004: cheap, rolling lathe stand #5: dust hood mount solution

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 03-06-2010 12:06 AM 4456 reads 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This one’s been in the works for awhile, and by that I mean I’ve pondered it in my head for a few minutes here and there over the last several months. I’ve had the general idea most of that time, but this week I pondered even harder than ever and imagined all of the pieces.

I just wanted something simple that could hold one of the two dust hoods I’ve ended up with from Rockler, but I wanted to be able to tilt it forward over the piece, or backward out of the way, and slide it left and right, as my lathe is longer than the hood. Note that this isn’t for collecting the chips right off the turning. I’ll just sweep those up later. My DC isn’t that powerful. I just wanted something that would let me sand without filling my little 1-car garage in choking dust, especially the dreaded olive wood, to which I am pretty allergic. It’s like delicious poison to me with its captivating fragrance.

I didn’t take any pictures this time, but I will say this for the video makers out there – this is a lot of work! Just shooting little segments of each step, each about 10 seconds to 5 minutes in length – greatly slowed me down, amounted to more than 1.5 hours of footage in 11GB of space (my camera card is only 8GB – I rarely fill it), and took something like 5 hours to edit down the 91 clips into just over 200 cuts in the final film. Phwew.

I think I only didn’t use material from about 2 or 3 source clips. I was pretty clear on what I wanted to show as I worked.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 12:37 AM

Gary, I was mesmerized! The only thing you could have done better was to sing during the video…
Great project and great video!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 01:11 AM

Great tutorial, Gary, Thanks!

Don’t mean to be a smart a** but, maybe your next project could be a zero clearance insert for your saw. It’s real scary when pieces get wedged in that slot.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 01:23 AM

That was absolutely captivating. I got a few chuckles for sure. I could just see you thinking. The goo gone was a classic.

Some day you will have a bandsaw. That will be nice.

Thanks for the entertainment and enjoy your mod,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 01:30 AM

Rich – I’ve actually caught myself singing and mumbling incoherently to myself in videos. It was a bit of a shock :)

Lew – I totally agree. It’s been on the to-do list for more than a year now.

Steve – I actually have a 7’ tall 18” bandsaw! It was right next to me in a lot of the video, off-camera. Here's one of my posts that features pics and videos of it. That said, I don’t have a zero clearance insert for it, and I only have thick, 1” wide blades meant more for resawing. They’re scary and somewhat difficult to do detail work with. The part that made me laugh later was remembering that I have a nice little Craftsman jigsaw on the floor in front of the band saw. I could have done all the coping and pull saw work with it, though I haven’t had it set up since I was in high school! I brought it back from my folks’ house 2 Christmases ago, but haven’t bothered to get it cleaned up and set up again in over a year now. Too many projects like that, sadly.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 03:01 AM

Very very nice for a first video edit. Very cool project as well.

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#6 posted 03-06-2010 03:05 AM

Good project. Thanks for taking the time to make the video. Fun to see someone else work, kind of like being there. Be prepared to see this idea stolen, and in you favorite woodworking catalog for $129.95 :)

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 05:13 AM

Great idea indeed. Was thinking about doing something but hadn’t quite gotten to the point you did. You definitely raised the bar (pun intended) on this one.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#8 posted 03-06-2010 08:08 AM

That’s quite an incredible adjustable dust hood! I’m impressed with your precision and details for a workshop tool. Nicely done video too.

So, where’s the possum?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 03-06-2010 08:15 AM

My compliments Gary. I enjoyed seeing the project come together because it was so opposite from how I work. I always plan each step and I know what the end is from the beginning. Watching the video without knowing the end was a nice way to look at things.

As a recent convert to blogging, I know how hard it is to post a blog with just pictures so you also get a big thank you for doing the video.


-- Jim

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#10 posted 03-06-2010 09:24 AM

Kerry – it’s actually nowhere near my first video, I say with long sigh. I went to school for computer animation and had a lot of video editing to be about there – way too much. In fact, our thesis was a 30-second animation, which back then took the entire year to pull off. Most of my video work these days is 1 or a few takes from my point and shoot, which I either upload directly, or chop together in a few minutes – the simpler, the better. This was my first heavy editing in a long while. I used Kino on Linux, which is a weird bit of software. I love that I can edit almost entirely with the keyboard, fingers on the home row, but it’s extremely linear. You can’t easily undo something you did 2 steps ago, though I learned a bit more this time about repairing flubbed edits.

JJ – that’s actually happened to me several times now. I’ve had a lot of bizarre ideas over the years in a bunch of other areas – not woodworking so far – and many I’ve seen later developed by others and for sale. It’s about 2 dozen things now, and often I’ve designed up or modeled out the idea, or even created a physical prototype years before the other person or group :(

Hoakie – thanks!

mmh – no idea, though I did have a pigeon that really wanted to be in my lawn the other morning. It kept walking in wide circles around me, but not flying away. I went inside, shut the door, and quietly watched. It was eating something in the juniper needles in the back yard. Also, the neighbor’s cat has visited a few times lately. She likes to sun on my garage roof, and then meow at me when I go outside, because she can’t get down.

Jim – I’m usually a mix of the two. I’ll design rather meticulously at the start, at least to a point where I feel the rest will come together on its own. I usually stop designing in frustration at some point, eager to just go build. For some things like this, though, I don’t design out anything, but go by a blurry, half-formed 3D image in my head. I can never see a clear picture of all of it – like trying to see a hundred faces in a crowd at once – but as in my lousy metaphor (or simile :), I can wander around and look at each piece, or parts of each piece, and see them clearly. This leads to a lot of staring in the hardware store as I imagine my way around to the different areas of the build, making sure I have each part I ‘fly’ over. I was a bit worried that the notched stick length, curvature, and notch placement wouldn’t work out, but I did have a kind of step-by-step method I followed to sort of look ahead a few steps as I went. Oh, and thanks for the awesome sign smiley!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#11 posted 03-06-2010 11:53 AM

Very innovative Gary!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#12 posted 03-06-2010 01:27 PM

Great video Gary! I like your methodical approach and the great end result. I put it with my favorites for future reference. My dust hood is a metal shaded desk lamp with an adjustable arm. I cut out the back of the lampshade to create a funnel. It actually works pretty good, but the arm is a bit of a pain. I like your set up much better, but I have to see if I have room for something like that. Thanks for this very entertaining and well done video tutorial.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 03-06-2010 02:45 PM

I don’t do any turning, but if I did I’d be all over this! After watching your video I’m trying to find a place to use your ingenuity. The video was great and the craftsmanship superb.

My wife always asks me why it takes so long just to put a couple pieces of wood together… time I’m just going to forward her your video.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#14 posted 03-06-2010 03:25 PM

That is a terrific idea!! Nice job and happy turning!!

-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#15 posted 03-06-2010 05:38 PM

Nice attention to detail. I need to do something similar with the miter saw.
What area of LA, I am between LAX and LMU

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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