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How do I get the best out of an OLD DELTA 40-650 Type I? Need experienced advice!

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I purchased a Delta C arm 18" scroll saw. It has been a misadventure born out of poverty. LOL! Have an intarsia, project in mind. It's for an artist friend. An inlay into a box made from one of his great paintings.

Purchased the 40-650 Type I Scroll Saw at least 3 months ago, maybe longer ( brought it home driving several hours in a blizzard). De rusted the aged metal table, painted and cleaned up the old girl. Looked good!

The clamping mechanism and the clearance for the clamp on this saw seem over engineered and although pretty, (I like the design) It's clamping mechanism is (to me ) screwed up. When I first attempted a high end run, without a net(literally) The blade or clamp broke apart. Lost some springs, and I didn't have the parts.

Finally got everything back together after waiting 2 months for parts, and it is together. ( Had another rainy day)

Did some test cutting on some 3/4 pine and some old 1/4 inch plywood in the shop with different tpi blades. I've been trying different cutting settings and there is a lot of vibration. ( Any suggestions on smooth and safe cutting?

All advice, suggestions, and comments appreciated!

( I probably could have cut all the parts with a hand coping saw by now? LOL!)
Hi Tom, if you haven't already, bolt or clamp the scrollsaw to your bench or working area, this cuts most if not all vibration. I hope I'm not teaching Grandpa how to suck eggs, but let the saw do the work, your hand are just the guide, the thicker the wood the slower the cutting, unless you are going with the grain, then it tends to run away with you if you are not careful. Look forward to seeing the results!
 

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How do I get the best out of an OLD DELTA 40-650 Type I? Need experienced advice!

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I purchased a Delta C arm 18" scroll saw. It has been a misadventure born out of poverty. LOL! Have an intarsia, project in mind. It's for an artist friend. An inlay into a box made from one of his great paintings.

Purchased the 40-650 Type I Scroll Saw at least 3 months ago, maybe longer ( brought it home driving several hours in a blizzard). De rusted the aged metal table, painted and cleaned up the old girl. Looked good!

The clamping mechanism and the clearance for the clamp on this saw seem over engineered and although pretty, (I like the design) It's clamping mechanism is (to me ) screwed up. When I first attempted a high end run, without a net(literally) The blade or clamp broke apart. Lost some springs, and I didn't have the parts.

Finally got everything back together after waiting 2 months for parts, and it is together. ( Had another rainy day)

Did some test cutting on some 3/4 pine and some old 1/4 inch plywood in the shop with different tpi blades. I've been trying different cutting settings and there is a lot of vibration. ( Any suggestions on smooth and safe cutting?

All advice, suggestions, and comments appreciated!

( I probably could have cut all the parts with a hand coping saw by now? LOL!)
Hi Tom,

It is something I was always taught to do, to avoid vibration, most modern scrollsaws have bolt holes in the base, just for that purpose.

When you think of the force generated in order for the blade to cut, as opposed to the overall weight of the saw, it is not surprising that vibration is generated. :)

Cheers
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How do I get the best out of an OLD DELTA 40-650 Type I? Need experienced advice!

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I purchased a Delta C arm 18" scroll saw. It has been a misadventure born out of poverty. LOL! Have an intarsia, project in mind. It's for an artist friend. An inlay into a box made from one of his great paintings.

Purchased the 40-650 Type I Scroll Saw at least 3 months ago, maybe longer ( brought it home driving several hours in a blizzard). De rusted the aged metal table, painted and cleaned up the old girl. Looked good!

The clamping mechanism and the clearance for the clamp on this saw seem over engineered and although pretty, (I like the design) It's clamping mechanism is (to me ) screwed up. When I first attempted a high end run, without a net(literally) The blade or clamp broke apart. Lost some springs, and I didn't have the parts.

Finally got everything back together after waiting 2 months for parts, and it is together. ( Had another rainy day)

Did some test cutting on some 3/4 pine and some old 1/4 inch plywood in the shop with different tpi blades. I've been trying different cutting settings and there is a lot of vibration. ( Any suggestions on smooth and safe cutting?

All advice, suggestions, and comments appreciated!

( I probably could have cut all the parts with a hand coping saw by now? LOL!)
Good luck with the painting!

The shop is coming on fine thanks, I did an update on the Blog the other day with photos, I now just need some time free to spend in it!
 

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Re-purposing a shop bench to a woodworkers bench

Been awhile since my last post:

Randy aka Blackie asked that I show my rehabbed/recycled Hybrid woodworking bench. Please feel free to share your thoughts, advise and humor. It is appreciated.

So here it is! Looked and listened to some really good woodworkers here on LJ's like Paul aka Shipwright, and Kiefer. Have to give credit to Paul Sellers and his YouTube video of constructing a woodworkers bench and a more recent one regarding adding bench dogs to your existing bench. Also an excellent video on installing a Jorgenson Woodworking bench vise.

I thought about building one like my hero's, but I am being true to my Wabi Sabi self in recycling and re-purposing what I have, while learning from my imperfections….LOL!

Another step in becoming a better woodworker.

The first Picture is the bench vise I purchased last year after reading positive and negative reviews on Amazon. I have since learned more about different types and might now choose a different vise. But this one will have to be my workhorse.

