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About Pwalter5110

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    Just started woodworking, and looking to learn a lot more.

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  1. I appreciate all the advice. I do grab a value pack of filters everytime I'm at the hardware store. I honestly didn't think it would be a problem because the only return in my entire house is in my living room. And I didn't think that much saw dust was getting from the basement, to the upstairs, being sucked back down through the return. But the furnace was for sure full of dust. I do know that none of my duct work is taped off. Maybe I should tape off all the seems. And as far as my table saw. I truly feel like the harbor freight dust collector is a huge upgrade to the dust right.
  2. The furnace is actually only about 6 years old and Ive made a habit of constantly replacing the filter. I'm not exactly sure how the dust got in there, but it WAS in there. The A coil was so full, that I was pulling the dust off in layers. It was disgusting. There isn't a return in my shop either, so I have no clue how all of the saw dust even got in there.
  3. Recently my furnace quit working. After talking to the HVAC guy, and paying $450 he said that the circuit board went bad because the furnace was overheating due to the A coil being clogged with dust. A month later, the furnace quit working again. The HVAC guy came out again, and this time a blower went bad, and when he took it out, he was full of dust. And all this was with me barely doing any woodworking the past 2-3 years since my daughter was born. Now that my daughter is getting a little older, and I'm getting more time in the shop, I need to make sure I am keeping the dust down.
  4. Yeah. The drawer face is going to be beveled so through dovetails weren't an option. And you're right. Glue and sawdust to the rescue! Yes, I just noticed that. I was having trouble holding everything and marking my lines. I didn't have a marking knife either. I use a razor blade. I went and bought a marking knife today. And I seen people build jigs to hold everything square.
  5. I got the roller style marking gauge and I'm not a big fan. Is it easier to use the knife style marking gauge?
  6. Finishing up an end table, and decided to try making my first hand cut dovetails. I didn't have any extra scraps laying around to practice on because I just completely cleaned up my shop. So I decided, how bad could it be? Honestly, for my first attempt, I don't think they turned out to be a complete failure, but they surely could be improved. First attempt: Second attempt: After glue and sanding: Any advice on how to make improvements?
  7. I agree that your only real hope of ensuring that kind of accuracy is with a shooting board. But I have to ask what you're making that requires that kind of accuracy. I honestly feel that the wood will move with humidy changes throughout the year and you will shrink/grow more than 1/64"
  8. Yup, but they make 1,000 mm ones for the c axis that are not too expensive. and sorry for hijacking the thread Tom.
  9. A lot of guys on the inventsbles forum cut them out of 1/4 aluminum. But I really can't decide if I should upgrade my x and z axis with a lead screw design, or just upgraded the rails and leave them belt driven.
  10. You can use a touch plate without the x controller. I also have the x carve. I am debating about how I want to stiffen up my x axis. I could buy the new makerslide for $40. But I am debating about going to a lead screw design. I feel like it would be more reliable than running belts, I also want to upgrade my z axis. And if I could find a file (I'm no engineer) I'd like to add taller Y end plates.
  11. I would have loved to grab one of those sanders. I tossed it around for a couple of days because I didn't know if I wanted to buy their vacuum with it or not. I ended up waiting a day too long. By time I went to buy it, everyone quit selling it!
  12. I've seen people use routers as a lathe. i think Marc did it for a ya le build.
  13. I have the nema 23s. They are plenty powerful enough. i haven't cut anything out of aluminum, but for wood, I've routing through Purple Heart. I typically do light passes at a slower rate anyhow. The frames can flex and cause imperfections. But the reality of it to me is, I don't care how long it takes, I'm doing something else while the machine is running.