Dave's Workshop #3: My Power Tools

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 09-14-2012 02:31 PM 4072 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I’d put up photos of my three bench top power tools.

First up is my band saw:

This band saw was the second tool i bought (around last Christmas.) While I get along with it and I like it, I’ll admit that out of the box it gave me some trouble. The blade kept slowing down, grinding to a stop. I fixed that problem by changing the pulley on which the drive belt ran. It’s a two speed pulley, but one doesn’t work very well. Also, after I broke the blade that came with the saw, a replacement blade of the same tooth spacing, but not from Skil cuts much smoother. Right now it lives on a table in a corner. I can use it there for small jobs, but for larger pieces I carry it out and put it on a table I’ve got. In the future I’ll make a rolling stand for it with storage drawers.

If I had to complain about this band saw, I’d say the table has a design flaw. Its fluted, but sometimes the piece you’re cutting catches a piece of scrap and gets caught in the fluting.

Drill Press:

This was my most recent purchase. I bought it around March of this year. It’s a nice little drill press and I like it. I made the simple table for it with a removable plug under the bit. Eventually I will probably cut the round hole square because square plugs are less trouble to make than round ones. Currently the drill press sits on a workmate bench. In the near future I’ll be making a rolling stand for it with storage. This is one of my upcoming projects.

Table Saw:

This table saw was the first major purchase I made in this adventure called woodworking. For the money I had to spend, this was the best of the choices. I haven’t found much to complain about this little saw. I did cut the ears off the miter slots to make sleds easier to make.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 03:24 PM

Nice start vary much like how I started. Can you explain what “I did cut the ears off the miter slots” means?
The miter slots had ears?

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 05:05 PM


This is not a picture of my saw, but is a saw very like mine. I’ve put arrows pointing to what I call ‘ears’ a better word might be ‘tab’. Anyway, I cut them off of my saw so that I could better add mods like the crosscut sled and panel sled.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 05:49 PM

Veyr nice start Dave. Our workshop just acquired a 2 !/4 HP Skil router combo kit. I had my doubts about Skil, but I think the brand will work just fine with the kind of work we will be doing. I did not know it, but I found out that Skil actually owns Bosch. I like the collection of power tools you are collecting (and the brand). So far we have a Skil bench grinder, and now the router. Let me know how the brand holds up to leading competitors if you do not mind.

-- Russ and Christina enjoying life with our two poochies!! :)

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 03:40 PM

It looks like you are off to a good start Dave. Sometimes it is better not to invest too much all at once as it is sometimes difficult to know what kind of work you will be interested in doing as you progress, and when that requires different or larger tools you won’t be stuck with replacing what you have with a big loss.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 09-16-2012 08:02 PM

Yes, that’s also part of my thought, that buying better machines, that I’m not fully versed on doesn’t make sense. If I had gotten some great deal on Craig’s list I might not even be aware if something was missing or broken. So far though I’m only thinking that a bigger band saw might be needed as re-sawing wood would be helpful. My band saw can only re-saw wood that’s 3-1/2 inch or less. Still, for what I use it for it’s OK.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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