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I built this bench from the materials that I used building a three section bench attached to the shop wall out of the construction material that was to be a shop floor. ( Before I found water leaking in under the walls of my shop…another long story…grrr) I had set it up to do metal work. Had a big machinist vise and an angle iron edge. Had built it to balance sheet goods when using my old craftsman belt driven table saw. Now have a Grizzly cabinet saw and height is different. It had been a modified tension box and deck type frame construction. So the 2×8's were glued and screwed to the bottom of the bench top for future bench dog holes. Otherwise the whole bench is anchored together with ceramic coated screws.

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This was another inspired innovation. LOL! I rehabbed an office chair and used star nuts for the levelers. I saw Shipwright's solution and looked at what the costs of bench wheels were at the woodstores. I purchased the castors with the stems, originally for my scroll saw stand. At least 150 pounds and locking hubs for wheels and pivot bearings. Had to run the threading all the way through the castor with WD Forty and a wrench. Mounted the star nuts with s sledge hammer. Drilled holes into the legs and screwed on the castors. Seemed like a great solution.

Until I turned the bench over! The star nuts really could not provide a stable anchor and the bench would rock with the brakes on! A couple taps with my hammer and they were dislodged! Back to the idea board? Oh yeah they made the bench too high.

I had to use a 2×4 laid on its face to provide the difference for me to have the right bench height. As I said back to the idea board. But it is working and I have used it for a couple projects so far.

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Not as expected!

Table Furniture Tradesman Wood Artisan


Next picture is mounting my "POS" 7 inch Harbor Freight bench vise, bought many years ago. Very sloppy , but I am using it to anchor pieces for planning against bench dogs until I can afford to purchase another one.

Tradesman Carpenter Wood Floor Flooring


Had some ceder fence boards that were sitting in the basement that were long enough to add a nice finish to the construction materials…LOL! They were also the same depth at the Jorgenson vise jaws. Hey I even hand planned the rough sides down to make finished boards. Got that brain storm while sanding and getting coated with saw dust!

Table Wood Creative arts Hardwood Workbench


Well as I posted earlier in my shop notes blog this was a good idea that failed. I find my shop has gotten smaller with the assembly of all the shop equipment. The mobile bench was a way to set up tools in a work plan. When I have more woodworking time I will revisit the mobility issue. Until then it is now more functional, comfortable, and I found some ash to fit the vise jaws!

Wood Workbench Sewing machine Gas Table


As I've complained to my friends, I have to get some major maintenance done on my old Victorian, while I am able to climb ladders, hang out windows, and lift commodes to repair broken flanges in upstairs toilets! also to use the window of weather while I can?

Thanks for viewing!
I wish you would stop going on about your Bench Vises Tom!!!! I desperately want one, I have trawled the DIY Stores of Colombia, and they only seem to sell Engineering Vises, if they didn't weigh so much I would import one, but …
 

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Re-purposing a shop bench to a woodworkers bench

Been awhile since my last post:

Randy aka Blackie asked that I show my rehabbed/recycled Hybrid woodworking bench. Please feel free to share your thoughts, advise and humor. It is appreciated.

So here it is! Looked and listened to some really good woodworkers here on LJ's like Paul aka Shipwright, and Kiefer. Have to give credit to Paul Sellers and his YouTube video of constructing a woodworkers bench and a more recent one regarding adding bench dogs to your existing bench. Also an excellent video on installing a Jorgenson Woodworking bench vise.

I thought about building one like my hero's, but I am being true to my Wabi Sabi self in recycling and re-purposing what I have, while learning from my imperfections….LOL!

Another step in becoming a better woodworker.

The first Picture is the bench vise I purchased last year after reading positive and negative reviews on Amazon. I have since learned more about different types and might now choose a different vise. But this one will have to be my workhorse.

Fluid Cosmetics Air gun Trigger Liquid


I built this bench from the materials that I used building a three section bench attached to the shop wall out of the construction material that was to be a shop floor. ( Before I found water leaking in under the walls of my shop…another long story…grrr) I had set it up to do metal work. Had a big machinist vise and an angle iron edge. Had built it to balance sheet goods when using my old craftsman belt driven table saw. Now have a Grizzly cabinet saw and height is different. It had been a modified tension box and deck type frame construction. So the 2×8's were glued and screwed to the bottom of the bench top for future bench dog holes. Otherwise the whole bench is anchored together with ceramic coated screws.

Wood Flooring Floor Wood stain Hardwood


This was another inspired innovation. LOL! I rehabbed an office chair and used star nuts for the levelers. I saw Shipwright's solution and looked at what the costs of bench wheels were at the woodstores. I purchased the castors with the stems, originally for my scroll saw stand. At least 150 pounds and locking hubs for wheels and pivot bearings. Had to run the threading all the way through the castor with WD Forty and a wrench. Mounted the star nuts with s sledge hammer. Drilled holes into the legs and screwed on the castors. Seemed like a great solution.

Until I turned the bench over! The star nuts really could not provide a stable anchor and the bench would rock with the brakes on! A couple taps with my hammer and they were dislodged! Back to the idea board? Oh yeah they made the bench too high.

