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Blog series by rhett updated 07-02-2013 09:58 PM 3 parts 5228 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: Double stack

06-04-2010 01:00 AM by rhett | 3 comments »

An excellent way to increase the speed and efficiency of your shaper when running rails and stiles is to stack your cutters. With the right set-up and coping jig you can quickly switch from rails to stiles and back again with no down time or resetting. It all starts with your cutters and an appropriate width spacer. Here I am using Amana’s mission style combo with a 3/4” spacer in between. More on this later. After finding the spot you want for the groove, run your ...

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Part 2: Router Bearing Replacement: Fix It, Don't Trash it!

05-31-2013 09:07 PM by rhett | 6 comments »

Today my 690 died, big sparks, some smoke and then brrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh. With play at the bit, it was obvious a bearing gave out. Being from the school of try to fix it before you trash it, I got to work. First things was to remove the brushes from both sides. A flat tip screw driver makes quick work of this simple step. The brushes are kept under tension by springs. They must be removed so the armature will come out freely. These are usually the first things to wear ou...

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Part 3: Can't bite my tongue.... Squaring up a tablesaw blade

07-02-2013 09:58 PM by rhett | 8 comments »

Recently, I watched some of a woodworking video. I say some, because once I saw the presenters method for checking square on the TS, I turned it off. This is not squaring up a blade in reference to the top, it is getting square in reference to the insert. Little demonstration on how this will steer you wrong. Square, but not 90 degrees to the top. If you have a quality combination square, this is the way you square a table saw blade. It’s the way I was shown and I belie...

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