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From Dust Pump to Dust Collector

From Dust Pump to Dust Collector

02-09-2016 08:50 PM by Kelly | 0 comments »

My three horse Jet had four nylon bags. The first time I ran it I suspected it had something in the area of twenty micron bags. In reality, they were probably five micron bags. Either way, it was nothing more than a chip collecting dust pump. I swapped the bottom bags for plastic ones, which took care of the bottom half. After shopping and comparing various bags, I found these. After installing them, I noticed an immediate improvement. They fit well, but I still noticed some occasion...

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 I Just Can't Say Enough Bad About This Sander

I Just Can't Say Enough Bad About This Sander

02-09-2016 07:37 PM by Kelly | 5 comments »

Let me make it clear up front, I am a huge fan of Bosch tools and own several, including a sliding miter, a job site table saw with a gravity base, hammer drills, a saber saw and a trim router. I am pleased with all of them and made that clear in my reviews I have written about Bosch equipment. But, then there is this little tool. Of course, for a sander to work, you, first, have to mount sandpaper on it. This tool allows that. You just shouldn’t turn the sander on and expect it to h...

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Happy Camper No. 2,17685 (give or take a few)

Happy Camper No. 2,17685 (give or take a few)

02-09-2016 07:34 PM by Kelly | 1 comment »

I’ve primarily used this for mortised and tenoned frame corners for a kitchen (cuts done with the styles and rails at ninety degrees to the table) and splined corners (cuts done with frame corners at twenty-two and a half to forty-five degrees to the table). The results are, I am very pleased with my purchase. This is a lot of jig for the money. Just lifting it makes clear the fact it’s not a toy. I believe this tenon jig will provide years of service. Though another reviewe...

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Quality and Savings on Four Inch Flex Hose

Quality and Savings on Four Inch Flex Hose

02-09-2016 07:30 PM by Kelly | 1 comment »

This isn’t as heavy duty as the tubing I’ve been using for the past few years, which well tolerates being drug around my shop for vacuuming operations, or switching between machines. That said,this is about 1/3 the price and the fifty foot length allows me to cut sections to dedicate to each piece of equipment. The hose came nicely packaged in a square tube about four feet long. I have two collectors – a 1-1/2 horse and a 3 horse Jet. I have had no problems using se...

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It's Super for a Reason

It's Super for a Reason

02-09-2016 07:23 PM by Kelly | 0 comments »

My purchase of the Super Dust Deputy was inspired by the results of using my [metal version] Dust Deputy and Dust Gorilla. I’m running a Jet four bagger (3 HP dust collector with after market one micron bags) and use it, instead of a vacuum, to clean my shop floor, and around equipment. Screws, nails, nuts, bolts, pieces of wood and even an occasional tool get picked up in the course of cleaning. Normally, everything is drawn through the impeller blades. When chips and other large...

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Making Good Box Joints Easily and Repeatable

Making Good Box Joints Easily and Repeatable

02-09-2016 07:16 PM by Kelly | 0 comments »

I’ve been woodworking, both professionally and as a hobbyist, since 1974. Over those years, my appreciation of the value of jigs has continued to increase. For example, using a circle cutting jig on my band saw allowed me to cut precision circles ranging from a couple inches to three feet in diameter. Box joints, or finger joints, make for strong joints and can add aesthetic value to a project. Laying out multiple box joints, individually cutting them and getting good, tight joints t...

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Somewhere Between [or at] "Remarkable" and "Uh"

Somewhere Between [or at] "Remarkable" and "Uh"

02-09-2016 07:10 PM by Kelly | 1 comment »

Like others, I’m not certain what you can say about something like this, so I’ll mention what I do know: -It has no holes in it, except on the ends, so doesn’t leak air, other than where it should.-It’s smooth on both ends, so I can fit it inside of black sewer pipe I’ve cut into couplers, or into flex hose.-It bends air, which, I believe, most straight pipes can’t do.-It doesn’t glare under intense shop lighting.-It’s ends are not over-sized...

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Review of Bizarre Exercise Equipment

Review of Bizarre Exercise Equipment

02-09-2016 07:02 PM by Kelly | 3 comments »

This shouldn’t be a review of a piece of exercise equipment, its very nature, during use, requires me to treat it as such, in order to get across its behavior characteristics in the shop. I have several four inch flex hoses in my shop. Only this one returns to its original, retracted form. It is probable this will be the only one my shop will ever see, even if it fails and has to be replaced. PRO: Because it retracts to its original length, I don’t have to cut it for runs, t...

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Bending Wood [or Off Lable Use of the Wagner Wall Paper Steamer]

Bending Wood [or Off Lable Use of the Wagner Wall Paper Steamer]

02-09-2016 06:50 PM by Kelly | 0 comments »

Though sold as a wall paper steamer, I bought this to bend wood, as a cheaper alternative to the ones sold by Rocker for bending wood, but which cost twice as much. First off, I was not, in any way, disappointed with my small investment. I built a plywood box about five feet long and four equal sides about ten inches square. On a whim, and before assembling the sides, I covered the interior sides with tin foil. Once the tube was assembled, I added a permanent back. The front cover...

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Good alternative to the Festool TS55 REQ

Good alternative to the Festool TS55 REQ

02-09-2016 01:36 PM by TechTeacher04 | 4 comments »

I was asked if I would be interested in building sets for my districts Senior High Musical. The build required breaking down numerous sheets of 1/2 and 1/4” ply. Working alone with a small job saw would be extremely dangerous when cutting the 1/4” luan that is used to skin most of the pieces. A track saw became the safest option for breaking down the sheets accurately and quickly. I had narrowed my search to the Dewalt DWS520K, Festool 55 REQ and Makita SP6000K. The compatibility ...

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