I had to use a 2×4 laid on its face to provide the difference for me to have the right bench height. As I said back to the idea board. But it is working and I have used it for a couple projects so far.

Wood Workbench Tool Machine Hardwood


Not as expected!

Table Furniture Tradesman Wood Artisan


Next picture is mounting my "POS" 7 inch Harbor Freight bench vise, bought many years ago. Very sloppy , but I am using it to anchor pieces for planning against bench dogs until I can afford to purchase another one.

Tradesman Carpenter Wood Floor Flooring


Had some ceder fence boards that were sitting in the basement that were long enough to add a nice finish to the construction materials…LOL! They were also the same depth at the Jorgenson vise jaws. Hey I even hand planned the rough sides down to make finished boards. Got that brain storm while sanding and getting coated with saw dust!

Table Wood Creative arts Hardwood Workbench


Well as I posted earlier in my shop notes blog this was a good idea that failed. I find my shop has gotten smaller with the assembly of all the shop equipment. The mobile bench was a way to set up tools in a work plan. When I have more woodworking time I will revisit the mobility issue. Until then it is now more functional, comfortable, and I found some ash to fit the vise jaws!

Wood Workbench Sewing machine Gas Table


As I've complained to my friends, I have to get some major maintenance done on my old Victorian, while I am able to climb ladders, hang out windows, and lift commodes to repair broken flanges in upstairs toilets! also to use the window of weather while I can?

Thanks for viewing!
I've considered it Tom, the tax isn't normally too bad, it is the shipping, I'll have to try and find someone who has a bit of space and not much weight in their case!!! Most things I import, usually end up 50-90% more than the original price of the tool.
 

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Re-purposing a shop bench to a woodworkers bench

Been awhile since my last post:

Randy aka Blackie asked that I show my rehabbed/recycled Hybrid woodworking bench. Please feel free to share your thoughts, advise and humor. It is appreciated.

So here it is! Looked and listened to some really good woodworkers here on LJ's like Paul aka Shipwright, and Kiefer. Have to give credit to Paul Sellers and his YouTube video of constructing a woodworkers bench and a more recent one regarding adding bench dogs to your existing bench. Also an excellent video on installing a Jorgenson Woodworking bench vise.

I thought about building one like my hero's, but I am being true to my Wabi Sabi self in recycling and re-purposing what I have, while learning from my imperfections….LOL!

Another step in becoming a better woodworker.

The first Picture is the bench vise I purchased last year after reading positive and negative reviews on Amazon. I have since learned more about different types and might now choose a different vise. But this one will have to be my workhorse.

Fluid Cosmetics Air gun Trigger Liquid


I built this bench from the materials that I used building a three section bench attached to the shop wall out of the construction material that was to be a shop floor. ( Before I found water leaking in under the walls of my shop…another long story…grrr) I had set it up to do metal work. Had a big machinist vise and an angle iron edge. Had built it to balance sheet goods when using my old craftsman belt driven table saw. Now have a Grizzly cabinet saw and height is different. It had been a modified tension box and deck type frame construction. So the 2×8's were glued and screwed to the bottom of the bench top for future bench dog holes. Otherwise the whole bench is anchored together with ceramic coated screws.

Wood Flooring Floor Wood stain Hardwood


This was another inspired innovation. LOL! I rehabbed an office chair and used star nuts for the levelers. I saw Shipwright's solution and looked at what the costs of bench wheels were at the woodstores. I purchased the castors with the stems, originally for my scroll saw stand. At least 150 pounds and locking hubs for wheels and pivot bearings. Had to run the threading all the way through the castor with WD Forty and a wrench. Mounted the star nuts with s sledge hammer. Drilled holes into the legs and screwed on the castors. Seemed like a great solution.

Until I turned the bench over! The star nuts really could not provide a stable anchor and the bench would rock with the brakes on! A couple taps with my hammer and they were dislodged! Back to the idea board? Oh yeah they made the bench too high.

I had to use a 2×4 laid on its face to provide the difference for me to have the right bench height. As I said back to the idea board. But it is working and I have used it for a couple projects so far.

Wood Workbench Tool Machine Hardwood


Not as expected!

Table Furniture Tradesman Wood Artisan


Next picture is mounting my "POS" 7 inch Harbor Freight bench vise, bought many years ago. Very sloppy , but I am using it to anchor pieces for planning against bench dogs until I can afford to purchase another one.

Tradesman Carpenter Wood Floor Flooring


Had some ceder fence boards that were sitting in the basement that were long enough to add a nice finish to the construction materials…LOL! They were also the same depth at the Jorgenson vise jaws. Hey I even hand planned the rough sides down to make finished boards. Got that brain storm while sanding and getting coated with saw dust!

Table Wood Creative arts Hardwood Workbench


Well as I posted earlier in my shop notes blog this was a good idea that failed. I find my shop has gotten smaller with the assembly of all the shop equipment. The mobile bench was a way to set up tools in a work plan. When I have more woodworking time I will revisit the mobility issue. Until then it is now more functional, comfortable, and I found some ash to fit the vise jaws!

