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04-03-2021 04:03 PM

Availability of Woodworking Equipment - 4 replies

I have a few pieces of equipment that I need for my shop (second bandsaw, drill press, vertical air compressor, etc.), some needed in the next month or two, some needed sometime this year. What I am quickly finding out is that a lot of woodworking equipment is not in stock and, in some cases, the lead time is so great that the companies won̵...

12-11-2020 06:30 PM

Air Filtration Options? - 14 replies

I am looking to install an air filtration system in my 1500 sq. ft. shop and have been investigating options. I have a Felder RL 160 Dust Extraction system as my main dust/chip collector. It seems from the many, many shop videos that I have watched online that Jet pretty much seems to rule the roost! I see others mentioned like HF, Grizzly, etc....

11-15-2020 05:42 PM

Return Air from Lean-To Back to Shop - 5 replies

Hello, I have an attached 10’ x 25’ lean-to on the side of my 1500 sq. ft. shop that I want to enclose so that I can put my air compressor and Felder RL-160 DC out there to free up some shop space. The space will be insulated and my only available entrance will be from the outside due to the common wall not being conducive to cutt...

09-29-2020 06:48 PM

How Many 20 Amp Single Phase Circuits? - 9 replies

Hello, I have mentioned on several other threads of the 1500 sq. ft. wood shop I am currently putting together for a small family business. I have 400 amp separate service ran to the building and the majority of my machinery (sliding table saw, bandsaw, jointer/planer, DC, air compressor) is three-phase through a Phase Perfect. I will also ha...

09-14-2020 09:13 PM

Prewiring 240V Outlets - 34 replies

Hello, I am in the process of wiring my 1500 sq. ft. wood shop and want to install a fair number of 240v outlets throughout. I have a couple of pieces of equipment where I already know what the recommended breaker and receptacle/plug size is but not certain how to size all of the rest that are just waiting for my wife to let new equipment be ...

08-26-2020 12:36 AM

2000# Electro-Hyraulic Scissor Lift - 5 replies

Hello, I have the chance to pick up a used, but rebuilt Autoquip scissor lift for what I think is a decent price. The lift has a 66”x42” table with a lift of up to approx. 42”. The top also has a cylinder on it that will lift the top to a maximum of 90 degrees from its normal flat position. I have been looking for weight moving/lifti...

08-08-2020 02:46 PM

Woodpecker or Bowclamp Clamping Cauls - 3 replies

Hello, Recently received in my inbox an email from Woodpecker for pre-ordering of their phenolic clamping cauls. It looks like this was a One-Time tool back around 2012 that they are going to do another short run of. I really couldn’t find much info on the previous run but I did find one forum discussing them vs. Bowclamps with the majo...

06-24-2020 05:47 PM

Ergonomic Moving of Heavy Materials in Shop - 28 replies

Hello, I go in for back surgery tomorrow (my fifth since 2009) and I will most likely leave the hospital fused from T11 through S1. I am currently fused from L3-S1. I will admit that some, if not all, of my surgeries have been through stupidity on my part either in the shop or, when younger, out on the job as a Coast Guard vessel inspector. M...

06-01-2020 12:01 AM

For Sale: Vicmarc VM120 (Brand New) - 1 reply

Hello, i unfortunately purchased the wrong Vicmarc chuck several months ago. It would cost ~$60 to send back to Australia so I am going to sell it here. It is still in the box it came in as I am still setting up my shop and still have not even fired up my new lathe. I am asking $195 plus shipping from Houston, TX. Specs: 1 x VM120 Chuck...

05-31-2020 03:15 PM

Enclosing a Steel Building Lean-To - 4 replies

Hello, I have a 1500 sq. ft. insulated steel building that has a lean-to on it (about 10’ x 25’) that I am thinking on enclosing. My thought is to insulate it and then either pipe in my HVAC or to vent the adjoining wall so that I don’t end up with a sweat box. I won’t be able to put a door on the inside due to the dia...

05-01-2020 05:45 PM

Three-Phase Plugs/Receptacles HP Rating - 17 replies

Hello, I have some three-phase woodworking equipment (two of which are 7.5 HP) that I am powering through a Phase Perfect converter (picture below). The manufacturer recommended just using twist lock plugs/receptacles instead of hardwiring into a disconnect but said I could do either. I was on the Hubbell website looking at plugs and found...

04-08-2020 04:34 PM

Adequate Space Around Lathe? - 16 replies

As I have mentioned in a few other posts, I am currently running wiring, lights, etc. in a 1500 sq. ft. building that I am turning into a woodshed. Attached is a picture of a sectioned off area that I want to put my lathe in. The rectangle is to scale representing the overall footprint of the lathe. The headstock is on the open side of the room ...

04-05-2020 02:29 PM

Unistrut for Wiring Drop - 20 replies

Hello, I have several pieces of equipment that will need to be in the middle of the floor of my steel building shop and i would like to do ceiling drops for the power. I have read where people have used unistrut as their drop but the posts didn’t go into much detail or include pictures. I was wondering if I could simply through-bolt ...

02-12-2020 02:02 PM

Lathe Placement in Your Shop - 51 replies

Hello, I am currently working on setting up my shop and was wondering what different ways folks position their lathes. I have seen many pictures showing the lathe against a wall and, in most of the pictures, lathe tools hanging on the wall behind the lathe. Other pictures show the lathe a little more out in the room with a bench or full tool ...

01-27-2020 05:51 PM

Norfab and PVC - 7 replies

Good morning, I am in the process of laying out my 1500 sq. ft. shop. I either all ready own or have received my major pieces of equipment (sliding table saw, dust collector, planer/jointer combo, bandsaw, lathe, miter saw station) and am starting to think about dust collection ducting. I would love to do all Norfab but my shop fund is about ...

01-05-2020 11:26 PM

Looking for Steel Toe Tennis Shoes - 36 replies

Hello, Due to a recent hospital stay I am on blood thinners for the next year. Last week I was moving 3/4” tongue and groove ply around my shop for walls that I am constructing. I lost my grip on a sheet and the full weight of it landed on my foot. Fortunately there is nothing broken but, man, did it bruise like crazy. It would have anyway bu...

12-22-2019 12:24 AM

DC in Shop Layout - 12 replies

Hello, I am converting a 30’ x 50’ steel building to a wood shop and have a Felder RL160 dust extractor on order. My original thought was to put the unit back in the corner of the shop but I am starting to think that closer to one of the roll up doors towards the middle of the shop might be better for disposal of saw dust. I don’t think it wo...

12-18-2019 06:58 PM

Trademark Your Logo? - 4 replies

Hello, I was wondering if any of you who have started small businesses and trademarked your logo or name went through a trademark logo during the process? Merry Christmas!

06-13-2019 11:04 PM

Breaker Size and Wire Guage for Oversized VFD (or even RPC)? - 12 replies

Hello, This is primarily a question related to VFDs but “might” be applicable to RPCs. I frequently read on various forums about people who buy a VFD that is larger (sometimes 2 or 3 times larger) than is actually needed for the intended load. My question is if you bought a VFD that was double or triple the size of your connect...

06-07-2019 04:28 AM

Using a VFD w/ a Sliding Table Saw That Has Independent Main/Scoring Motors? - 19 replies

Hello, I am looking at purchasing a three-phase table saw for my shop but I only have single-phase power. The saws I am looking at typically have two, three-phase motors (a 7 hp main blade motor and a 1 hp scoring blade motor both with independent switches). I have been reading a lot about VFDs and want to go this route over a rotary unit ...

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