Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Burning up plywood

I have burned up the plywood the last couple of weeks.  10 BigE cabs, 4 fEARful flat packs, and 2 BFM t39's,   More to do yet. 

If you haven't checked out fEARfuls btw, you should.  David has done some great things in taking bass guitar cabs into the 21st century.  Ported designs the maximize efficiency and performance from the amazing Neodymium drivers from Eminence.  Free designs that perform outstandingly well.  He also has a new line called FEARLESS that are custom builds only, smaller, lighter, and becoming very popular.  You'll need to log into the forum to learn about FEARLESS. 

The more I work in my shop the more I like it.  The Jet table saw that's set up with outfeeds big enough to hold 5x5 sheets saves me so much time it's crazy.   I keep refining methods and workflows, getting tools in readily accessible places, just making it more efficient.  I still don't have a very good solution for dust collection from the routers though.  For through cuts I make them over a vac port, which works really well.  But the round over cuts there's just not much of any way to vac it.  I use a porter cable for my roundover, and I haven't been able to find a dust attachment for it.  Routers are the worst.  And the hardest to collect. 

Sanding is virtually dust free.  Attach a hose to the random orbit and have at it.  Works like a champ.  If you're doing a lot of this, a dust collector is a must.  The difference in how clean the shop stays and how much crap I inhale is huge.  Even if you just hook a shop vac up to your tools you should do it.  Which works pretty well btw.  I have one of the little wall hung shop vacs that I used prior to the new shop that I used on the router with the Jasper Jig, and it worked great. 

Gotta get the pellet stove installed before too long.  I don't mind working in the cold, but Duratex and PL don't like it very much, and they take too long to cure below 50. 

On another note, another loss to the Crooks family.  My Aunt Nadine passed away last week.  90, but had been battling Alzheimers for 3 or 4 years.  What a terrible disease.  Now my Uncle Leon (her husband) is the last.  He's 93, but in pretty damn good shape.  2012 has not been a fun year.  With the exception of being brought on board to run the BigE speakers, it's pretty much been a trainwreck.  But I'm still here, still plugging away, and still optimistic. 

8 comments:

  1. I remember seeing when you upgraded saws. What was th saw you had prior to the jet? And I'm with ya on the router dust. I haven't built an air cleaner yet. I'm going to soon. And I haven't bought a dust collector either. Working on that. Right now I have a larger shopmate vac. It does well but I'm hoping a dust collector will do even better. I hate to hear about your aunt. Hope everyone in your family is doing ok.

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  3. The jet was my previous saw. My main saw now is a Sawstop. The Jet has been relegated to large sheet cutting, where no fingers are closer than a foot from the blade at least. I also kept it because it has a sliding table that's extremely useful for angle stuff and squaring panels. But once again, ANYTHING close gets done on the Sawstop. If I could get a sliding table to fit the Sawstop the Jet would be gone in a heartbeat. (Edited, stupid grammar error)

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  4. I just hope I didn't make a huge mistake. A bought the large cast iron rigid saw. I did have a very low end delta 10" super saw that I retired (except for small strips) when I got the festool guide rail system. But quickly realized (while I love the festool) there isn't a substitute for a table saw. I figured, I'm not cutting dados or making molding, the ridged should be ok. So far so good. Huge improvement for my shop. Fingers crossed!!!

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  5. After 5k in hospital expenses saw stops were a no brainier for me. You need http://www.speakerhardware.com/micro-jig-grr-ripper.php for sure. They are invaluable. If you use them every time, you are far safer than with any standard push stick.

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  6. Sorry to hear about your aunt Leland. And yes the Sawstop and MicroJig are all that!!!!! Awesome tools to work with.

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  7. Make yourself a roundover station: a DeWalt 611 fixed base router, the Dewalt DNP615 dust collector addon, the Pat Warner offset subbase for the router and plug the router into a vac (Festool, DeWalt, Fein, Porter-Cable) that powers up when you turn the router on.

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