Shop Cleanup, Catch-Up, and Redo

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Blog series by sIKE updated 10-05-2011 04:23 AM 5 parts 57450 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started

09-11-2011 01:53 AM by sIKE | 4 comments »

After four years in the shop it is time to take the lessons learned, advance in skills, and just plain ole time to make some adjustments, fix something’s that just didn’t work out as planned, thought of, or over-engineered along with a smattering of small projects that I have been putting off. Fix the duct collector runs, the Air Compressor Lines, drawers that will not stay closed or sticking. Small projects including the Revolving Tool Station, a rebuild of a bird house, finishing up a year ...

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Part 2: I like it when a plan comes together

09-25-2011 05:18 AM by sIKE | 2 comments »

I know it been two weeks but I have been a bit busy with work. I did spend last weekend tearing things down and pulling the bench off the wall. Aye, what a job and a mess! So I started the improvements in the left corner of the shop where the Revolving Tool Station lives.My Air Compressor line comes down from the loft in this corner so that was the first thing that I worked on. I am using a RapidAir based solution here. I then proceeded to clean up the Tool Station itself and finished ...

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Part 3: Slow Progress but the Air Compressor line work is done (mostly)

10-03-2011 02:24 AM by sIKE | 4 comments »

Been busy and my Air Compress is very problematic at best I was hoping by putting it up in the loft that I could just leave it be and when the money came around I would replace it. However it had other plans and spent a good part of one day getting it mostly working. After that set back I got back to work on get the lines for the Air Compress. For those who don’t know I have a loft in my shop and I have moved my air compressor up there. I originally ran PVC for the airlines but I wasn’t happy...

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Part 4: Blast Gates - It works! It really does!

10-03-2011 03:43 AM by sIKE | 8 comments »

I was not very happy with my dust collection run and blast gate solution the last time around. So I put some thought into how I would make it better this time. First was I wanted gates that wouldn’t get clogged, and second I wanted to be able to easily open and close them without reaching under the bench. The first part was easy, I found some no clog gates a while back at WoodCraft.As you can see I have drilled a hole on the side of the gate opposite of the wall. I am using a 2ft length of th...

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Part 5: Dust Collection for Miter Saw Part I

10-05-2011 04:23 AM by sIKE | 3 comments »

After reviewing many a magazine and multiple solutions for dust collection with this beasty, I decided to roll my own based off of BlankMan's / Degoose's designs. the designs both include plenum chambers to spread the suction across a small horizontal opening. Both solutions have the mainline for the DC above the bench, mine of course is below. With this all in mind and since I had pulled the benches off the shop wall, what I decided to do was to build a separate plenum box and integrate it i...

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