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Delta 50-760 dust collector review PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 February 2011 16:11

I got a gift certificate for Hanukkah last year and decided to get the Delta 50-760 1.5 HP dust collector. It has a 1 micron filter bag, which turned out to be the most important feature for me. Since I started woodworking many years ago, I've had a 1HP Grizzly, which had a standard design, and which is still unchanged after 18 years. The collector worked fine for me during that time and I had hooked up all kinds of homemade DC fittings for the planer, RAS, and table saw. Only recently I learned that the bags on the Grizzly, like the bags on most collectors, only filters down to 30 microns! I thought I was helping the dust problem and my allergies by using the DC, but I was only accomplishing two things: 1) collecting wood chips 2) spreading a fine powder all over the shop. I was hoping this new DC would be a little better, and it certainly turned out that way.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 March 2011 15:08
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Craftsman 21833 Table Saw Review PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 September 2010 01:46

When I started woodworking as a teenager, I was actually about 11 or 12, and I got my first table saw when I was around 13, back in 1991. I got Delta 10" Table Saw (34-670). I got it at Home Depot for around $350. I never adjusted it in the 19 years I owned it, but I probably should have. Eventually I decided to get a new saw, since the riving knife was now standard on new saws. It was a good time to get the riving knife and a quality saw. I searched and searched and settled on the Craftsman 21833 because it was cheap, powerful, and seemed to do what I'd need from a table saw.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 20:06
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Toy box PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 17:25

Early this summer I started working on a toy chest for Rachel. We currently keep a lot of her toys in a bookcase, and that just doesn't work out too well because she can easily clear a shelf at a time just by using gravity. I figure a toy box will require more effort on her part to lift toys out and will keep the floor cleaner. Or... I just wanted an excuse to make something.

I decided to make the box out of 1/2" birch plywood with maple trim. This would hopefully provide the stability of the plywood with the maple trim covering the plywood edges.

I was only able to work on this project at night, so it took quite a long time. Started it in June and finished in January. I used a sanding sealer and a gel stain, followed by a coat of wiping poly. The effect was acceptable, but like with any stained project... you can see your mistakes :)

One interesting note on this project was what turned out to be bad design. My original intent may have been to make my daughter go through one more step (lifting a toybox lid) to get her toys out, which may keep the floor cleaner. I introduced a much more significant boundary to her getting her toys onto the floor... she couldn't reach in the box! My daughter is 3 years old and only 3 feet tall. Guess how tall the toybox is? 30" yeah... she needs a step stool to get anything out of the box. What amazed me the most was that I didn't notice this big design flaw at all during the 6 months I was making it. Even when my daughter went into the basement to see the progress, it didn't dawn on me that the box was as tall as she was. Oh well, keep learning :)

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 20:24
 
CNC Machine PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 December 2009 18:09

Back in 2008 I started getting interested in CNC, and researched how to build a DIY CNC machine to cut out and carve wood. There were a lot resources out there, like CNCZone, HobbyCNC, StepperWorld

 
Ebony dominoes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 December 2009 21:24

For Rachel's 3rd Hanukkah, I decided to make wooden dominoes. I chose Gabon ebony for the dominoes and rosewood for the box to hold them. Working with Tropical hardwoods was quite an experience because they are so much denser than any North American hardwood. Tropical woods hold an edge much better than cherry or maple, and combined with its near black color, made it perfect for small dominoes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 December 2009 18:03
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