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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 05-20-2017 02:09 PM 1297 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t get this Adonis body by partaking in marathons… even half marathons didn’t inspire me to pound the asphalt… furthermore, I take pride in knowing precisely how long a 50M swimming pools is and rehearse memorising its measurement every 2nd day…
I prefer to think of myself as an advocate of VPAA (Visual Protest Against Anorexia).

I bet you are wondering what he’s crapping on about with a title of “foot power”. Well wonder no more. In my youth (just a few years ago), I used to be a “quarterback” for the Warragul Dusties Aussie rules football club. While they never actually had such a position, I was so slow that I was always a “quarter” of the football field “back” from where I should have been. The coach wasn’t impressed and as you cannot kick a baseball (legally) I was relegated to WOGball (hey, back in those days political correctness, was a well-dressed, non-swearing member of parliament and that terminology was an acceptable acronym for soccer).

Picture thrown in to give you a “reading-rest”.

Again I digress. One day I dropped one of those vanishing “Houdini” bits of hardware on the floor and as I bent over… I noticed them… CANKLES!!! I freaked out and quickly took a number of “skinny” portrait photos and even with Photo-Shop I could not make them look shapely enough for my collection of high heels. I panicked when I thought I might miss my audition for the upcoming Churchill Seniors’ Soccer World Cup.

Forever daydreaming, the solution came to me in the form of a “foot operated machinery toggle switch” training regime. Now wasn’t that worth the wait?

I had recently acquired a “Full Boar variable speed Digital Bench Drill Press”, with a name longer than the drill is tall. It was outfitted with variable speed and one of those mongrel fangle-dangle mag-switches. I have never been a fan of mag-switches and with my newly found get fitness campaign, my first agenda was to install a foot pedal control switch to eliminate the need to make a regular pilgrimage to the local gym to beautify my cankles.. The mag-switch was just a tad more complex and larger than a standard light switch,

so I had to plug the hole with MDF (the wood component of the project),

and somehow fit the switch to cover the gaping edifice vacated by the relegated “mag”.

You may notice it doesn’t look as pretty, but with the green-texta eye shadow, I managed to make it look a little more appealing to my other horny celibate tools.

Then all I had to do was to activate the new switch on the drill, plug it into a “foot pedal operated power board”…

AND just as quicly turn the power OFF to the power board as the unexpected and immediate feed of live electrons to the drill scared the bejesus out of me when I first plugged it in. Word of warning to the (un)wise, always wear RUBBER soled thongs when playing with electricity (even in winter),

The above picture is of a hand model I hired. I had to put the thongs on his feet as his hands were not that good looking and I couldn’t afford to hire a better model.

Now all I need to do is place the switch on a spot where I won’t trip over it and I now have two hands to caress my drill and workpiece.

With the availability of my two hands, I only have to crank up clamps half as tight as normal, thereby protecting my knuckles from loose workpieces. Just kidding about the pressure… I can now get away with using tiny clamps or rubber bands instead. If you still insist on using LARGE clamps, you can always bring the switch close to your work and give the foot a well deserved rest,

I have converted my workshop into a total gym. I also use a foot switch for my table saw (note the fitted switch is always on),

Fortunately it is old and does not have a mag-switch. Furthermore, while the foot switch has a permanent place,

I can reposition it to suit the job… eg. cutting large sheet goods or different footware (high heels).

I added a router table on the east facing end of my table saw… Bad move, as the east end changes direction when I rotate the TS to suit the job (it’s the TS on a mobile base and not the job) and it’s no longer the east end. Again I incorporated a foot operated power board that I have built a box for the switch, for routine operations,

For those special jobs when I need to use both hands at the start of a job, I move the switch to the floor and that way I have greater control and continue to slim the cankles.

