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  1. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    Will do. I want it for a lot of the same purposes. I figure it can also fill in for a branding iron, for how often I would want one. I also just really want to see the look on my kids faces if I engrave a message onto their pop tarts
  2. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    So I ended up out of commission for a while this week with a hand injury, so I spent a while on the internet looking at these again. I ended up buying one of the diode laser units ("20 W" power, really 5-6 W of optical power). There was one from Banggood that had about a 8x12 inch working area that was around $200 USD, so I decided to take a chance on it.
  3. I used melamine edge banding to snug up the fit on mine, but that was with a plywood top. It had the advantage that you could still easily remove the plate, even though I had tightened it up. Not sure I understand exactly the issue on yours without a picture, so I don't know it it would help.
  4. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    I hadn't considered that, I'm sure it would work. The Crikut is also pretty cool, but at least around here not all that different in cost from the most basic laser cutters. I'm still interested in cutting veneer and thin materials if I can. I will fully admit, I've also just always wanted a laser, but they've been way out of reach until recently. I'm in the midst of home renos for a bit, so I'm not doing much in the shop aside from cutting plywood. I'm trying to figure out if I'm ordering anything that's going to take 8 weeks to get here, so I'll have something to play with when I'
  5. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    Fair enough. I'm on the fence about whether I'll buy anything, but I mostly would like to do some small etching. Part of the thought with getting a little CNC that can swap to a laser is that if I really want to cut 1/4" or thicker material, I'll just use the spindle and cut it. My upper limit that I'd be willing to spend on this is probably around $1000, but I'd have to be convinced it was something that would work in the longer term. We talked about buying a GlowForge for work, but it was one of the items that got cut when we started talking about how much we'd really use it.
  6. SawDustB

    CNC Laser Cutters

    I've also been falling down this rabbit hole a bit the last week or so. It seems like for basic etching or engraving you could maybe get away with one of the small diode laser machines that are a couple hundred, but they definitely have drawbacks. Those are about the power level and complexity I would want, but I don't like the idea of having them operating without an enclosure, so I'd end up building something. I'd love a Glowforge, but there's no way I can justify the cost for how much I'd use it. Right now I'm looking at maybe getting one of the baby CNC machines (the 30x18 cm size) that ca
  7. It doesn't usually make sense to choose between the drill and impact driver from a financial point of view. When you buy a set with both, it's often only a bit more expensive than buying one on its own. I'd look at any of the major brands sand get a set of the two with charger and batteries.
  8. Same here. There's a pretty good list of machines I don't have (that I want) that would come before a shaper. I'm in part of a single car garage, which isn't uncommon for hobbyists. I want (but can't really fit) all of these: 1. Band saw 2. Drum Sander 3. Jointer 4. Cabinet saw 5. CNC 6. Spindle sander 7. Bigger cyclone dust collector 8. Miter saw station 9. Pantorouter If I had all those and space left over, I might be interested in the shaper. But as Ross said above, cutting the joints is the fun part of the project. I don't want to rush thro
  9. They've got them in Lee Valley - that's where I picked one up to try.
  10. I wouldn't go with the Ridgid if you're looking at hybrid saws. I've got the older version, the 4512, and it's been great, but the price is several hundred more in the US than what I paid. At that point, I'd be looking at something more like the Grizzly mentioned above or the Laguna F1 also looks interesting (assuming you're not looking at the Sawstop level). The newer version Ridgid saw, the R4520, seems to have a major design flaw around the riving knife and the elevation mechanism. I'm in the facebook group for those saws and I've seen a couple dozen instances where people had to exchange t
  11. Well, for better or worse I've got the caulking curing on rev 1 of this. I did add the bungee cord to hold it to the table, which seems to work fine. I've also shaped the outgoing pipe, and I used the lid to direct the dust and air inside the box. All my tests look good, but I'll report back after it's dry and I try routing a dado or something.
  12. I've had the same issue the two times I tried that finish in a rattle can. I think the water based varnish tends to gum up the nozzle.
  13. SawDustB


