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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.
  14. I agree that there is a chance for injury, but there is something about it that makes me feel good that I can't get out of most things in life. Plus a very good friend of mine is a pretty damn legit mma fighter and runs the gym. Not many people can understand wanting your bestfriend to kick your ass lol
  15. I bought the machine last black friday. I did the original setup and haven't had to make any major adjustments. Now, I was extremely meticulous adjusting the belts. I used a fish scale and made sure all of the belts were adjusted evenly. (I seen videos on youtube) and I haven't had to adjust the belts. I also put heatshrink on the ends of the belts to keep them from loosening. The hardest part for me was adjusting the v-wheels. But I made sure they were adjusted properly and applied loctite so that they wouldn't vibrate loose. I am having one problem that I need to fix. as I can towards the
  16. I have the X carve that has the 1,000mm rails. What do you want to know about he machine?
  17. I'm surprised that there are people on this forum that also grapple. I quit when my daughter was born, and she was giving my wife and I a run for our money. I am desperately trying to get back into it, but paying $120 a month is a hard pill to swallow now that I have a kid to provide for.. Plus, I don't know how I would be able to juggle working full time, being the father that I want to be, do woodworking, and BJJ. Any tips? lol
  18. @gee-dub those are some great ideas! I would like to build storage at my drill press. Lately I have been building my workbench, but here in the next week or so I am going to start building a deck around my pool that will take me a while. With that being said I won't be getting any shop time for a while, but I can't wait to start organizing it.
  19. I used ARS on a vanity base that I built for my bathroom about 3 years ago and it is still holding up well. As a sidenote, @Pwk5017 I noticed that you'e also from Pittsburgh. Where do you get lumber from? Mars lumber is the only place I know of that sells exotics, but I feel their prices can be a little high for domestic woods, the few small sawmills around that I have used that had cheaper prices, either air dried their lumber, and was bug infested, or didn't know how to kiln dry and the wood was under stress.
  20. @pkinneb, that drill press station is nice! I think I may eventually steal that idea! My drills, and drill bits kind of just float around the shop! Another item added to the must do list.
  21. The only festool I have ever seen on craigslist local to me is their drills unfortunately.
  22. I agree completely! I can barely walk in my shop right now. I am in the middle of building a workbench, and all the wood is stickered on the floor. Once the workbench is done though, it will be time for me to get organized. I really like the kaizan (sp?) foam that a lot of guys have used to keep things in their place. I am definitely getting that for drawers. I see a lot of the everyday posters with amazing shops. I hope they post ways that they keep their shops organized.
  23. I got an email from powermatic that says 10% off...