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  1. So I'm finally getting around to re doing my ducting. I had smaller DC before and used 4" SD straight pipe with pvc joints. I got a much more powerful 3HP 1600 cfm DC a couple of months ago and want to upgrade to 6" for the main lines with 4" drops. While I would love nordfab (or similar) it's just way to expensive for me. I'm leaning towards spiral ducting unless someone can persuade me otherwise. If I go with metal ducting what gauge should I get? Doing a quick search most of the local hvac places carry the 6" diameter in 26 gauge. Will that be substantial enough?
  2. Finally got a decent tap and die set. I bought cheap set at a swapmeet years ago because I figure I wouldn't need it that much and could save money by not buying a nicer set. Since then I've found I use it alot more than I thought. It was a pain to use however with both the taps and dies constantly slipping out of the handle. Plus the last 2 times I had to use it it didn't have the correct tap size and I had to buy those specific sizes which negated any cost savings. Picked up this set from the jungle. Made by gearwrench. Played around with it and seems well made and it has a ratcheting handle which seems like a huge plus.
  3. Started installation of Byrd head on my planer. Hardest part was getting the pulley and bearings on and off. Instructions said the pulley should slide right off but that wasn’t the case for me. Had to borrow a puller from auto store. Also since I don’t have a press getting the new bearings on resulted in me putting the cutter head in a freezer. Unfortunately I seemed to have lost a bolt so I couldn’t quite finish the install. Will get a replacement bolt later this week.
  4. Lamello Zeta P2. The main difference between it and a biscuit joiner is that at the end of the plunge it oscillates up and down and creates a trapezoidal keyway or slot at the base of the mortise allowing a place for the mechanical fasteners to lock into. Video below makes alot more sense than my explanation. First one is a quick demo by a retail store and the second is a longer review. I have a domino as well and one thing I really like about the zeta is that when doing angled mortises it registers on the long end of the miter.
  5. It’s not a biscuit joiner although the mechanics of it are very similar. The mortises it makes are for mechanical fasteners. They have several types. Some that can be locked using and Allen wrench which is great for knock down furniture. They also have connectors that snap together and act as clamps. So you can add glue and avoid the need for clamps.
  6. Been wanting one for a while but couldn’t justify the cost. Got lucky and found a used one for a real good price. Have a set of closet cabinets to do in the near future and can’t wait to put it to use.
  7. Had the day off yesterday so I Started install of Byrd head on my planer yesterday but got stuck when I couldn’t get the pulley out. Instructions say it should just pop out but it wouldn’t budge. Had to borrow a bearing puller from auto parts to get it out. Will have to wait till my next day off to finish.
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    My New CNC

    Well I shut it off at night (mostly to be courteous to my neighbors) so I run it for 11-12 hours at a time. I'm sure it will wear life of the router sooner than if it were used intermittently like a normal hand held router would be. But at around $100 per router I figure it's not too bad. Plus I'm not doing 3D carvings all the time. So most of the time the projects will run a few minutes to maybe 1-2 hours max. Ideally I would a water cooled spindle but I'm still debating on which one to get.
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    My New CNC

    Thanks for the compliments. When I checked the estimate carving time initially using the standard settings for that bit I was impatient and double the pass over which cut the time in half but that also ended up with the half as good results. So I re carved everything with the nominal settings and it came out much better.
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    My New CNC

    Here is a my first try at 3D carving. The design isn't mine. I wish I was talented enough. I bought it off etsy. Took 28 hours not including the first failed attempt which took 14 hours.
  11. No. I thought about it especially since I have alot of Milwaukee M12 but I don't think I would use it enough and am happy enough with my Grex corded
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    My New CNC

    It's from Onefinity. Journeyman model with their QCW frame. 48 x 32 cutting capacity. I bought an aftermarket screen and dust collection. Both of which I'm very happy with especially the DC. I flattened the spoilboard which makes ALOT of dust if there's no DC (damhik) and it got 95% of the dust. So far all I've done is flatten the spoilboard put in a grid and added some numbers. As you can see I had to re do the numbers because I screwed up with alignment. Plus when I did the dog holes I forgot to put diameter instead of radius for the hole size and the first 2 holes came out twice as big. Oh well it is a SPOIL board. Otherwise dead on accurate as you can see from the woodpecker square. It's what you expect from a cnc but it still surprised me.
  13. A new to me DC. Sounds like a jet taking off in my small shop. Will have to build an enclosure with some sound insulation. Anyone know the rules on how much air space is needed? And what material to use for sound insulation
  14. Tom is a member on woodnet and goes by TablesawTom. He's a former machinist I believe and sells the moxon kit on their classifieds section. Old post. https://forums.woodnet.net/showthread.php?tid=7361263&highlight=moxon
  15. @Tpt lifeA couple of things. I'd like to use it to make personal complete projects, templates for other projects, some joinery, and eventually make things to sell to hopefully pay for itself and maybe even have a little side business. @Mark J Will do. I still need to make a simple table to mount it on. I was gonna go all out and make a torsion box but seeing the price of mdf now and how long it would take I think I'll just go with a simple 2x design for now. Plus I don't want to put a lot of time in the current design until my base arrives. I also plan on making a vertical support for it to do joinery in the future.
  16. My CNC arrived last week. Came while it was raining. Luckily the UPS guy was nice enough to wait till I got home and didn't just leave it in front of my door to get soaked. Still waiting for my frame to arrive which was delayed but I can use it without it for now. Footprint is huge. At least for my shop but it will be worth it. I hope.
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    Axiom vs Avid vs ?