It doesn’t stop there… I have my mitre saws permanently piggy backed to a shop vac (and the mandatory DD). Unfortunately the laser beams (I bought mitre saws with lasers, as a permanent red-texta line scribed on the sub-fence nearly always produced inaccurate cuts) draw enough juice to NOT turn the shop vac off after the saw stops. Though sometimes it turns off after a few seconds, most times I had to turn the laser off manually once it started to annoy me after a few minutes of continuous running. I can only imagine the designers of laser light switch placement are not woodworkers. In both my mitre saws, the switches are in what I consider a very inconvenient position (I am guessing they were trying to encourage energy savings). No more ferreting for the switch. An appropriately positioned foot switch (power board) now quickly permits me to toggle the electron feed with two quick kicks, which is enough to interrupt the laser to turn the shop vac off.

The laser is then ready for the next cut… and I get the cankle exercise.

I still have my fair share of those awkward mag-switches on other machinery, but for those I don’t see any major operational benefit by giving them the nip’n’tuck, however, I never stop thinking… except when I’m awake.

While I am talking mag-switches and you have no choice but read about it (or switch your screen off), some other victims of my nip’n’tuck surgery are my dust extractors (link here). Unfortunately they are remote controlled by a gizmo hanging around my neck, which doesn’t exercise my cankles unless I try to kick myself in the chest to activate it, so I will not bother to even mention them.

If you’re a mag-switch devotee, happy with the shape of your ankles or just prefer wrist exercise, please don’t bother reading this article.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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Dutchy

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 02:53 PM

I attemted to read the hole story. The core became clear to me. You like footswitches. Unlike me, I love mag switches :)

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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Hawaiilad

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 07:30 PM

Very interesting.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 05-20-2017 08:30 PM

Yes interesting! Just don’t step on it accidentally! Where is your shop buddy Ducky?

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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kiefer

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#4 posted 05-21-2017 12:46 AM

The clamp used on the drill press seems a little undersized and the safety boots are another story .
Here is one of my foot powered dreams come to life that may fit your exercise needs .
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/98982!

Please notice the footwear !

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 05-21-2017 02:38 AM


... Where is your shop buddy Ducky?

- woodshaver Tony C

w’s’T’C, Elvis is in the building though you seldom see him as he is camera shy.

You can catch him in the middle of the night pushing it under my bench when I forget to kick it there… to stop me from getting ”All Shook Up”..

PS. Just realised he’s not afraid of spiders (top left)...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 05-21-2017 02:49 AM


... You like footswitches. Unlike me, I love mag switches…

- Dutchy


It not that I don’t like mag-switches, on some machines it is an overkill and I’d like to have both hands on the job when I turn on the machine.

I love mag-switches as long as they’re in your workshop


Please notice the footwear !

- kiefer


Are they wooden clogs?... for people with only one big toe and can’t split the thong’s divider between toes?

Saw the clamp amongst your projects and was very envious. I would love one of those but unfortunately my workbench couldn’t handle the “pressure” and with the small woodworking projects I have transgressed to, I really can’t justify a beefy workbench as a worthy anchor for such a clamp.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Rick_M

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#7 posted 05-21-2017 06:50 AM

Thread title and thumbnail did not deliver, was expecting to see a treadle powered drill press. :(

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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robscastle

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#8 posted 05-21-2017 07:01 AM

I heard a Baker from Woolworths Cnr Marina Drive & Monash Way was electrocuted using a similar device at Easter time.

Reports have it that he was getting some hot Cross Buns out of the oven when one fell off and he accidentally stepped on it causing the current to run up his leg!

-- Regards Robert

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woodshaver Tony C

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#9 posted 05-21-2017 02:35 PM


... Where is your shop buddy Ducky?

- woodshaver Tony C

w s T C, Elvis is in the building though you seldom see him as he is camera shy.

You can catch him in the middle of the night pushing it under my bench when I forget to kick it there… to stop me from getting ”All Shook Up”..

PS. Just realised he s not afraid of spiders (top left)...

- LittleBlackDuck

Just a little humor! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 05-21-2017 03:09 PM



- woodshaver Tony C


With such coyness, I might have to give Elvis one of them nip’n’tucks, and call him a her… Modesty Blaise.

PS. Like your captions… may I ask what you used (always willing to plagiarize)?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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