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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 11:04 PM

Story sicks are invaluable.
Here’s an adjustable model.
To gauge the inside width (of a cabinet door for the panel, for instance) two sticks of 1/2X1/8 X (whatever), and stuck through a block. Cut a 5/32” deep X 1/2” wide dado in a piece about 1” wide and 3/4 thick , cut it into two pieces about 1-1.5” long. Drill for and install a 1/4X20 tee nut in one piece. You can relieve the inside with a 3/4” Forstner for clearance of the tee nut’s barbed side. If you do, make the dado about 3/32. Epoxy in the tee nut and glue the two pieces together. Slide the aluminum through and tighten with a short 1/4X20 bolt.
I have several lengths of bar to gauge panels for small jewelry boxes up to lengths long enough for larger cabinet doors. Only need to make one holder, though.

No need to spend $50-$75 for a remote switch for your 2 hp, 110 volt DC, Just buy one of those remotes for outdoor lighting for $10-$15.

Rare earth magnets are the bee’s knees. They hold tools to metal cabinets for quick use. I have a small one that holds the chuck key for the DP. A 1/2” one holds the wrenches for the table router. Four of them hold a cloth bag under the joiner and four each hold the bags on the portable DC. Saves the hassle of the stock band.

If possible, duct your DC to the outside. Saves space and the hassle of dumping and cleaning the bags. With a 35 gal. or so, trash can collector between the tools and the DC unit, very little debris finds it’s way outside.

A set of open end wrenches are great for gauging thicknesses out of the planer.
Speaking of planers, A laminate covered shelf from HD makes a great auxiliary planer bed. Just screw on a stop for the in feed side bottom and I use a roller stand to support the long out feed end. Snipe has been banished!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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