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  1. Harbor Freight Dust Collector Mod

    After buying the Harbor Freight 2hp dust collector right after Christmas, I knew I was going to be making some changes to it. First, I dumped the upper bag and added a Wynn 35a filter. Second, I really wanted to put a pre-separator on the unit to keep from having to change the lower bags as...
  2. Alaskan Birch Burl Bowl

    This is a piece of Alaskan birch burl. The burl was cut green here in the Alaskan MatSu. It was a very large piece of wood and even after five years of drying in the burl pile, it was still very wet inside when I cut it into several large turning blanks. This piece was turned wet to rough...
  3. Chain hoist operated Hilbilly freight elevator.

    My shop is 1300 sq feet with a finished out office and bathroom taking up about 350 sq feet of that space. I've got a ceiling that is 17' at the peak and so i have a loft area over the finished office/bathroom that i use for storage. To make better use of the space i needed a way to get things...
  4. Hardware Organizer/ Roll away tool box

    Here is rollaway cabinet that I made a few months back. I needed to make a better use of the space that I have in my shop. The design is very simple and I use thru dovetail and slip tenon and mortise jonts. The jointry is strong enough, so the cabinet can be moved around repeatedly without any...
  5. Keepsake Hidden Key Box

    This is one of my keepsake box I made over the holidays as Christmas presents. It's basically the same design as the one made by the Wood Whisperer. I was able to crank out 3 of these as I was new to cutting the dovetail slots, so that slowed me down, along with some unexpected, and severe...
  6. Hall Table

    This is the latest Project that me and my wife are working on. It is a standard shaker style hall table with a small twist. Instead of tapering the legs and stopping below the skirt we continued the taper all the way to the top of the leg. We then angled the tenon shoulders to match. This...
  7. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    I haven't ordered a ton of stuff thru Amazon, but I've started using them a bit more lately lately. So of course I get bombarded with ads and e-mails asking me to switch to their Prime program. I know some of you use it, so I'm wondering if the ROI (return On Investment) is worth cost to join...
  8. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    Does anyone own or have experience with a Makita 3612 or 3612C router? I own the Chicago Tools version from Harbor Freight, and from photos, they look EXACTLY the same. I have a huge problem with my Chicago router…RUNOUT. It has at least 1/32" total runout…that's .031"...a whole lot!! I...
  9. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    So, I was given a Ryobi SC180VS Scroll Saw (Like This One) that was neglected by it's owner. Mud all over and missing the light and blower assembly and the On/Off knob and some light rust here and there. I went to eReplacementParts.com and looked up all the pieces I would need to replace and...
  10. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    So I think my HF dust collector motor might be going out. I noticed that the circuit breaker had popped so I went and reset it. By the time I got my hearing protection back on it had popped again. So I started to look at my equipment and my HF dust collector motor was hot as hell! The chord that...
  11. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    G'day all, My question is concerning the high cost of shipping goods from the USA back to Australia. While the range of goods and the prices in the USA are great, especially for someone who gives many of the toys I make away, shipping is a killer. The Aussie Dollar is only getting about...
  12. Blogs
    One year on LJ, what a difference a year makes With my one year anniversary on Lumberjocks coming up in a few days, I thought I'd start my first ever blog. I can't even believe it's only been a year. When I joined a year ago I had quite a bit of experience with carpentry work and home...
  13. Blogs
    Delivery I recently ordered Grizzly's G0452P Jointer for the small shop I am attempting to set up in my one-car garage. I haven't even fully assembled it yet, so we're a long way off from a real review, but I thought it might be useful to someone to chronicle what it's like to order, take...
  14. Blogs
    Bringing Light to Aging Eyes (updated 5-22-2007 w/Flashlight Ordering Information) Dimming Eyesight: A hard topic for some of us, but as we enter our 40-something years, most of us notice some changes in our eyesight. Not the usual stuff we have seen happen in our 20's and 30's, that was...
  15. Blogs
    Designing the Thien Baffle in Sketchup I am just posting my journey for my upgrades to the Harbor Freight Dust collector I got. I have been using it stock except for the wynn filter cartridge and have been happy with it so far, however I have been getting some leaks and will smell the wood...
  16. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I keep seeing Harbor Freight being referred to as if it were a 4-letter word. While it is true that some/a lot/most of what HF sells is of poor quality, there are still bargains to be had at HF. With that in mind: WHAT ARE THE BEST HARBOR FREIGHT BARGAINS TO BE HAD? My personal list of BEST...
  17. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    So I'm looking at some DC units. I've heard (surprisingly) great things about the Harbor Freight 2 HP freestanding DC unit. http://www.harborfreight.com/2-hp-industrial-5-micron-dust-collector-97869.html#.UzSG_a1dV5M People on youtube etc have shown some really cool ways to make it work for...
  18. Safety in the Woodworking Shop
    I just got my Harbor Freight 2hp Dust collector and I'm planning how I'm going to set up my basement dust system. I've found the optimal corner to set up my collector and run pipes to my tools. The only problem is that it is right next to my house's fuse box. Is there any danger of sparking...
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