    I like the wixey version. They are a bit more expensive, but have a large screen, decent battery life, and they show both decimal and fractions at the same time. If it's too far from the nearest fraction (5 thousands, maybe?) then only the decimal is shown. I use them constantly, not because I need the precision, but just because I find them so handy for thickness and inside measurements.
  14. That's a decent solution for some situations, although I tend to keep a smaller gap since it makes me feel a bit safer. I will admit I'm not as good with push blocks in the router table as I probably should be, so I tend to like having guards to keep me out of trouble. I'm currently into this solution for about $15 for the plastic bin and the magnets, so we'll see how it works. I spent another$2 for a bungee cord yesterday to eliminate the chance of it dropping off mid route.
  15. Wow, so apparently I took a really long time getting around to this. I ended up getting a plastic storage container, which I've attached with magnets. Unfortunately, I only had tiny ones so the dust hose sometimes knocks it off. I think for now I may just put a bungee cord underneath to hold it on. I'm trying to figure out how to get more airflow. Right now I can tell that the dust collector is a bit starved for air. Has anyone else added holes to their router plate? I've just got the standard kreg one. The other option is that I add an opening on the right side, to get some cross
  16. I think the turned snowmen are starting to get out of hand... My wife requested several for gifts this year, and my daughters wanted a couple more to paint. I started to get bored with standard snowmen, which is why the hats started to get creative.
  17. I'll be very interested to see how it turns out. My dad and I built a pair of Chesapeake 17 boats from them back in 1999. We went from the plans, rather than the kit. We actually just ended up selling them to extended family, since it will be at least another 10 years before my daughters would be able to use them with me. Definitely a worthwhile build - the Wood duck looks like a perfect little boat for exploring around in.
  18. I almost exclusively use my roof rack for transporting materials. My current car is a Subaru Forester, and I've taken 4x8 sheets on the roof as well as rough lumber. It's manageable, as long as you accept that it may take a couple of trips. I mostly did the same thing with my CRV. You could get one of the Thule racks or similar that you could take with you to your next car. I do sometimes stick lumber inside my Fit, but at this point it's a 13 year old car so I'm not too worried about the interior.
  19. I have the Ridgid 4512, the predecessor to the 4520. When it was a couple hundred cheaper it was worth it, but I can't really recommend buying it since it's gotten so expensive in the US. I'd agree with @RichardA on the grizzly. Not that the Ridgid isn't a decent saw, but it isn't the same value for money.
  20. SawDustB

    Drill bits

    I'm a big fan of the Lee Valley brad point bits (the nicer ones, not the utility ones, although those work too). They're much better than cheap bits that I had previously. I've got the set of 7 from 1/8" to 1/2", along with the full set of sizes below 1/4". It takes me about 1/3 the amount of time to use the 3/8" bit with my dowel jig compared to the cheap brad point bit it came with.
  21. Very cool, Mick. This is one of those tools I'd love to have. It holds more appeal for me than something like the domino, just because it seems so versatile.
  22. I have a 10 gallon California Air tools one I'm quite happy with. It's far quieter than my previous oil filled 5 gallon no name one was. It's not going to have the same air flow as a bigger unit, but I'm pretty sure they also make bigger sizes these days.
  23. It certainly can. There are optional machine screws that you can install in the corners to go into the levellers. I put them in because I found it helped completely avoid having any sort of lip at the edge of the plate. I hadn't thought about just taking advantage of it not being perfect underneath - I was going to try to find something that could go against the laminate. But then I was also going to end up adding a vent. I might just mock it up with a cardboard box. I think I had an Amazon order coming today...
  24. Ok, here's my current setup in the wing of my table saw. It's a PC690 router with a Kreg plate in a shop made table. You can see my fence here. It actually does pretty well if the dust is at the edge. The table surface is 1" of glued up BB ply with laminate. Finally, here's the space underneath to work with for putting something over the router. My thought was to find something that went right over the router and plate, mounting to the table around it. Because there's no lift, I need to be able to remove the router to change bits, and height adjustment is a bit crude.
  25. It does, there's a port that fits my shop vac. I really need to just post a picture of my current setup. My problem is when I'm using a bearing guided bit on the inside of a glued up frame, as well as routing grooves and dados.