Wood Workbench Sewing machine Gas Table


As I've complained to my friends, I have to get some major maintenance done on my old Victorian, while I am able to climb ladders, hang out windows, and lift commodes to repair broken flanges in upstairs toilets! also to use the window of weather while I can?

Thanks for viewing!
Ha! Ha! I think if I paid nearly $400 for a vise, I would get kicked out of the house :)
 

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Re-purposing a shop bench to a woodworkers bench

Been awhile since my last post:

Randy aka Blackie asked that I show my rehabbed/recycled Hybrid woodworking bench. Please feel free to share your thoughts, advise and humor. It is appreciated.

So here it is! Looked and listened to some really good woodworkers here on LJ's like Paul aka Shipwright, and Kiefer. Have to give credit to Paul Sellers and his YouTube video of constructing a woodworkers bench and a more recent one regarding adding bench dogs to your existing bench. Also an excellent video on installing a Jorgenson Woodworking bench vise.

I thought about building one like my hero's, but I am being true to my Wabi Sabi self in recycling and re-purposing what I have, while learning from my imperfections….LOL!

Another step in becoming a better woodworker.

The first Picture is the bench vise I purchased last year after reading positive and negative reviews on Amazon. I have since learned more about different types and might now choose a different vise. But this one will have to be my workhorse.

Fluid Cosmetics Air gun Trigger Liquid


I built this bench from the materials that I used building a three section bench attached to the shop wall out of the construction material that was to be a shop floor. ( Before I found water leaking in under the walls of my shop…another long story…grrr) I had set it up to do metal work. Had a big machinist vise and an angle iron edge. Had built it to balance sheet goods when using my old craftsman belt driven table saw. Now have a Grizzly cabinet saw and height is different. It had been a modified tension box and deck type frame construction. So the 2×8's were glued and screwed to the bottom of the bench top for future bench dog holes. Otherwise the whole bench is anchored together with ceramic coated screws.

Wood Flooring Floor Wood stain Hardwood


This was another inspired innovation. LOL! I rehabbed an office chair and used star nuts for the levelers. I saw Shipwright's solution and looked at what the costs of bench wheels were at the woodstores. I purchased the castors with the stems, originally for my scroll saw stand. At least 150 pounds and locking hubs for wheels and pivot bearings. Had to run the threading all the way through the castor with WD Forty and a wrench. Mounted the star nuts with s sledge hammer. Drilled holes into the legs and screwed on the castors. Seemed like a great solution.

Until I turned the bench over! The star nuts really could not provide a stable anchor and the bench would rock with the brakes on! A couple taps with my hammer and they were dislodged! Back to the idea board? Oh yeah they made the bench too high.

I had to use a 2×4 laid on its face to provide the difference for me to have the right bench height. As I said back to the idea board. But it is working and I have used it for a couple projects so far.

Wood Workbench Tool Machine Hardwood


Not as expected!

Table Furniture Tradesman Wood Artisan


Next picture is mounting my "POS" 7 inch Harbor Freight bench vise, bought many years ago. Very sloppy , but I am using it to anchor pieces for planning against bench dogs until I can afford to purchase another one.

Tradesman Carpenter Wood Floor Flooring


Had some ceder fence boards that were sitting in the basement that were long enough to add a nice finish to the construction materials…LOL! They were also the same depth at the Jorgenson vise jaws. Hey I even hand planned the rough sides down to make finished boards. Got that brain storm while sanding and getting coated with saw dust!

Table Wood Creative arts Hardwood Workbench


Well as I posted earlier in my shop notes blog this was a good idea that failed. I find my shop has gotten smaller with the assembly of all the shop equipment. The mobile bench was a way to set up tools in a work plan. When I have more woodworking time I will revisit the mobility issue. Until then it is now more functional, comfortable, and I found some ash to fit the vise jaws!

Wood Workbench Sewing machine Gas Table


As I've complained to my friends, I have to get some major maintenance done on my old Victorian, while I am able to climb ladders, hang out windows, and lift commodes to repair broken flanges in upstairs toilets! also to use the window of weather while I can?

Thanks for viewing!
Tom, thanks for the idea, I think I would get more use out of a Moxon vise, but making my own is an option I hadn't really considered, I think I'll give it a go, but I need to build a more permanent workbench first. However these will all have to wait until I have finished the kiosko…lol :) Thanks again!
 

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"Cut it off twice and it was still to short," or look ma I got wheels!

I finally got my Hybrid Woodworkers Bench mobile and ready to go. I found some different castors from Peachtree though their email specials. Told myself "gonna get this puppy runnin around my shop!" As those who follow some of my ramblings know I had put some castors with a stem into the legs of my bench but even though I found star nuts to fit the shafts and re threaded the star nuts, the stem was not long enough and the forces from the bench weight caused it to wobble. a quick tap with the hammer and you can see that it sat on two by fours against the wall.

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The second picture is my first cut and mount of the castors. They measured 4 " non compressed, and I was pretty proud of my accurate hand saw work. Oh yeah forgot to add the 1 1/2 inches which meant a shorter cut.

