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Blog entry by shelly_b posted 03-26-2013 09:46 PM 1346 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got a 220 wired to run my jointer and my new bandsaw! I got my grizzly bandsaw a few days ago, and just finished tuning it up and putting it together lastnight. I got tired of waiting on someone to wire a 220 for me, so I looked online and learned how to do it from youtube. My bandsaw will pull 15amp at 220volt. We had an empty double 30 pole breaker. The outlet I got was a 50amp outlet. I thought since the amps were decreasing as you got further from the box it would be ok, but wanted to make sure so I called my dad. I explained everything to him and asked him if that was ok….he didn’t even give me an answer! He just said he would be over. It was like 8:30 lastnight lol. Now, I have no doubt I could’ve done it, but he obviously didn’t want my hands in the box. He did everything I was going to do, only he did it hot. I was planning on turning the main off. And when I wire another 220 outlet, I will turn it off lol. I’m not that confident that I won’t touch the wrong thing on accident. I did wire the outlet, and the extension cord I made, but he did the breaker. I went to hook up the bandsaw(which didn’t come with a plug) and realized the plugs I got weren’t going to fit it. I plan on going to lowes tonight to get one. I did have a plug to fit my jointer though. The cord on the jointer wouldn’t reach the outlet, so I took some of the leftover 10awg wire we used to wire the outlet and mad an extension cord for my jointer. My dad wanted me to wait and go to lowes and get the braided wire in a lower guage….but I didn’t want to wait! It was a little difficult to get that thick wire into the openings, but It worked! I held my breath, plugged in my jointer, turned on the breaker, and walked to my jointer and pressed the on button…nothing. Oh no, it’s used and I have never seen it in action except on a video. So I follow the cord starting at the machine to see if I can find the problem. I get to the outlet and realize the plug is not in all the way. Whew!! Imagine that, I wire everything, and the only the thing I mess up on is pushing the plug all the way into the outlet lol. Works like a dream! I can’t beleive how clean it cuts!! I don’t think I will have to do any sanding before a glue-up. I thought I would be wanting to put a helical head on it, but I really don’t see the point right now. And it is soo quiet compared to my planer, makes a better cut too. So, here is my jointer in action. This is some really hard oak. Sorry about the bad shots, it was hard to hold my phone with one hand and joint the board with the other…

Ok, so I guess the video will come later b/c I can’t figure out how to upload it right now and need to go to lowes…



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 09:54 PM

WOO HOO! You go Girl! I knew you could do it! (insert applauding smiley face here)

I’m just a bit surprised it took you this long. :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 10:22 PM

Way to go Shelly. Slow down a bit and be safe. No need to rush at things, especially a joiner.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 10:42 PM

Guess by now ya got ‘em both working. So happy for you Dear.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Roger

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 11:47 PM

Git er done, Shelly. Yer gonna luv all that power, and that new BS

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 02:02 AM

Way to go girl! Who needs electricians when you got dad? I never quite got used to that “working hot” business as I HATE gettin shocked! My big bandsaw has a dryer plug on it cause that’s what I had.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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shelly_b

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#6 posted 03-27-2013 11:30 AM

:) Yup, you can tell I wasn’t on the computer all night lol. I was out playing with all my new toys! The bandsaw is AMAZING! It is so quiet, I you can barely hear it run. I am used to the old 9in skill that would screech so loud it hurt your ears. I have a 3/8in blade on right now, and did my first resaw on a about 7in peice of red oak without a problem. I have a 1/2in blade, but had just put the 3/8 on so didn’t feel like changing it. And the cut is 100x better on this one. You can still see lines, but I’m sure I have some more adjustments I need to do once I get used to it. I also resawed and jointed some firewood. I was planning on making my first bandsaw box but it was midnight before I knew it and I had to be at work at 7 this morning. I took a few pics I will post of some of my cuts. Thanks everyone:)

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#7 posted 03-27-2013 11:34 AM

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Handtooler

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#8 posted 03-27-2013 11:38 AM

You’re gonna luv it, ain’ cha?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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shelly_b

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#9 posted 03-27-2013 11:43 AM

Those are some of my test cuts. The first is the resaw and the second was a half log of poplar I milled down a little:) Too bad so much of the log was starting to rot, b/c the grain is beautiful! As you can tell, I am one very happy lady:) Joe, I didn’t plan on it taking this long lol. There were a few times I thought “I wish I could use my jointer”! But, not so bad that I wanted to take the time to wire it lol. Now after using it, I wish I would have done it a lonnnggg time ago!

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shelly_b

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#10 posted 03-27-2013 11:52 AM

Handtooler-I’m more than in love with it! lol I may put a pic of it on my keychain, show it off lol.

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Handtooler

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#11 posted 03-27-2013 01:47 PM

I don’t know how much the coupon saved you, nor do I care about the $’s; just that I am so very proud I could do for such a deserving woodworker. ” The three great attributes of life are Faith, Hope,( Not Obama’s) and Charity; but the greatest of these is Charity.”

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#12 posted 03-27-2013 02:00 PM

There’s nothing like new shop toys to put a smile on your face,Enjoy! Try and get some sleep LOL

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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JoeinGa

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#13 posted 03-27-2013 07:23 PM

I know some nurses will put photos of their kids on their smock… I can just see now that Shelly is gonna have a pic of her BANDSAW on hers LOL:-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 03-28-2013 12:24 AM

Keep havin fun and be safe! That thing will bite ya if it gets a chance.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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shelly_b

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#15 posted 03-28-2013 01:17 PM

lol maybe I could put both joe;) handtooler, it was a great help! Just b/c I’m a nurse does not mean I am rich. I work in our small town ER, and the pay is definately not comparible to that of large hospitals. I like being close to home though and not spending hours driving. Everything I buy, unless it’s like a screwdriver, I have to sacrafice something for. I just have to decide what I want/need the most at the time and cut back in other areas. Like pretty much everyone else on here, I have many other bills so I do the best I can in finding good deals on my woodworking tools, and trying not to get anything that I don’t feel I really need. So, that coupon saved me over $100, which was a huge help! Thankyou:)

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