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11-27-2013 12:58 AM

I ain’t gotta ‘nuff room to swing a cat when I planing. But it gets done. To bad the DC still sucks…And I don’t mean that in a good way.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 01:27 AM

I am strongly opposed to the swinging of cats.

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 03:28 AM

Sorry Tom, but to “swing a cat” is an old navy term…referring to swinging a cat of nine tails.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 05:31 AM

Alright…so here’s what you do….

Set your planer up so the out feed faces the garage door…then open the door when planing.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 10:12 AM

No shop is perfect for everyone. It only has to be comfortable to you. It’s a pain to move things around, but you need to keep shifting till you are comfortable and you are the most efficient. Small doesn’t mean bad. Plenty of projects made here in small shops. The craftsmen make the project, not the tools or the shop.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 10:40 AM

Look at it this way, the more room you have in between the tools, the farther you have to walk! Gotta love it. Thanks to the guy who invented wheels.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 11:44 AM

Good grief but that door looks heavy! Hope that you never need to lift that without the aid of the spring.

You’ve thought of rolling your stuff outside? I’m in a similar circumstance and so have put everything on wheels, even the workbenchs.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 01:32 PM

Up until about nine years ago my shop was an open carport on the back of our house. I finally got to close it in. It was still small because I let my wife have a corner of it for a storage room and people still had to be able to walk through the middle of the shop to get into the house. Most people’s shops come from humble beginnings and evolve over time. Your shop seems to be in from the weather and I bet that you enjoy it. Your shop will evolve over time and may you always be happy in your work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 01:40 PM

So what’s with the dual chip separators hooked up to your vac? That’s definitely robbing some suction.

-- Rex

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 04:49 PM

Yup. The garage door is spring loaded and I open it every night to bring the Mrs.’s car back in. I’d like to leave the door open but it’s getting damn cold out now.
Rex. I tried the shop vac hooked up to the small cyclone, hooked up to the garbage can trying to control the chips driven from the planer. Right now I have a 4” 90° bend inside the G/can on the inlet side, but I think the pressure from the planer is forcing the lid (held down with bungie cords) to open and spray chips where ever. I’m gonna add another 90 to the first one to direct the air flow down into the can?

-- Mark

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