Al Ladd

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    box making, fine furniture making, CNC routing

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  1. The wheels are indeed skateboard wheels, with a small modification to assure they're driven by the shafts. The angle of the wheels relative to the fence is adjusted when clamping it down to the fence, just an eyeball adjustment to put them maybe 5 degrees towards the fence. This pulled the stock tight to the fence. I used to use Board Buddies for this sort of operation, and if I wanted the best possible results I'd also use a feather board with them. For this maiden voyage of the little power feeder for small stock grooving I didn't bother with the feather board, and the results were great.
  2. In general it's true a power feeder makes sense only for production work. But as shown in the video I posted, it's faster to set up my little power feeder than it is to set up Board Buddies, which amateur (and even professional) woodworkers use frequently as a safety and quality of cut enhancement on the table saw. Like with Board Buddies, you don't need to (and really can't) put your hands anywhere near the blade, and with the feeder you don't even need to use a push stick. This is really nice for even a moderate number of short pieces. For resawing on a band saw a power feeder can increase the quality of cut by holding the stock tight against the fence over much of the full height of a wide board and keeping the feed speed uniform, and especially without stops. With expensive figured wood that can mean more slices of veneer per billet. On a router table, with a power feeder you can do some jobs climb feeding, with the direction of cutter rotation, which can give a cleaner cut, especially in figured woods..... So there are advantages in some situations other than high volume. If you're looking to do profiled trim in high volume though the Williams and Hussey suggestion is right on. There are other options too you might find cheap on CR, like old Belsaw machines, that can crank out miles of molding.
  3. I've shop-built a lightweight power feeder that is quick to change out from one machine to another, and to adjust. It might fill a gap as you grow to industrial scale, or even play a role then. Here's a video showing set up on the table saw.
  4. It's actually fast on and off, and has different holders for band saw resaw use and table saw or router table typical use. On table saw and router it's pretty much like mounting Board Buddies or any other of the spring stock hold-downs --it mounts on the fence. In fact without the drill attached (the drill has a brake, so the wheels won't turn should the drill shut off) it can be used just like one of the roller hold down devices..
  5. I’ve designed and will be selling in kit form a revolutionary new power feeder that will allow many woodworkers to use a power feeder for jobs they never considered power feeder use as an option. This is especially true for use on router tables and band saws, where even the smallest commercial power feeder is often too big and heavy (and expensive) to mount on small machines. It uses a brushless motor cordless drill as a power source, and a plywood gear speed reduction box distributes the drills power to the feeder’s three polyurethane feed rollers. But video speaks louder than words, so here’s a link to a couple of the more unusual things my little contraption is capable of. I’m looking for any input for changes that might improve it, or even thoughts of ridicule and skepticism!