Apologies for the lack of blogging – my internet connection has been down. Not good…....:(
But it’s up again now so let’s get stuck in.
I’ve finally done something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, and that is to permanently plumb in some dust extraction. I don’t know how you use yours but I drag the dust extractor over to where I’m working, search for a suitable connector and then turn it on. Or maybe I just can’t be bothered and don’t use it at all…...;)
So I have installed some pipework around the shop to save having to move the extractor. It looks pretty smart, too! There are blast gates at each machine so when I want to use, for example, the jointer, I open the gate, flick on the extractor using a remote control that lives in my shop apron and plane away. No mess, no having to clean the floor around the jointer because of the two foot deep pile of shavings.
I have also put two points either side of the workbench. I have a 3 meter length of powertool hose that attaches to the blast gates. Using this I can attach routers, sander, etc as well as using it as a vacuum cleaner on and around the workbench. Cool!
It was easy to install and cost about £100 for the whole shop. Worth doing if you are not going to re-arrange your shop for a while ;) There are some pictures here…
I’m also making another plane. A buddy of mine was going to buy a shoulder plane so I suggested I make him one instead. What do you think? The one on the right is one I made earlier. I just need to finish the wedge and make the iron and it will be done. More pics once I complete it.
Have a good weekend,