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    Furniture, picture frames, and generally spending time in the garage with tools.

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  1. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    I think I'll like having it. The drill press is a little 9" one that is one of the local store brands here. They likely all come out of the same off shore factory. That's a good idea. I might have gone that route if I hadn't put in the drawer slides and planned for it. I think the drawer is just going to get made out of pine/plywood as well. I've got a surplus that I've been trying to work through from some painted projects I did a couple of years ago (and then switched to using nicer wood).
  2. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    I'd probably get through this quicker if I had more than an hour or two at a time. I installed the castors, and put in the drawer slides. I went with self closing ones from Lee Valley that hold it quite firmly closed once you get within the last 2" of travel. I also added a back on the drawer compartment as well as a top, which keeps out dust but also stiffened up the whole frame. I've rounded over most of the sharp bits. Next up I need to build a drawer. I'm debating what method to use. I want to be done, so I'd like it to be quick, but I should probably use the opportunity to practice a method I would want to use on furniture. I'm also thinking about finish - should I paint it, or throw on a coat of varnish? I may do a combination, painting the pine and underlayment plywood...
  3. SawDustB

    Dust collection 2.0

    I've been looking at this as well. My conclusion is probably going to be to buy the 4" Super dust deputy, but it seemed like the next best option is building a Thien baffle. I'm a bit torn, and may still go that route for space reasons. The trash can separators seem like they only work for chips, not really with dust. I'm also intending to put on a HEPA cartridge filter, so that's my main motivation for wanting a separator in the first place.
  4. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    I added a couple more braces from front to back. They should stiffen it a bit, and they give me a spot to attach the plywood bottom that will keep dust out of the drawer. I attached my tools and took it for a test spin. Seems to work well. The balance is really good, so it doesn't take much effort to flip. I bolted through with t nuts, which should be secure without protruding too far on the opposite side.
  5. SawDustB

    Moving large machines...sanity check

    It's reasonable to expect a pallet jack to give you around 6" of lift. Usually if you want to go higher you'll need to lift it, then block underneath, and alternate to bring it up. It would be quite the process to get it into that cart.
  6. SawDustB

    New Delta vs used Jet table saw: opinions needed

    I've got the ridgid, and I've been pretty happy with it for this type of saw. The fence is fine, although I won't claim it's perfect. It works better if you push it forward a little as it locks down, so it will stay square. The alignment issues seem to come down to 3 things: 1. The original trunnions on the saw were not beefy enough. There's a version 2 that's on the saws after 2013. 2. Some of the saws would have the motor bracket get bent in shipping, since the saw ships upside down with all the weight of the motor on it in the wrong direction. That was fixed by shipping all the saws with a styrofoam block under the motor. 3. At the end of the day, it's a decent saw but it's not a cabinet saw. If you put excessive force on the blade or mechanisms, they will deflect a bit. I would buy it again, although that's partly influenced by budget, and partly because I needed it's mobility in my garage. I've put on a router table extension, and a light folding outfeed table.
  7. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    Thanks! Yes, I think I put a picture of them somewhere on the first page. They're 3" castors, and add 4" in overall height. For now, I figure it's easier to work on without them. One nice thing about using the pine frame is they'll be easy to attach.
  8. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    Moving right along... I measured for the supports and added them using pocket screws, to speed things up a bit. I also put in the plywood side panels. Those will come into play with adding some storage. I'm loving the new compressor. It's quiet, so I can now use my Brad nailer at night. Next is the bottom panel and some additional support in the corners, then the tool attachment and the drawer. I may end up painting it, since I'm using up random unmatched scraps.
  9. SawDustB

    Workbench Build Ideas

    I built a Roubo using the guild plans, although I shrunk it to 6' and figured out my own vise hardware (to keep the cost down). If I had the space, I would have made it 8'. I love the design, although I would have likely done storage underneath like @..Kev if I was building again. Here is my bench in its current messy state: I personally like the sliding dead man. I use it with wide boards for working on the end (dove tails) and sometimes for working on the edge of a board that is over 4'. I edge joint by hand, so that ends up being my primary use for it. That being said, the English bench style apron could make it unnecessary. I can only use my bench from one side, so that wasn't an option. The split top is nice. I think it's actually less work, so there's no downside. I mostly just use it to hold tools, although I've used it as a planing stop a few times (although there's several options for that). I've had 2 or 3 times where it's helped with a weird work holding situation, and I've done something like clamped a board to the stretcher and had it come up through the split to support a part. Good luck! That looks like a decent bench design. I think the reality is that there's several options that can work. I went with the Roubo through the guild because it's a proven design, and I didn't want to dislike the bench after spending that much time and money on it.
  10. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    Looks good. Mine is the absolute minimum size I could get away with, just because of floor space. I bet yours is probably pretty stable. I expect that I may end up clamping mine to the work bench if I have large work pieces.
  11. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    So after test fitting with the drill press, it looks like my drawer can only be 4". I guess it's still worth adding. I managed to drill the holes in the frame 1" away from where they were supposed to be, so the pivot point is off center in the stand. I had been considering adding a piece of maple there to take the abuse anyway, so it looks like that's now required .
  12. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    To illustrate what I mean, this is where the steel will go, on top and bottom. You can also see the ash edge banding, which is glued and screwed to the inner frame.
  13. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    Fair enough, it's a valid concern. The edge banding is 3/4"x1 3/4" ash on edge, so it should add significantly to the rigidity. I did also get some 1/8" thick steel mending plates to go across the gap, and they'll go just on the inside. The assembly should still be reasonably stiff even without that, because it ends up being almost like a torsion box with the plywood skins on the top and bottom. I was careful to fill in most of the interior, so nothing can flex very much. The other reason I'm not too concerned is because this isn't going to be a workbench I pound on. The drill press and planer both are quite stiff in how their bases are constructed, so they'll contribute to the overall structure once bolted down (and I am planning to through bolt with washers). This is a bit of an experiment, and I'll add another layer of ply if I really need to.
  14. SawDustB

    Tool stand

    This build has been slow. It got bumped for the step stool, and then I needed to get my steel tube to proceed. For the platform, I'm opting not to build it with doubled up 3/4 ply like most plans. It will be skinned with 1/4" ply top and bottom, with blocking in between and a solid hardwood frame. Here's the inner construction, with the important bits being hardwood, and the rest is pine. I glued on the other side, and put on the edging. It's proud on the long sides, so there's a bit more wood either side of the hole. I'm pretty sure the platform would be fine with my weight on it. It seems quite stiff. You can see it's sitting on the frame. I connected the bottom together, but I'm waiting to place the rest of the braces until I can test fit the tools. Next up is drilling the holes for the axle to go through.
  15. SawDustB

    New jointer season? I think so.

    Are you sure you couldn't put it where your jointer is now? I realize that when you've got it configured as a planer, the jointer fence would overhang the table saw if you put them tight together, but it still seems like it might work.