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Actually woke up the following morning and realized what I forgot! So, I looked around at what I had, measured the feet length and width and cut and sanded some more of the leg material. Routed the ends to add a touch of finish to them

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This is the previous good idea that wasn't. LOL! you can see the original casters hat lasted about ten minutes after I turned the bench over!
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This is how the bench originally looked shimmed on the2×4's.

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Thanks to Klaus Kiefer, Paul the Woodwright, Blackie the valet box maker, for their original assistance and shove to get the thing done and posted.


I took a little extra time at the end as I think the guys I just spoke of would and made it a little prettier, as well as protecting it from the extremes in humidity in my shop. I seal oated it, which caused the grain to pop, and added a coat of water- borne poly to seal it off.

As always all comments and humor is welcomed.

Thanks for looking
Sorry no to have commented before Tom, something has gone awry with my notifications! We can all think of ways of making our projects better if we had the finance, but if it works for you?... My last project and Blog Post was also a bench, there is no way I could entertain castors, for one if I put it on it's side, that is where it would stay, and the weight alone, would probably put the castors through the tiled floor! I'm still jealous of the size of your vise ;)
 

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Adding dust collection to my jointer and my planer

Been awhile and making some progress!

Thought I'd do an update on my depreciated shop equipment LOL! Murphy continues to haunt my shop but it appears he went South for a winter vacation!

I want to thank Stumpy Nubbs for inspiration while shopping at his and my favorite box store. Stumpy finds innovative adaptive uses for items we might not associate with woodworking. I've done some roofing and plumbing and stumpy has some innovative uses for trivets and plumbing stuff such as a downspout to plastic piping adapter, for dust collection on a drill press table.

I was checking out current prices for adapting my dust collection to plastic piping when I ran across the collars used on the roof for vent piping. I picked up a 3 inch collar and thought I would do what stumpy does. LOL!

I previously posted the assembly of my 7 inch Harbor Freight Jointer which sat in the box for many years. The picture here is the exhaust port for the jointer. It shot wood shavings and dust EVERYWHERE.
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I had a 4inch coupler in my parts box. Set that on the 3 inch rubber collar and used my magic marker to put the diameter on the collar and proceeded to slice equal segments all around the circle. I was able to coax the adapter inside and used a wire clamp and electric tape to seal the connection. Looked Good.

sliced a triangle off each side and used window weather stripping to seal the edges and some self taping 1 inch screws that had to be coaxed into the Thin metal that the base is made from.

The results are quite adequate!

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I also have a discontinued Delta P300 Type 1 Planer. It too spews shavings and dust everywhere. It's ok when I work outside but too many nooks and cranny's for clean up? When I first bought it there was no specific chip shoot to attach to a dust collector and I thought I could adapt a shoot from a 12.5 inch Delta planer. NO way! Did a Google search and found they have made one for my 12 inch planer!

I was just going to attach it when Murphy showed up. (It's warmer …in the thirties here in Southern MN) and I had to take the planer apart. couldn't find my manual. So I downloaded on off the Internet. Used it for a reference , and cleaned ,de- rusted, and waxed the inside and outside and attached the dust collection hood.

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!

So I am pretty happy that I won't be spending hours in clean up after truing my rough cut materials!

Thanks for reading along!

If anyone is interested in a dust hood for a 12.5 inch Delta Planer ( pictured below) PM me!

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Hi Tom, you are certainly getting on top of it all!! I only use my Makita planer outdoors, I would never find anything if I tried using it in the shop, like you say it spews everywhere :)
 

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Murphy's Drill Press Table!


MURPHY'S DRILL PRESS TABLE


Built mostly by Murphy, LOL! GRRRRR!

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On June 4, 2013, I posted "Getting My Tools Are Ready #12 blog, which is where I showed the finished assembly of some of my shop tools, one of which was my floor model 17 inch drill press. The drill press table was designed for working with metal versus wood.

At that time, I purchased some hold downs and T tracks to eventually build a joint press table for working with wood.
My current focus is milling lumber that I can manage. I have been milling small logs on my band saw getting familiar with Resawing.

I have been in discussion with Dallas a fellow Lumberjock since my purchase of a 50 cc Poulan Pro chainsaw last year. I'd also purchased a chainsaw mill at that time. Recently Dallas offered his custom modified Poulan Pro chainsaw and an extended chainsaw mill with a 28 inch Pro blade.

In preparation I decided to build a portable chainsaw mill bench to take with me to the compost site, where there a logs to mill. The purpose of the mill bench is to elevate the log to a manageable height, and provided downhill slant for ease of milling with chainsaw mill.

Sooooooo, since I had to drill approximately 30+ accurate holes for carriage bolts to assemble the mill bench, I decided it was time to build the drill press table!

I researched the Lumberjocks site and found many novel and innovative custom tailored drill press tables. I also remembered Stumpy Nubs building his second version of the drill press table, which had some nice features that I wanted in my own drill press table. Below is the YouTube Site for Stumpy Nubs version.


I also liked Steve Ramsey's version of the drill press table and you can go to that site as noted below.


Features that i wanted to my drill press table included:

I. Dust Collection.
II. T tracks and hold downs.
III. Being able to mount to my drill press.
IV. Utilizing materials on hand in my shop.
V. Provide guidance stability for the drill press fence.

