on setting it up and using it.
I sure could have used it on the tracks for the Excavator, would have saved me a day or two.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.



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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 07-14-2016 11:28 PM

I thought about using the dado for my tracks …...... just not sure about wood …......walnuts wacky ….......

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 02:14 AM

You sure don’t just sit around Bruce, but make the most of the time, timber and machinery…

Got to have a sit for this build as your Work In Progress photos & notes are always good, thank you.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 07-15-2016 02:18 AM

#4, Serious question for a change.

Is there any specific reason you use the dado rather than a router (table). I avoid dados like a plague, even though I “love” them, only because it’s a pain to change out the blades (on my table saw)... I also find that I am not organised and as soon as I mount a dado I need the use of the standard blade (almost immediately) that cannot wait till I’ve exhausted my dado requirements.

I am assuming you have a router table… (hats off if you don’t).

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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GR8HUNTER

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#4 posted 07-15-2016 03:23 AM


#4, Serious question for a change.

Is there any specific reason you use the dado rather than a router (table). I avoid dados like a plague, even though I “love” them, only because it s a pain to change out the blades (on my table saw)... I also find that I am not organised and as soon as I mount a dado I need the use of the standard blade (almost immediately) that cannot wait till I ve exhausted my dado requirements.

I am assuming you have a router table… (hats off if you don t).

- LittleBlackDuck

I just don’t think its that hard to change the blades back and forth …..... I do own a router table .. but I find that is more of a pain ….....LMAO
you say tyre I say tire

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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htl

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#5 posted 07-15-2016 03:31 AM

I made a router table it’s one of my projects here but quit using it so took all the useful things off it and chucked it. lol
I would much rather use the table saw than a router for this work, I seem to get a much cleaner and sharper cut.
With the Shopsmith the table saw is used very little or at all except now for dados.
The blade is on it’s own arbor so it always can stay at 1/2 if I wish, just a minute change and it’s on or off.
I like to keep my routers set for one job so not in to change the set up any more than I have to.

You may think I’m afraid of the router but no years ago when I had my cabinet shop mostly all I did was plastic laminate work so routers were used all most all day long.

Hunter you must have been typing your comment at the same time I was. lol

Like you I can set up the table saw faster or just like it better ???

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#6 posted 07-15-2016 05:42 AM

Thx guys. I admit the table saw is better (cleaner and safer) but the arbor on mine is in such a place that when I raise it there is little clearance between it and the table top and when I lower it it’s difficult to manoeuvre the blade over it. Removing the dado is then a reverse struggle.

GR8, it looks like my table saw issue is idiosyncratic as your table saw and ZCI.
You say tomito.. but we all know its tomyto.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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crowie

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#7 posted 07-15-2016 08:48 AM

How about some photos of all your router table setup’s please gents!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 07-15-2016 01:34 PM

So was this a little “OOPSIE” with the Dado blade?


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htl

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#9 posted 07-15-2016 02:14 PM

No on my dewalt table saw I couldn’t get the lower clamp to work without getting in closer to the saw blade so cut out the first few teeth and all is good.
I must say these guides work great and at $7 its cheap.
http://www.harborfreight.com/feather-board-with-angle-finder-36697.html

The aluminum tape was there to keep the saw dust out of my face but since I cut off those teeth should take it off.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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crowie

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#10 posted 07-17-2016 12:27 AM

So was this a little “OOPSIE” with the Dado blade?


- JoeinGa


No on my dewalt table saw I couldn t get the lower clamp to work without getting in closer to the saw blade so cut out the first few teeth and all is good.
I must say these guides work great and at $7 its cheap.
http://www.harborfreight.com/feather-board-with-angle-finder-36697.html

The aluminum tape was there to keep the saw dust out of my face but since I cut off those teeth should take it off.

- htl

Joe, While you mishap isn’t good, at least with info like that Bruce supplied, the replacement isn’t too expensive..
Downunder we have a very small range of good woodworking suppliers and little competition in the big box warehouse…. that sort of replacement would cost at least 2.5 times that price here…
When the Aussie Dollar was on par with the US Dollar i purchased a few good items from the USA and even with awfully dear freight I saved 40-60% of the local price when and were it was available….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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htl

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#11 posted 07-17-2016 12:40 AM

Crowie why the fingers are gone is because the part that fits in the groove at the bottom of the screen was nearly off the table to clear the saw blade and didn’t feel safe so I cut off some of the fingers or so the bottom clamp would be farther in the groove.

On a bigger table saw this wouldn’t be a problem.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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htl

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#12 posted 07-17-2016 12:42 AM

Here’s my home made router table.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/155314

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 07-17-2016 03:19 AM


Downunder we have a very small range of good woodworking suppliers…

- crowie


Hit the nail on the head. Furthermore what exacerbates the issue is that many items are just not available here (in Oz) and many US retailers don’t ship Internationally. That’s why I have a US address for these rare occasions. May cost an arm and a leg but if the need is there… at least paying these exorbitant costs, I am helping to keep the US taxes down (no guys, no need for thanks)!

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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htl

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#14 posted 07-17-2016 03:36 AM

Ok Ducky my question now is are you as dependent on china as the us is for just about everything or because you can’t get it you make your own stuff and would be in better shape if china stopped shiping stuff?

Or are you just paying more for less choose?

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 07-17-2016 11:12 AM

It’s just about impossible to buy anything that isn’t made in China here. Not trying to be politically incorrect but here what isn’t made in China, is bought by Chinese and sold back to us.

I have never begrudged paying for quality for just about anything I need, however, I will refuse to buy rubbish just because it is cheap. If it is usable and worthwhile, I’ll buy it but I do look at quality rather than price. My problem is that if I can’t see it (to buy it) I don’t know what I need to make (if that makes sense). Unfortunately I’m not as inventive as many of the woodworking bloggers that I have the pleasure of following.

I would rather forgo that 1/2 dozen casks of vino (that I buy cheap and go for quantity not quality) and spend those extra few shekels on what I feel is good quality even if not necessarily value for money (at least while I can still “afford it” [though getting harder daily as the current environment is not on the side of borderline self-funded retirees especially the ones that retirement was not made by choice]).

If the quality (or availability) is not there I will attempt to fabricate the item myself or even if do I buy the crap, then I will attempt to cannibalise and enhance it.

One rule I do follow though. The most precious commodity I still have left and treasure dearly is the time I have remaining on this earth. Consequently I place a minimum of $20 per hour on my time though at times this may be adjusted in either direction depending on what I have on my agenda, though I can’t remember going below $15. Using that as a measuring stick (actually I apply this to ALL things), if I don’t save my labour cost on any venture I will fork over the shekels asked (commercial items only of course).

I used to have this same attitude about wheels for the T&J models. At $1.40 each for the the bigger ones and lets ignore the specialised ones that the plans call for shop-made, if I could make one in 4.2 minutes than I could justify NOT buying them… HOWEVER, YOU and Dutchy have screwed me up here (go and self-flagellate)... After seeing the substitute wheels you guys make I now have about 30 pre-fabbed wheels (I bulk bought a while back) that may not see the under-carriage of a T&J model (time will tell).


Or are you just paying more for less choose?

- htl


Now to answer what you asked, yes, I find that I am paying more for less choice, however, If I need it unfortunately I have to pay for it. I’m too old to do the time when I get caught for stealing it.

The time will come when “made in China” will no longer be a swear work. I remember the day when we were expected to buy crap stamped made in Japan in the 60’s.. Hell, I’d kill for something made in Japan now-a-days… other than Sashimi…

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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