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    • Thanks Derek, it is a great design. I believe I read your post about the build in the past, but I loved reading it a second time. You do a great job with your site.
    • Derek, I too had difficulties with run out with the native chuck on my Nova.  I replaced mine with a Jacobs brand keyless chuck.  I don't recall the run out after the replacement chuck was installed, but I think that 1 thousandth of an inch is very acceptable.   It's a little disappointing to have to replace a chuck on a new drill in this price range, but I have heard that Powermatic has recently downgraded it's OEM chuck, too.   I like your laser; I don't have one of the those.  But the intersection point does appear to be a little broad as you say.  Maybe that is in part an artifact of the photograph.  I think you'll like it for all but the most precise work.  A lot of the time for what I'm doing being off a 32'nd, or heaven forbid a 16'th, one way or the other will matter to me.  I use a drill point countersink bit to position the piece and start the hole.  Then switch out the DPC bit for the appropriate bit and drill the hole.  This technique has worked well for me when precision counts. I wanted to share my experience with the auto stop feature on the Nova.  True it's automatic, but there's a little less stopping than I would like.  With the electronics programmed the drill motor will stop applying torque once you have reached the desired depth, but the chuck continues to spin due to momentum (and this is worse for both of us with the heavier chucks we've installed) and the quill does not stop its travel, hence you continue to drill beyond the intended stopping point.  You have to keep a close eye on the electronic depth readout, and an ear to the beeps and advance the quill very slowly at the end.   It is possible to program the machine to go into reverse at the target depth, but again this is not instantaneous, and as an added amusement seems invariably to unscrew the chuck and dump the bit.  Not the most effective technique if you are trying to drill multiple holes to that particular depth.   A technique you can use if you are not changing bits (e.g. not starting with a DPC bit) is to set your zero from the wood surface, move the wood and use the electronics to accurately establish the desired depth, but then instead of programming this stop point set the old fashioned mechanical depth stop to this point.  You then get a positive stop at an accurate depth.  You may not need to get this fussy, but again a 16'th too far could be very bad for me.  
    • Yes, Wegner has some great designs. This is my favourite. Sorry, no templates. I also deliberately did not post dimensions when I wrote up the build as it is still manufactured under license... but you can read the details of the build here (scan down the page):  http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furniture/index.html Regards from Perth Derek  
    • The picture is distorted. They are 8" X 14". Cherry, a little maple and a touch of walnut. I've been invited to a Christmas dinner. Told not to bring anything. It is  hard to buy a gift for them. I think they will like the board. If I'm setting up to make this board it makes no sense to me not to make a run of several. I have been making this board design for a long time. I lost track of who I gave them to. But if it has been a few years or more, then a fresh one might be welcome. If someone tells me they already have one, then I'll ask them if they would like it refinished. I use drug store mineral oil.
    • They sure are.  Between the Warren and Dekalb county line up to the wider 2 lane they are turning that section into a 4 lane.  It's about 6 miles of new construction.
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