krtwood

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About krtwood

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    Power Carving, Boxes

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  1. There's a nice dent in the door to the shop from the corner of a small drawer that got launched by the table saw. I was cutting a bevel on one side of the drawer to fit the curved side of the case it goes in and had to put the fence on the left side of the blade so it was under the tilt of the blade. I must have started to pick it up before it completely cleared the blade because it went bu-bye. In my shop there are two workbenches behind the table saw. I found the drawer on the ground in between the two benches. The one right behind the saw has a plywood panel on the front to keep the dust from the saw out and it didn't go through there. So I was scratching my head for a while trying to figure out how it got where it ended up. Couldn't find any mark on the wall where it could have ricocheted. It was a couple days later before I noticed the dent in the door and in the door frame at about shoulder height where it hit and bounced off 180 degrees to end up where it did. On the bright side I had the foresight to make 21 of each size drawer when I only needed 20. A little bit more dramatic reason than I expected to need an extra...
  2. I'm going to avoid the cnc topic as that's something that's been talked about many times. As far as 3d printers go, up until very recently I was in the camp that had absolutely no interest. I couldn't see any need for it and figured they were too slow to bother with. I like to do power carving and like the Arbortech Turboplane. Anyone who has used one of these things knows they make an awful mess if you use them indoors. Arbortech is supposed to be coming out with dust collection for it, but they've opted to make their own grinder and the dust collection attachment only fits that grinder and you have to buy the whole kit. It's not going to be available in the US until sometime next year, which means at least part of the winter with weather that prevents doing anything outside. There's no official US pricing, but based on what I've seen in other countries it's going to be $250. I already have a nice Metabo grinder to use with it that I really like. So I did the math and decided that a $180 3d printer would pay for itself just by making a dust collection attachment for the grinder I already have. Plus I get a new tool in bargain. So for the past week I've been playing around with designing this attachment starting from getting a ring to fit the keyed slots in the mount for the guard on the grinder on up to a functioning item. The CAD part of it was frustrating at first, as I was dealing with trying to do things I've never done before in a program I'm not familiar with. But I enjoy the problem solving side of things. Getting to try something out and then be able to remake the whole part just by tweaking the design and hitting a button is really nice. I'm willing to try things out where I would have long since run out of time and patience with the whole thing if I had to fabricate it myself. At this point I have something that kinda works but I think it could be much better. I'm at a back to the drawing board point to try something completely different and that would never happen without the 3d printer to do all the actual fabricating. It does take a very long time to print the whole attachment, around 18 hours. But to be able to tweak the design in an hour or so and then press a button and the next day I just have the thing ready to try out is very nice. Making this thing isn't my goal. The goal is to use it to do the thing I actually want to do more easily. I have a cnc machine, but I don't use it to replace my power carving. The 3d printer isn't going to replace making anything out of wood. The computerized stuff just does some of things I don't want to do or am not able to do. Oh and as far as Marc goes, he already has 3d models of the furniture he makes. He could use a 3d printer to make dollhouse sized version of the things he builds for Ava with next to zero effort.
  3. I use a U shaped jig that rides the fence for thin rips. Basically a push stick that ride the fence. Not a fan of the Gripper.
  4. It's just really hard, from what I understand.
  5. It is possible to run a ClearVue with less than 8' ceilings, but there are compromises. At 90" you might be able to still stack the two filters on top of each other. I think my ceilings are at 92.5" and I have a couple inches. It would be tight. The other option is to put them side by side, but then you have to support them from underneath somehow and it takes up a lot of extra space. Also you end up with a pretty small collection bin. What I ended up doing was adding a Thein baffle on a trash can on the line to the planer so that the bulk of the waste ends up in the garbage can and I don't really have to worry about the bin on the cyclone very often. I went this route because I know I won't be in a basement shop forever and I didn't want to compromise on the dust collector itself. However, from what I've seen of these shorter cyclone systems what you give up in filter efficiency you gain back in ease of cleaning it out. If you overflow the bin on the ClearVue, your life is over. Just give up woodworking. Nail the door shut and forget about it. If it happens with one of these smaller units, cleaning the filters is just a routine thing you do anyway.
  6. You in the habit of trying to turn the saw on while changing blades? The on button has a raised frame around it, plus the stop paddle sticking out beyond that. It's very difficult to turn it on by accident. I think I did manage to poke one of those on once with the corner of a board hitting it perfectly, so I won't say impossible. That board isn't going to be in my hands while I'm changing the blade. I figure if I'm that unlucky I'd rather get it out of the way with just cutting myself rather than getting hit by lightning while an anvil falls out of the sky on me. But it's your shop and if it makes you feel better, have at it.
  7. Last time I bought rags I got colored ones cause they were cheaper. No problems.
  8. I put some on the ceiling.
  9. Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
  10. I don't know about a resin inlay in a cutting board. You could do a v-inlay with a contrasting wood.
  11. Plywood, no. Regular wood glue is fine.
  12. Their edge sander and chair back sander are interesting. I made my edge sander with a 12" drive pulley and 6" idler to get different radii. The large radius is a real game changer for working curves and something you just can't get without building your own.
  13. Grizzly has new planers with the same design (for $800 less) and there's a picture with the belt cover off. The motor must move up and down with the cutterhead inside of the cabinet. There's no tensioner. I hope they keep the traditional design around in addition to these. I stack my drum sander on top of my planer to save space and if I'm ever in a position to upgrade from a benchtop planer it's going to be impossible to do that with the handle being where it is. Edit: You can also see the threaded rods for raising/lowering are inside of the posts, which explains the handle location.
  14. The resin doesn't last forever. Last half inch or so of my gallon container turned into a gel. Not sure how many years I had it but it was a while.
  15. The Bosch with the switch in the handle is really nice for repetitive short cuts like that. When I was doing my modular jewelry boxes I was using it to make 4 holes for dowels on each side of each drawer box with a template. Being able to just turn it on as you grab it by the handle saves so much time. I really like the Triton in the router table but not so much freehand.