The table material is from construction plywood that was either not used or leftover. I did not install a fir tongue and groove three-quarter inch 4×8 plywood floor due to leaks coming from under the walls of my shop. (A long story.) Also, I used some half-inch plywood, which was used for extra strength in the walls of my rehab of my small animal barn into my current shop.

The title for this blog is "Murphy's Drill Press Table." This is because the he had more to do with it than I did. The project took twice as long because Murphy was in charge. And, you know Murphy's Law. "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." LOL! Norm Abrams quotes an old carpenters phrase, "Measure Twice, Cut Once." Murphy's phrase is "if I can it up. I will."

A1Jim, a fellow lumberjock wisely said to me "Tom… Murphy is our teacher." Well, I hope I have been a good student. Many mistakes were corrected in this project and it seemed to take longer than expected.

For those of you who are interested Murphy and I are posting the steps of our struggle so that you may build your own version of our drill press table, the core concepts provided by Stumpy Nubs and Steve Ramsey.
The total thickness of the drill press table is one and a half inches, which is two three-quarter inch identical approximate 24×16" pieces. This required mounting the lower piece to the drill press with bolts. The drill press table is a machine shop type which holds devices and has an oil drip hole for drilling metal cooling.

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This idea came to me after I had drawn lines on the plywood to drill holes for mounting it to the table. I had measured, calculated, laid out, double checked and triple checked, only to find that I screwed up somewhere. (Not laughing here.) I scribed the lines on cardboard and inserted the mounting bolts so that I'd have a physical template to readjust. The center bolt was mounted to the drill press chuck.

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In next picture you can see that I decided to use a hole saw to cut a 3 inch hole versus the standard square insert cut.

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Stumpy Nubs had a great idea, utilizing a plumbing plastic conversion connector that connects a rectangular box to a six-inch circular plastic pipe. I purchased this at my local box store, and found that my six-inch dust collection hose would not fit. Fortunately I found a adapter which allows connecting the flexible dust pipe to a fixed dust port, which saved the day. You can find these on Amazon.com.

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Fortunately I bought a lot of bar clamps, which at utilized in assembling the parts of the fence.
Insert pictures with fence and bar clamps

Oh yeah, Norm Abrams used a pin nailer to secure the edges of wood pieces he was gluing together. I thought this a great idea, but did not realize it required some skill. LOL I think it was Murphy, who is pushing my hand when I nailed this piece.

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I figured out how to save myself some money and found quarter-inch by 20 knobs on Amazon which were quite inexpensive. I decided to use these instead of making them myself as they are about $.80 apiece. You can find these on Amazon.com. I decided to use carriage bolts in my grinder to allow the carriage bolts to slide in the T track.

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I next mounted a 24 inch T track to the fence. Prior to this I used a Forstner bit to drill holes in the face of the fence to provide the suction for the table. While I was doing this, my Forstner bit went dull. At that time I posted a forum question on lumberjock's regarding carbide versus regular steel Forstner bits. I finished up with a slightly smaller Forstner bit. Note the irregularity in the face of the fence.

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I attached my dust collector to the drill press table fence and tested it for suction. It was very successful.

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I attached the top layer of the drill press table by screwing through the bottom of the attached plywood. I then mounted the 18 inch T tracks and attached a 1 1/2 inch by three-quarter inch trim with slots cut for the T track. This was glued and screwed. Another use for my bar clamps.

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If you are interested in this version in this blog was not clear as I hoped it would be please PM me.

As always, your comments, humor, and suggestions are always welcome.
I think Murphy has a big Family!!!...lol That is going to last you some time Tom, as for me, I know Murphy would force me to drill in the wrong place, or in the case of saw jigs cut in the wrong place, so I make mine as functional as possible whilst not making them into furniture, in that way I only cuss when I ruin it, I don't cry!!
 

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MURPHY'S DRILL PRESS TABLE EXTENSION JIG

MURPHY'S DRILL PRESS TABLE EXTENSION JIG

After I finished working on the drill press table and posting it on LJ's I drilled out 30+ holes accurately for my next project. I am building a chainsaw mill bench/stand. I was pleased that I accurately drilled the holes for the carriage bolts in the supports and cross members.

My next task was to pre-drill screw holes in the support bracing that will hold the cross members and supports.

I stood there thinking "how am I going to drill these accurately," and it came to me that I needed an accurate extension arm very similar to the kind used on crosscutting sleds. I was very fortunate to find a pristine four by three-quarter piece of clear pine which is unusual for my shop.

I sanded the pine board up to 220 grit, and coated it with two coats Of Seal Coat. I apparently did a good job or maybe it was just a really good piece of wood, but with a slight rubbing of four ought steel wool it was ready for marking. I purchased a fine and an extra fine sharpie.

I wanted to set up an accurate rule in one-inch segments that extended from the center of the drill chuck. This indeed was the most difficult part for me in that I am easily influenced by Murphy toward impatience and inaccuracy. You can see in the first picture that it was time for a coffee break. LOL!

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After patiently marking the one-inch segments and accurately drilling holes at the zero, 10 inch, 20 inch, and 24 inch marks, two coats of waterborne poly were applied. After it dried. I attached the end piece that holds extended board with glue, nails and two screws.
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I scribed lines from top to bottom at the zero mark, and 2 inch mark in both directions from center.