    I would stay away from the origin. I've used the demos at my rockler to do a simple box joint jig using their right angle table and it just seemed way too much work and frankly didn't feel much easier than using an simple router and a jig. Unless you need the portability (would be amazing for flooring guys) I personally don't see the appeal. And this is coming from a guy who is heavily invested in green. I just ordered the onefinity journey man. It seemed to be the best built machine in my price range. You can add an optional Jtech 7w laser. If it was in my price range I think I would have gotten the axiom. One feature it has that I really like is the integrated liquid cooling system on their spindles. So no annoying hoses running all over the place. If I can make my money back on the onefinity I will eventually upgrade to one of the Axiom pro models.
  18. I would hate moving all my tools so If it was me I would first research both how profitable selling your tools in your current area and maybe more importantly the used prices tools market in the area you will move to. If Either is not a good option only then I would look into moving. Several good suggestions here already. I think would rent a truck and a couple of helpers because I’m assuming any good reputable moving company would be kind of expensive.
  19. So far so good. Gonna try and do the rest of my hand tools this weekend.
  20. Bought a couple of new stones to try out. For those that don't read Japanese (raises own hand). It's the sigma Power select II ceramic stones. Lee Valley carries them but I ended up getting them domestically from a place called Heartwood tools. Never heard of them before but the website looked cool, saved a little and most importantly I would get them sooner. Bonus they sent a personalized card and stickers. Who doesn't love stickers. I have a set of shapton pros but always thought the higher grits developed swarf super quick and I constantly have to clean the surface off. Specifically when polishing the back. Plus they feel kind of slow and I don't have the "feel" of them sharpening as with the lower grits. I don't have much to compare them too however and it may just be my inexperience and impatience. At least now I have something to compare them to. We'll see after I try these out. From what I've read these supposedly have a better "feel" and are faster.
  21. Veritas shooting board and lie Nielsen honing guide. Bought both second hand. LN used but looks to be in great condition. Shooting board was nib. I got the shooting plane a couple years ago well before they even made the shooting board but I kind of forgot about it and sat unused till I got around to making a shooting board. Turns out I was just waiting for LV to make one for me lol
  22. I hit my surfaces with a coating of boeshield. Let it dry for a hour or so. Wipe off then coat with paste wax.
  23. Glad it all worked out @Chestnut in the end and acme did right by you. It shouldn’t be abnormal for a company to stand by a product they sell but nowadays it isn’t always the case. Another expense you save with the Milwaukee is that you won’t have to buy a set centrotec bits to work with the 1/4” chuck. Depending on how many bits or which set you buy that could be as much as you paid for the Milwaukee drill itself. I’ve been very happy with my installation drill and Pretty sure you will as well. As an aside regarding the impact drivers, while it’s true the peak torque isn’t as much, the ramp up the Hydraulic drivers experience is less. So as long as you don’t go over their peak value the time it takes to drive a given faster should be about the same. I believe there are yt videos that confirm this. And as you mentioned you will probably next exceed the peak torque anyways for these 12v tools.
  24. A while back festool rep told me it’s so the pushing force is in line with the bit which helps not only to apply more force but perhaps more importantly lessens the likelihood of stripping the screw when the bit slips out of the screw. If you can see if they will let you drive some screws in. Let you test out the balance and clutch in action.
  25. I misspoke earlier and meant to say the middle finger depresses the trigger, not index. See pics below. This is different that the traditional T type drill where the index finger is used. I'm wondering if people who have complaints about the toggle switch are holding it in that fashion. For me it's not a problem and I don't have to reposition my hand to adjust the switch. Oh and another critcism I have of the CXS is the switch has 3 positions. Forward, Reverse, and neutral. I have no idea what that neutral position is for. When in that location the trigger is locked and cannot be depressed. So if you don't depress the switch all the way in either direction you accidentally lock the trigger. Not a big deal but annoying. AFAIK the CXS has never had an offset chuck. The Offset chuck uses a friction ring which is not compatible with the cxs. They're meant for their larger drills. I have one for my C15 and it will not fit in a CXS. They're more useful on the larger drills for sure but I think they could also be useful on the CXS even if It's not an everyday tool. You could probably accomplish the same thing with the right angle but it's hard to deliver the force behind the drill with the right angle attachment. For me if I could only choose 1 yes I would go with the Milwaukee. Everything else is close enough that the much lower price coupled with the MUCH larger 12v line Milwaukee has I think would go red over green. Also I forgot to add that the Milwaukee is brushless while the CXS is still brushed. At least mine (I've had it for 5+ years) is and I'm almost sure the current model is also brushed. The only differences I know of is the battery style switched from stick to slide on. But again I highly suggest trying out the Milwaukee in person. I showed it to a friend and even demonstrated how to hold it properly and he said he still hated the toggle switch position. Recon prices are usually 25% off although sometimes they are a bit lower or higher in case you want to factor that into your decision.