Spindle Sander stand, and some electrical deals

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Blog entry by Jeremy Greiner posted 04-29-2012 04:19 AM 3400 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Since I’ve fallen in love with my table saw base that puts the table saw at a much more comfortable level, I’ve been looking at my other tools to see how I can improve them to make their work surface easier for me to use. Next up on that list was my band saw. I have to get on a step ladder to use it and it is pretty frustrating as I try to move around the table since and I don’t like leaning around on a step stool so I don’t use my band saw as much as I’d like.

About two weeks ago I planned it all out on paper (I had an idea on what I wanted to do while watching TV) so I just sketched it up. Normally I like to draw things out in sketchup because I can get a real visualization of what I’m making. I breezed through the construction with glue and brad nails this week didn’t think about taking any pictures mostly due to how fast it was going together.

Well I did something wrong, when I put the wheels on yesterday I found out the stupid base is too tall. I think I didn’t take into account the wheel height, I don’t know. But I was pretty mad here I have this crazy strong and durable box ready to accept a band saw and motor (which I’ve already taken apart mind you) .. and the bloody base is too tall!

Today I put my bandsaw back together since I’m back to the drawing board on the base and I’m not sure when I’ll make another one since I have other projects I want to work on. And a few of those will require the use of my bandsaw.

On the plus side, I have found it’s the perfect height and size for my spindle sander.

I want to get some cheaper wheels because those wheels are total overkill for it, and I’ll most likely make some drawers or something for the inside where the motor of the band saw was supposed to go.

I’ve been re-organizing my shop a bit, and was cleaning a lot today in preperation of a new tool I hope will be able to be delivered on monday (crosses fingers) .. I’ll spill the beans on that when I get it (with pictures). As I was sitting down thinking about the electrical situation in my garage.

I have 5 breakers dedicated for my garage, 1 that was originally set up for my garage handles the lights and garage door opener. A while ago I added 3 110v breakers 2 30 amp and a 20amp. Recently I just added 220v breaker for the new tool I’m getting. All of these breakers go to 1 outlet box with 1-4 plugs (2 for the 20 amp, 4 for each 30amp and 1 for the 220v). All 4 outlets are on the same wall, within 10 feet of eachother. This was the cheapest and easiest solution for the electriction that did the work.

Originally my thought was, I could plug in an extension cord into each of the 110v outlets and run it to the other side of the garage to better distribute power. I remembered I had the 20% off everything coupon from harbor freight and was like “Well it’s 7:30 lets go see what we can do before they close”. I didn’t like any of the extension cords there, they just seemed really expensive for a stupid wire with a plug but that’s just me. I bought some new wheels for the spindle sander base and decided to head over to lowes. (HF has a good selection of medium duty casters, better than the big box stores nothing I’d put a power tool on, but using the 15$ woodcraft casters on a light duty stand seems overkill to me).

When I got to lowes, I figured I’d ask if they accepted competitor coupons I mean what’s the worst they say no? .. I asked the nice lady at the service desk and showed her the coupon I had printed out she said yes they’d take that no problem in my head I was screamin “awesome!” ..

I went to lowes’ extension cord area and didn’t really find what I was looking for, and then I saw 250’ of wire for like $60 and I was thinking. Well why not extend the outlets using conduit instead. I’m not an electriction but I’ve worked with outlets and plugs before, and since it’s just extending existing conduit outlets how hard could it be right?

Knowing I had my 20% coupon I figured, lets go for it! With some really excellent help from the guy in the electrical department I got enough conduit, wire and outlets to run several more outlets along the entire wall on the other side of my shop.

I’m pretty sure I got everything I needed, anything I don’t use I can just take back in the next 90 days so I figured it’s better to get more now with my coupon than have to come back and get extras.

Now I have some electrical outlets to plan out :)


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#1 posted 04-29-2012 10:47 AM

I noticed you bought both conduit and Romex (NM cable). Its better to run THWN wire rather than romex if you are going to be pulling through conduit. It will be easier to pull and less of a hassle if you ever have an inspection (it’s technically allowed in NEC, but some inspectors don’t like it).

FYI, I’m not an electrician, but I’ve done a lot of research and bought books on wiring.

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