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You can see from the back of the drill press the extended arm with stop. You can also see that I drew a line with the sharpie that goes through the center of the drill press table to line up to zero mark on the drill press fence and extension.

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You can also see that the extended arm can also provide one-inch reference points when necessary in order to drill other types of holes.

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Thanks for checking this out! As always, your comments, criticisms and witticisms are always welcome!
Patience is a virtue Tom!!!...lol
 

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ROUGH CUT STRAIGHTEDGE CUTTING JIG WITH KNOBS II (THE NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION!)

ROUGH CUT STRAIGHTEDGE CUTTING JIG WITH KNOBS II (THE NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION!)

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This is the bottom of the straightedge cutting jig. It is made from the material available on the shop, half-inch plywood. You can see the hardwood rail for tracking the jig. It is smaller than the last one because that's all I had. LOL!

This board is wider than the last to accommodate wider slabs of wood. The original version was not able to handle more than 8 inches in width. The wider holes allow for a carriage bolt head to be recessed in the jig. The carriage bolts are also longer than in the first version to act as a fulcrum for thicker, and wider pieces.

As before, due to humidity and moisture problems which occur in the middle of summer, even with air-conditioning, I applied two coats of Seal Coat and two coats of waterborne poly.

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Two of my fellow LJ's Bob/ Grizz and Andy/GFADVM suggested that I use knobs instead of wing nuts. I was able to locate on Amazon the knobs for about $.70 apiece. The bolts are set back to provide a fulcrum for the dog bone shaped hold downs. The ratio and leverages about 4 to 1 providing adequate strength to hold the board while ripping a straight edge.

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This allowed me to rip wider boards that I milled on my band saw.

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A nice straight edge!

AS ALWAYS, COMMENTS, HUMOR AND CRITICISMS WELCOME!
Nice jig Tom, I think you have convinced me that I need new specs, I had to look a couple of times to see the hardwood rail…lol :)
 

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TABLESAW RESAWING JIG ADAPTED FROM CHARLES NEIL'S RESAWING DVD.

TABLESAW RESAWING JIG ADAPTED FROM CHARLES NEIL'S RESAWING DVD.

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I am in the process of preparing lumber that I'm getting from nature! Charles Neil did a "Resawing" DVD many years ago, it may be available or may not. Charles demonstrated resawing techniques using a tablesaw and the bandsaw.
The jig presented here is made up of available shop materials. I used MDF because I had it as well as three-quarter inch, fir plywood. What you see is the assembled jig.

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The jig is made to go over tablesaw fence. The plywood edge is where the resawing piece is butted up against and anchored down with a clamp not currently shown.

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As you can see here are the parts to be assembled.

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As with all my other projects the wood received two coats of Seal Coat and two coats of waterborne poly.

Thanks for looking, your comments, criticisms and humor is welcome!
' I am in the process of preparing lumber that I'm getting from nature!...' By that I presume you mean it will be wet, in which case, please be careful Tom. Having said that, the Jig looks as if it will do the job…nice one!
 

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CHARLES NEIL BANDSAW RESAWING JIG II FOR RESAWING OR SLICING VENEER ON THE SMALL BANDSAW

CHARLES NEIL BANDSAW RESAWING JIG II FOR RESAWING OR SLICING VENEER ON THE SMALL BANDSAW

Yep, fellow lumberjock's another jig for resawing in a small shop from Charles Neil's video on resawing, which can be found now on his website if you want to see this in action. Several years ago Charles made a DVD on resawing, which I have. I think I asked him to make it, maybe not. But all the credit goes Charles.
I'm doing a small blog here on this which I posted as a project. It works great on my Grizzly G0555 bandsaw with the riser installed.

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I used materials available on hand in my shop. The dowel rod is 12 inches from base to the tip with some extra glued in the three-quarter inch plywood used for the base. As you can see it is a triangulated point to provide a stable base for clamping down to my G0555. After establishing the point of contact with the dowel rod I cut the base.

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I also cut 30°/60° right triangle measured from the tip of the dowel rod to the end of the base. Please note the groove in the end of the plywood, which provided a cradle for me to glue and pin nail the dowel rod after it had been glued into the base. I used 5 min. epoxy to provide a strong bond for the dowel rod insertion into the base, which I had bored with a Forstner bit.

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In Charles' video, he uses a magnetic clamp which you may have seen that will anchor jigs and feather boards to a metal saw table. This was too expensive for my tastes and pocketbook. So I epoxied two rare Earth magnets into the base in holes drilled to the depth of magnets with a Forstner bit.

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The magnets provide some holding power along with clamping the base of the jig to the bandsaw. It is important to make sure that this point of contact jig is in parallel to the bandsaw blade.

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These two pictures show a test cut using a scrap pine board and a half inch bandsaw blade.

Hope this is helpful. Your comments, criticisms and humor are always welcome!
Thanks for reading
Looks as if it works well Tom, nice one! keep up all these jigs and re-sawings, you'll be able to open up your own Timber Yard…lol
 

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Shop Made 2'x4' Down Draft Table

DOWNDRAFT TABLE BUILD - 2016

This is a project I needed to do to work on my boxes. I'm sharing details for LJ's who might want to build their own if they haven't already.

