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  1. Resurrecting this thread as opposed to starting a new one. Just making more gates. The reason for the revival of the thread is in the hope that anyone not sure if they want to make their own gates or not will see how easy it is. They don't have to be pretty, they just have to work well. Grab some parts and scraps out of the overhead. I cut sections of material with a 10TPI or greater blade at the bandsaw. The pipe end of the gate is made from a 6" PVC coupler sawed down the middle. This gives me two receiver blanks. Other scraps are shown in this pic too. The hose end is made from 6" pipe with a section cut out to reduce the diameter and then PVC cemented closed at the new diameter. I used an awl to place scribe marks on a circle cutter to make doing this next time (which is now) faster. I cut holes in the both side pieces of the gates blanks. In this case three for hose and three for pipe. Duty calls me away. I'll be back.
  2. The attachment in the email is perfect. Thanks so much.
  3. Most of us older folks (or younger sports fans) are familiar with the first of the four verses. The full lyrics are often an eye opener.
  4. I have adapted to the two bandsaw model pretty much. This one will now act as my curve-saw. My 10" Rikon may or may not get retired per Tom's post
  5. That thing looks great. How did I miss this until now!?! Very cool display case and the walnut really pops.
  6. I touched on this in the WDYDT thread but I ended up doing enough that I thought posting a separate thread might help somebody out. Basically I inherited a G0513X2. I have run a G0513X (no cast iron trunnions) for years so the setup was familiar. I added a paddle switch, swapped the plug to my typical type, cleaned up the guide bearings (none needed replacement at this point), co-planered (is that a verb?) the wheels and replaced the tires. Dad was well known for making "just this one cut" without turning on the DC even though the DC fob was hanging from the bandsaw . This resulted in some pretty crusty guide bearings that I cleaned up. For contrast, here is what my bearings look like after months of use BUT using dust collection. I used a 3/4" Timberwolf to test tensioning, aligning the table, and the fence. I don't know if I've posted about this here but I have a problem with the fence lock handle design on this series of saws. If you have stock on the table positioned to cut you cannot unlock the fence for minor adjustments. I took care of this on my old saw and will do the same mod to the newcomer as well. Unscrew the original handle and cut out a blank from some scrap (3/4" x 1-1/8" x 3-3/4" in my case). Drill a through hole for the 8mm bolt and counter bore it so the head is recessed. Mill a recess in the back to capture the locking mechanism dog and keep the handle oriented. Soften the edges, slap on some shellac and there you go. Now you have a handle that you can unlock for minor adjustments even when stock is present on the table (shown unlocked here). I tested the table and fence alignment with the 3/4" Timberwolf. OK, perpendicular and parallel alignment look good. I swap out the 3/4" blade for a 3/16" x 4 TPI blade that I use for tall curves. This machine will not be used for resawing but, this testing makes me feel good about making curved cuts in thick stock. Now I need to clean it up and cobble together some dust collection.
  7. Started cleaning up dad's bandsaw. Same model as I already have so no surprises. Change plug and add a paddle switch. The tires are shot due to dad's proximity to the ocean. A lot of plastics and rubber products lose their mind down there. Dad had purchased new factory tires so I pulled the wheels and changed the tires. Adjusted for co-planer and basically checked all the nuts, bolts and screws. Here's my handy-dandy belt de-tensioner. The sea air ate the original casters as well. I put steel ones on my other G0513 series so will add those for this base as well. I'll post more once I get the blade on and table aligned.
  8. If anyone has one in a format that they can share I would be very grateful. If I ever come across the one my dad no doubt has squirreled away I will be glad to share.
  9. I would hate to be without a drill press but the second one will most likely find a new home. I have been mulling it over and cannot think of a way it would be of enough value to dedicate the space.
  10. Cool tip on the spot light source for photography. Thanks!
  11. I've been spoiled by the small profile, unobtrusive, LED goose neck light on my DP and smaller bandsaw. Dad's Delta had the original lamp fixture which works fine but . . . This outlet is always hot so I can use the light for setup prior to turning the DP on. I could have hardwired the LED lamp in but I've been doing this long enough to know to future proof my builds when I can. Now I have to decide whether to keep the Rockler table dad used, move the Woodpecker table I'm used to, or shop build a custom one.
  12. Almost forgot . . . under lighting. Adjustable to zero. Sorry for the poor camera snap.
  13. Nicely done. Sure to make things easier/more accurate.
  14. Good suggestion. I had used the wire mold just kind of hanging there while we figured out the system and what was going to feed what. Now that I have that pretty much figured out there is no reason not to fish those wires through the wall for a couple of feet.
  15. Well I certainly tool the long way around the barn on this one. I eventually achieved my goals. A small wall hung form to make our room look bigger. Freeing up the old media cabinet so I can use it in the shop for stereo and computer stuff. I have a piece of wall-color painted wire mold to capture the wires and make them less obvious. I need to dig out a couple more long fiber-optic jumpers to finish wiring everything up first. Thanks for hanging in there.
  16. Started cleaning the rust off of some tools inherited from dad. He lived close to the ocean so weekly maintenance was the norm for him. He tapered off toward the end and the surface rust shows that. I will get them cleaned up. Daily use of some of his tools will help me miss him less .
  17. Tool Curve Father's Day Special: To celebrate we are offering 20% off your entire order for of all ToolCurve designed products. Use the discount code - fathersday20
  18. I’m not a big swap meet guy. Went this morning to keep the wife company. 20 bucks. Too bad he only had one.
  19. At one point Zippo or Ronson lighter fuel was naphtha. I California the package has to state the contents in such things. Super small print but, its there ;-) Their website MSDS or the UK equivalent should also state this.
  20. Sorry I wandered off. It is all walnut. The grain direction and the intense shop lights make colors look different from one angle and another. I have a finishing struggle that I will share later. For now here's some progress.
  21. I know I would not like "Made in America" to be based on 1980s Chrysler K-cars. Careful vendor selection and help from places like this can narrow the field.
  22. I just happened to be applying a tinted oil colorant to part of a project this morning. I apply it lightly as I described above to an even wetness, let set and wipe it off. If I want a deeper color I repeat as required. I want a light coloration on this piece so 1 shot is enough. I come back every 10 minutes or so till the weeping slows down then I come back every half hour or so. About an hour in I noticed something that looked familiar. This is what I am watching for on my return visits. When I see it I wipe it away. Even though there is weeping at several location on the 18" x 46" piece the total effect on a clean paper towel is this. As you can see, even though the visual effect is significant it doesn't take much weeped finish to do it. I continue checking back and wiping until the weeping stops, check the clock and give it 24 hours.