Minnesota winter means enclosed shop. Dust! I needed a table that would fill a number of functions for me. I wanted a large enough space to sand furniture parts as well as making boxes. I'm providing this blog for those of you who want to make a slightly larger down draft table/box. I have a 1 1/2 hp delta dust collector with 4 inch flex tubing running from my Garden shed into my shop. The 4 inch tubing and corrugated flex hose reduces the air flow. I also built a 50 gallon Thein chip collector and that all reduces the suction. I found a way around it for now while making boxes. I use plywood to cover half of the top increasing the suction.

I added 3/4 holes to the pegboard to increase the air flow. A Stympy Nubbs idea when he wasn't using Rockler parts. He built both types and you can check him out. Otherwise I have laid out my steps using my "some day I'm gonna use this" materials.

Kiefer posted a hood to go over his down draft table which I will aapt later when I have to close the shop again to Minnesota winter and kick up the heat and dust! LOL!

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I drilled 140 three-quarter inch holes into a 2' x 4' pegboard. These were drilled with a three-quarter inch hole saw. Due to its coarseness in cutting and the softness of the pegboard there was some tear out on the backside.

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After I treated the pegboard with a coat of Seal Coat. I proceeded to use my oscillating sander I proceeded to sand down the tear out on the back of the pegboard.

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Assembled the frame from materials that I culled from the construction materials in my shop that were not cupped, warped, twisted. I used a lap joint with glue and pin nailer. I haven't made any corner braces so I used square 2×4 blocking for clamping and holding the frame square.

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I had cut dado slots to the width/thickness of the pegboard. And I had to trim the pegboard that the slots.

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The bottom of the 2×4' box has a half inch rabbit joint to accommodate a half-inch thick 2×4' piece of MDF. The rubber mallet that's a persuader.

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Again, I used available materials from my shop to make a V-shaped vortex. This table is designed by available materials versus a materials list to the design of table. The rails are glued and screwed. But tacked first with a pin nailer.

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This is is a set of rails notched into the frame to support the thin pegboard as the dado grooves were not sufficient.

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I was able to purchase an inexpensive 4 inch exhaust port for about four bucks on Amazon. The holes were cut with a hole saw slightly smaller in the center approximately 3 1/2 inches high and two side holes with another hole saw approximately three-quarter inches in diameter. This provided enough air volume to meet the dimensions of the exhaust port.

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I painted the pegboard with an exterior grade tinted primer which I had in my shop and added some resistance from the top. The pictures show the pegboard slide in over the rails noted above.

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mixing my own wood filler from yellow, glue and the sawdust from the wood to fix the punky holes in the front of the table before painting.

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Painted the complete frame/box with exterior grade white ceiling primer.

: Assembled/painted components of the downdraft table.

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Attached the exhaust port and sealed with caulking.

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Purchased some three-quarter inch rubber square feet at a good price from Amazon.com that I attached with three-quarter inch wood screws.

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Did a test run with a porous rubber sanding mat purchased from Amazon which sits perfectly on top of my woodworkers bench. It works! LOL!

As always comments and suggestions are welcome and thanks for checking it out!
That's a great looking table Tom… like you say no excuses come winter! You can't find anything in my shop at the moment for sawdust…lol
 

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Maple, Murphy, and Me,

Murphy always has a treat in store for me.
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My friend CharlieK (on LJ's) lives in MN/St.Paul area. A town called Fridley. He had purchased a trailer load of rough milled hard maple and he had a lot left over which he was wanting to sell to get it out of his garage Took my 1990 3/4 ton truck and traveled 124 miles to have lunch and pick up some maple. Had a full truck bed up to the top of the sides of maple and I was returning home in the dark. About 11 miles from home my front passenger side tire wall gave out (used seldom but 18 years old?) And I had to call for assistance. Turns out we couldn't tow the truck due to all the hard maple in the back would put to much stress against the tailgate. The guy's station is a block or so from my house. Had him bring my old tire that had been sitting on the ground under a tree and we changed the tire which has rot for the blown tire.

He lifted the truck and put the spare on which shows weakness in the structure. Got it home late. (situation normal afu) Called our local salvage yard, for used tire. NA Called local tire replacement and my mech. No used available,and the truck needs new tires. Even though it's not a commuter it handles my plowing needs. And it needs good tires for occasional use.

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Also didn't want to store the wood outside this winter as I'd done that a few years ago and when I uncovered the pile in spring had ants throughout the wood pile.
Thought I'd build a lumber rack in my sandstone walls basement but couldn't find an empty 8 ft. long space. To shorten this up….I moved and cleaned and constructed a wood rack that sits on bricks as I get water in the basement ( no sump pump)

Actually just finished unloading and stacking the wood in 10 degree temps.

Thanks for checking it out!
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All comments and suggestions appreciated!
Hi Tom, Glad to hear that Murphy likes it better up your way, keep him entertained Please!! ha ha ha. Some nice timber, well worth the hassle.
 

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